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Interfaith Memorial & Prayers for Peace and Healing

July 28, 2014 in Blog by

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A Discussion with Vodou and Yoruba Faith Leaders

Last week, a group of African Diaspora clergy and lay leaders met with teachers attending ICNY’s NEH Institute on teaching religious diversity.  The meeting began with Vodou priest Houngan Gran Bwa performing a Vévé Ritual – see the first video in the YouTube playlist here.  In the subsequent video, Houngan Gran Bwa explains the significance […]

July 28, 2014 in Blog, Program Archive by

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Perhaps for the first time on a University campus, a Vodou Priest performs Veve Ritual

“Vévé” is a Haitian Vodou symbol, which is drawn during rituals to act as a beacon for the “Loa,” which are often referred to as spirits, but which many Vodou practitioners call “aspects of God.” Here, the Vévé Ritual is being led by Houngan Gran Bwa, a Vodou priest and multidisciplinary artist who was born […]

July 23, 2014 in Blog, Program Archive by

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Huffington Post Blog by ICNY’s Dr. Sarah Sayeed: This Ramadan: Valuing and Welcoming Women in Mosques

by Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.,Director of Community Partnerships, Interfaith Center of New York Image Credit: Argenis Apolinario Ramadan is a month of gratitude, embracing community, of togetherness. Fasting promotes self-reflection and a reaffirmation of compassion and justice. It seems an opportune moment to look inward at Muslim communities and speak about the imperative to restore Prophet […]

July 17, 2014 in Articles and Appearances by ICNY staff, Blog by

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2014 Ramadan Iftar Dinner

Date: Thursday, July 17 Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Sunset at 8:25 pm) Location: The Refectory, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027 The dinner is co-sponsored by The Interfaith Center of New York, Union Theological Seminary, and Peace Islands Institute.  Please RSVP to rsvp@peaceislands.org.  An image flyer of this event is […]

July 8, 2014 in Blog, Program Archive by

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MEDIA INVITATION to Join NEH Institute on Teaching Religious Diversity

Attention:  Education & Religion Journalists FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                July 7, 2014 Media are invited to join K-12 teachers from throughout the United States as they explore the religious diversity of New York – and contribute to pressing debates over the study of religion in American public schools.  Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching […]

July 7, 2014 in Blog, Program Archive by

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2014 NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers Launches

This month, 25 teachers from public, private, and faith-based schools around the USA are gathering in New York City for the three-week summer institute “Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity.”  The institute is a project of the Interfaith Center of New York and Union Theological Seminary, with support […]

July 7, 2014 in Blog, Program Archive by

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ICNY Statement on the murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir

The Interfaith Center of New York condemns the senseless and brutal abduction and murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, a 17-year-old Palestinian boy who was the innocent victim of an act of needless vengeance. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Acts of violence like this, only serve to further destabilize an already […]

July 2, 2014 in Blog by

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Reflection on Buddhist Muslim Dialogue, by Sasha Soreff

Pictured (l. to r.): Ven. TK Nakagaki, NY Buddhist Council & ICNY Board Member; Sebene Selassie, ED of Insight, Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Director of Community Partnerships at ICNY, en. Chang Hwa of the Chan Meditation Center and Imam Ibrahim Sayar, Peace Islands Institute Reflection on Buddhist Muslim Dialogue by Sasha Soreff We say we are listening, […]

July 1, 2014 in Blog, Program Archive, Uncategorized by

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ICNY E-Announcements for July: Ramadan, Religious Worlds, & A Speaker’s Bureau for the Formerly Incarcerated

Dear Friends, This past June, The Interfaith Center of New York co-sponsored a Buddhist-Muslim dialogue with the New York Buddhist Council and the Peace Islands Institute. Dr. Sarah Sayeed participated as a panelist along with Ven. Chang Hwa of the Chan Meditation Center. Read a participant reflection here. Tonight, ICNY would like to bring your […]

June 30, 2014 in Blog by

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ICNY: Connecting Faith and Society