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The World Culture Festival: A Major Peace Event with International Music, Dance, Meditation, Yoga, Wisdom, and Symposiums 16 June , 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In an era of widespread natural and manmade disaster and conflict, the world will have a chance to join in one of the largest peace festivals ever held — the World Culture Festival, July 2-3, 2011. U.S. Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Janice D. Schakowsky (D-IL) join other members of the Festival’s reception committee, including former Netherlands Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers, Nobel Prize winning Economist Myron Scholes, members of the European Parliament and other governments, and other leading figures from around the world in support of this historic event. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) are joining many more in support of this gathering that will share the world’s cultures, spirituality, and a message of harmony.

The site of this international festival is Berlin’s recently remodeled Olympiastadion (Olympic stadium). It has had a long and sometimes notorious history, but rarely has it hosted something as unusual as the upcoming World Culture Festival, where 70,000 people from around the world will participate in a group meditation for world peace. In addition, 1,000 yoga teachers will guide various forms of yoga, and celebrate harmony in diversity with music, dance, food, wisdom, and symposiums with cultural, spiritual, and political leaders from around the world. U.S. representation will include Grammy-nominated Chandrika Tandon, among others.

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Marin Independent Journal: Interfaith Concert Seeks to Connect Heart and Spirit 11 February , 2011

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The Marin Interfaith Council lives up to its multicultural, all- embracing mission, presenting four diverse musical acts — an a cappella vocal group, a sitar master from the Ali Akbar Khan school, a pair of Jewish cantors and a Tibetan folk musician and dancer — at its third annual Music of the Beloved Interfaith Concert.

Set for Feb. 13 at Marin Center’s Showcase Theatre, the show is part of the council’s effort to reach out to the Marin community through music and dance.

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Thanksgiving: A Time for Prayer 24 November , 2010

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Last week we posted information about a number interfaith Thanksgiving services around the country.  Read the testimony of someone who decided to attend below:

The 20th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois began and ended in a way that solidified one of the great themes of interfaith engagement – we joined together in singing American folk songs, recalling the common narrative the binds our diverse religious and cultural backgrounds together, reminding us that among the many expressions of faith and spirituality, there is a thread that unites us as spiritual brothers and sisters. It unites our hearts in acknowledgement of the sacred mysteries and values of life, and turns our attention from fear and mistrust to joy and peace.

That thread is prayer.

We were introduced and exposed to expressions of prayer in a variety of traditions, ranging from Jews and Christians to Sikhs and Zoroastrians. Some sang, some spoke, some recited from holy scriptures, but in the varied means of prayer, we were united in our acknowledgement of life.The service followed the Papal Assisi Model, named for an interfaith day of prayer held by John Paul II in 1986, which calls for us to pray in the presence of each other. The Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey graciously offered us their home and spiritual sanctuary so that we may build bridges that lead us beyond our limited understanding of each other and our traditions.

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