Tag: "interfaith"

“A Common Language that is Always Present” – Rev. Sarah McCaslin on her Spiritual Calling to a Life of Ministry, Psychotherapy, and Waffles

   Host Maggi Van Dorn (left) With Rev. Sarah McCaslin    Our Guest:    Rev. Sarah McCaslin, MDiv, LMSW, Waffle Church Minister at St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn, and resident therapist at the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute. In a 2-part episode, Sarah talks with us about how her desire to serve and help others leads her on a simultaneous journey of ministry and psychotherapy.  And yes, there will be waffles along the way!  Highlights:   On "Dinner Church": It links really well to the scriptural stories that we understand about the beginning of Communion, and Jesus and his disciples gathered for a meal. Before there were churches, [early Christians] were meeting in eac...Continue Reading

Ana Patel, E.D. of Outward Bound Peacebuilding, on “Listening as Peacebuilding”

  “Listening as Peacebuilding” Active Listening as a Way to Respond to Another Person and Improve Mutual Understanding   by Ana Patel, Executive Director of Outward Bound Peacebuilding   Last year, while facilitating an experiential peacebuilding workshop, I invited the participants to try a listening exercise. Simple idea – simple activity. Participants were asked to divide into pairs, one listener and one speaker.  The listeners were asked to spend three minutes listening to the speaker on climate change - keep eye contact, make encouraging gestures and sounds, but don’t interrupt. Then switch.   At the end, an older man returned to the group with tears running...Continue Reading

ICNY is Improving Public Safety for all New Yorkers with a Religious Diversity Training Video for NYPD Officers

Policing in Today’s Multi-Faith New York: Working with the NYPD to Improve Public Safety for All New Yorkers by Dr. Henry Goldschmidt Imagine you’re an officer in the New York City Police Department.  It’s Friday night, and you’re working on a block that’s closed for police activity.  A young woman wearing a long, modest skirt and full-sleeved blouse says she lives on the block, and needs to get past the police line.  You ask for identification to check her address, and she tells you bluntly, “I can’t carry ID on Shabbos – it’s against the Torah.”  Is she for real, or maybe up to something?  The next day, you’re providing first aid for a young man with a full b...Continue Reading

PODCAST: “You Have to be a Testimony” – Theo and Phyllis Harris Discuss Life After Incarceration and the Redemptive Power of Music

Maggi Van Dorn (left) talks with Theo and Phyllis Harris, stars of the Off Broadway show "Alive 55+ and Kickin'" "Every time I lift my eyes to the sky, I’m reminded of a time in my life When all the dark clouds hung over me, I was lost inside, in search of a key. I remember loved ones being so kind, saying things would get much better with time. And I admit sometimes it did for a while, then I’d find myself back under the cloud. But right in the midst of the rain, my heart was so filled with pain, You came and rescued my soul, and then your love took control. Right in the midst of the rain you taught me to smile again. My life was awesomely changed right in the midst of the ra...Continue Reading

The Japan Times: New York interfaith leaders mark 70th year since Hiroshima bombing

NEW YORK – Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders gathered Wednesday in Manhattan to mark the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing with a ceremony featuring musicians and a survivor of the blast who now lives in New York state. At precisely 7:15 p.m. New York time — coinciding with the exact moment the nuclear blast occurred seven decades ago — a peace bell was rung by more than a dozen attendees, including Tomiko Morimoto West, 83. She lived through the bomb’s aftermath as a young girl. “I am here. I survived and I live a peaceful life,” she said. “I live on an airplane path (near her home in upstate New York) and when I look up and see the same kin...Continue Reading

“Carrying the Cane of Moses”: Faith Leader Spotlight on Imam Konate

February 23rd,2015 ICNY Latest News

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Imam Konate   by Anna Rubin Imam Konate became an imam in 1996 after coming to the United States.  When he arrived in Harlem, there was a sizable and growing Muslim African immigrant population but no mosque in which they could comfortably pray. All of the mosques in the area conducted their services primarily in English, and it was difficult for these new immigrants to come to the mosque and learn with the community. Imam Konate mobilized the immigrants to create their own houses of worship, and now there are ten African mosques in Harlem alone. They communicate with each other and stay active and organized through the work of the Council of African Imams, a body that allows the Imams o...Continue Reading

February 7: World Interfaith Harmony Week Event

"Common Ground for the Common Good" An Invitation is extended to you from the OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser President, 66th Session of the General Assembly In cooperation with the COMMITTEE OF RELIGIOUS NGOS AND OTHER NGOS AT THE UNITED NATIONS Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: The United Nations General Assembly Hall Register by February 1st at www.interfaithharmonyweek.info   The UN General Assembly Resolution, adopted in 2010, calls for the establishment of World Interfaith Harmony Week (1-7 February), reaffirming the role of mutual understanding and inerreligiou...Continue Reading

Press Release: Groups Demand that ICE Prioritize Release and Alternatives for Detaining Immigrant Families

January 10, 2012 Contact: Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership, blibal@grassrootsleadership.org, (512) 971-0487 Kirsten Bokenkamp, ACLU of Texas, kbokenkamp@aclutx.org, (713) 942-8146 X 109 Michelle Brané, Women's Refugee Commission, MichelleB@wrcommission.org, (646) 717-7191 More Than 50 Organizations Call for End to Detaining Immigrant Families Groups Demand That ICE Prioritize Release and Alternatives for Detaining Immigrant Families AUSTIN – A broad coalition of more than 50 national, state, and local immigrant, civil rights, and faith organizations today called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to end the practice of detaining immigrant families, including small...Continue Reading

Interfaith Letter to President Obama on HR2867

December 20th,2011 ICNY Latest News

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Dear Mr. President: We write to you as national leaders to express our support for the reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom as it has been configured since its inception and to express our concern about a recent legislative proposal (HR 2867) that would significantly reduce the number of Commissioners appointed to the Commission from 9 to 5. In addition, we would ask the Congress to restore the full funding of the Commission, or if cuts need to be made, to ensure it has the resources to do its work. We do not believe the current House proposal provides those levels. It is essential that the Administration recognize the importance of maintaining a Co...Continue Reading

Veils Exhibit at The Interchurch Center (Video)

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