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Day of Interfaith Youth Service 2012 10 April , 2012

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Please join us for the 6th annual Day of Interfaith Youth Service and help us transform an abondoned community garden into a small farm for inner-city students.

We will be doing gardening and other tasks for the Harlem Success Community Garden. We are happy to be working with our partners from Harlem Grown, and to continue last year´s great work!

All are welcome! Please be dressed for getting dirty!

Saturday, April 21, 2012 – 11 am to 2 pm

Harlem Success Community Garden, 134th ST, between Lenox Ave and Adam Clayton Powell BLVD, Harlem, NYC

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Houston teens tout interfaith understanding 8 August , 2011

The 50 students who attended Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston’s youth camp last month were just average kids—loud, goofy, iPhone-touting teens. But this isn’t just a generation in love with technology and Justin Bieber. They had some meaningful things to say about their own faith, religious differences and how to promote interfaith understanding.

During the camp, high school and middle school students discuss religious identity and worked together to make videos on common values of mutual respect, positivity and community service, posted below:



Local colleges join White House interfaith/community service initiative 3 August , 2011

When President Barack Obama kicks off his national Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge today in Washington, D.C., the Rochester area will be well represented. Officials from State University College at Geneseo, The College at Brockport, and Monroe Community College will be among the estimated 400 leaders from about 200 institutions of higher education expected to attend.

Muhammad Shafiq, executive director of Nazareth College’s Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, could not go, because it would be difficult to travel during the Ramadan holy season. He fasts from dawn to sunset.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are also participating in the initiative, but aren’t sending anyone to the summit.

The White House initiative hopes to bring together people from different religions and backgrounds to tackle community problems. Obama believes that American colleges are fertile ground for this work because they typically stress both community service and religious tolerance and cooperation.

“I think this gives a national perspective on what other universities are up to. We may pick up some ideas — and incorporate them into our planning,” said Tom Matthews, director of leadership education, development and training at Geneseo, who is attending this morning’s kickoff.



Interfaith Council Helps Homeless Facility Residents 12 July , 2011

Members, family and friends of the Interfaith Council of New Canaan rolled up their sleeves on Saturday, June 18 to help residents at St. Luke’s Lifeworks on Franklin Street in Stamford to spruce up their grounds by weeding, planting, trimming, hauling mulch and woodchips.

St. Luke’s Lifeworks is one of the largest homeless services in Connecticut, helping the homeless move from street to home, health and job training. The president of the board at St. Luke’s, along with his wife and son, also pitched in to help.




Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services Announces New Volunteer Program 14 June , 2011

Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services announced that it is launching the “Aging and Spiritual Well-being” program, the first interfaith / non-denominational volunteer initiative of its kind aimed at serving older adults in Cambridge and Somerville.

As the federally mandated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and the state Aging Services Access Point (ASAP), SCES provides a wide range of services to older adults and younger people living with disabilities.

The agency is seeking Volunteer Spiritual Caregivers who will provide compassionate support to enhance the overall well-being of local seniors.



An Effort to Foster Tolerance in Religion

CHICAGO — For a guy who is only 35 and lives in a walk-up apartment, Eboo Patel has already racked up some impressive accomplishments.

A Rhodes scholar with a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, he has four honorary degrees. His autobiography is required freshman reading on 11 college campuses. He runs a nonprofit organization — the Interfaith Youth Core — with 31 employees and a budget of $4 million. And he was tapped by the White House as a key architect of an initiative announced in April by President Obama.




Area Students Recognized for Faithful Leadership 14 April , 2011

Six high school students were honored by their Wilmette faith communities at the second annual North Shore Interfaith Leadership Award event held April 10 at the Bahá’í House of Worship. The honorees were selected by their congregational leaders and were chosen for their excellence in servant leadership, active participation in their community of faith and their passion for service to others locally, nationally or globally.

Youth from the Bahá’í Friends (Nasreen Rahmani), Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah (Eliana Fisher), Congregation Sukkat Shalom (Laren Stremmel), First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette (Christian Alexander), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Lucy Myers) and Trinity United Methodist Church (Catherine Jameson) spoke passionately about serving in faith. They were presented with Hearing the Call Across Traditions: Readings on Faith and Service, and a certificate of recognition. The event featured interfaith music and readings presented by members of Wilmette Interfaith Religious Leaders, the sponsors of the event.



Interfaith and community service on President Obama’s priority list 30 March , 2011

The year-long Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, announced by President Barrack Obama on March 17, strives to incorporate religious and community cooperation and involvement.

College campuses are often a melting pot of cultural and religious identities from which students can gain respect and understanding of one another’s affiliations. This challenge hopes to incorporate the educational aspect of that melting pot into the community.

In a video message, President Obama encouraged campus-based religious and non-religious organizations to work with community organizations and houses of worship to tackle year-long community service projects.

“Our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted,” President Obama said at the 2009 National Prayer Breakfast, “to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what is broken.”



Interfaith meal helps build community 16 March , 2011

After a long winter of snowstorms and frigid temperatures, the annual ecumenical meal held at St. Christopher Catholic Church on Saturday provided a welcome dose of spring.

The meal, now in its 24th year, is the vision of Jim and Rose Cronin, parishioners at St. Christopher Church. The Cronins lived in Dayton, Ohio before moving to Maine in 1983. While in Ohio, they heard about a local businessman who organized a community meal so large that it was held at Hobart Arena. When the couple joined St. Christopher Church, they suggested the idea of an interfaith community meal to the church’s Adult Club.

The result is an event cosponsored by St. Christopher Catholic Church, Baha’i Faith, First Parish Congregational Church, Union Congregational Church, York-Ogunquit United Methodist Church, and St. George’s Episcopal Church. Each congregation provides six 20-pound cooked turkeys and 10 pies.



Huffington Post: Muslims and Jews: Serving Together 2 February , 2011

It sounds like a dream: a Muslim woman wearing a full head covering, laughing and joking with an orthodox rabbi as they paint a mural of Run-DMC for Brooklyn schoolchildren. But on Martin Luther King Day, 2011, that dream was real.

On that day, over 50 Muslims and Jews gathered together in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn to participate in the kickoff event for United in Service: The Jewish Muslim Volunteer Alliance (JMVA). They came came from the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals New York Chapter, Uri L’Tzedek: Orthodox Social Justice, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, or because they heard about the groundbreaking event from family or friends. Together, they painted several large murals inside IS 292 junior high school.

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