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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.

 

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Patheos Partners with Memnosyne Foundation’s Interfaith Service Network to Create The Interfaith Service Hunger Resource Allocation Network 25 July , 2011

DALLAS, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Murry McKenzie, coo of Patheos, the world’s premier online destination for global dialogue on religion and spirituality, announced today that, “Patheos is excited to partner with Memnosyne Foundation’s Interfaith Service Network to develop a regional Hunger Resource Allocation Network (HRAN). This network, to be created and piloted in North Texas, will provide the online communication infrastructure that will help hunger agencies and food providers reach the hungry in the most efficient manner.”

The initial concept for the network resulted from the work of staff and volunteers from Memnosyne Foundation’s Interfaith Service Network, directed by Rev. Dr. Todd Collier.  Together, religious leaders of diverse faiths and local city leaders have been in dialogue with food providers and pantries to identify the areas of greatest need.  According to Dr. Collier, “a number of issues have been identified in the food donation, collection, storage and distribution systems which can be solved through a cooperative program with online collaboration and more effective volunteer recruitment.”

Murry McKenzie explains, “Many organizations are already doing great work to feed the hungry.  But, hunger is a massive and complex problem. By listening to the challenges of organizations that are already working hard to alleviate hunger, we intend to create a communication network that helps each organization do its work in the most effective and cooperative way.”

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