Rep. David Price Provides Introductory Remarks for Imam Abdullah Antepli’s Invocation in U.S. House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 4, 2017) – On Wednesday, October 4, Congressman David Price (D-NC) introduced Imam Abdullah Antepli following his invocation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Imam Antepli currently serves as Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs in the School of Arts & Sciences and Senior Fellow in the Office of Civic Engagement at Duke University. Each lawmaker has the ability to nominate one religious leader per Congress to serve as guest chaplain. Congressman Price’s remarks are below.
Watch Imam Antepli’s invocation and Congressman Price’s remarks here.
Remarks as delivered.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to introduce today’s guest chaplain and my friend, Imam Abdullah Antepli.
Imam Antepli has been a pioneer in Muslim campus ministry—serving since 2003 in chaplaincy roles at Wesleyan University, Hartford Seminary, and Duke University. He was also a founding member of the Muslim Chaplains Association.
During his time in chaplaincy, Imam Antepli counseled students and adults of all faiths and provided an Islamic perspective to discussions of faith, spirituality, social justice, peace, and cultural exchange. He effectively built bridges and promoted understanding across religious and cultural divides. That was his mission and it continues to be his mission today.
Imam Antepli’s leadership roles at Duke University currently include: Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs at the College of Arts & Sciences and Senior Fellow in the Office of Civic Engagement. He has also served as Associate Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center.
Imam Antepli served also serves as Senior Fellow of Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
He joined Secretary John Kerry’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Religion and Foreign Policy team to bring a religious perspective to major foreign policy issues and traveled around the globe as an informal ambassador to engage on issues of religious diplomacy.
I am honored to welcome Imam Antepli back to the House of Representatives. He is a prophetic voice for peace and justice, an engaging teacher and counselor, a gifted interpreter of his faith, and an effective promoter, not merely of interfaith tolerance, but of positive engagement.
I am also happy to count him as a friend and, with my colleagues, to express appreciation for his words of inspiration today.