Interfaith

Trinity Episcopal holds Native American worship service

November 22, 2019
On Sunday in commemoration of Native American Heritage Month, Trinity Episcopal Church of Redlands held its 11th annual Native American Worship Service. As the program stated, the unique service was designed to “reflect the respectful integration of elements of Native American culture and tradition within the context of the Episcopal Church's liturgy.” The service was well attended; colorful in both flavor and proceedings. Source: ... Read more about Trinity Episcopal holds Native American worship service

Celebrating religious and cultural holidays at work, inclusively

November 21, 2019
Every late October/early November, my family celebrated Diwali. My mom would draw rangoli patterns on our front steps and light little candles with cotton wicks all over the house. We had friends over, played three-card poker and ate rice, dhal, paneer and alu with cucumber raita and mango chutney. Christmas is when I get time off, but I don’t overlook Eid, Hanukkah, Nowruz, Juneteenth and the Lunar New Year. I follow the simple rule that just because it’s not a paid holiday, doesn’t mean it’s not worth celebrating. I mentioned this to someone once and got a puzzled look, “Why? You’re in... Read more about Celebrating religious and cultural holidays at work, inclusively

Habitat for Humanity brings faiths together to build home for Louisville family

November 18, 2019
Habitat for Humanity partnered with volunteers from three faith traditions to help build a home in their Interfaith Build on Sunday morning.
A group of volunteers from Middletown Christian Church, Temple Shalom, and Al Noor Mosque worked together to build a new house for a family originally from Sudan who moved to the United States three years ago.
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A Changing Religious Landscape

The religious landscape of America is changing. In the past fifty years, new immigrants have arrived from all over the world seeking political freedom and economic prosperity. They have come with their cultural and religious traditions, their Qur’ans and Bhagavad Gitas, their rituals, prayers,  and forms of mediation, their songs, dances, and arts. They have put down roots in American soil and created community centers and sacred spaces.

At first, many of the changes in America’s religious landscape were relatively invisible. There was no new architecture to catch the eye...

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Selected Resources

National and International Initiatives

Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (Founded 1988) – Chicago, IL

The first World’s Congress of Religions convened in 1893 at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and is often cited as the “birth of formal interreligious dialogue.” In 1988 the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions was founded to organize a centennial celebration of that historic gathering....

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Interfaith Infrastructure

"Interfaith Infrastructure" is the Pluralism Project's survey of interfaith efforts taking place across the U.S. While the term “interfaith” might include everything from informal personal relationships to formal meetings of religious leaders, this section takes a sharper focus on organizations. Many of these efforts are local, whether born out of crisis, context, or civic purpose; some focus on dialogue, activism, or education. Here, we offer a glimpse of an emerging interfaith movement by documenting a range of...

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'Border Church' and 'Border Mosque' team up for prayer service

October 24, 2019
For more than a decade, the Rev. John Fanestil, a United Methodist minister, has held a Sunday service at Friendship Park, a historic meeting place on the U.S.-Mexico border overlooking the Pacific Ocean between San Diego and Tijuana. While Communion is celebrated each week, Fanestil began the nonsectarian Christian ministry to help preserve the park as a public space where family members separated by their immigration status can interact, even if their interaction takes place through border fencing. But in recent months, Border Church, or La Iglesia Fronteriza, has blossomed into a... Read more about 'Border Church' and 'Border Mosque' team up for prayer service

How religious groups are working to attract young New Yorkers

October 21, 2019
Once a month, a group of teens gathers at the home of Sutton Place Synagogue Rabbi Rachel Ain and her husband for a guest speaker series known as “Hebrew High at the Rabbis.” Past speakers at the gatherings have included a Lutheran minister who spoke about the importance of interfaith dialogue and a Wall Street Journal editor who talked about his Jewish faith and work. Ain and her husband, who is also a rabbi, co-lead conversations with attendees. The meetings are just one way the synagogue works to engage young congregants — an undertaking that can be challenging given students’ busy... Read more about How religious groups are working to attract young New Yorkers

Interfaith network aims to rebuild African-American church

October 15, 2019

Inside a small Woodside Avenue church set among the trees, the oldest African-American congregation in the northern Pioneer Valley has made its home for more than a century.

But nearly a decade after celebrating the building's centennial in 2010, the Goodwin Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church needs extensive repairs, including a new oil burner estimated to cost at least $13,000.

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Memphis faith groups embrace similarities at interfaith event

October 7, 2019
Members of eight faith groups in the Memphis area gathered at the Health Sciences Park on Saturday, Oct. 5, and invited people to ask questions and have conversations. As the Reba Russell Band played in the background, faith representatives and people attending the “Ask Me Anything” event found that similarities between the different religions trumped the differences. “It’s a wonderful way to fight ignorance and hatred together,” said Stephen Guenther, reverend of the Fellowship of Avalon, who represented the Wiccan faith. Source: ... Read more about Memphis faith groups embrace similarities at interfaith event

Interfaith group seeks ways to find unity after graffiti

October 4, 2019
In response to the Nazi graffiti sprayed on Temple Jacob in September, Keweenaw residents from a variety of religions met Wednesday night to discuss ways to foster communities to work together in the current climate, The discussion group of about 20 discussed their feelings regarding the incident, as well as ways of finding common ground with area residents. Source: Interfaith group seeks ways to find unity after graffiti | News, Sports, Jobs - The Mining Gazette

OSU faculty revive religious studies program

September 30, 2019
Since 1995, OSU has been without a complete interdisciplinary religious studies program. This year, that is dramatically changing. The religious studies program, after 24 years, is experiencing a bold rebirth. Program director Lawrence Pasternack, Matthew Pereira and Jin Young Kim are the key people reviving this program to meet student interests. It hasn't been easy. "I've been racing to create everything needed," Pasternack said. "Basically starting from scratch because there was nothing. Source: ... Read more about OSU faculty revive religious studies program

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