Published 01/30/17

Imam Sami Abdul Aziz to speak at annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Bryant University’s 21st Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will take place Tuesday, February 14, 2017, from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. at the Heidi and Walter Stepan Grand Hall of the George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology. The event is open to public and to all members of the Bryant community.

Bryant’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is patterned after the National Prayer Breakfast, which occurs during the first week in February every year in Washington, D.C., and is replicated throughout the United States. Bryant’s event will offer an inspirational hour of music, prayer, and a spiritual message. 

“The Interfaith Prayer Breakfast is an important tradition at Bryant,” says Kati Machtley, who co-chairs the event with Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley. “Each year we have a unique opportunity to learn about many beliefs and cultures in a safe and respectful environment."

Imam Sami Abdul Aziz, who serves as the Muslim Chaplain at Wesleyan University, will share his hopeful message, “Finding Harmony in Our Journey of Faith.” Imam Aziz holds a master’s degree in Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations from Hartford Seminary. In addition to his work at Wesleyan and Quinnipiac, he is the President of Common Ground Institute & Services. Over the last decade, Aziz has worked with more than a dozen educational and service-based organizations in the American Muslim community. A public lecturer on Islam, Interfaith work, Muslim culture, and other topics, Aziz travels regularly to communities throughout New England to speak and organize events.

Since 2015, Aziz has been on an educational campaign to fight against ignorance, hate, and fear of Muslims while creating peace among faith communities. He has visited institutions across America to spread the message of peace, which is the core of Islam.

To make a reservation, please call Aurelie at (401) 232-6045 or email amaciej@bryant.edu. The cost to attend is $8. Payment by cash or check only (no credit cards) can be made at the door. Checks may be made payable to “Bryant University Prayer Breakfast.”


Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. The University's 3,700 undergraduate and postgraduate students study in an intensive and immersive learning environment that has been purpose-built for high achievement. Bryant’s groundbreaking academic programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, College Factual/U.S.A. Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and Barron’s.