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Kingsborough Community College Interfaith Forum: Promoting Religious Pluralism and Inclusive Citizenship

November 7th,2016 ICNY Latest News

Date: Monday, Nov. 14 Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Location: Lighthouse Rotunda at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, NY, 11235 This public forum, featuring nationally recognized scholars and community leaders, will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by religious diversity at America's public universities, and in our civic life. Keynote speakers will include: Jennifer Howe Peace, Associate Professor of Interfaith Studies at Andover Newton Theological School; Imam Khalid Latif and Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, University Chaplains at New York University; and Michael Feldberg, Executive Director of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom. ICN...Continue Reading

Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute Fall 2016 Conference for Clinicians, Counselors, Clergy and the Curious

“Embracing Diversity and Difference: Empathy as a Bridge to the Other” CEC's and Student Discounts Available Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White Professor of Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York Date: Saturday, Nov. 12 Time: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm Location: Jones Auditorium, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 7 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019 How can we allow greater empathy for ourselves and others to emerge in increasingly diverse social contexts? Any form of difference can complicate deeper understanding. Calling on her considerable work in relational psychoanalysis and pastoral psychotherapy, Dr. Pamela Cooper-White will help us confront the...Continue Reading

November Message from ICNY Executive Director

November 1st,2016 ICNY Latest News

Dear Friends, Yesterday, a Federal Judge rejected a proposed settlement on police surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers on the grounds that it did not go far enough in protecting free speech and religion. According to Judge Charles Haight, the proposed settlement did “not furnish sufficient protection from potential violations of the constitutional rights of those law-abiding Muslims and believers in Islam who live, move and have their being in this city” (see the New York Times article here).  ICNY supports this decision, having worked hard with allies last Spring to garner community input on this settlement. See our own statement on the Handschu/Raza proposed settlement drafted by ICNY's ...Continue Reading

Help the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood

October 28th,2016 ICNY Latest News

You may have read in the New York Post or Daily News (see http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/man-6-years-prison-250g-realty-scams-article-1.2846335) that the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood (MIB) was one of several organizations bilked of huge sums of money by a phony real estate agent.   "We collected and saved the money of mostly poor people, while praying for an opportunity for growth and expansion, while real estate prices soared,” Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc. said at Stern's sentencing in Manhattan Supreme Court.   "He has negatively impacted not only our congregation of men, women and children, but also...Continue Reading

The Rev. Chloe Breyer receives Micah Ward for Social Justice Achievements

Three champions of social justice were honored at Wednesday evening’s Micah Awards held at Auburn Seminary. Receiving awards for “putting their faith in action for love and social justice” were (pictured, left to right): Linda Sarsour (Co-Founder/CEO at MPower Change and Executive Director at Arab American Association of New York Leah Kozak, Associate Director of NYTS Micah Institute The Rev. Chloe Breyer, associate priest at St. Philip's Episcopal Church and executive director of The Interfaith Center of New York. ...Continue Reading

FAITH LEADER INVITATION: NY State Courts Community Leaders Roundtable

October 13th,2016 ICNY Latest News

  In Honor of Pro Bono Week The New York State Courts Access to Justice Community Outreach Program and The Interfaith Center of New York Invite you to a   Community Leaders Roundtable Friday, October 28th, 9:30AM – 10:30AM   New York County Civil Court Building 111 Centre St. Room 107 New York, NY 10013   “Free Legal Services and Court Programs”   Please come and learn about the types of programs that are available to your members free of charge!   Contact: Jo-Ann Low Torres 646.386.4200 jltorres@nycourts.gov twitter.com/NYCourtsA2J   A flyer for this event is available here.   ...Continue Reading

6th Annual Micah Awards to Honor ICNY’s executive director, The Rev. Chloe Breyer

October 12th,2016 ICNY Latest News

  Date: Wednesday, October 19 Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Location: Auburn Theological Seminary, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1800, New York, New York 10015 (enter at 61 Claremont Avenue) This year we will be honoring The Rev. Chloe Breyer, Linda Sarsour and Leah Kozak.  To reserve your spot, please have a check for $200 made out to "Fund for Community Leadership Initiatives" and mailed to Dr. Peter Heltzel, New York Theological Seminary, 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 500, NY, NY 10115. Checks and other payments can also be taken at the door.  Hope you can come celebrate with us!...Continue Reading

From the HUFFINGTON POST: “Outed By InterVarsity: Onward Christian Ally” by Rev. Wayne Meisel

October 12th,2016 ICNY Latest News

The following Huffington Post article is by Rev. Wayne Meisel, Executive Director of the Center for Faith and Service at McCormick Theological Seminary. "Outed By InterVarsity: Onward Christian Ally" A new friend confided in me recently that she’d left her old job with a Christian organization because she was becoming public about being an “ally” with the LGBTQI community. As she was telling me about her choice to leave, I tried to listen thoughtfully, but in the back of my mind wondered whether she’d exaggerated the situation. I knew that there were Christian groups that excluded gays and lesbians, but I’d never heard of any group going after the people who were loving and suppor...Continue Reading

ICNY’s Rev. Breyer quoted in NY Times article: A Future Haunted by Ghosts of the Past

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October Message from ICNY Executive Director

October 3rd,2016 ICNY Latest News

Dear Friends, This month, we keep in mind those celebrating a new year and those embarking on new beginnings.   September saw the opening of the General Assembly, lots of gridlock traffic, and UN Conference on Migration in New York. At the same time, I had the chance to visit two contrasting refugee camps in and outside Athens, Greece. At one of the government shelters in the old airport of Athens, families had set up tents inside the old arrival and departure lounges and cooked meals outside on the crumbling cement balcony. Children didn’t have transportation or the right vaccines to join Greek schools and international NGOs provided food and basic healthcare.   The government camp st...Continue Reading