Category: "Articles and Appearances by ICNY staff"

Shinnyo Lantern Floating For Peace Draws Thousands Of New Yorkers To Central Park To Celebrate Peace

By Shinnyo-en NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, September 22nd, on the eve of the United Nations high-level segment, thousands of New Yorkers gathered for the first Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace in Central Park. Orchestrated by Shinnyo-en, an international Buddhist community, more than 2,200 candle-lit paper lanterns with individually-written messages of peace were set afloat onto a large reflecting pool in the center of Trump Rink, in honor of people who have dedicated their lives to the cause of peace. (Photo: ) The first Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace drew thousands of visitors from around the wor...Continue Reading

Harlem Youth Court Reflects on Restorative Justice with Diverse New York Religious Leaders

The Interfaith Center was delighted to partner with the  Harlem Youth Court (a project of the Harlem Community Justice Center) for our first educational program of the brand new school year, on Thursday, August 15th.  About twenty students, ages 13-19, removed their shoes and adjusted their head coverings as they streamed into East Harlem’s Sabur Mosque, to be greeted by a surprise feast put together by speaker and host Imam Umar Abdul-Jalil.  With home-cooked salmon, rice, green beans, and even a celebratory cake, the students were welcomed into the mosque as honored guests as they prepared to learn about religious approaches to criminal justice.         ...Continue Reading

HAPPENING RIGHT NOW: 10 Arrested at Detention Center in Protest of Unjust Immigration Policies

Immigrant Rights Leaders Stage Rally, 10 Arrested at Detention Center in Protest of Unjust Immigration Policies, House Leadership’s Delay in Passing Immigration Reform Protesters Demand Vote on Path to Citizenship and Real Immigration Reform (New York, NY)--Immigrant rights and faith leaders were arrested today in Manhattan protesting against the nation’s unjust deportation policies and the House leadership’s delay in passing an immigration reform bill with a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million people living in the U.S. without papers. Protesters blocked the entrance of the Varick Street Detention Center, where many immigrant detainees in New York are processed for deportation. P...Continue Reading

Photos+Diverse Faith Leaders Speak In Support of Community Safety Act

Dear Friends, At the Interfaith Center, we believe in building stronger ties between New York's religious communities and work to connect religious leaders across diverse traditions to secular organizations and city agencies on issues of shared concern for all New Yorkers. We also have a strong commitment to highlighting the voices of religious leaders on issues that impact their communities. Yesterday, working with Communities United for Police Reform and in anticipation of a full City Council meeting that will take place tomorrow, August 22nd, religious leaders stood on the steps of City Hall to call for councilmembers to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of Community Safety Act (CSA). ...Continue Reading

Faith Leaders from across New York City Call for City Council Override of Mayor Bloomberg’s Veto of Community Safety Act

Following federal court ruling on stop-and-frisk, diverse group of faith leaders call for permanent ban on all discriminatory profiling, independent oversight of NYPD New York, NY – Today, a diverse group of faith leaders from across New York City held a press conference at City Hall to announce their support for the Community Safety Act and to call for the City Council to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the legislation. “It’s important that New Yorkers know that discrimination by their own government is prohibited,” said Bishop Orlando Findlayter, senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship and the chairman of CUSH – Churches United to Save & Heal (CUSH). “This is a m...Continue Reading

INVITATION: Join Scott M. Stringer in honoring ICNY’s Dr. Sarah Sayeed at Manhattan Borough President’s 6th Annual Iftar

In Honor of the Blessed Month of Ramadan Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer Cordially Invites You to the Sixth Annual Iftar Honoring: Imam Souleimane Konate General Secretary Council of African Imams in America Dr. Sarah Sayeed Director of Community Partnerships The Interfaith Center of New York Papa Drame President American Senegalese Association Wednesday, July 31st 6:30 pm The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center 3940 Broadway (between 165th and 166th Streets) RSVP to 212-669-4374 or Co-Sponsored by: Dalia Mahmoud, Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, Muslim Consultative Network, N...Continue Reading

Secretary Ray Kelly? Bad for U.S. Muslims | Op/Ed Article by ICNY Executive Director Rev. Chloe Breyer

The following Op/Ed article by ICNY Executive Director The Rev. Chloe Breyer was published in the New York Daily News on July 24, 2013.   The original article can be accessed here. Secretary Ray Kelly? Bad for U.S. Muslims The NYPD commissioner would do more harm in Obama's cabinet By Rev. Chloe Breyer / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 4:30 AM                     Photo: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly greets members of New York's Muslim community at a pre-Ramadan conference in July 2012. With his name circulating as a possible pick to be the new homeland security secretary, P...Continue Reading

Reflections and Memories from Pakistan – Sarah Sayeed on the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium

The following blog, written by ICNY Program Associate Dr. Sarah Sayeed, is a reflection on her recent participation in the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium, and was published by Intersections International on May 7, 2013.       When I was young, I learned a prayer-poem that is sung in many Urdu-speaking families in India, where I was born and lived until I was eight. The poem is also sung all over Pakistan, uniting Pakistani and Indian Muslims across borders and tense relations between the two countries through a shared appreciation for the famous Pakistani poet Allama Iqbal. It is called “Lab Pe Aati Hai Dua” and in it, we sing a longing for divine guidance...Continue Reading

Sarah Sayeed: The Courage of Young Women, a video reflection on the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium

From Odyssey Networks: Dr. Sarah Sayeed, a staff member with the Interfaith Center of New York visited Pakistan and met with a group of courageous young women who are dedicated to peace and justice. Facilitated by Intersections International, and in collaboration with the International Islamic University in Islamabad (IIU) and the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), the visit was part of the US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC), an effort to cooperatively set an action agenda toward policy change on both sides and building bridges of understanding and respect between Pakistan and the United States. Read more of Sarah's reflections on the Consortium here. &...Continue Reading

Intersections International Gathers US Religious Leaders to Meet with Counterparts in Pakistan

[NOTE: Among the visitors to Pakistan described in this press release is ICNY's Program Associate Dr. Sarah Sayeed.  We look forward to hearing about this important and groundbreaking gathering when she returns to New York.] PRESS RELEASE April 22, 2013, 1:18 p.m. ET NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As Pakistan gears up for next month's parliamentary elections, a multi-faith delegation of US religious leaders is meeting this week with their counterparts in Islamabad and Lahore. This first-of-its-kind gathering is part of a larger effort across various sectors in civil society that seeks to build relationships, alter stereotypes and develop an action agenda to promote mutual resp...Continue Reading