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Faith Shorts 2012: Countering Stereotypical Sound Bites 19 November , 2012

More than ever before film has the power to shape public opinion on religion. Negative views can now be propagated in an instant through social media. Faith Shorts, our global film competition, challenges the voices who try to distil faiths into stereotypical sound bites and offers a powerful alternative.

Faith Shorts provides young people with the opportunity to express their faith through film, bringing their voices to a global stage. The competition sees entrants challenge stereotypes which exist about religion and show what their faith means to them in their own words.

These personal stories offer a glimpse into how young people view their faith in their own lives. Two shortlisted film makers highlight the messages of peace, non violence and equality Islam preaches which many people are unaware of. Our first-ever animation film questions the existence of God, and one film from India explores the ways globalisation is connecting different cultures like never before.

Through these films opinions are formed based on first-hand information. The audience learns that not all Muslims think “this” and all Christians think “that.  Seeing this diversity helps reduce stereotypes. It is this human connection that really helps people understand where “the other” is coming from.  Ignorance is often the source of misunderstanding and conflict as people fear the unknown. Through these films Faith Shorts aims to counter prejudices and extremist views.

This year’s shortlisted films reflect the global nature of the competition. Films came in from Israel, India, Egypt, Argentina, Pakistan, Singapore, Lebanon, and the Philippines, to name just a few.

If you haven’t already, make sure to watch this year’s shortlisted films ahead of the awards ceremony. Tune in to watch the live stream from 195 Piccadilly, the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) at 6 pm GMT on the 26th November to find out who the winners are. You can join in the conversation on Twitter @TonyBlair_TBFF #FaithShorts2012

Watch all the shortlisted films here.


Interfaith Social Media: Interfaith Leadership in the Digital World 14 May , 2012

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Interfaith Social Media: Interfaith Leadership in the Digital World 12 April , 2012

This webinar will explore how to think about social media.  Using the frameworks of Marshall McLuhan, marketing theory, and media hook, we will explore how to leverage these technologies tactically, to comprise an effective overall strategy in interfaith and religious work.  #socialinterfaith

Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith, Çöñár Records, and Co-Founder of Religious Freedom USA. After graduating from NYU, Frank worked in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga. In 2006, he founded World Faith. a youth-led interfaith organization active in ten countries. As an active blogger, Frank has contributed to the Huffington Post, Washington Post, and Sojourners. Frank has been interviewed on Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and various international media outlets, and is an IFYC Fellow Alumnus, Soliya Fellow, and YouthActionNet Fellow.

Frank also works as an independent Online Marketing and PR Consultant, consulting non-profits, corporations, foundations, recording artists, and political campaigns on web issues ranging from viral video and social networks to SEO and advertising. He resides in New York, New York, where he still performs as a professional musician with local artists.

Title: Interfaith Social Media:  Interfaith Leadership in the Digital World

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

To register for the webinar visit:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


Interfaith Meet to Focus on Social Net 2 August , 2011

DOHA: The Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue is all set host its ninth conference in October under the theme Social Networking and interfaith dialogue, reported an Arabic daily yesterday.

The conference to be held between October 24 and 26 will discuss many issues in depth related to tools of social networking and interfaith dialogue. The conference will also focus on frequently asked questions about social networking, as social media has played large role in the recent political uprisings in the Arab world.

The conference will be held as part of the centre’s aims to fill the gap between the Qatari community and the other people.




How to Use Facebook to Build Friendships Between French Muslims and Jews 19 July , 2011

PARIS (JTA) — At a glance, the Muslim-Jewish picnic at the peace fountain in Yitzhak Rabin Garden, in this city’s Bercy Park, looks like a reunion of old friends.

Middle-aged men and women sit on blankets and laugh together, snacking on carrots and Middle Eastern pastries. A circle of women dances wildly to the tunes of a guitarist and tambourine player.

But many of the 100 or so people there have never met — at least not face to face.

They are part of a groundbreaking group that is trying to build bridges between Muslims and Jews in France by fostering a community on Facebook where members can interact directly online about the issues that divide them, and then meet at occasional social gatherings like the recent picnic in Paris.




Virtual Bridge Allows Strangers in Mideast to Seem Less Strange 14 July , 2011

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Moad Arqoub, a Palestinian graduate student, was bouncing around the Internet the other day and came across a site that surprised and attracted him. It was a Facebook page where Israelis and Palestinians and other Arabs were talking about everything at once: the prospects of peace, of course, but also soccer, photography and music.

“I joined immediately because right now, without a peace process and with Israelis and Palestinians physically separated, it is really important for us to be interacting without barriers,” Mr. Arqoub said as he sat at an outdoor cafe in this Palestinian city.




World Faith Facebook Page Live! 1 November , 2009

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Ciao All!

Just a quick note that World Faith’s new Facebook page is up.  We will begin using our group less and less and promote through our Facebook page more as it’s easier to manage.