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A panel discussion: Justice, Tzedek, Sadaqah: Pursuing Social Justice in Multi-faith Communities 14 January , 2013

Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Jewish Theological Seminary
3080 Broadway (at 122nd St)
New York City

This multi-faith panel of “elders” will discuss how multi-faith communities have influenced social justice over the past two decades, what are the current issues being addressed, and what is still to be accomplished. They offer insight as to how young activists can play a pivotal role in accomplishing some of these key objectives and what it will mean for the future of this country and our place in a global society.
Joshua Stanton, moderator, has solicited questions via the Journal of Interreligious Dialogue and State of Formation. Come add your voice to the conversation with these renowned leaders in multi-faith social justice.

Rev. Julie Johnson Staples (Interim Minister with Education, Riverside Church, NY; Moderator of the New York-New Jersey Regional Association of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches),
Rabbi David Saperstein (Director and Counsel, Religious Action Center, Union for Reform Judaism)
Dr. Azizah Y. al-Hibri (Professor Emerita, University of Richmond School of Law; Founder and President of Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights)

Joshua Stanton (Associate Director, Center for Global Judaism at Hebrew College, and Director of Communications: Coexist Foundation; Founding co-Editor, Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue).
Admission is free with reservations. A photo ID is required. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to clear security.
To reserve a seat, please click:
Co-sponsors: Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the
Jewish Theological Seminary and the Nelson Mandela Center at the
Museum for African Art.

Check this link for more details: JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY PANEL


Merseyside Police multi-faith chaplaincy launched 27 July , 2011

There are ten chaplains who will be on hand to offer confidential support and advice to police officers and staff across Merseyside.

The volunteers, who all have other jobs, represent the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths.

The chaplains, which include two serving officers and ordained ministers, will be on hand to help people with personal and work issues.

Chief Constable Jon Murphy said: “Our new chaplains are invaluable in helping us to engage in a more meaningful way with the diverse groups within Merseyside Police.

“We work hard to support officers and staff through what can be a very difficult and challenging job on behalf of the people of Merseyside, and these volunteer chaplains will enable us to further that support.”

The head of the new Chaplaincy Service, Reverend Keith Hitchman said: “I am delighted to be heading up this new service for Merseyside Police.

“There is much in the faith traditions that can be of help to those of all beliefs or of none, and we are available to all officers and staff.

“My fellow chaplains and I are looking forward to offering both spiritual and pastoral support to those who need it, impartially and regardless of individual belief systems.”



Holy Land clerics launch interfaith Earth forum 25 July , 2011

JERUSALEM — Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in the Holy Land joined forces Monday to launch a multi-faith environmental campaign, citing religious injunctions to protect the Earth across their three faiths.

Among their plans are the convening of an international conference of religious leaders in New York ahead of the 2012 UN General Assembly, a North America public relations campaign and training future clerics on the importance of environmental issues, one of the organisers said.

At the Jerusalem launch of the Interfaith Centre for Sustainable Development, rabbi David Rosen noted that the obligation upon humans to care for their surroundings comes near the very beginning of the Bible.

“That is the original charge in the first chapters of Genesis, given to the first man and woman, not purely to develop, to till the land, but also to protect it… to conserve it,” he said, to nods of agreement from a Roman Catholic bishop and the Palestinian deputy minister of religious affairs.

“The main religions should really study the ecological crisis together, because our destiny is common,” bishop William Shomali said. “If Earth is polluted it is polluted for Muslims, Christian and Jews.”

Laying out the centre’s plan of action, rabbi Yonatan Neril said that the campaign was not limited to monotheistic faiths.



Multi-faith panel addresses arsenic concerns 11 July , 2011

Christians and Buddhists joined forces with farmers to highlight the dangers posed by arsenic poisoning and to promote organic farming.

A panel of experts addressed a discussion among religious and area farmers about the deadly poison, which has been blamed for the death of more than 20,000 farmers in the past two decades.

“We have found that arsenic poisoning is the cause of a rare kidney disease found in the north central province,” said Dr. Channa Sudath Jayasumana, a member of the medical faculty of Rajarata University.

“According to our research, we found arsenic in soil, rice and water.”

The panel discussion was organized by the National Movement Against Poison at Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute in Columbo last week.

More than 300 people including farmers, nuns, priests, Buddhist monks, members of research groups, NGOs and journalists participated in the discussion.



The Power of Unity: Religious Pluralism in the U.K. 6 July , 2011

Every year two thousand Jews in Britain head for a University in the middle of the country for Limmud. This is a cross community education experience with hundreds of different workshops on Jewish religion, life and culture which happens to take place over the Christmas holiday period. It feels wonderfully countercultural to be learning Judaism when the rest of the country is enjoying the rather secularised British Christmas. The University obligingly takes down the Christmas trees and the tinsel for us and a corner of England becomes Jerusalem for a week.

Generally though Britain is a multicultural society. The Government’s National Curriculum requires children to experience religious education throughout their school career. This begins, even in places where there are hardly any Jews, with children in most elementary schools lighting Hanukkah candles, learning about Diwali, the Hindu festival and Eid, the Muslim end of Ramadan, together with putting on the school Nativity Play telling the birth narrative of Jesus. It means that the majority of British children, even if religion plays very little part in their own family life, end up knowing a little about all of the larger religious groups in the country.



School students to discuss their experiences of religion at national event 29 June , 2011

More than a hundred secondary school students from different parts of the country will be meeting teachers, faith leaders, policy makers and other community representatives at a multi-faith event hosted by Brunel on 6 July.

The event, to be held at Hillingdon Civic Centre in Uxbridge, is part of the Brunel-led Youth on Religion project, directed by Professor Nicola Madge at Brunel in collaboration with Middlesex and Leeds Metropolitan Universities. Many of the students attending the event have been involved with the project, which saw 10,000 students from the London Boroughs of Hillingdon and Newham and from Bradford completing an online survey, with around 150 also taking part in interviews and discussion groups. The three Boroughs were chosen because of their religious diversity.

The event will showcase new research findings and provide an opportunity for young people to discuss their views and experiences of religion. It will also feature a speech by the Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor Mary O’Connor MBE, as well as displays of youth artwork and sculptures, short films of the research made in collaboration with young people, and live music.