Brown Bag Lunch Series

Everyone is welcome to the YWCA’s Brown Bag Lunch Series! This series is held at noon in the YWCA Community Room at 909 Fairfield Road. Registration is recommended; call 717-334-9171, ext. 115 or email

Interfaith dialogue topic of YWCA Brown Bag Lunch

Dr. Rukhsana Rahman will be sharing her thoughts and techniques regarding Interfaith Dialogue on Dec. 11 at noon at the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County.

Rahman immigrated to America in 1979 to advance her medical career, starting with internship in Livingston, New Jersey and completing residency in Brooklyn, New York in 1984. She and her husband, Athar Rafiq, have lived in Gettysburg since 1986. Rahman worked as a radiologist at Gettysburg Hospital for 32 years before retiring in December 2017.

Upon return from Hajj in 2008 Athar and Rukhsana were invited by friends to speak at local churches about their pilgrimage. Understanding the dire need for interfaith communication and the scarcity of accurate information about Islam and Muslims, they have embraced this as their life mission. Since then they have been invited to well over 100 area clubs, churches, schools, colleges and universities. They have also taken United Lutheran Seminary students and Gettysburg community members to the mosque they attend in Frederick, for Friday sermon and prayers and love to invite folks to their house for casual tea and dialogue. She recently spoke to Peace and Conflict class on Interfaith Dialogue and feels that more than ever before we have a need to get to know our neighbors of different faiths and traditions.

Rahman and Rafiq, a Mount St Mary’s professor, are recipients of Peacemakers Of The Year award given by Interfaith Center For Peace And Justice, in Gettysburg; Living The Dream Award by MLK committee in Gettysburg and Peacemakers Among Us award by World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is located at 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg.