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“A Theology of Caring”: Faith Leader Spotlight on Rev. Maria Lopez

Rev. Maria Lopez Rev. Maria Lopez is guided by what she has dubbed a “theology of caring.” She will say that she is not a religious person, but believes in Jesus’ mission of caring for the poor and maintaining your humanity. “We live in a self-centered world. I, as a Christian, need to extend myself. […]

January 20, 2015 in Blog by

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Paris policeman’s brother: ‘Islam is a religion of love. My brother was killed by terrorists, by false Muslims’

The following article is from The Guardian, a British daily newspaper.  The original article can be accessed here.   Ahmed Merabet was the first police officer at the scene of the Charlie Hebdo attack. He was shot dead in cold blood. Now his brother has appealed for calm Malek Merabet said the terrorists who ignored […]

January 12, 2015 in Blog by

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“Interfaith Dialogue Inspired by Pope Francis” by Rev. Chloe Breyer

by Rev. Chloe Breyer ICNY Executive Director Treading in the footsteps of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis 1 brought a message of peace to an important part of the Muslim world. Like Saint Francis who in the middle of the devastating Fifth Crusade in 1219, set sail to Egypt to cross battle […]

January 12, 2015 in Articles and Appearances by ICNY staff, Blog by

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Bishop says interfaith dialogue can be a model for French society

2015-01-08 Vatican Radio http://www.news.va/en/news/bishop-says-interfaith-dialogue-can-be-a-model-for (Vatican Radio) Four French Imams, who’ve been part of a Catholic-Muslim delegation visiting the Vatican this week, have expressed their shock and condemnation of the attack on the satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’. Wednesday’s attack by masked gunmen in Paris left 12 people dead, with several others in critical condition. In a […]

January 8, 2015 in Blog by

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The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue calls for human and spiritual solidarity with the victims of the attack on “Charlie Hebdo” and their families

Vatican City, 8 January 2014 (VIS) – This morning the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue published the following declaration: “As we reach the end of the meeting in Rome of the four Imams of France, who attended yesterday’s general audience along with the delegation from the French Episcopal Conference, the participants, shocked by the heinous […]

January 8, 2015 in Blog by

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ICNY Statement: Attacks on Charlie Hebdo Offices in Paris

  The Interfaith Center of New York condemns the horrific attack on eight French journalists and four others that took place today at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. There is no justification for these cold-blooded murders. The assaults on human life also threaten freedom of speech. Our thoughts and prayers go out […]

January 7, 2015 in Blog by

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In Memory of Officer Liu: What Buddhism Offers to Police and Race Relations

The following article by Dr. Sarah Sayeed (ICNY’s Director of Community Partnerships) was published in the Huffington Post on January 7, 2015.  The original article can be accessed here. Photo credit: Debbie Almontaser I am not a police officer. Nor am I Buddhist. But Officer Wenjian Liu was both. As we collectively grieve for his […]

January 7, 2015 in Articles and Press about ICNY, Blog by

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Annual Interfaith Celebration To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Central Harlem Deanery Annual Interfaith Celebration To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Guest Speaker: Imam Al- Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid Imam, The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood (Harlem, NYC) President, The Islamic Leadership Council of Metropolitan NY “Speaking Prophetic Truths to Power in the 21st Century” Friday, January 16, 2015, 7:00 P.M. St. Charles Borromeo Church […]

January 7, 2015 in Blog by

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60 Minutes segments feature ICNY’s Theo Harris

On CBS 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl reports on a new show in Harlem with a cast of singers ages 55 and up, in an endeavor to pass the tradition of Gospel music on to a new generation.  Both segments feature ICNY’s Theo Harris, Outreach Coordinator, Reentry Family and Faith Circles of Support.      

January 5, 2015 in Blog by

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Pope Francis, Help & Hope, and Strengthening the Well: Jewish-Muslim Engagement – ICNY’s E-Bulletin for January 2015 is here

Message from ICNY Executive Director Dear Friends, The final weeks of 2014 have had their challenges when it comes to peace-making in the public square. Like many New Yorkers and others around the country, ICNY staff and religious leaders were concerned and consumed by events relating to racial justice and police community relations since the […]

January 2, 2015 in Blog by

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ICNY: Connecting Faith and Society