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Welcome World Faith Gambia 19 June , 2012

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We are excited to announce the creation of our newest Africa chapter, World Faith Gambia! World Faith Gambia – Youths in Aid, was founded in 2008 by religiously-diverse young Gambians working in various international and local development agencies inside the country and other parts of West Africa. World Faith Gambia aims at mobilizing young adults to take action in development projects on a local, regional, and national level. The chapter delivers community services including public health, tree planting, educational programs, and social welfare to orphans and children in need.  World Faith Gambia believes in the value of mutual respect and thinks of interfaith cooperation as an essential component to implement social justice, peace, and economic development.

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Welcome World Faith Malawi 16 June , 2012

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The World Faith community is growing! We are happy to welcome our new chapter, World Faith Malawi. World Faith Malawi is an interfaith youth organization, cooperating with different religious youth groups, organizations, and individuals in the pursuit of a just society. World Faith Malawi was founded by like-minded youth leaders from different faith groups, such as Christian, Muslim, and Baha’i who want to make a major contribution to fight poverty and social imbalances. They provide youth from different religious groups with the skills they need to improve their living conditions and empower their communities. Project focuses are social and economic justice, HIV/AIDS prevention and agriculture.  The interfaith approach aims at creating an environment where religious diversity, love, and mutual respect form a basis for positive change.

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The Coexist Foundation hosts the 2012 Coexist Prize Ceremony at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30pm on March 20 13 March , 2012

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Getting Stuck in Clay: An Interfaith Reflection 21 July , 2011

This is my first trip to Europe. I’ve had the chance to rent a bike and tour around the beautiful English countryside that surrounds Madingly, a small town (there is only a few homes, a pub, town hall and a church) right outside of Cambridge, England.

One day when biking I pulled off on a “public bridleway.” This is a new and fascinating phenomenon for me as a person from the United States; these pathways criss-cross through otherwise private fields and property, connecting for the public small towns and roads that can be reached by foot and often by bike. After about 100 yards of bumping down the path, the bike refused to move any further.




Cardinal Tauran calls for interfaith dialogue in Holy Land 20 July , 2011

Pope Benedict XVI’s representative at the Holy Land Conference which took place at Lambeth Palace from 18-19 July has urged the region’s Christians, Jews and Muslims to engage in dialogue to build a shared future.

“History, like religion, teaches us that there is only one future: a shared future,” said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. “What is important is not to stop but rather to continue our dialogue, our pilgrimage towards the truth, with the conviction that ‘it is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult’”.

Cardinal Tauran also called for local Christians to be extended their fundamental rights in the Holy Land:

“For the local Christians, like for the Jews and the Muslims, Jerusalem is not only a holy city, it is also their home city where they have a right to continue to live and to work. They must be granted and have secured the most fundamental rights: freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, freedom of movement, civic and historical rights, education, hospitals, the possession of their own institutions (seminaries, universities, monasteries, etc.). Of course, all this has to be recognized not only for Christians, but for all the inhabitants of the Holy Land.”



KOREA – VATICAN For Card Tauran, “Korea is an example of religious tolerance” 26 May , 2011

Seoul – South Korea “is a good example of how a nation can live in interfaith peace, an example of important universal values like the family, life and moral teaching for the young. This comes from religious and cultural exchanges,” Card Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, told South Korean President Lee Myung-bak during a courtesy visit to the Blue House, South Korea’s presidential palace.

The prelate is in South Korea with the Mgr Pier Luigi Celata, secretary of the same Pontifical Council. They arrived on Monday and are set to leave tomorrow. They were invited by the local Episcopal Committee for Promoting Christian Unity and Interreligious Dialogue.

In addition to meeting the South Korean president, they are expected to meet South Korea’s Culture minister and the director of Religious Affairs.



Christians in Middle East foster Inter-Religious Dialogue for Peace 11 May , 2011

Christians in Lebanon and Syria are concerned about what is happening between Christians and Muslims in Egypt and its impact on the region, says a Lebanese Presbyterian educator.

“Stories from Egypt scare us that a focus on religious issues will create enmity between peoples,” says Najla Kassab who works with a church-based education programme serving parishes in Lebanon and Syria.

Kassab believes that violence in Egypt on Saturday – when 12 Christians were killed by Muslims and two churches burned – raises the need for churches to play a role in reconciliation and dialogue in the wake of the revolutions that are sweeping countries in the Middle East.

“We are at a time of questioning how change can happen in our diverse countries in a healthy way,” Kassab says. “Churches can help create opportunities for change through dialogue rather than violence.”



At Interfaith Group, A Rabbi Does The Easter Sermon 14 April , 2011

On the second night of Passover, Rabbi Harold White will lead a traditional seder dinner with matzoh and bitter herbs and all the trimmings.

Five days later, he’ll deliver the sermon on Easter Sunday.

That’s what life looks like inside the Interfaith Family Project (IFFP) in suburban Washington, where Jewish-Christian couples have decided their kids shouldn’t have to choose one faith over the other. Instead, they can do a little of both.

With as many as half of Jews marrying non-Jews, this year’s overlap of Passover and Easter is prompting more than a few families to find new ways to navigate the dueling holidays, much like the annual “December dilemma” pitting Christmas against Hanukkah.

Increasingly, such families are turning toward one another for guidance, creating both formal and informal programs. For families at IFFP, it means hosting regular Sunday morning “gatherings” and bringing White and the Rev. Julia Jarvis on as staff clergy to help guide the

Not surprisingly, an interfaith Easter will look and feel a little different. There will be no talk of the Eucharist, White and Jarvis said. Instead, services will focus on renewal.



Albeu: Harmony, the value of humanity, symposium on interreligious dialogue 28 March , 2011

News from Albania

The value of humanity, symposium on interreligious dialogue has started today in Tirana the symposium on interreligious dialogue “Harmony, the value of humanity. ” The meeting aims to promote religious harmony not only in our country but even beyond, addressing in particular the case of the well known thinker of our time, Fetullah Gulen.

The symposium began with a brief overview on the life and activities of Gulen in promoting inter religious dialogue in the world. READ MORE


Next Year in the White House: A Seder Tradition 24 March , 2011

One evening in April 2008, three low-level staff members from the Obama presidential campaign — a baggage handler, a videographer and an advance man — gathered in the windowless basement of a Pennsylvania hotel for an improvised Passover Seder.

The day had been long, the hour was late, and the young men had not been home in months. So they had cadged some matzo and Manischewitz wine, hoping to create some semblance of the holiday.

Suddenly they heard a familiar voice. “Hey, is this the Seder?” Barack Obama asked, entering the room.

So begins the story of the Obama Seder, now one of the newest, most intimate and least likely of White House traditions. When Passover begins at sunset on Monday evening, Mr. Obama and about 20 others will gather for a ritual that neither the rabbinic sages nor the founding fathers would recognize.