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Back to School – Updated from World Faith Gambia 20 September , 2012

Each year, World Faith Gambia and the teachers of the Mango Tree Nursery School organize a party full of food, drinks, music, and dancing to welcome the new students and to say goodbye to those leaving the school. Children, teachers, and volunteers went from house to house, singing songs and collecting small donations for the upcoming school year.

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For more information about World Faith Gambia visit: http://worldfaith.org/africa/50-gambia

 

World Faith Pakistan on the Culture of Peace News Network 17 September , 2012

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Greetings from Lahore, Pakistan!! Interfaith Youth in Action (IYA), a network of diverse faith youth and a project of Youth Development Foundation (YDF) with Separate leadership and local chapter of World Faith USA, is a non-profit, non-government and secular organization led by young people from diverse faiths and backgrounds in Pakistan. IYA serves as a network of diverse youth to promote pluralism and mutual respect for religious diversity and bridge building among youth of different faiths through interfaith dialogues, friendly relationship and human based coexistent.

 

Our purpose is to provide opportunity and safe spaces for the youth of each faith to come together to build understanding, reduce misconceptions and develop healthy relationship through social activities, exposures visits, interfaith celebrations, sports gathering and community service activities to promote interfaith dialogues and relationship building by interaction and practical action for peace and harmony in Pakistani context.

We have been implementing our various peace advocacy projects mainly in post conflicts areas like Lahore, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi; Solidarity has been one of the focal themes in promoting and advocating peace as a way of life.

Originally posted on CPNN: http://cpnn-world.org/cgi-bin/read/articlepage.cgi?ViewArticle=932

 

Joplin’s Eid Gift 31 August , 2012

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By Randa Kuziez

When Ramadan began, I called my sister and said, “This year, I want to feel like I really earned Eid!” Eid is the Muslim holiday following Ramadan, the holy month of fasting from dawn to sunset daily. She assured me that with the 16 hour fast in Kansas this summer, that wouldn’t be a problem. For a Muslim in Ramadan, this means fasting the entire month, but also increasing one’s worship and good actions, such as reading the entire Quran, praying the daily Taraweeh prayer (an extra prayer in Ramadan that takes about 2 hours every evening), and giving much in charity, be it money, time, or even a smile.

Aside from spiritually enriching ourselves, we need to step up to challenges as they arise. From the tragic shooting at the Sikh Gurdwara in Wisconsin to the burning of the Joplin mosque, we knew we needed to come together. We often discuss the importance of interfaith cooperation and this was a clear example of necessary action.

The day of the Joplin incident, I received a call from a friend who had read a blog I wrote about my visit to Joplin after the devastating 2011 tornado. I wrote about how the Islamic Center of Joplin hosted volunteers who came to do relief work.

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The COOLEST and MOST EXPENSIVE Shirt You Will Ever Buy 30 August , 2012

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Hey World Faithers,
You know what’s cool?  T-shirts.  But not just any t-shirts, the coolest interfaith t-shirts you have ever laid your tired eyes on.  Yep, that’s right, World Faith Tees.
What’s so cool about these tees?  They are cotton/polyester heather, fitted and pre-washed, with the hippest World Faith logo we’ve ever come up with (okay, so we only have one logo).
Get one: So I know, you must be dying to find out, “how can I possess this emblem of interfaith coolness?”  Make a donation of $50 or more to World Faith, and you can have one shipped to your house, stat! You may be asking “who’s crazy enough to spend $50 for a t-shirt?”  But we know you World Faithers are just as crazy as we are.
You can order your shirt by donating here, and get yours before we run out!
Donate to World Faith.  Get a Shirt.  Dance.
 

Faith Inspires: World Faith Demonstrates How Religion Can Work For Peace 22 June , 2012

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This week’s Faith Inspires highlights World Faith, an NGO whose mission is to “counter religious extremism and strife by demonstrating how faith can inform work for unity and peace, rather than hate, war, and division.”

Frank Fredericks, World Faith’s founder and executive director, founded the organization in New York City after seeing first-hand the human cost of religious conflict in Egypt and Lebanon. Noticing that it was primarily young people who were the perpetrators and victims of violence, Frank wanted to promote interfaith cooperation by “mobilizing religiously-diverse young people to serve their communities in local development projects.” The result: World Faith. World Faith believes in “dialogue through action” and today their projects range from women’s empowerment, education, and HIV/AIDS sensitization to economic justice, peace-building, and environmental issues.

Originally founded as a campus club at New York University in 2006, World Faith has grown tremendously in the last six years. World Faith has taken a grassroots approach, and formed partnerships with local NGOs in South Asia, Middle East, Africa and around the United States. As of now, it has 17 chapters in 14 countries. In 2011, more than 500 activists volunteered over 16,000 hours in 10 countries and impacted the lives of over 50,000.

Originally posted on HuffPost Religion http://huff.to/KRra7W

 

New York Faith Community and Sikhs of Kenya: A Partnership Is Born 1 June , 2012

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Naomi Teutsch

On June 6, 2012, New Yorkers of all faiths will come together to support the Kenyan Sikh community’s efforts to fight the famine that has devastated their region since last summer. Hunger, an issue that cuts across all faiths, is a natural point of connection for the 10 NYC congregations that have been collaborating to fight global injustice since March as part of the Spring of Solidarity campaign. And it’s not too late to take part.

A Season of Multi-Faith Action

Communities and individuals across NYC have been working together not only to have impact on issues of global health and hunger, but to show the positive power that people of faith can have when they unite around action rather than debating divisive issues.

Through the process of raising funds, getting educated on issues and doing local service, participants have had the opportunity to build relationships with people of other faiths as they work to fight against two injustices of our time, food insecurity and malaria. From congregation-based activism and social justice-themed book discussions to an interfaith youth debate programin Queens, the Spring of Solidarity has been a busy season of collective action from diverse groups all over New York City.

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World Faith NYC Day of Interfaith Youth Service 2012 8 May , 2012

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On April 21, World Faith NYC brought together enthusiastic volunteers for the Day of Interfaith Youth Service 2012. We got our hands dirty doing gardening at the Harlem Success Community Garden. Within four hours we layed out a composting site, cleaned vegetable patches, and planted a whole flowerbed. The garden is used by the schoolchildren of P.S. 175 to learn about gardening, nutrition, and the environment.

A big thanks to the members of Harlem Growth who made this event possible!

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