Interfaith News

  • Controversial Ten Commandments monument built on Arkansas state capitol grounds

    (USA Today) The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and other opponents have vowed to sue over the controversial display. […]

  • Supreme Court Rules for Religious Institutions in Playground Funding Case

    Two Justices dissented from this judgment The United States Supreme Court in its ruling on June 26 stated that school playground grants funded by the U.S. taxpayer could be accessed by all non-profits, including one to a church run school. The Justices, however, did not go as far as whether this ruling is applicable to […] The post Supreme Court Rules for Religious Institutions in Playground Funding Case appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Last-ditch effort aims to fill State Department job combating anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON (RNS) Jewish and other human rights groups are lobbying Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to fill the job, created by Congress in 2004. […]

  • Nabra Hassanen’s death offers lessons on how Muslim communities can respond

    (RNS) An anthropologist working on community-based resilience looks at the response to the death of Nabra Hassanen and considers how it can delve deeper into a reservoir of built-up resources, traditions and relationships. […]

  • Donald Trump Skips 20-Year Ramadan Dinner at White House

    The celebration started in 1805 and was revived by the Clinton administration in the 1990s. . Iftar is a meal which devout Muslims consume to end their daily fast at the end of Ramadan. The history of iftar with the White House is a long one, started by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson staunchly supported religious freedom. […] The post Donald Trump Skips 20-Year Ramadan Dinner at White House appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Yogyakarta’s sultan blesses his people with alms

    YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) Mountains of food offerings called "gunungans" are paraded through the streets as part of Eid al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of Ramadan. […]

  • With a history of bucking tradition, Baylor’s first woman president brings fresh start to Baptist university

    WACO, Texas (RNS) Many are investing hopes that scandal-plagued Baylor University can turn around its fortunes under Linda Livingstone. […]

  • Religious Groups Call Out Health Care Bill

    The bill is being attacked for targeting the poor. Several religious organizations have sent public letters and letters to Congress arguing against the new health care bill, whose vote was just delayed in the Senate today. A coalition of 14 Jewish organizations led by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism sent letters to all […] The post Religious Groups Call Out Health Care Bill appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Park in England Hosts Largest-Ever Eid Celebration

    Muslim Unity Shown at Festival The Islamic Calendar is marked by many feasts and festivals. Some of those feasts celebrate good tidings while some of them encourage Muslims to think about their spiritual lives. This year a record 100,000 Muslims showed up at a Birmingham, England park to celebrate the feast of Eid in Europe. […] The post Park in England Hosts Largest-Ever Eid Celebration appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Catholics cannot support the death penalty, right?

    The Catholic Church has in recent decades been associated with political efforts to eliminate the death penalty. In fact, the three most recent popes, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, have called for the abolition of the death penalty. In 2016, Francis said, “Nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person.” With such high-profile opposition to the death penalty in the Catholic Church, how could any practicing Catholic support it? […]

  • This is Why ‘Witches’ Are Using Binding Spells To Oppose Trump

    Thousands of ‘witches’ cast a spell on President Trump. Last year Americans held their presidential elections and voted in President Donald Trump. In the few months, he has been in power, the North American superpower has undergone several drastic changes. First, Trump signed executive orders that put a stop to the free immigration residents of […] The post This is Why ‘Witches’ Are Using Binding Spells To Oppose Trump appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • As Anglicans look for blame in sex abuse scandal, George Carey quits honorary role

    LONDON (RNS) George Carey’s resignation highlights how church institutions are shifting their focus to punishing church officials for their roles in covering up child sex abuse by priests, even as some criticize them for not sufficiently addressing victims' needs. […]

  • Mormons are changing their tune on same-sex marriage

    In 2016, just over half of Mormons opposed same-sex marriage -- among the highest opposition of any religious group. However, the year before, 2/3 were against it, so there's been a rapid change of attitude. […]

  • Unitarian Universalists elect first woman president

    (RNS) One of her first acts as president was to decry the Supreme Court decision permitting partial enforcement of President Trump's travel ban. […]

  • It’s time to worry about leftist fundamentalism, too

    Liberal politics also shows alarming tendencies in our polarized culture. […]

  • Supreme Court Sides with Religious Right in Church Funding Case

    In response to today’s Supreme Court decision in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, Interfaith Alliance president … The post Supreme Court Sides with Religious Right in Church Funding Case appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Thoughts and Prayers Are No Answer to Gun Violence

