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Christian Muslim Forum – Christians and Muslims Working Together 4 September , 2012

Interfaith Youth in Action/World Faith Pakistan became part of the Christian Muslim Forum network. TheChristian Muslim Forum develops strong relationships between Christians and Muslims and believes that faith is a resource for peace and conflict resolution. This is an important step to strengthen World Faith Pakistan’s international interfaith network and to demonstrate how faith can inform work for unity and peace.

Find out more about World Faith Pakistan and there work here:

http://worldfaith.org/south-asia/30-world-faith-pakistan

http://iyapk.weebly.com/about-us.html

 

Common Values, Differing Faiths: A Muslim Marries an Evangelical 19 July , 2012

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More than two-thirds of evangelicals in America share the same religion as their spouse, according to a 2007 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Not Frank Fredericks, founder of World Faith. Last month, Fredericks, a non-denominational evangelical, married Medina del Castillo, a Muslim, in an interfaith ceremony. While both families embrace the union, Fredericks says that not all of his extended family were necessarily supportive of a Christian marrying a Muslim. And for her part, del Castillo says that when she first started dating Fredericks, she held a pre-conceived notion of evangelicals as zealots fixated on converting the masses. “So I think it’s been a very nice learning experience,” she says. “I think that will continue in our marriage.”

Watch the video: http://www.odysseynetworks.org/video/common-values-differing-faiths-a-muslim-marries-an-evangelical

 

Muslim and Christian Leaders Pledge Interfaith Harmony 11 August , 2011

Besides condemning violence, the Christian-Muslim Covenant of Non Violence in Pakistan urges signatories to actively tackle the root of religious tension and promote interfaith harmony.

The pledge, which has already attracted the high profile backing of Senator Malik Hakmeen Khan and General Secretary of the Human Rights Commission IA Rehman, calls for Christians and Muslims to work together ‘to bring prosperity to the country for all’.

Signatures are being sought from religious leaders and public figures, as well as members of the public looking to register their support for non-violence.

 

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Passover: a Seder invitation to all 18 April , 2011

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Passover is not simply a Jewish holiday; it is an invitation to be free and a method for achieving freedom.

The holiday of Passover takes it’s name, according to the Hebrew Bible, from the ancient Israelites last night in Egypt. On that night, some 3,200 years ago if the story is historically accurate, God “passed over” the houses of those leaving Egypt, sparing them from the last of the ten plagues: the death of the first born Egyptians. The Hebrew name for Passover is Pesach, from the word meaning to pass over.

Passover celebrates more than a one-time liberation though, inviting each succeeding generation to confront the oppression and slavery of it’s own era. Passover celebrates freedom — past, present and future, both national and personal. And it’s surely not limited to Jews as both the Bible and later rabbinic commentaries portray as much as 20 percent of those participating in the exodus as having been non-Israelites.  READ MORE

 

Jewish, Christian speakers bridge interfaith ‘divides’

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BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, and Rabbi Steve Gutow, president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, became close friends when each worked in St. Louis before assuming their present posts. Gutow had been the rabbi for the Reconstructionist Minyan in St. Louis and Kinnamon was the Allen and Dottie Miller Professor of Mission, Peace and Ecumenical Studies at Eden Theological Seminary, where they worked with Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other groups on interfaith projects. That friendship, according to both leaders, has continued to serve them well in their interfaith work at the national level.

Gutow and Kinnamon were the keynote presenters at a program last Wednesday titled “Bridging Divides through Interfaith Initiatives,” which was jointly sponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University; the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis, the public affairs arm of the Jewish community, and its Michael and Barbara Newmark Institute for Human Relations. About 200 people attended the program in the Anheuser Busch Law School Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom of Washington University.  READ MORE

 

Binocular Wisdom: The Benefits of Participating in Multiple Religious Traditions 28 February , 2011

I am a Christian theologian who loves Buddhism.

