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National Scene: Youths Hold Interfaith Event for Peace 28 June , 2011

JAKARTA: Young people from the Indonesian Young Muslim Club, the youth wing of the International Conference of Islamic Scholars (ICIS) held an interfaith workshop for students that ended on Monday in Bogor, West Java.

Program coordinator Miftahul Huda said recent surveys reporting that students were vulnerable to radical groups recruitment had given them the idea to hold the workshop.

“It is time for students to get involved in peace issues,” Miftahul said in a press release made available Monday. “We don’t expect the workshop to result in conflict resolution, but at least we hope we can contribute to conflict prevention.



Hindus laud Ukraine for taking lead in interfaith dialogue 18 April , 2011

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Nevada (US), April 18: Hindus have applauded Ukraine for its reported announcement of hosting an annual international interfaith conference involving leaders of major religions to be called “Kyiv Interfaith Forum”.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a “step in the right direction”. He urged other countries of the world to organize similar interreligious forums as “serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour”.

According to reports, this Ukraine Forum will reportedly address global and local humanitarian conflicts through dialogue and mutual respect, become a place for dialogue between leaders of various religions, and provide a venue for discussion on the issues of coexistence of different religious communities. READ MORE


Christian Post:Young People Motivated by Faith to Help Needy, Says Foundation 31 January , 2011

More than 680 young people from different religions applied for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Faiths Act Fellowship this year, the Foundation reported.

Forty-one percent of the applicants to the interfaithyouthleadership program were Christians. Muslims and Hindus made up the second and third highest faith groups that applied, accounting for 17 percent and 18 percent of the total applicants, respectively.

“The idea that young people are not motivated by faith to help others – or that faith only inspires conflict – is simply wrong,” said Tony Blair, founder and patron of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, in a statement Thursday. READ MORE



Faith, Religion, and Identity 17 October , 2007

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For those who want a summary of what is to  come in this post, it is most easily classified as a rant.  Be warned.

 Faith and Religion are two words I often see used interchangeably, but I fear this may only be a sign of detriment of the current vanacular to explain phenomona which see outside the self, thus, religious people have been removed from the discourse.  This appears to be a product of the fact that in the name of freedom of religion, we have developed the concept of freedom <em>from</em> religion.  Beyond the obvious fact  that religious views have been removed from the conversation of the society, it also poses a second problem. <!–more–>

When the interaction exists in a discourse, the indentity of of a religious person is set in an idealogical framework.  Faith.  Faith in  this case is a indentity bound to philosophy.  The being is as such.  However, with the current situation, religious identities are not represented intellectually in the public discourse, therefore the society can easily create the identity on practices.  Religion.  Religion is seen a system of practices by which one can be identified.  Without the interaction and only practices to base assumption off of, manifestations of stereotypes should be of no surprise, as faith identities have been denied the opportunity to reveal their relative dynamicism.  This opens up a whole new discussion, as now the non-religious have grouped the people of faith identities in a single stereotype, for instance, of uneducation.  This gives birth to fabricated oxymorons, things completely possible and congruent yet considered anomalies.  Liberal Christian, White Muslim, or American communist.  Granted the desire to remove religion from conversation by means of making appear as folly is nothing new, the communities of faith have only fed the image by devoting what reach they have had on attacking eachother (especially those philosophically most similar), rather than uniting for a campaign of improving the image of faith in general.  Faith translates well, it takes faith to believe Marxist-Lenninism, Secular Humanism, etc, all the same of religions.  Religions are essentially theistic philosophies.  I would go as far to say it requires at least an equal ammount of faith to believe there is no god than to embrace theism, even in its most elemental form.

to be continued…