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Oxford visit for Unifor members to attend interfaith courses

March 7, 2020BY NIGEL EDGAR ON MARCH 4, 2020 Uggah (third left) presents a memento to Abang Johari, witnessed by (from left) Richard, Talib, Manyin and Dr Sim. — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is proposing for the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) to send its people to Oxford University in the United Kingdom to attend three-month courses on interfaith studies or other disciplines. “We have had very good understanding with the Islamic Centre of Oxford University, and the patron is of course the Prince of Wales who really promotes interfaith relationships. “Every year, we (Sarawak) are given three places to attend short courses on interfaith as well as any other discipline. “Therefore, I would like to propose, I open it up to Unifor, for you (Unifor members) to go only for three months, after that you will get a certificate from Oxford University,” he said when officiating at the Sarawak World Interfaith Harmony Week ...

Levine: Our fight against hate goes global

February 28, 2020The students filed into Memorial Auditorium to World War II era music. The presentation, by Professor Danny Cohen, had the unlikely title of “Hidden Holocaust History: Memories, Misconceptions & Mickey Mouse” (you had to be there for that). Sponsored by the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, the program’s partner was Chattanooga’s Council Against Hate. After an introduction by Alison Lebovitz, the council’s co-chairman, Mayor Andy Berke offered comments that had the students rapt attention. Berke’s passion to counteract hate and anti-Semitism is personal. It dates back more than a century, long before six million Jews were killed during the Nazi-inspired Holocaust. His grandfather, born in Lithuania, was given a choice of forced labor or death. The family’s town was burnt to the ground, but they escaped, spending two years as refugees trying to get to the United States. Hate that began with small villages and cartoons like today’s memes, fed the anti-Semitism that erupted into the Holocaust. How could hate grow like ...

Can religion fight climate change?

February 25, 2020Nuns at the Global Climate March in Bogotá, Colombia Can religion fight climate change? 6 min read . Updated: 24 Feb 2020, 05:49 PM ISTUrmi Chanda-Vaz Religious orders and leaders are increasingly using faith to spread the message of climate change and environmentalism The first week of February is celebrated as World Interfaith Harmony Week, when faith leaders from across the world convene to discuss interreligious relationships. It was adopted by the UN in 2010 to foster dialogue and mutual understanding among people of different faiths. While discussions on complex religious subjects have dominated the forum in the last decade, something unusual happened on its 10th anniversary this year. Led by the Parliament of the World’s Religions (PoWR), global faith leaders spoke about the immediate crisis of climate change that is staring the world in the face. The parliament—inaugurated in 1893 in Chicago, US, as part of the World Columbian Exposition—has been the focal point for interfaith interactions for more than a ...

Ela Gandhi meets Pope Francis

February 18, 2020NEWS / 17 FEBRUARY 2020, 7:00PM / KAREN SINGH Ela Gandhi met the pope in the Vatican City last week, following her keynote address on February 11, during World Interfaith Harmony Week, in Italy. Picture: Supplied Durban – Ela Gandhi says she admires Pope Francis and his idea of solidarity is exactly what her grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, stood for.Gandhi met the pope in the Vatican City last week, following her keynote address on February 11, during World Interfaith Harmony Week, in Italy. Invited by the Women of Faith Network in Italy, Gandhi addressed government officials, the religious community and people from the Vatican.Scheduled to return to South Africa on the same day, Gandhi said she went to Saint Peter’s Basilica, where thousands of people gather every Wednesday to see the pope. “We arranged to go there on Wednesday morning, but somebody who had come to the meeting had tickets for us and we were then invited into the Vatican hall, instead of standing outside ...

Princess Cheryl Halpern & VOP Received Special Awards at UN World Interfaith Harmony Week 2020

February 18, 2020February 17, 2020 2:49pm   Comments Malang, East Java – The founders of Visions of a Peaceful Tomorrow Initiative, Princess Cheryl Halpern, Prince Damien Dematra, and Princess Natasha Dematra were awarded The United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week 2020 Special Award by the Nusantara Culture Council. The award was presented by KPH Prince Wiroyudho, the chairman of MATRA in the Dome of University of Muhammadiyah, Malang on January 27th, 2020. The Special Award was presented to the VOPI in recognition of the significant contribution that it has made by promoting peace, tolerance and respect for all faiths through the visions of youth. During the World Interfaith Harmony Week 2020, VOPI visited the Islamic Boarding School of Sabilurrosyad and held its Awards Ceremony in the Dome University of Muhammadiyah. The VOPI continued to Surabaya and held a similar event in the Junior State High School 12. The VOPI ended its three city visit with a closing event at the distinguished Tebuireng Islamic ...

Scene City | World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrated

February 14, 2020BY MARILYN ROQUE ON FEBRUARY 11, 2020 In response to the global call for a mutual understanding and peace as nations celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted an interfaith luncheon on Feb. 6, 2020, at Claveria Stake Center, CM Recto Street, Davao City. . LDS leader Elder Taniela Wakolo, 1st Counselor in the Philippines Area Presidency, joined leaders of other faiths and indigenous people communities, including Archbishop Romulo Geolina Valles, Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Davao Archbishop, where 68 leaders and evangelists from 13 diverse groups attended. With the year’s theme, “Celebrating Dialogue Towards Harmony,” the event provided a setting for a congruent and united discussion as leaders shook hands and unique beliefs were humbly shared and warmly received. Elder Wakolo, who just recently met Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle in Manila on Monday, Feb. 4, delivered a message of friendship and goodwill. In his ...

Indus Special with Meshal Malik | Interfaith Harmony Week | Episode 314 | Indus News

February 11, 2020Watch Meshal Malik’s stimulating conversation in Indus Special with some of the best experts from different parts of the world. Topic: 1. Interfaith Harmony Week Guests: * Yasser Louati – Activist * Byron Matarangas – Into. Law Expert * Alison Scott-Baumann – Prof. Society & Belief * Hanadi Chehabeddine – Activist   SOURCE

Interfaith dialogue: For religious tolerance

February 11, 2020Published: February 10, 2020 NARENDRA PANDE About 125 years ago, Swami Vivekananda spoke to the western world on the role of religious dialogue to come up with constructive factors to unite the people who experience heavy divisions and inequality due to their faiths There are certain things in life that remain a mystery for lack of exposure, experience and flow of information. Lack of exposure often hinders harmony, respect, progress, and well-being in life. Interfaith, interfaith dialogue and media connection and relation are still not known in Nepal. The concept stemmed about 125 years ago when Swami Vivekananda from India spoke to the western world on the role of religious dialogue to come up with constructive factors to unite the people who experience heavy divisions, inequality and lack of opportunities owing to their religions. If the media were to set aside some time in understanding interfaith and interfaith dialogue, it would help produce religious tolerance, peace, harmony and development at ...