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September 2016 Newsletter: 9/11 Day, Carnival to Support Returning Citizens, and Ganesh Birthday Celebration

September 1st,2016 ICNY Latest News

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September Newsletter Message from ICNY Executive Director

August 31st,2016 ICNY Latest News

Message from ICNY Executive Director   Dear Friends,   To commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, please join The Interfaith Center of New York and other nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and businesses from around New York to pack half a million meals for the hungry. The "9/11 Day of Service" will take place in downtown Manhattan. There is also the "Prayers for World Peace Interfaith Ceremony" which will be held at the International Buddhist Progress Society New York Temple in Flushing.   Fifteen years ago, just two days after the attacks, the Interfaith Center hosted a press conference where dozens of diverse faith leaders expressed their solidarity across religious traditi...Continue Reading

PODCAST: “The Natural Tendency of the Soul” – Nitin Ajmera on Jainism, Nonviolence, and the Human Struggle for Virtue

August 22nd,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

  Maggi Van Dorn talks with Nitin Ajmera   In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn talks with Nitin Ajmera, former president of the Jain Center of America, located in Elmhurst, Queens.  In this richly informative and entertaining two-part interview, Mr. Ajmera describes the origins of Jainism (one of the oldest religions in the world), and speaks about the three main principals of the Jain faith: devotion to nonviolence (Ahimsa), a rejection of possessiveness (Aparigraha), and embracing the understanding that there are multiple paths that lead to establishment of the truth (Anekantvada). His engaging talk is a rare and valuable opportunity to lea...Continue Reading

Press conference tomorrow relating to murders of Imam Akonjee and Thara Uddin

August 17th,2016 ICNY Latest News

Dear Friends, Please join the Interfaith Center of New York and The Majlis Ash-Shura (Islamic Leadership Council) of New York, together with Muslim, civic and interfaith community leaders, for a press conference at the steps of City Hall in New York City tomorrow, Thursday, August 19, 2016 at 09:00 AM. The press conference will address the murders of Imam Akonjee and Thara Uddin. For more information please contact Cheikh Ahmed Mbareck at 857-222-6582. A GoFundMe page has been set-up by the Islamic Leadership Council of NY with the consent of the families of the deceased. It has been created to support the children and widows of the two murdered men. Donations can be made onlin...Continue Reading

Imam & Assistant Shot in Queens: Supporting the Families & Community

August 14th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Statements

The Interfaith Center of New York extends our heart-felt condolences to the families of Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin who were fatally shot walking back from prayers on Saturday afternoon in Ozone Park, NY.  Imam Akonjee had led the Al-Furqan Jame Mosque serving the Bangladeshi community of Ozone Park for two years. He was described by community members as “a man of peace” who recently immigrated to the United States. Imam Akonjee was married with three children. Imam Akonjee and Thara Uddin were both dressed in religious garb as they walked home from the mosque. They were approached from behind by a lone assailant and shot. While the police have not yet identified these murder...Continue Reading

Statement at Veterans For Peace Press Conference outside Trump Tower Monday, August 1, 2016

August 3rd,2016 ICNY Latest News, Statements

The following remarks were given by ICNY's executive director, The Rev. Chloe Breyer, at the #VETSvsHATE press conference held outside Trump Tower on Monday, August 1: "Donald Trump’s insulting comments about Gold Star Mother Mrs. Ghazana Kahn after the Democratic Convention showed him to be both insensible to her pain and ignorant of her faith. He was insensible to her pain because his decision to make political points off the grief-stricken relatives of bereaved military parents is reminiscent of the members of the Westboro Baptist Church demonstrating at military funerals. He was ignorant of her beliefs, because he insulted a religious tradition that serves as a source of power for ma...Continue Reading

August 2016 E-Newsletter: Refugee Olympians + Day of Seva for Oak Creek and Orlando

August 1st,2016 ICNY Latest News

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ICNY August Newsletter Message from Executive Director The Rev. Chloe Breyer

August 1st,2016 ICNY Latest News

Message from ICNY Executive Director   Dear Friends,   This past month, The Interfaith Center of New York brought 25 public, private, and parochial K-12 teachers from around the country to New York for an immersive three-week seminar called “Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity” (see photo above).  This program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with Union Theological Seminary, exposed teachers to scholars of religion, diverse clergy and lay leaders, and houses of worship around NYC. One of many highlights was this group call-and-response of a Haitian Vodou song, led by Houngan Oneza Lafontant. ...Continue Reading

BLOG – The Human Repair Business: The Restorative Justice Interfaith Panel

July 28th,2016 ICNY Interfaith Matters Blogs, Latest News

by Tylor-Maria Johnson, Princeton Undergraduate Student studying Public Policy “God did not hire me to judge people, but called me to be a part of the human repair business,” Pastor Benny explained to Harlem Community Justice Center’s Youth Court members at an interfaith panel on restorative justice last Friday [June 22]. The panel, organized by the Harlem Youth Court and Interfaith Center of New York, explored the intersectionality between restorative justice, faith communities, and the larger criminal justice system. The Harlem Youth Court trains 14- to 18-year-olds to become jurors, advocates, and judges for cases involving their peers who are diverted from the family court and cr...Continue Reading

PODCAST: Father Liam O’Doherty shares an “Incarnational Faith”

July 26th,2016 ICNY Latest News, Podcasts

Father Liam and ICNY Podcast Producer Maggi Van Dorn In this episode of our free podcast series “NYC Faith Leaders,” Maggi Van Dorn talks with Father Liam O'Doherty, an Augustinian friar and Catholic priest, currently of Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and formerly of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Staten Island.  Fr. Liam served 18 years as a missionary in Nagoya & Nagasaki, Japan, where he ministered to the descendants of Japan's first Catholic martyrs.  He is renown in Staten Island for his interfaith work in bringing together the Roman Catholic and Muslim communities around shared social justice concerns.  And Fr. Liam is also credited with ar...Continue Reading