Unlike some who turn to Buddhism because of trauma from a toxic or inadequate version of Christianity, my love for Buddhism is not a product of alienation. My religious family of origin is not ideal — no family is — but my first Christian home, the Mar Thoma Church, and now the Episcopal Church, have done right by me. They both convey to me a progressive, justice-seeking, and reflective Christianity, one that never demands that I sacrifice intellect in order to embrace faith.So why the fascination with Buddhism?

I am drawn to Buddhist traditions not to correct felt deficits in my own tradition, but to deepen my experience of the world by entering into another way of understanding and living. I seek a new kind of wisdom that our age requires. READ MORE

 

 

Interfaith forum tackles economy and morality 21 February , 2011

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Progressive people of faith share the concerns of progressives everywhere about the devastating impact of the current economic crisis. At a recent interfaith event hosted by Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois, 80 people from Muslim, Jewish and Christian traditions gathered to focus on the ethical and moral dimensions of our economy. An economist and a leader from each of the three Abrahamic faiths served as presenters.

Professor James Halteman, an economist, described how “dog-eat-dog” individualism has taken precedence over the common good, resulting in the powerful few who control and manipulate information for their own benefit, with resultant abuse and fraud. He challenged people of faith to address three questions: How is suffering to be shared in our time? Does the present lay claim on the future? Can public and private interests be brought into balance?

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Egyptian revolution brings show of religious unity after tensions

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The surge of popular unity that toppled Hosni Mubarak last week has eased tension between Egypt’s Muslims and the Coptic Christian minority and raised hopes for lasting harmony. Muslims and Christians joined hands and formed human shields to protect each other from riot police as members of the different faiths prayed during the protests in Cairo.

Alongside banners demanding Mubarak’s resignation and an end to emergency rule, protesters held aloft posters of the Christian cross and Islamic crescent together against the red white and black of Egypt’s flag.

“Egypt has been victorious over what they called sectarian strife,” respected Muslim preacher Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi told millions gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square on Friday. “Here in Tahrir, the Christian and Muslim stood side by side,” he said. “This cursed strife is no more.” READ MORE

 

 

Documentary Showing @Pk 51 NYC March 3rd: New Muslim Cool

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The questions are there, but they aren’t being asked. The issues are evident, but they aren’t being addressed. The misunderstandings continue to exist, but the record hasn’t been set straight. Until now. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
Join Auburn Seminary, Central Synagogue, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, and the Muslim Consultative Network for a multi faith film series that explores the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith traditions. Each film offers a unique lens on the Abrahamic religions and promise to foster dynamic dialogue and interaction across faith lines.

Reserve the evening March 3rd, 2011 starting at 7 pm for a screening of New Muslim Cool at Park 51. Be part of an evening of film, speakers, discussions and reception with those who are committed to bridging religious divides and building a more peaceful world.

March 3: New Muslim Cool

Park51

51 Park Place
New York, NY

This post 9/11 documentary gives us insight into Muslim American rapper Hamza Perez’ journey to start a new religious community, rebuild his shattered family, and take his message of faith to other young people through his uncompromising music as part of the hip-hop duo M team. New Muslim Cool offers a look a Muslim American life in the 21st Century.

 

Via Jakarta Globe: Criticisms Aim to Improve Nation, Religious Leader Says 14 February , 2011

Yogyakarta. Inter-faith leaders’s criticism against the government is for the improvement of the nation, Ahmad Syafii Maarif said, adding that those who rejected the criticisms did not understand the substance of the problems.

“The aim is improvement of the nation. The strategy is cultural and it takes a long time, years, and not just a short time to realize it,” he said after attending a cultural oration by former President BJ Habibie at Muhammadiyah University here on Saturday.

Top cabinet ministers last month rejected statements from nine religious leaders that the government had lied to the Indonesian people. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also held a closed-door meeting with the religious leaders following their criticisms. READ MORE