Category: "Articles and Press about ICNY"

Occupy Sacred Spaces: Reflections on an Interfaith Service in Zuccotti Park

By Katherine Clark Originally published on FaithWorld Reuters A small group of diverse religious and community leaders gathered in Zuccotti Park this past Sunday to lead an interfaith service at Occupy Wall Street. Organized by staff at the Interfaith Center of New York, we had asked the participants – representing Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh traditions — to meet on Zuccotti’s northeastern steps for the afternoon service. These services have been taking place at the park in Lower Manhattan every Sunday for the past few weeks, so we thought we could easily meet up by the Interfaith Center sign there. It was not so easy after all. Upon arriving, we saw tha t claimin...Continue Reading

ICNY Staff Attend Islamic Art Opening at Met Museum

ICNY Staffers attended a preview of the new exhibit featuring Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. One of the finest collections of Islamic art in the world has been given a new home at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. View video on BBC Website. "Drawn from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Asia the artefacts on display evoke the rich diversity of Islam. As well as captivating the public, the Metropolitan Museum is hoping its new galleries will also help dispel stereotypes about Muslim culture in the United States. Michael Maher reports on the exhibition, which opens on 1 November." Originally Posted on BBC News 30 October 2011...Continue Reading

Free Legal Clinic featured on NY1 News

November 1st,2011 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

The Free Legal Clinic was featured in a segment on NY1 News that first aired on Wednesday, October 26.   Footage for the report was shot at the first Free Legal Clinic, on Monday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Staten Island. The Free Legal Clinic, which provided free legal counseling to needy New Yorkers, was held in each borough of New York City Oct. 24-28 as part of the American Bar Association's national "Celebrate Pro Bono" initiative, and was presented by the Interfaith Center of New York, the New York State Courts Access to Justice Community Outreach Program, and New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). To see the report, click here....Continue Reading

Free Legal Clinic Covered by Staten Island Advance

"Law experts offering free legal advice as part of 'National Pro Bono Celebration'" Published: Friday, October 21, 2011 By Staten Island Advance STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Free legal advice will be available to needy Staten Islanders beginning Monday at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Tompkinsville. Domestic violence, divorce, child custody and visitation, consumer debts including bankruptcy and foreclosures, landlord/tenant issues, and immigration matters will be handled by the Free Legal Clinic. Mobile teams of attorneys and court clerks will travel throughout the five boroughs next week giving free consultations. The clinic is sponsored by the Interfaith Center of New York, the...Continue Reading

Wall Street’s Long Occupation of The Middle Class

Originally posted to on October 14, 2011 By David Rohde Last Friday morning, a 24-year-old New Jersey woman told me why she joined Occupy Wall Street. Around her, balding activists in their 50s tried to rekindle 1960s-era protests. Young Marxists flew red Che Guevara flags. The young woman, though, was different. She commuted to the protests, she said, while holding down two part-time jobs. She lived at home and helped her schoolteacher mother, who also worked two jobs, support her jobless, 60-year-old father. She asked to be identified only by her middle name -- Susan -- because she feared her bosses would fire her for attending protests. She didn't talk of re...Continue Reading

International Program – Glasgow – Blog #2

September 22nd,2011 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

By Chan Jamoona On Sunday morning, we started our journey from the Acorn Hotel in Glasgow to the Helensburg St. Andrews Kirk (spelled and pronounced as Kirk, meaning Church).  The journey was very pleasant: sheep and cattle farms on the road sides, beautiful hills, valleys and meadows, green fields, colored flowers and winding roads, all punctuated with lakes and the ocean water. The church service was one of the most interesting services I have ever experienced.  It is the first time in my life that I have seen a pastor and an audience so flexible and tolerant of little children.  The pastor was very vibrant and interactive with the children in the church. All the elderly were ...Continue Reading

ICNY Featured in French Magazine ‘Pèlerin’

September 15th,2011 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

Rev. Chloe Breyer and the Interfaith Center were featured in French magazine Pèlerin. The article discusses the 10th anniversary of September 11th and ICNY's role in facilitating interfaith participation in New York City. Full-text article available.    ...Continue Reading

Ribbons of Hope Project News Coverage

September 13th,2011 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

The Ribbons of Hope Project organized by the Prepare New York Coalition was well received by New Yorkers this weekend. Over 20,000 ribbons were tied to the movable memorial, with more to come. Follow the links below to see press coverage of the event. For more information go to         NY1 on September 10, 2011: "Residents Hang 'Ribbons of Hope' In Battery Park" News Day on September 12, 2011: "Ribbons Called 'Symbolic and Emotional'" NY Daily News on September 12, 2011: "Ribbons of Hope" My Fox News on September 10, 2011: "'Ribbons of Hope' In NYC" News 14 Carolina September 12, 2011: "NC Residents Send Ribbons of H...Continue Reading

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Speaks Out About ‘Clergy Ban’ at 9/11 Memorial

September 7th,2011 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik speaks with Huffington Post Religion correspondent, Jaweed Kaleem, about the importance of religious expression during 9/11 anniversary activities: "Many people would understandably prefer to see a presence of clergy, but priority must be given to families of victims -- that is the overriding concern," said Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis. "If you do include clergy, then the question becomes, 'Which faiths should be represented, which are not represented, how does one include everyone?'" Potasnik said that the controversy "should not overshadow all the progress and work that has been done by and among different fai...Continue Reading

NY1 Covers 9/11 Lantern Ceremony

September 6th,2011 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

Posted on NY1 By: Shazia Khan An interfaith ceremony this weekend will once again transform a part of the Hudson River into a memorial for those killed in the September 11th attacks. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report. With the 10th anniversary of September 11th just days away, the Interfaith Center in Morningside Heights is aglow with activity. Volunteers are making lanterns of love to be used as part of an interfaith memorial ceremony remembering those killed on 9/11. Buddhist priest and Interfaith Center vice president T.K. Nakagaki started the Floating Lanterns Ceremony in 2002. Other religious and community organizations soon joined in and continued the tradition year ...Continue Reading