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Tony Blair Faith Foundation Film Competition Gives Young People Chance to Correct Religious Presumptions 10 May , 2012

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The Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s global film competition, Faith Shorts is open and calling for entries. Any young person aged between 14 – 27 is invited to submit a short film showing how their faith inspires them. Judges include: Tony Blair, Hugh Jackman, Dawn French and Jet Li. Prizes include an all-expenses paid trip to London to attend red carpet VIP Awards Ceremony at 195 Piccadilly, the home of BAFTA.

The annual film competition gives young people between 14 and 27 years old the opportunity to communicate what their faith means to them in their own words and take their story to a global stage.

Through sharing personal stories and providing insights to their world, young people are given the chance to correct some of the presumptions that exist around religion and religious views, and show that faith means different things to different people. The competition also counters the notion that religion is not only a source of conflict. For the last two years Faith Shorts has been inundated with stories of solidarity, strength and solace. The previous winning films can be seen on the Faith Shorts website.

Those who don’t have access to film making equipment can apply to win a portable video camera until 14th May, 2012. Entrants need to outline their thoughts for a film to enter into the main competition, and the winning entries will be sent a small video camera with which they can film their entry.

These films are helping build understanding between young people of different faiths and cultures around the world.  Teachers have been using Faith Shorts as teaching resources in R.E, citizenship and social science classes not just in the United Kingdom but all over the world this year.

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation has recently released video- resources  on their website to help young people make their films. To stay up to date with the competition, visit the Faith Shorts Facebook page or Follow @TonyBlair_TBFF on Twitter.


An Interfaith Generation Unwilling to Wait 2 August , 2011

When religious tension between Muslims and Christians rocked northern Nigeria on Jan. 8 of this year, the refrain of religiously fueled violence sounded so much like it had before. The “other” was at fault for the problems of a region, country and world. But when the tensions boiled over and violence broke out, resulting in burning down of churches and mosques and the death of more than 100 people, the response was profoundly different.

This time, young volunteers from World Faith Nigeria took action. Responding to a distress call, they rescued 72 passengers from a bus that was set on fire by young attackers. On both sides were young adults taking action. But this time one set of young adults was responding to save lives and, ideally, prevent future violence.

Nigeria, like many countries around the world, hosts interfaith dialogues marked by the convening of religious leaders to counter acts of violence. While this work is groundbreaking and necessary, it alone is not enough to turn the trends of religious violence. Violence perpetrated by youth can best be countered by equally motivated youth working toward the greater good.




On the Cutting Edge of Interfaith Work: An Open Thank You Letter to the Sultan of Oman

Your Majesty, The Sultan Qaboos bin Said,

As a participant in the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme (CIP) Summer School, I thank you and the other generous donors for making this program possible. You have done so without fanfare, but I feel it is important for the whole world to know that Oman has chosen to support some of the most cutting edge interfaith work I have ever encountered.



Vatican official in Korea for inter-religious talks 27 May , 2011

The head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue is in South Korea this week for meetings with leaders of the local Buddhist, Confucian, and Protestant communities, and talks with representatives of other Asian faiths.

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran—accompanied by Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, the secretary of the Pontifical Council, is traveling in Korea at the invitation of that country’s episcopal conference.



Serbia and Indonesia successfully stage inter-religious dialogue 20 April , 2011

The Association of Serbian-Indonesian Friendship Nusantara welcomed on Sunday the successful staging of the inter-religious dialogue between Serbia and Indonesia, during which participants discussed religious issues on scientific and expert level, and which gathered representatives of the Orthodox Church, Islam, Roman Catholic Church, Protestant Church, Hinduism and Judaists.

The inter-religious dialogue held from April 7 to 9 gathered several dozen high officials of religious communities, theologians and representatives of Serbia’s civil societies of various confessions.

The occasion provided an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences and should serve as an encouragement for the deepening of the inter-religious dialogue in each of the countries, Nusantara said in a release.



From the Pittsburg Post-Gazette: Rabbi to Receive Papal Medal for Promoting Interfaith Relations 27 January , 2011

Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation will receive a papal medal for his work promoting interfaith relations.

Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will present the award Sunday, during a 3 p.m. Mass in St. Paul Cathedral, Oakland. Rabbi Bisno said that he had been told last year that he would receive an award from the diocese, and was astounded to learn on Jan. 15 that it would be a medal from Pope Benedict XVI.



Catholics to Continue Dialogue with Hindus-Muslims-Protestants-Buddhists- Jews in Nevada 22 December , 2010

Catholics in northern Nevada (USA) want to continue the annual dialogue tradition with Jews-Muslims-Protestants-Buddhists-Hindus next year also in Sparks.

According to Father Charles T. Durante, Pastor of Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church of Carson City, it will be held on January eight next in two sessions among leaders of Muslim, Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist and Jewish faiths besides Catholic.

Invited religious figures include Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, Reverend V. James Jeffrey, Rabbi Teri Appleby, Imam Abdul Rahim Barghouthi, and Dr. William Bartlett, in addition to Father Durante, who will facilitate the dialogue. This will form part of the Annual Diocesan Conference of Reno (Nevada, USA) Catholic Diocese whose theme will be “Born in God’s Image”.

Interreligious dialogue this time is around the topic of “Laughing With God”, and the interfaith panel will explore some of the humor that lies within our sacred texts and religious teachings. “If we are born in God’s image, then laughter is surely an action of God”, announcement says.



Rockville Centre Voices Raised in Thanks and Praise: Villagers Gather for Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 2 December , 2010

In what has become an annual pre-holiday tradition, clergy from a number of local congregations gathered at the United Church of Rockville Centre on the evening of Nov. 23 to lead residents in the village’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.

After a musical introduction that included the processional hymn of “We Gather Together,” accompanied by organist Lin Hong, the Rev. Dr. Robert Gunn offered a welcome to the guests who filled the pews of the venerable wood-beamed church at the corner of Morris Avenue and Hamilton Street.

Rev. Dr. Roger D. Johns of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church next led the congregation in the first reading and Rev. Gunn delivered the invocation. The combined choirs of the participating congregations then sang “One God,” an anthem, and Rev. Jeffrey Laustsen from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church followed by lighting a Candle of Hope.

“Eternal God of all peoples and races,” he read, “may all your children learn to live together in peace and friendship. Let the day come when oppression, discrimination, bullying and prejudice will be forgotten, and all the world filled with Your spirit.”

Cantor Rachel Kohlbrenner, from Central Synagogue of Nassau County, sang “A Simple Song,” and Msgr. William Koenig of St. Agnes Cathedral then led A Call to Repentance, followed by silent prayer.



Religious Leaders, Youth to Meet in ‘Generations of Faith’ Interreligious Encounter 4 November , 2010

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Religious leaders and young adults from Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh traditions will meet for a day of dialogue and interreligious exchange at the John Paul II Cultural Center, November 19, at “Generations of Faith—an Interreligious Encounter.” The day will feature intergenerational dialogue in a variety of formats and concludes with a reception and presentation at 6 p.m. at the John Paul II Cultural Center. The evening event is open to the public and members of the media.



From The Huffington Post: Interfaith Dialogue Must Include Atheists 12 October , 2010

In my work as an interfaith activist, I’ve fought to bring an end to religious division. Lately this has increasingly meant speaking out against the rise in anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence sweeping America. As a member of the Common Ground Campaign, I’m actively working to oppose those who wish to disenfranchise the American Muslim community.