Category: "Articles and Appearances by ICNY staff"

The Rev. Chloe Breyer receives Micah Ward for Social Justice Achievements

Three champions of social justice were honored at Wednesday evening’s Micah Awards held at Auburn Seminary. Receiving awards for “putting their faith in action for love and social justice” were (pictured, left to right): Linda Sarsour (Co-Founder/CEO at MPower Change and Executive Director at Arab American Association of New York Leah Kozak, Associate Director of NYTS Micah Institute The Rev. Chloe Breyer, associate priest at St. Philip's Episcopal Church and executive director of The Interfaith Center of New York. ...Continue Reading

ICNY speaks out on ABC7’s “Here and Now” about terror attacks, Donald Trump, and backlash fears for Muslim Americans

Sister Aisha al-Adawiya (Founder and Chair of Women in Islam, and Board Vice Chair of ICNY) and Iman Boukadoum (ICNY's Director of Community Partnerships) speak on ABC 7's "Here and Now" about terror attacks, Donald Trump's anti-Islamic rhetoric and the threat of violent backlash against innocent Muslim Americans. ...Continue Reading

ICNY’s participation in this weekend’s Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City

Today and tomorrow at the Parliament, ICNY’s executive director, The Rev. Chloe Breyer, will be moderating and speaking at numerous panel discussions: “Grassroots Interfaith Initiatives to Counter Islamophobia” On this panel, Rev. Breyer joins Catherine Osborne of Shoulder to Shoulder, to discuss three examples for how interfaith initiatives can help ameliorate fear and build trust, as well as move us forward in clarifying the distinction between freedom of speech and hate speech. “Kill them (Qu’ran), Do Not Spare Them (Torah), and Cast Them Into Everlasting Fire (New Testament): Context of Difficult Religious Texts” In order for interfaith movements to be truly effective in devel...Continue Reading

HUFFINGTON POST: “Mindfulness in Policing” by ICNY’s Dr. Sarah Sayeed

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“Free Speech and Civility in America and in Islam” by Dr. Sarah Sayeed

The following article by Dr. Sarah Sayeed, ICNY Director of Community Partnerships, was published May 28, 2015 in the The Huffington Post. Growing up Muslim in America, I learned that there were many rules about speech. At home, I lived with rules based on a hybrid of Islam and polite Hyderabadi Indian culture which forbade me from cursing, and saying "I hate you" or using the word "hate." In the streets, people tolerated cursing, except insulting someone's mother- that was likely to earn you a punch in the face. In some families, children could say "I hate you" to each other, but not to parents. Each family, each person, each culture has its own rules about speech, reflecting the balance ...Continue Reading

“Moving From Walls to Bridges” – Dr. Sarah Sayeed’s remarks at today’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast in Lincoln, NE

Moving From Walls to Bridges: Finding Common Ground for Community Transformation Lincoln, NE, April 30, 2015, 31st Annual Mayor's Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Greetings of peace to each of you, Assalamu’alaikum I am truly humbled and honored to be with you on this special day for the communities of Lincoln. Your annual interfaith breakfast in partnership with Mayor Beutler demonstrates your commitment to the work of moving from walls to bridges. Your gathering reminds me of a verse from the sacred text of the Quran, a sentiment that I know is echoed in all of our religions, in which God tells us that it is He who has created “us from male and female, into nations and tribes, so that w...Continue Reading

“Mindfulness in Policing” – Huffington Post article by ICNY’s Dr. Sarah Sayeed

The following article by Dr. Sarah Sayeed, ICNY's Director of Community Partnerships, was published today in the Huffington Post.  It can be accessed here. Incidents of police violence and discrimination against people of color evoke our raw emotions -- pain, frustration, fear, hopelessness and anger. Sometimes our emotions overwhelm us. But they can also help energize us and fuel our work for social change. As I work to navigate my own emotional landscape, I've started to think more about the feelings of police officers, including during police encounters. Neuroscience tells us that that human beings can feel afraid, anxious and mistrustful when we sense danger. Under pressure, our br...Continue Reading

“Bugsplat” – Sojourners Blog on Drone Welfare by ICNY’s Dr. Sarah Sayeed

by Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.,Director of Community Partnerships, Interfaith Center of New York Image courtesy Digital Storm/shutterstock.com Bugsplat is software used to calculate and reduce the death of innocent people in drone strikes. It's also how Predator drone operators talk about the people whom the American military kills in these missions. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates that the U.S. is responsible for 2,500 deaths in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia since 2001, including dozens of children. This figure doesn¹t even count Iraq and Afghanistan. But we don't know for sure how many innocents die because most Americans, including too many of our political and military leaders, d...Continue Reading

What ICNY Means When We Say “Religious Leader” – by Dr. Sarah Sayeed

Leadership Looks Different Across Faith Lines by Dr. Sarah Sayeed, ICNY Director of Community Partnerships Leadership can be thought of in different ways, and in the world of religion and interfaith relations, it often refers to clergy. But ICNY has a unique approach to our definition of religious leader, based on our expertise working across faith lines with diverse religious communities in New York City. While clergy are an important group to involve in interfaith work, there are some significant limitations.  The first is that across all faith traditions, focusing exclusively on clergy marginalizes or wholly leaves out women who we know play crucial roles within their own faith c...Continue Reading

“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 lines and met with Sultan al-Kamil—Pope Francis’s most recent pilgrimage to Turkey included an encounter with Islam that was both respectful and open-hearted. While there, the Pope issued statements on Islamophobia and Christian Muslim partnership such as the one below given in Ankara on November 28, 2014: “As religious leaders, we are obliged to denounce all violations ...Continue Reading