Category: "Articles and Press about ICNY"

WSJ: The Rev. Chloe Breyer on Pope Francis’ visit to NYC

September 28th,2015 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

Excerpt from Wall Street Journal article by Corinne Ramey and Sonja Sharp, published Sept. 27: Even for non-Catholics, the pope’s visit was meaningful because of its focus on often-invisible communities, said Rev. Chloe Breyer, executive director of the Interfaith Center of New York. “This is something that most religious traditions agree is the right thing to do.” Rev. Breyer said she thinks the pope has “a bit of a blind spot” regarding women’s ordination, but that doesn’t take away from his work for the marginalized. She recalled speaking to a Sikh leader at the event at the 9/11 Memorial: “He said to me the other day that everyone thinks that he is their pope.” &...Continue Reading

The Rev. Chloe Breyer quoted in New York Times article on high visibility of NYC faith communities during Papal visit

September 28th,2015 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

In a city that has a decidedly secular side, the breadth of worship this week highlights the place of faith among the people who live here, reinforced by the hijabs and skullcaps that are part of the cityscape. “It’s a year-round phenomenon,” the Rev. Chloe Breyer, executive director of the Interfaith Center of New York, said of spirituality in New York. Still, she added, “I think it’s wonderful we see it in high relief this week.” From The New York Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/25/nyregion/a-confluence-of-big-events-for-3-faiths.html ...Continue Reading

The Japan Times: New York interfaith leaders mark 70th year since Hiroshima bombing

NEW YORK – Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders gathered Wednesday in Manhattan to mark the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing with a ceremony featuring musicians and a survivor of the blast who now lives in New York state. At precisely 7:15 p.m. New York time — coinciding with the exact moment the nuclear blast occurred seven decades ago — a peace bell was rung by more than a dozen attendees, including Tomiko Morimoto West, 83. She lived through the bomb’s aftermath as a young girl. “I am here. I survived and I live a peaceful life,” she said. “I live on an airplane path (near her home in upstate New York) and when I look up and see the same kin...Continue Reading

MAYOR DE BLASIO APPOINTS SARAH SAYEED AS SENIOR ADVISOR TO THE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS UNIT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2015 CONTACT: pressoffice@cityhall.nyc.gov, (212) 788-2958 NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio today appointed Sarah Sayeed as a Senior Advisor in the Community Affairs Unit. Sayeed will specialize in issues related to the city’s Muslim community, coordinating with City agencies to determine how to best serve Muslim New Yorkers and building on the City’s existing network of outreach and engagement to improve communication and delivery of services. “I am proud to welcome Sarah, with her strong background in community engagement and interfaith outreach, to her new role as Senior Advisor. Sarah will work with the Community Affairs Unit to further engage the Musl...Continue Reading

“Sarah Sayeed, a Woman Who’s Making a Difference” article in Women’s Voices for Change

“Islam is not a strange religion,” declares Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Director of Community Partnerships at the Interfaith Center of New York. “Its values and teachings are fully consonant with the Abrahamic traditions of Christianity and Judaism—and with Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, too. All of these religions share a lot of common ground. “So many people see religion as a source of division and violence! Islam in particular is in the limelight right now as the most divisive or the most violent religion . . . but there’s so much beauty in it, so much inspiration for so many people around the world. For Muslims, our faith is a source of peace and of connection—not only to God, but also...Continue Reading

RNS: Drones make war too easy, too remote, faith leaders say

February 12th,2015 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

This article by Lauren Markoe was published by Religion News Service on Feb. 11, 2015.  The original article can be accessed here. Drones make war too easy, too remote, faith leaders say The Rev. Richard Killmer, project director for the nation’s first Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare, held  Jan. 23-25, 2015, at Princeton Theological Seminary, addresses conference participants. Photo courtesy of Peace Action Education Fund WASHINGTON (RNS) For the Obama administration and the Bush administration before it, drone strikes kill terrorists before terrorists can kill innocents, and the strikes keep American soldiers out of harm’s way. But for a group of faith leaders, drones ar...Continue Reading

People are less likely to support the Charlie Hebdo cartoons if they feel marginalized or oppressed as a member of a minority community

January 31st,2015 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

The following article by By Dian Zhang was published by McClatchyDC on January 30.  The original article can be accessed here. U.S. support for satirizing religion breaks along racial lines, Pew survey finds WASHINGTON — To the issues dividing Americans by race, add the publication of satirical cartoons about religion. A survey released by the Pew Research Center this week found that Americans, by more than 2-to-1, believe it’s OK to publish cartoons poking fun of religion, such as those printed by the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. But that seemingly overwhelming support for the right to make fun came largely from white respondents to the survey, the organization reported. A...Continue Reading

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 lost life and remain horrified by the murder that extinguished it, I draw some lessons and hope from his religion on ways to strengthen relationships between police and communities of color. Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, teaches respect for life and affirms the dignity of each human being. This core teaching can help daily police-community en...Continue Reading

New Yorkers Hold Interfaith Prayer Vigils For Slain Police Officers – Huffington Post article

December 23rd,2014 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

The following article by Antonia Blumberg was published in the Huffington Post on Dec. 22, 2014.  The original article can be found here.  New Yorkers mourned the shooting of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos with interfaith prayer vigils on Sunday and Monday, following weeks of protest against police brutality. Leaders from Union, Auburn and New York Theological Seminaries, The Riverside Church, The Collegiate Churches of New York, Judson Memorial Church and other local organizations came together for a "pray-in" on Monday, calling for an end to violence as they marched to the New York Police Department's 26th Precinct. Clergy offer prayer for slain Officers Liu and Ramos...Continue Reading

From Huffington Post: 9/11 Families Launch Anti-Islamophobia Campaign For Anniversary Of Tragedy

September 7th,2014 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

Click image for larger version Family members of September 11 victims are taking a stand against Islamophobia with a new bus ad campaign designed to promote religious tolerance and interfaith unity. "Islamophobia is not pretty," the ad reads. "Let's build bridges, not walls. Hate hurts, hope heals." Sponsored by September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, the ad's launch coincides with a symposium on gun violence and hate crimes taking place on September 6 in New York City. The symposium will encourage dialogue between panelists and audience members with the intention of discussing solutions to religious intolerance. "We wanted to make a clear statement that our 9/11 family member...Continue Reading