Interfaith

Stresses multiply for many US clergy: 'We need help too'

February 19, 2020

Greg Laurie is among America’s most successful clergymen -- senior pastor at a California megachurch, prolific author, host of a global radio program. Yet after a youthful colleague’s suicide, his view of his vocation is unsparing. 

“Pastors are people, just like everyone else,” Laurie said by email. “We are broken people who live in a broken world. Sometimes, we need help too.” 

Laurie’s 15,000-member Harvest Christian Fellowship, based in Riverside, California, was jolted in September by the death of Jarrid Wilson, a 30-year-old associate pastor. Wilson...

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Rabbis’ perspectives vary when it comes to co-officiating at interfaith funerals

February 14, 2020

With the rise of interfaith marriage, it is no surprise that families are seeking ways to meld the traditions of various faiths. From weddings performed jointly by clergy representing different religions, to the December holiday mashup “Christmakkah,” cultures and customs are being blended in ways unimaginable a century ago.

Interfaith funerals, co-officiated by a rabbi and a non-Jewish clergy member, while not yet ubiquitous, now can also be added to that canon. 

Rabbi Chuck Diamond, spiritual leader of Pittsburgh’s Kehillah La La, recently co-officiated a...

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More US firms are boosting faith-based support for employees

February 14, 2020

It has become standard practice for U.S. corporations to assure employees of support regardless of their race, gender or sexual orientation. There’s now an intensifying push to ensure that companies are similarly supportive and inclusive when it comes to employees’ religious beliefs.

One barometer: More than 20% of the Fortune 100 have established faith-based employee resource groups, according to an AP examination and there’s a high-powered conference taking place this week in Washington aimed at expanding those ranks.

“Corporate America is at a tipping point...

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Secular Bible Study / Circle of Reason

Circle of Reasons LogoWebsitehttp://www.circleofreason.org/
No culture in history has used public, communal commitment to reason as a way to improve the world as well as our individual lives. We believe this approach to solving irrationality by the human race can lead to a better outcome than what has come before. Our goal is to institute local and virtual congregations, or circles, of those who believe in the power of reason to gradually but inexorably identify and expunge irrationality from our worldly lives and from local society, campaign and governmental policies, and global society.
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Interfaith Youth Connection (Formerly Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition)

Interfaith Youth Leadership CoalitionWebsite: https://interfaithaction.org/category/youthconnection,  https://tcinterfaithyouth.wordpress.com/about/
The Twin Cities Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition, a collaboration of the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and the Islamic Civic Society of America, creates spaces for religiously diverse youth in the Twin Cities area to build bridges across religious and other barriers that divide, investing in and equipping youth as leaders and change-makers.
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Women Transcending Boundaries

Women Transcending BoundariesWebsitehttp://wtb.org/
Women Transcending Boundaries (WTB) is an egalitarian community of women from many faith and cultural traditions. Through programs, events, and social interactions, we seek to nurture mutual respect and understanding by sharing information about our diverse beliefs, customs, and practices and by working together to address our common concerns in this post-9/11 world. Our further intent is to share our personal and collective experiences with the wider community, to educate, and to serve.
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