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WF Cameroon Cleans Up 8 April , 2013

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This month, WF Cameroon helped to clean an orphanage. The main projects were clearing the overgrown grass surrounding the orphanage, scrubbing and disinfecting the toilet, washing the childrens’ dresses, and disinfecting the orphanage with better cleaning chemicals than the orphanage had at hand.

Here are our volunteers hard at work and play with the children of the orphanage:

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Update from World Faith Uganda – Dental Clinic 16 August , 2012

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The “Buganda Youth Council / World Faith Uganda Dental Clinic” opened its doors in July 2012. The Dental Clinic aims at providing youth with affordable dental health care. Patients only pay a small amount of money needed to maintain the equipment, pay the rent, and guarantee the sustainability of the project.

The Dental Clinic is managed by Richard Kabanda, a professional dentist and board member of the Buganda Youth Council. A young member of the Buganda Youth Council who is in his last year of dental medicine at Mulago Dental School assists him in his work.

With the assistance of the Ministry of Youth and the Ministry of Health and thanks to our own savings we could afford a dental chair as well as the most important medical equipment. Our goal is to fully equip our clinic within the next months in order to offer the best service possible to our patients.

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World Faith India: Rainbow Schools Give Hope to Slum Children 15 May , 2012


Faiths for Safe Water 8 March , 2012

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The world’s dirty secret.  The #1 killer of children.


Awareness of the global water crisis is growing, but it remains the #1 killer of children. 4500 every day. From malnutrition to poverty, AIDS to malaria, gender equality and even peace, this one keystone issue undercuts so much of the good work the faiths do.



March 17, 2012

6p – 7:30p

The Riverside Church

91 Claremont @ 120th Street, NYC

Hosted by:  Huffington Post Religion Editor Paul Raushenbush

– reception to follow –

The Riverside Church and Faiths for Safe Water invite you to an unprecedented event to unite all faiths under this singular religious symbol shared by all: Water. During this time of spring rains and renewal — faith leaders and educators, social justice coordinators and activists, interfaith leaders, NGOs, youth leaders, students, congregants and people who just care — please come for an entertaining and informative program of inspired stories, easy ideas and community-building activities, and opportunities to impact millions of lives. And make water the source of health and life for ALL.

FREE/RSVP:  Faiths for Safe Water*


*FSW is strictly advocacy project dedicated to supporting the entire WASH sector and does not advocate for any particular faith.


Local Interfaith Group to Hold 9/11 Commemoration 9 August , 2011

Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Houses of Worship are planning an event to remember those lost in 9/11, all the injured and all the heroes.The Community 9/11 Commemoration will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 3 PM at The Reformed Church of Bronxville, located at 180 Pondfield Road in the Village of Bronxville.

This civic ceremony, organized by the BIC (Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe Interfaith Council), will feature stirring music (including bagpipes), a community choir, commemorative readings, greetings from Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe community leaders and a moving time of silent prayer and the ringing of the commemoration bell.




Interfaith Unity in Tottenham as Riots Continue

A representative from the board of Deputies of British Jews joined a mulltifaith “vigil of hope” on Monday evening in Tottenham.

The event was arranged following the death of resident Mark Duggan and the violent protests and riots that followed.

As riots again erupted across London, faith and lay leaders from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities gathered at a church to call for calm. Tottenham MP David Lammy also attended.

Phil Rosenberg, the Board’s interfaith officer, said that seeing London’s different communities coming together gave hope that “a city so dear to us all” could be rebuilt.




Plans Under Way in Dumont to Mark 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11 4 August , 2011

Plans are under way in Dumont to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on America.

A community-wide interfaith service will be held at 9 a.m. at Dumont High School followed later by a candlelight vigil at dusk in Memorial Park.

The public and emergency responders from Dumont and local communities are invited to participate in either or both events to honor those who died and those who responded.

“Our goal is not only to remember the fallen and the responders, but also to honor their lives by sharing any positive outcomes from such horrific violence,” said the Rev. Elaine Wing, pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church, and John Perkins, borough administrator.

Three local churches have committed to canceling their regular Sunday morning worship service and to encourage their congregations to worship together at 9 a.m.

“Our administrative board, like the Calvary United Methodist and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Councils, decided this event was very important,” said the Rev. Richard Vander Borgh, pastor of Old North Reformed Church.




Interfaith News Brief August 2011 2 August , 2011

Dhaka: International interfaith workshop in Bangladesh affirms diversity 

Twenty-four participants and six facilitators from Nine countries gathered at the YMCA Training Center in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from July 9 to 24, 2011, for the interfaith workshop, “Dialogue in Diversity” hosted by the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh and conducted by Interfaith Cooperation Forum (ICF), a joint program of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) in Hong Kong and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The participants included Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians from Cambodia, India, Laos, Pakistan and Thailand as well as Bangladesh. For the first time, an ICF program also included people from outside of Asia as seven participants from the YMCA in England took part as increasingly people of different faiths are finding themselves living in the same community, such as in Bradford.

On 9 July opening programme was chaired by Mr. Babu Markus Gomes, President of the National Council of YMCAs of Bangladesh and Father Benjamin Costa, CSC, Principal of the Notre Dame College was present as a chef guest. Max Ediger, Bruce Van Voorhis from ICF and Jose Varghese from APAY were attended as organizers. In the concluding ceremony Kohei Yamada, General Secretary of the Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCAs (APAY) attended as a Chief Guest.




Interfaith Service Heralds Rededication of the Steeple at St. Mary’s 14 July , 2011

The steeple at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary in the Highlands, surely the most prominent man-made landmark in this town, was rededicated this past Sunday, July 10, 2011. A ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by the Rector, Father Shane Scott-Hamblen, followed an interfaith service with the Philipstown Reform Synagogue (PRS), reflective of St. Mary’s policy of inclusion.  PRS Rabbi Michael Rothbaum, whose congregation has been “given a home” by St. Mary’s, participated in both the morning service and the celebration of the now-restored-to-glory steeple, which culminated in a ringing of the 1,100-pound steeple bell, its tone resounding through the village.




Upcoming events in Greater New Haven to share message of peace 13 July , 2011

MILFORD — A rabbi, Imam and a minister will walk into Woodmont United Church of Christ July 17.

But it’s far from the beginning of a joke.

The 10:30 a.m. interfaith service at 1000 New Haven Ave. will kick off a week of “peacemaking” events as they are called by Bruce Barrett, founder of IWagePeace.Org and an owner of Barrett Outdoor Communications, Inc.. Special guests will be two members – one from Israel, one from Palestine – of Combatants for Peace, a movement started jointly by Palestinians and Israelis who decided to put down their guns and to fight for peace.

Nouraddin Shehadah, 40, who lives with his wife in the West Bank, is now a social worker, but was previously a wanted man in Israel and leader of the local Fatah Party.

Erez Krispin is a high-tech entrepreneur, strategic consultant, and co-founder of who lives in Tel Aviv. Erez has been a captain in the Israeli Army and now refuses to serve in the occupied territories or to undertake any other duty that supports or enables the occupation in any way. As an adult he realized through reading that much of what he heard about the conflict and Palestinians while growing up was myth.

“These two will travel half way around the world specifically to meet with Americans and see what they think about peacemaking,” Barrett said of the tour.

The ministers of the interfaith service are Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim, Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz and The Rev. John Sandel.