Category: "Latest News"

Join Stand With Me Discussion on the Presidential Election

January 20th,2017 ICNY Latest News

Date: Sunday, February 5 Time: 2:00 pm Location: 240 Mercer Avenue, New York, NY 10012 How has the presidential election affected you? Why did you vote the way you did? How will you be changing your life? Stand With Me will be hosting small, safe discussions to encourage dialogue on these issues. Features a guided discussion where we unpack a topic related to the recent election and its impact on our lives.  For additional information click here....Continue Reading

Join us Thursday in creating a “Circle of Peace” on the Upper East Side

January 17th,2017 ICNY Latest News

Please join We Oppose Violence Everywhere Now (WOVEN) and thousands of your fellow New Yorkers this Thursday, January 19th, at 5:30 pm, at the corner of 96th Street and Lexington Avenue, to form a circle of peace linking the Islamic Cultural Center of New York, St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, and Congregation Orach Chaim.  Gather with your fellow New Yorkers on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, and take a stand for peace in the city we love.  Join hands to form a more compassionate and understanding world.  Click here for more information, or email Reading

#NYCFaithJustice Rally this Thursday

January 17th,2017 ICNY Latest News

  In spirit of Rev. Dr. King, please join the Micah Institute and thousands of your fellow New Yorkers this Thursday, January 19th, at 6:00 pm, at Columbus Circle for the #NYCFaithJustice Rally to remind our next president of his hometown values.  Let the Trump administration know that #WeStandUnited to solve America's problems together. Now is the time to establish a dynamic moral imperative for the growing multifaith social justice movement.   Faith leaders please meet at 5:00 pm on Thursday, at the globe sculpture outside of the Trump International Hotel and Tower, just north of Columbus Circle.  Please email, and let us know if you can join the Clergy ...Continue Reading

“Rumi’s Secret” at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine

January 16th,2017 ICNY Latest News, Program Archive, Upcoming Programs

    Date:  Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Time:  7:00 pm Location:  The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street   ICNY, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and our partners are delighted to welcome bestselling author Brad Gooch and leading imam Feisal Abdul Rauf to discuss Gooch's moving new biography of Rumi, the renowned thirteenth century Persian poet and Sufi mystic. In addition to a conversation about Rumi’s life and legacy, the evening will include performances of Sufi music and dance by celebrated New York composer Amir Alan Vahab and Persian dance master Rana Gorgani.   Rumi famously wrote: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing / and rightdo...Continue Reading

ICNY signs onto to open letter to the U.S. Senate opposing confirmation of Jeff Sessions

January 10th,2017 ICNY Latest News, Statements

The Interfaith Center of New York signed onto this letter on account of Session's voting record against anti-hate crime legislation, the Violence Against Women Act, and his apparent support of Trump's proposed Muslim ban during the presidential campaign. AN OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE: Civil and Human Rights Organizations Oppose Confirmation of Jeff Sessions Advocacy Letter - 01/09/17 Source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Recipient: Senate Judiciary Committee View the PDF of this letter here. Dear Senate Judiciary Committee Member: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations...Continue Reading

Faith Leader Survey from the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

    The New York City Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) is seeking input from New York’s religious leaders, to help them serve diverse local communities.  DYCD’s essential mission is to invest in a network of community-based organizations and programs that alleviate the effects of poverty, and provide opportunities for all New Yorkers to flourish.  If you are a New York City clergy member or community leader, we hope you will click here to take a brief survey. Please take a moment and tell DYCD about the programs and services your faith community needs, as well as the programs and services your congregation or organization provides. Thanks for helping DYCD help ...Continue Reading

Faith Action for Mohamed Bah January 18

January 5th,2017 ICNY Latest News

   On Thursday, Jan. 12 at 12:00 pm join Mohamed Bah's family and faith leaders and activists from across NYC to call on SDNY US Attorney Preet Bharara to stand for justice - in spite of Trump's presidency and appointments. We are demanding a full investigation into the case and full prosecution of all officers! Join Us!   Contact: for questions or to sign-on to the coalition letter in progress to demand justice for the Bah family. When: Thursday, Jan. 12, 12:00 pm (After the Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast) Where: Southern District of the Department Of Justice, One Saint Andrews, near One Police Plaza. (4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, J/Z to Cha...Continue Reading

Message from ICNY Interim Executive Director: A Bright New Year in Dark Times

January 3rd,2017 ICNY Latest News

Dear Friends,   Happy new year to one and all!  Or at least happy new year by the historically Christian Gregorian calendar.  Many New Yorkers are still looking ahead to the Asian lunar new year on January 28, to the Persian new year on March 21, to the Hindu new year (or rather, one of them) on March 28, or to the Jewish and Islamic new years, which both fall on September 21 this time around.  But I digress . . . on behalf of ICNY’s entire staff and board, I’d like to wish all of our friends and colleagues a happy, healthy, peaceful year in 2017.   I’m afraid, however, that it’s going to be a tough year for New Yorkers and others who care about religious diversity and inclusi...Continue Reading

K-12 Teachers Nationwide Welcome to Apply for ICNY’s next Summer Institute “Religious Worlds of New York”

    K-12 teachers are invited to apply for the Religious Worlds of New York summer institute – a three week program, with a generous stipend, that will help them teach about religious diversity.  Applications are due by March 1st. In today’s climate of religious bigotry and extremism, public, private, and faith-based schools can help to promote interfaith understanding.  The July 2017 Religious Worlds institute will give teachers the tools they need to help build a more inclusive society.  Past participants have described the institute as “my best professional development experience ever” and “one of the best learning expe­riences of my life” (click here for many more ev...Continue Reading

Power in Numbers – Please Support the Interfaith Center of New York

December 30th,2016 ICNY Latest News

Now's the time to make your tax-deductible contribution to The Interfaith Center of New York. Why?  Let’s run the numbers:   2 days left to support ICNY in 2016   20 years of overcoming prejudice, violence, and misunderstanding by activating the power of the city’s grassroots religious and civic leaders   8.5 million religiously diverse New Yorkers relying on our unique voice and essential mission   100 faith leaders joining us in April for the next Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Retreat for Social Justice   34,000 NYPD officers learning about the religious lives of the people they protect and serve from our new diversity training video   25 teachers, serving thousands o...Continue Reading