Category: "Articles and Appearances by ICNY staff"

Safeguarding Holy Sites – ICNY executive director to give presentation at U.N. Policy Consultation

Rev. Chloe Breyer, ICNY's executive director, will be presenting "Holy Sites - Making Memorials after Destruction in a Religiously Diverse World"  at a U.N. Policy Consultation gathering on Thursday, Feb. 27 at UN Plaza. The consultation, entitled "Safeguarding Holy Sites" is taking place within the framework of an international, multi-faith initiative which has resulted in the creation of a Universal Code of Conduct on Holy Sites. The overarching goal of the meeting is to deepen the awareness and understanding of policymakers regarding the significant role that religion plays in world affairs, and the reciprocal role that policymakers can play in supporting interreligious interests and coope...Continue Reading

Dr. Sarah Sayeed in the Huffington Post: Interfaith Celebration remembers Dr. King’s non-violent resistance

The following article by Dr. Sarah Sayeed, ICNY's Director of Community Partnerships, was published by The Huffington Post on January 21, 2014.  The original article is accessible here. In Harlem, Catholics and Muslims Hold Interfaith Celebration to Remember Dr. King's Non Violent Resistance For the fourth year in a row, Catholics in Harlem convened an ecumenical and interfaith celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inviting local Christian and Muslim clergy to join them. Co-sponsored by the Central Harlem Vicariate, The Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York, and the New York Support Group of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non Violent Social Change, t...Continue Reading

In Harlem, Catholics and Muslims Hold Interfaith Celebration to Remember Dr. King’s Non Violent Resistance

In Harlem, Catholics and Muslims Hold Interfaith Celebration to Remember Dr. King's Non Violent Resistance 01/21/2014 2:42 pm -- For the fourth year in a row, Catholics in Harlem convened an ecumenical and interfaith celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inviting local Christian and Muslim clergy to join them. To access this article, please click here.    ...Continue Reading

Should Muslim Holidays be added to the NYC Public School Calendar?

On January 15, The Interfaith Center of New York and Dewitt Clinton High School's Model United Nations Club hosted a discussion of the current proposal to add two major Muslim holidays to the New York City public school calendar.  Differing perspectives on the issue were offered by two Muslim community leaders and educators -- Faiza N. Ali, the Advocacy and Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Arab American Association of New York, and Dr. Hussein Rashid, who teaches in Religious Studies at Hofstra University and elsewhere.  The conversation was moderated by Dr. Henry Goldschmidt, ICNY's Director of Education Programs. This video presents only a few of many highlights from the day's discussio...Continue Reading

MEDIA ADVISORY: Call for Immediate Aid to Syrians Dying of Starvation Due to Siege

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR FRIDAY JANUARY 10 Doctors, Faith and Human Rights Leaders Gather at UN to Announce International Solidarity Hunger Strike for Syria, Demand Lifting of Military “Starvation Siege” This Friday, January 10, at 10:00 a.m. a working group of leaders representing the Syrian American Medical Society, the Syrian Nonviolence Movement, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Minnesota-based Friends for a NonViolent World will hold a press conference in the United Nations Plaza to announce an International Solidarity Hunger Strike for Syria, a major global campaign, and to demand the lifting of the starvation sieges of dozens of Syrian towns that are preventing hundred...Continue Reading

“Freedom of Speech vs. Respect for the Sacred” forum featuring ICNY’s Rev. Chloe Breyer

Peace Islands Institute presents the Abraham's Table forum series: "Freedom of Speech vs. Respect for the Sacred" Date: Thursday, Jan. 23 Time: 6:00 pm Location: 535 5th Avenue, 6th Floor, NY, NY 10017 Speakers will be: ~ Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson, Director of Education, T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights (formerly Rabbis for Human Rights - North America) ~ The Rev. Chloe Breyer, Executive Director, The Interfaith Center of New York ~ Haroon Moghul, columnist at Al Arabiya, Fellow at ISPU, and Fellow at the New America Foundation Dinner will be served (Kosher available). Please RSVP to rsvp@peaceislands.org or (212) 510-8644.    ...Continue Reading

ICNY’s Rev. Chloe Breyer to join discussion at U.S. Mission to the U.N.

In celebration of Religious Freedom Day the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations invite you to a discussion “The Rising Tide of Restrictions on Religion: Religions Respond” Date: Thursday, Jan. 16 Time: 1:15 to 2:45 pm Location: U.S. Mission to the UN, 45th Street & 1st Avenue (use 45th Street entrance) Speakers: Dr. Brian Grim, Religion & Public Life Project, Pew Research Center Dr. William Vendley, Secretary-General, Religions For Peace Reverend Chloe Breyer, Executive Director, The Interfaith Center of New York Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President, New York Board Of Rabbis Imam Mohamed Hagmagid (In...Continue Reading

“Encountering Self and Other in Community-Based Education,” essay by ICNY’s Dr. Henry Goldschmidt

Community Works Journal—Online Magazine for Educators FEATURED ESSAY Encountering Self and Other in Community-Based Education By HENRY GOLDSCHMIDT Place-based and community-based educators are united in our efforts to break down the barriers between classrooms and communities—to ground education in experiential, student-centered encounters with the social and natural world. We work to enrich, and perhaps transform, our students’ understandings of history, society, literature, the arts, and the physical sciences by helping them engage with what Michael Umphrey calls simply “the world outside the window” (Umphrey 2007:4). On this I think we all agree. But a number of important q...Continue Reading

“Remembering Annie Rawlings: Interfaith Justice Seeker, Beloved Friend”

The following tribute - written by ICNY Executive Director, The Rev. Chloe Breyer - was published by The Huffington Post on Nov. 11, 2013.  The original article can be accessed here.    Interfaith work is community organizing work. While there is a place for finely worded doctrinal agreement about God, the real fruits of Interfaith work are measured in soup kitchens that honor multiple types of dietary constraints or City Hall marches that call on God in many names. Interfaith work involves phone calls, emails, tireless amounts of networking, and lots of ethnic food. Its promise is revealed in joint efforts by people of different religions to address common concerns. Annie Raw...Continue Reading

Civil Discourse with the Religious Other

A Public Event Join us for an evening devoted to civil discourse as part of civic identity in America. The Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding, in partnership with the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue, presents a panel discussion on the evening of Thursday Oct. 24, 2013, at the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Dobbs Ferry. It’s not just a matter of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, but it is also how we identify as Americans. How can we strengthen the fabric of the religious identities that make up the great quilt of our democracy? Guest panelists include Prof. Mary Boys, Union Theological Seminary, Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Director,...Continue Reading