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The Interfaith Center of New York has teamed up with the New York Public Library to bring you the 411 on faith

November 5th,2010 ICNY Latest News

The 411 on Faith: Communities in Dialogue In partnership with the New York Public Library – and in conjunction with the library’s “Three Faiths” exhibit of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim texts – the Interfaith Center of New York offers a series of moder­ated conversations with local religious leaders about their faith traditions and experiences of the city.  Come out to your neighborhood public library and meet your neighbors from diverse religious traditions.  Hear their New York stories, learn how they’ve built new communities, and see how they’re contributing to the life of the city.  The dates and locations of panels are: Huguenot Library830 Huguenot Avenue, Staten Islan...Continue Reading

Muslim-Catholic Partnerships and Solidarity in a Climate of Suspicion and Hostility

October 20th,2010 ICNY Latest News

Joshua Bishop It is understandable that we have questions about a faith tradition with which we are unfamiliar, but it is another thing when we are flat-out suspicious, mistrusting, and hateful, especially when we have had very little to no meaningful interaction with any members of that group.  I believe this speaks to what is happening now in New York City and in the rest of the country in regards to the mounting opposition directed at current plans for mosques and Islamic centers.  I would venture to say that much of the mistrust toward Islam is based on misinformation that comes from failing to take the time to build relationships and partnerships with the Muslim communities in the area.  ...Continue Reading


October 6th,2010 ICNY Latest News

NATIONAL INTERRELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP INITIATIVEFOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EASTWebsite: IN A MESSAGE TO THE WHITE HOUSE, RELIGIOUS LEADERS SAY PEACE IS POSSIBLEFOR RELEASE: After 3:30 pm September 29, 2010For More Information contact: Ron Young at E-mail: or (425) 327-7545WASHINGTON—In visits to the White House and the State Department, religious leaders representing the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities offered support for the Obama administration’s efforts to continue peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.The leaders presented a statement at meetings on September 29 with National Security Advisor General James Jones and Secretar...Continue Reading

An Interfaith Buddhist Response to the Ground Zero Protests

September 8th,2010 ICNY Latest News

Read Executive Director Rev. Chloe Breyner and Program Director Matt Weiner's article "An Interfaith Buddhist Response to the Ground Zero Protests" on the Huffington Post Reading

The Faithful Search: A Civics Primer for Real Patriots

September 8th,2010 ICNY Latest News

Rev. Chloe Breyer and Matt Weiner of the Interfaith Center of New York discuss religious freedom in terms of the controversy over Cordoba House in an article published in the Huffington Post. Read more....Continue Reading

Building Shared Cultural and Spiritual Spaces: Lessons in the Mosque Debate

September 8th,2010 ICNY Latest News

Sarah Sayeed, Program and Communications Associate for the Interfaith Center of New York, published an article in the Huffington Post. Read more....Continue Reading

9/11 Lantern Ceremony

September 7th,2010 ICNY Latest News

Media Advisory For immediate release New York City, NY Tuesday, September 07, 2010:INTERFAITH COMMUNITIES COMMEMORATE VICTIMS OF 9/11 WITH TRADITIONAL JAPANENSE FLOATING LANTERN CEREMONYSEPTEMBER 11, 2010 A traditional Japanese floating lanterns ceremony commemorating the victims of the Word Trade Center tragedy will take place on Saturday, September 11 at Pier 40 (south side) from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  Rev. T.K. Nakagaki of the New York Buddhist Church will lead the ceremony with the assistance of the Interfaith Center of New York, other religious leaders representing many different faiths, and the New York Kayak Company.This ritual is similar to one held in Hiroshima each year where people gath...Continue Reading

Sign on to Support Immigration Reform

August 31st,2010 ICNY Latest News

RELIEF, REFORM, RESPECT:Civic Leaders Stand for Immigrant FamiliesPUBLIC STATEMENTWe the undersigned, representing elected officials, educators, entrepreneurs, community leaders, police officers and religious leaders, urge our federal lawmakers to recognize the contributions of all members of our communities and promote the fundamental American values of family, opportunity and unity.Immigrants are valued members of our communities and a part of the fabric of our local economies. But the current policies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are tearing apart families, and leading to horrific human suffering and financial ruin for far too many in our communities. Last year, DHS deported a ...Continue Reading

Text of President Obama’s speech at White House Iftar Dinner

August 25th,2010 ICNY Latest News

Text of President Obama's remarks at the White House Iftar dinner on Ramadan Good evening. Welcome to the White House. To you, to Muslim Americans across our country, and to more than one billion Muslims around the world, I extend my best wishes on this holy month. Ramadan Kareem. I want to welcome members of the diplomatic corps; members of my administration; and Members of Congress, including Rush Holt, John Conyers, and Andre Carson, who is one of two Muslim American Members of Congress, along with Keith Ellison. Here at the White House, we have a tradition of hosting iftars that goes back several years, just as we host Christmas parties, seders, and Diwali celebrations. These events cele...Continue Reading

Press Release: Top Religious Leaders Denounce Growing Anti-Muslim Sentiment; Express Support for NY Mosque, Community Center

August 16th,2010 ICNY Latest News

Press ReleaseTop Religious Leaders Denounce Growing Anti-Muslim Sentiment; Express Support for NY Mosque, Community CenterChallenge Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin To Stop Exploiting FearAugust 11, 2010More than 40 prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders and religion scholars issued a statement today condemning the "xenophobia and religious bigotry" fueling the increasingly strident opposition to a proposed Islamic center and mosque near Ground Zero. These leaders from New York City and across the country are specifically challenging the divisive rhetoric of Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, who have strongly opposed a center that will promote interfaith relations, combat extremism, and offer c...Continue Reading