Category: "Articles and Appearances by ICNY staff"

“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

Video from yesterday’s press conference – Rev. Chloe Breyer joins NYC Muslims & allies condemning ISIS

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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 Muhammad's legacy, peace be upon him, of valuing and welcoming women in mosques. Across Muslim-majority countries, North America and Europe, we are quite far from the Prophet's example of welcoming women in mosques. In many parts of the world, women do not attend mosque for congregational prayers. Sur...Continue Reading

“Your Past is Your Testimony” – Empowering Transition from Prison to Community

By Theo Harris, Outreach Coordinator, Reentry Family and Faith Circles of Support theo@interfaithcenter.org 212-870-3515 As The Interfaith Center of New York’s Outreach Coordinator for reentry in Harlem, my job is to recruit church, mosque, and community volunteers for the rewarding work of helping men and women make the difficult transition from prison to community. This is not a role that should be taken lightly, or viewed as simply a Good Samaritan gesture. The service that a reentry volunteer provides is that of a welcoming presence to our returning citizens, who are usually made to pay for their offenses many times over, and long after they have served their prison sentences. That ...Continue Reading

13th Annual Dr. Betty Shabazz Awards Ceremony

Date: Sunday, June 22 Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, Manhattan "Find the Good and Praise It," was one of Dr. Betty Shabazz's favorite expressions! Women In Islam, Inc. is celebrating her legacy, by recognizing three women of diverse faith traditions, talents and accomplishments. Dr. Betty Shabazz Award Honorees: Letitia James Public Advocate for the City of New York Talat Gilani Hamdani Mother of Salman Hamdani, 9/11 First Responder; Civil Liberties and Human Rights Advocate, Interfaith Bridge Builder Compass Award Recipients: Zakiyah Ansari - Advocacy Director, New York Stat...Continue Reading

The Rev. Chloe Breyer highlights ICNY’s year at 2014 Interfaith Awards Gala

ICNY's Executive Director, the Rev. Chloe Breyer, discusses the center's work over the past year. The playlist of Gala videos is available here....Continue Reading

Opening Blessings at ICNY’s James Parks Morton Interfaith Awards Gala

The 12th Annual James Parks Morton Interfaith Awards Gala began with blessings offered by several leaders of diverse faith communities in New York City.  Here, ICNY’s executive director, the Rev. Chloe Breyer, introduces those leaders, and they offer their unique and heartfelt blessings.  ...Continue Reading

“Celebrating Selfless Sacrifice” by the Very Rev. James Parks Morton

  by The Very Reverend James Parks MortonFounder and Chair, Emeritus The Interfaith Center of New York    Celebrating Selfless Sacrifice Today, the work of The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) feels more vital than ever.  Global events – from oversees to just down the street in NYC – make us more aware of the deep problems rooted in people’s misunderstanding of cultures and religions different from their own. Interfaith is basically an appreciation of religious differences.  And the word “religion,” at its root, means bringing together (from the Latin religiare: to join, to bind together).  So, on June 5th, ICNY will bring toge...Continue Reading

Oud Player on the Tel: A Developmental Reading produced by the Jewish Plays Project

Date: Saturday, June 14 Time: 7:30 pm Location: Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St., New York, NY 10003 "Oud Player on the Tel" explores Israel's' founding, the possibilities of a shared future that flowered briefly and then was buried in that moment of history.  Vaguely referential to "Fiddler on the Roof," the play's action takes place at the intersection between the overwhelming tide of history and what might have been.  It is the hope of both playwright and producer that this kind of artistic exploration might open up the conversation around this issue, allowing audience members to speak honestly, if painfully, about the difficulties both in history and in the contemporar...Continue Reading

A Conversation on Religious Pluralism at Regis High School

ICNY's Dr. Henry Goldshmidt (moderator), Tom Dobbins, Jr. and Dr. Mehnaz Afridi On Friday, May 16th, two leading faith-based social activists and educators spoke with Regis High School students about their efforts to build understanding, and foster collaboration, across religious lines.  Some highlights included Dr. Mehnaz Afridi (Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College) talking about how people actively make pluralism happen; and Tom Dobbins, Jr. (Justice and Peace Coordinator in the Department of Social and Community Development of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York) speaking ab...Continue Reading