Category: "Articles and Appearances by ICNY staff"

PRESS RELEASE: New York Faith Leaders and Allies Will Gather on the steps of City Hall on International Human Rights Day Calling for Police Accountability Through Passage of the “Community Safety Act”

For Immediate Release (NEW YORK CITY, NY 12/10/12) – On Monday morning (December 10) at 11:00 am, leaders from New York’s faith, interfaith and human rights organizations will gather on the steps of City Hall to urge the New York City Council to pass The Community Safety Act, a package of bills aimed at ending discriminatory and abusive policing practices and creating an “Inspector General” for the New York Police Department. “In the performance of their duty, law enforcement officials shall respect and protect human dignity and maintain and uphold the human rights of all persons.” Article 2, Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials Adopted by the United National General...Continue Reading

ICNY’s Darren Ferguson featured in article on “Starve the Beast”

The following article is written by Harold Trulear and was published in The Crime Report on Oct. 2, 2012: Starving the Beast African American males receive significant attention for criminal and violent behavior.  The time has come to show a different side: African American men of faith who seek peace and pursue it. When Rev. Darren Ferguson started the "Starve the Beast" campaign in New York City in August he knew "The Beast" personally—perhaps better than most. Many understand incarceration and even serving in a correctional facility as being in "the belly of the beast."  But for the New York City pastor, "the Beast" goes beyond its belly. "The Beast is a multi-layered phenomenon...Continue Reading

Archived Webinar Available: An Interfaith Framework for Teaching World Religions

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, a webinar called "An Interfaith Framework for Teaching World Religions" was led by ICNY's Director of Education Programs, Dr. Henry Goldschmidt, and Stephen Arbogast, Senior Chaplain and Chair of the Religious Studies Department at the National Cathedral School.  The event was co-sponsored by ICNY and the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and applicable to Grades 6 to 12. The webinar presented a framework for the teaching of world religions that incorporates “lived religions” as a way to better understand the religious lives and world views of our neighbors of various faiths. The entire webinar is accessible below. ...Continue Reading

ICNY’s Anushavan Margaryan’s remarks at vigil offering sympathy and support for Buddhists in Bangladesh

On Friday, Oct. 5, ICNY's program associate Anushavan Margaryan offered the following remarks at a rally and vigil held in front of the United Nations offering sympathy and support for Buddhists in Bangladesh.  The event was organized by BHBCUC (Bangladesh HIndu, Buddhist, Christian Unity Council) USA and the North American Buddhist Community.  Mr. Margaryan's statement: I am here on behalf of The Interfaith Center of New York. First, we want to unite with all of you and send our heartfelt prayers to those who got hurt or lost their lives in the midst of violence last Saturday and Sunday. We as an interfaith organization are here with all of you to say that violence is not the way and ...Continue Reading

Dr. Sarah Sayeed’s remarks from U.N. panel exploring resources and best practices for successful interfaith relations

On Thursday, Sept. 27, ICNY's program associate Dr. Sarah Sayeed spoke at a panel exploring resources and best practices for successful interfaith relations, arranged by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations. A video of the entire panel discussion is available here. The text of Dr. Sayeed's prepared statement follows:. Greetings of Peace, Assalamu’alaikum! Thank you for the honor of speaking at the Annual ISNA convention, with the theme of “Striving for the Common Good.” The Interfaith Center of New York, where I work, was founded in 1997 as a secular nonprofit organization to bridge differen...Continue Reading

ICNY’s Director of Outreach and Program Administration Annie Rawlings appears on Radio Islam to talk about “Civilized Man” ads on NYC subways

Annie Rawlings, ICNY's Director of Outreach and Program Administration appears on Radio Islam to talk about the "Civilized Man" ads on New York City subways.  Forward to about 33.3 minutes in...  ...Continue Reading

PRESS RELEASE: New York Interfaith Coalition Will Gather To Denounce Hate Ads On Subways

The Interfaith Center of New York For Immediate Release New York Interfaith Coalition Will Gather To Denounce Hate Ads On Subways (NEW YORK CITY, NY 9/24/12) – On Tuesday morning (September 25) at 9:00 am, a coalition of New York community and faith based organizations will gather on the steps of City Hall to denounce anti-Muslim hate advertisements posted on New York City subway platforms (image below). The ads are harmfully provocative and inherently divisive. In a letter to Mayor Bloomberg on September 10, 2012 the coalition urged the Mayor to make a public statement regarding the ads, asking him to "stand up to the politics of fear and show the millions of New Yorkers and millions o...Continue Reading

“Blasphemy and the Law”, by ICNY Executive Director Chloe Breyer (published in the International Herald Tribune, Aug. 29, 2012)

Blasphemy and the Law By CHLOE BREYER NEW YORK — A central charge against the three members of the Pussy Riot punk-rock band who were recently sentenced to two years in prison was “inciting religious hatred.” This they are said to have done by briefly dancing at the front of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and splicing footage of their dance into a video critical of President Vladimir Putin. A few days after their conviction, police in Pakistan arrested Rimsha Masih, an 11-year-old Christian girl reported to have Down Syndrome, on charges of blasphemy for purportedly burning pages of the Koran. If convicted, she could face the death penalty. In different ways, both these c...Continue Reading


Wednesday, July 18  -- listen here: Hosted by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities, JustLove is a one-hour weekly interactive discussion exploring the Catholic community’s impact on American society.  Featuring interviews with social ministry leaders, thinkers and doers, the program investigates the ideas that shape the Catholic social mission and the deeds that put this mission into practice throughout the country. Dr. Sarah Sayeed discussed the observance of Ramadan, ICNY's 2 year program building Catholic-Muslim Partnership in Social Services, and the recent program on the Cradle to Prison Pi...Continue Reading

Dr. Sarah Sayeed represents ICNY at Buncher Conference “Global Interfaith | Intercultural Conference on Humanitarian Work”

Program Associate Dr. Sarah Sayeed represented ICNY at the Buncher Conference “Global Interfaith | Intercultural Conference on Humanitarian Work,” taking place in London from June 27-29 and co-sponsored by Faiths Forum for London, ICNY, Office for Religious Life – University of Princeton, Surrey-Multifaith Centre, JDC-ICCD and CEDAR. The Global Faith Conference on Humanitarian Work aims to bring together professionals and leaders working with and within faith communities. This conference is devoted to creating an interfaith and intercultural network in humanitarian work, how we best respond to giving aid to those with different cultural and religious values, the challenges this p...Continue Reading