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International Delegations Depart

July 1st,2009 ICNY Latest News

Pam SimonsThe first James Parks Morton International Visiting Fellows Program at the Interfaith Center of New York drew to a close with the knowledge that we have personally and spiritually connected with our new faith leader friends from Barcelona, Spain and Glasgow, Scotland. We hate to see them go.  From June 15 to 24, 2009, we learned a great deal about how our respective cities cope with immigration challenges and how we can better work to improve social justice. When we thought we in New York were doing things well, we saw through the eyes of our sixteen faith leaders that we weren’t. And our new friends have experienced several ah-hah moments in their week where they saw roads ...Continue Reading

Program Highlights for JPM International Visiting Fellows

July 1st,2009 ICNY Latest News

  Visiting delegations from Barcelona and Glasgow Attended the 21st Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Retreat for Social Justice- “Immigration: From Estrangement to Engagement” from June 16-17th.  Here, they interacted with over 70 diverse grassroots religious leaders from NYC concerned about immigration reform in an interfaith context. Met with the Queens Borough President's Immigration Task Force, visited a Hindu temple and Sikh Gurdwara in NYC's most diverse borough. Visited Harlem Community Justice Center and learned about problem solving courts, religious leaders as mediation, juvenile justice and parole re-entry programs. Toured Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and e...Continue Reading

Who’s Who: JPM International Fellows

July 1st,2009 ICNY Latest News

JPM International Visiting Fellows BiographiesGlasgow Delegation (Selected by the Scottish Inter Faith Council)Salah BeltaguiDr. Beltagui became the Convenor of the Scottish Inter Faith Council in October 2007. He was a founding member of SIFC and Vice chairman of the organisation since 2004. Salah is also vice convenor of the Muslim Council of Scotland and is a member of the Muslim Council of Britain. He is on the Executive board of the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations. He is a member of the Public Involvement Group at the Chief Scientific Office of NHS Scotland. Professionally, Salah has a BSc from the University of Alexandria and a PhD from the University of Glasgow, b...Continue Reading

6/23 DA Office and Ground Zero

July 1st,2009 ICNY Latest News

Aharon Soudry1. Community Outreach Programme.  NY County District Attorney’s officeThis court has a mandate to deal with civil matters such as small claims or landlord-tenants’ disputes… as opposed to Pat Gatling’s that is involved in criminal processes.  The Outreach Programme’s object is to inform the community at large about people’s rights.  It is done via faith leaders who disseminate the message to their flocks, schools, youth groups and anyone willing to take advantage of what it offers.  It is to prepare the vulnerable society members as to the dangers and pitfalls out there and how to avoid the conmen who for a handsome fee will for example promise the Green Card.  This...Continue Reading

6/22 Diversity in Worship but Unity in Action

Salah BeltaguiOn Sunday we attended some church services and visited a Buddhist “Church”.  This led me to reflect on the three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  During these three days, I attended congregational prayers in a mosque, a synagogue, a church and in open air.These prayers have so much difference in style, sermons and actions.They were held in buildings which were so much different from each other.  The mosque is converted small house, men were praying in the main room and some were in an adjacent room, women in another room.The synagogue had a large hall where people sat, sang then moved and danced.The church of St Mary has a proper church building with good space and seating...Continue Reading

NY1 Story Includes Interfaith Center

July 1st,2009 ICNY Latest News

"Immigration Task Force Aims to Expand Social Services in Queens"First published in NY1, 6/19/2009by Tamani WooleyNY1 covers the Queens Borough President's Immigration Task Force- also featured are The Rev. Chloe Breyer and JPM International Fellows!  NY1...Continue Reading

6/18 Glaswegian Sikh Reflection

July 1st,2009 ICNY Latest News

Ravinder Kaur Nijjar Today we visited one of the most diverse areas of New York City, the Borough of Queens which has over 50% residents born outside the US. We were going to meet the President of the Borough and the immigration task force. However I had difficulty in getting into the building as I was wearing a Kirpan (an article of faith worn by initiated Sikhs). The community and cultural Coordinator, Susie Tanenbaum personally came and accompanied me together with a police officer, ‘what an entrance’. They are now aware of the importance and significance of the Kirpan.The task force members were from a variety of faith and secular organisations who I felt were aware of the social...Continue Reading

6/17 Barcelonian Reflection

June 19th,2009 ICNY Latest News

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Reflections on the Religious Leaders Retreat on Immigration (June 16th and 17th 2009) Manuel Pérez Browne If I had to explain what this retreat was about, I would start by saying it was an interfaith meeting of grassroots religious leaders trying to find new and effective ways to be socially and even politically involved, in the case of this particular retreat, on the immigration issue.What a grassroots religious leader is it’s something we had the privilege to experience and perfectly understand just before attending the retreat when meeting the Episcopal Reverend Earl K., who guided us around his Harlem streets and stories, sharing with us his daily struggles to serve the community....Continue Reading

6/17 Glaswegian Reflection

June 19th,2009 ICNY Latest News

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New York Inter Faith Exchange Visit 17 June 2009Henrietta Docherty We all arrived safe and sound and settled into Union Theological Seminary on Broadway, New York City in the heart of the university district and what a beautiful  building it is.  On the first day we travelled upstate to the Stony Point Centre for a two day inter faith retreat on the theme of Immigration: estrangement to engagement. This was organised by the Inter Faith Centre to inform and mobilise religious leaders to play a prominent role in meeting the needs of in coming communities. One of the main impacts of this day was that we are addressing similar issues in Scotland with regards to the problems that arise for...Continue Reading

21st Rabbi Marshall Meyer Retreat; JPM Fellows

  The 21st Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Interfaith Retreat on Social Justicetook place June 16 and 17, 2009, with over one hundred guests and speakers fully engaged in the topic of immigration. From diverse religious leaders and city agencies who provide needed social services that help immigrants integrate, to representatives of the New Sanctuary Movement, Riverside's Sojourners, American Friends Service Committee, and Cabrini Immigrant Services, the stories of of immigrants who bring their hopes and dreams to the United States came to the fore. For more than 12 million immigrants living in the US who are undocument, the system is rigid and inhumane. Families are at risk of being torn ap...Continue Reading