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Dr. Mary Ragan to offer closing discussions & reflection at Social Work and Religious Diversity conference

April 27th,2017 ICNY Latest News

Dr. Mary Ragan, LCSW The Social Work and Religious Diversity conference introduces social service and mental health care providers to religious diversity by introducing them to their colleagues from diverse faith traditions.  We will explore the topics of the religious lives of New York families, how faith communities sometimes function as extended families, and how interfaith families contend with religious diversity in the home. Providing final reflection on this day will be Dr. Mary Ragan, LCSW, Executive Director of the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute, and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, where she regularly teaches a course on “Spiritua...Continue Reading

“The Buddhist Swastika and Hitler’s Cross” explores one of the most highly-valued and commonly misunderstood symbols in human history

April 22nd,2017 ICNY Latest News

T.K. Nakagaki, president of the Buddhist Council of New York and former board member of ICNY, has written a new book exploring one of the most highly-valued and commonly misunderstood symbols in human history: the swastika. For over three thousand years, the swastika has been understood by many cultures and religions (including Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism) as the symbol of the sun, good fortune and auspiciousness. In the 20th century, Hitler's misappropriation of this symbol for his own political purpose caused the swastika to be viewed in the west as a symbol of hate.  T.K's book strives to open dialogue about the swastika that fully values the tragedy of the Holocaust while also providi...Continue Reading

SACRED, new interfaith documentary at the Rubin Museum of Art

April 21st,2017 ICNY Latest News

Dates: May 5-10, 2017 Times: See http://rubinmuseum.org/events/series/sacred Location: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St., New York, NY 10011, (212) 620-5000 Directed by Academy Award® winner Thomas Lennon and shot around the globe by 40 filmmaking teams, Sacred is an acclaimed documentary that immerses the viewer in an exploration of spirituality across cultures and religions. Many screenings will be followed by a discussion with a spiritual leader and director Thomas Lennon....Continue Reading

Ferzin Patel to lead discussion on how interfaith couples negotiate the boundaries between their respective religious traditions

April 21st,2017 ICNY Latest News

Ferzin Patel, MA One focus of our May 10 Social Work and Religious Diversity conference will be "Interfaith Families:  Religious Diversity at Home."  How do interfaith couples negotiate the boundaries between their respective religious traditions?  How do their children learn to respect, and sometimes embrace, both sides of their complex heritage?  What kinds of support do they receive – and what kinds of resistance do they face – from their faith communities?  Our panelists will explore these issues from Jewish, Muslim, and Zoroastrian perspectives, including discussions of families that bridge the diff­erences between faith traditions, as well as families that bridge ethnic or doct...Continue Reading

Sensei Barbara Joshin O’Hara to speak on Faith Families: Religious Kinship Beyond the Nuclear Family

April 20th,2017 ICNY Latest News, Uncategorized

Sensei Barbara Joshin O’Hara, MA, LCSW For social workers, it is important to know that religiously diverse clients’ family ties may not be limited to the nuclear or extended family.  Faith communities often function as what scholars have called “fictive kin,” playing important roles in many New Yorkers’ lives.  Our panelists will explore these issues through discussions of African-American Christian church families, contemporary Zen Buddhist views of sangha and community, and the spiritual lineage systems that help to define African diaspora Orisha communities. During our Social Work and Religious Diversity conference on May 10, we will learn about this subject from Sensei Barb...Continue Reading

Please spread the word on this conference, & help social service & mental health care providers work more effectively with religiously diverse New Yorkers

April 20th,2017 ICNY Latest News

Hello Friends and Colleagues.   To make a difference in today's New York, social service and mental health care providers need to understand the religious lives of the people they serve.  Good thing there's still time to register for the next Social Work and Religious Diversity conference!   I hope you can join this important conversation on Wednesday, May 10th. Just click here for detailed information, online registration, and free resources.   Faith leaders and service providers in conversation at the 2016 Social Work and Religious Diversity conference   You don't have to be a social worker to attend, but the conference is designed to meet the needs of New York State LM/LCSWs,...Continue Reading

Rabbi Simkha Weintraub discusses intimate ties between religion, spirituality, & the family at upcoming conference for Social Workers

April 17th,2017 ICNY Latest News

Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW Intimate ties between religion, spirituality, and the family are an empowering source of strength for some New Yorkers.  Our May 10 Social Work and Religious Diversity conference will start off by exploring "The Religious Lives of New York Families" through discussions of Jew­ish, Christian, Hindu, and Muslim family life. On the first panel of the day, we will hear from Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW, the Rabbinic Director of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. He leads workshops on Jewish spiritual resources for living with illness, loss, and trauma; develops training seminars for rabbis and health care professionals; and has written and...Continue Reading

Bay Area Muslims decry Palm Sunday violence and call for interfaith unity for human rights

April 17th,2017 ICNY Latest News

  Last weekend, as Christians observed Palm Sunday, powerful bomb blasts struck Coptic Christian churches in Egypt in an assault claimed by ISIS. The timing and brutality of the attacks were particularly shocking, as they violated not only the sanctity of Christian houses of worship but also a holy day that is sacred to Christians worldwide. Once again, these attacks show the level of depravity and inhumanity that has characterized ISIS and other radical groups. As Muslims, people of all faiths, and leaders across the world swiftly and vigorously condemned these attacks, Muslim communities reaffirmed the following values and principles that they believe are central to their religiou...Continue Reading

Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer joins social workers to examine the challenges faced by interfaith families

April 14th,2017 ICNY Latest News

Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer, MA What kinds of support do Interfaith families receive – and what kinds of resistance do they face – from their faith communities? This is one question to be addressed in during our May 10 Social Work and Religious Diversity conference, when panelists discuss "Interfaith Families:  Religious Diversity at Home." On the panel will be Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer, MA, is an Assistant Research Scholar at the Islamic Center at New York University, and Associate Chaplain in the University’s Office of Global Spiritual Life.  He attained an MA in Islamic Studies in the UK, following a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies from SUNY Stony Brook.  In pursuing his cl...Continue Reading

Rev. Dr. Willard W. C. Ashley, Sr. joins social workers in examining the role of faith communities in the lives of many New Yorkers

April 13th,2017 ICNY Latest News

Rev. Dr. Willard W. C. Ashley, Sr. Faith communities often function as what scholars have called “fictive kin,” playing important roles in many New Yorkers’ lives. Our May 10 Social Work and Religious Diversity conference will convene a panel discussion on Faith Families: Religious Kinship Beyond the Nuclear Family. During this segment of the conference, we will hear from Rev. Dr. Willard W. C. Ashley, Sr., Dean of the Seminary and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at New Brunswick Theological Seminary, as well as the Founder and Senior pastor of the Abundant Joy Community Church in Jersey City, New Jersey. In addition to his work as a pastor and professor, he has served as a ...Continue Reading