February 4, 2009
Diana Eck’s Comments
These first weeks of 2009 give us good reason to pause. We recently witnessed the newly-inaugurated President Barack Obama affirm what we have worked so hard over the years to promote: “our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. [That] we are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers.” This historically unprecedented naming of our rich religious diversity changes the way in which “we the people” see ourselves, and the ways in which others around the world see us, too. Click here to read my memo to President Obama entitled, “Becoming a More Complex ‘We,'” published in the December-January issue of Tikkun.
All the best in the new year,
Summer Internships 2009
In 2009 the Pluralism Project will offer 6 summer internships for undergraduate students and 4 independent research opportunities for graduate students. Two of these positions will be devoted to website development and design, and we encourage undergraduate and graduate candidates with skills in HTML and PHP to apply. Summer projects will focus on our World Religions in Boston resource and our Case Study Initiative. Interns and independent researchers will be offered modest stipends, but are advised to seek additional funding from their colleges, universities, or other sources. Please click here for more information, including how to apply. Application deadline: February 28, 2009.
If you scroll down past our internships on the webpage, you will find listings for a variety of other internships being offered by partner organizations. We encourage you to share this link with the young people in your networks. If you have an internship that you think should be added to this list, please email a brief summary and link to email@example.com
Fremont, USA to Premiere at Harvard University March 5
The Fremont Alliance for a Hate-Free Community will be holding a free public screening on Monday, February 9 at 7 PM at Niles Congregational Church, 225 H Street in Fremont. More info: www.pluralism.org/fremontusa or (510) 797-0895
Affiliate Douglas Hicks Launches New Book
Student Affiliate Om Lala Explores FBOs in South Africa
Pluralism Project Student Affiliate Om Lala’s dissertation, titled: “The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Mitigating HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma in Religious Communities”, is now available for download on our website. Lala explores the important new countercultural role that faith-based organizations (FBOs) can play in combating the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS through the lens of one Christian, one Muslim, and one Hindu organization in Kwazulu Natal and Western Cape, South Africa.
Innovative Interfaith Model: “One Town, Many Initiatives”
• “One Town, Many Traditions” Photography Exhibit
• “One Town, Many Cultures” Film Festival
• “One Town, Many Stories” Oral History Project Featured on Sharon Community Television
• “One Bag, One Life” Campaign to Combat Malaria.
“The Religious-Secular Divide: The US Case” Conference, March 5-6
Inaugural Prayers Aim for a More Diverse America
Prayers offered by Rick Warren and Joseph Lowery at the inauguration of President Barack Obama sought to acknowledge the diversity of religious beliefs held by Americans.
Becoming a More Complex “We”
A memo from Diana L. Eck to President Obama reflecting on the impact of his words and actions related to American religious pluralism.
Dartmouth’s Interfaith Floor Creates a New Kind of Community
A new “Interfaith Living and Learning Community” at Dartmouth offers real-life opportunities for students to engage across religious lines.
South Florida Muslims Use Bus Ads, Hotline to Counter “Obsession” DVD Campaign
In response to the distribution of the fear-mongering DVD, the local chapter of CAIR launches a campaign to answer questions about Islam.
Open Letter to Obama In New York Times Calls for Even-Handed Mideast Policy
Among other advocacy groups, the Muslim Public Affairs Council calls on President Obama to adopt policies for sustainable peace in the Middle East.
Hub Religious Voices Call for Gaza Cease-Fire
Boston religious leaders issue a joint statement calling for a cease-fire in Gaza.
Religion Now More Divisive Than Race, Says Public
A recent survey in the UK indicates that religion has surpassed race as a divisive issue.
Global Conf. On World’s Religions Post-September 11 to Be Held At Jamia
Canada’s McGill University and the Jamia Millia Islamia are jointly collaborating on a Global Congress to explore world religions from an Asian perspective.