    By Rabbi Jack Moline, President of Interfaith Alliance I am a person of faith and have … The post Thoughts and Prayers Are No Answer to Gun Violence appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Super Nuggets for Your Life

    This book may be small in size, but it is packed with a great deal of wisdom, which everyone, irrespective of age, can benefit from, in order to help fulfill the purpose of life. Dream Big Dream True: 35 Tips to make the Best of your Life By Teresa Joseph FMA Published by Better Yourself [… […]

  • City Icon Project – Vedanta to take up Ajmer Dargah Development

    Ajmer: The Vedanta Group will take up the development of the famous shrine of Khawja Moinuddin chishti here under the City Icon project at a cost of Rs. 50 crore. The Hindustan Zinc unit of the Vedanta Group has been asked to prepare the Detailed Project report (DPR) for the same. The City Icon project [… […]

  • Tidbits

    Istanbul: The Turkish Airlines on May 6 announced that it would provide laptops to business class passengers who are flying to the United States and United Kingdom after the two countries banned large electronic devices for passengers who are flying to cities in their countries. Turkish Airlines said business class passengers could request the cabin [… […]

  • Auto Driver’s Daughter Scores 99.72% in 12th Std Exam

    Ahmedabad: Farhana, daughter of an auto rickshaw driver Farooqbhai has scored 99.72% marks in 12th standard science stream exam of the Gujarat Board. Though the family is elated over the result, they are skeptical of the future due to financial constrains. Farhana’s mother Shamim Bavani’s worry is on another score. She says, the Gujarati and [… […]

  • People

    Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Christian Governor of Jakarta, the Indonesian capital was found guilty of blasphemy against Islam on May 9 and was jailed for two years on the same day. Purnama was defeated by Anies Baswedan in the election held in April. Blasphemy is a crime in Indonesia, a secular democracy with the world’s largest [… […]

  • Mosab Abu Toha – Meet the Man Crowd-Funding Gaza’s First English Library

    Escaping the confines of the besieged Gaza Strip, often described as an “open-air prison”, is a nearly impossible dream for many of its two million residents. But 24-year-old Mosab Abu Toha has found a way to free himself—through books. “Freedom is a state of mind. [With books], you’re liberating yourself by living in an imaginary [… […]

  • Glossary of Shapes (مختلف شکلوں سے متعلق الفاظ)

    Arch: The curved head of an opening, as a doorway. (محراب) Barrel: Any rounded container that bulges in the middle. (بیرل) Circle: any circular or ringlike object,  formation, or arrangement (دائرہ) Cone: A plane surface resembling the cross section of a solid cone (مخروطہ) Crescent: Any thing like a new moon. (ہلال نما، ہلالی) Cube:  Three-dimensional shape, either solid or hollow, contained by six equal squares. (مکعب) Cylindrical: [… […]

  • Performance of the Muslim High Schools – Apathy afflicts the Older Institutions

    Educational Entrepreneurship is Thriving. By Maqbool Ahmed Siraj Bengaluru: A simple analysis of the performance of nearly 100 Muslim schools in Bengaluru and some other cities in Karnataka reveals that most privately managed institutions are doing well while the ones under known—though not reputed educational bodies—are failing to measure up to the expectation. Bengaluru has [… […]

  • An Appeal for Medical Help for Saba Shamsi from Rampur

    Saba Mahboob Shamsi is 34 years old and lives with her brother Shoaib in the by-lanes of Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. Their parents have passed away. Saba is suffering frommyasthenia gravis, which is a chronic auto-immune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal muscles. Saba has to be on medicines lifelong [… […]

  • Matrimonial June 2017 – Wanted Groom

    Sunni Muslim educated family, invites alliance for their daughter, 24 years, B.E (CS), V.fair, 5’5” working for American Software Company at Bangalore, has obtained M.S. admission in USA with scholarship. Groom should be well settled in America, Good looking, well mannered with good Islamic values. Early marring preferred. Suitable alliance Contact via email: afzalsheriff7@gmail.com or [… […]

  • Interfaith Alliance Responds to Shooting of Members of Congress and Staff

    In response to the armed attack this morning in Alexandria, Virginia against members of Congress, including … The post Interfaith Alliance Responds to Shooting of Members of Congress and Staff appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • AP: Pope to Nigerian priests: you’ll be fired if you don’t obey

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  • Reuters: Turkey’s Erdogan calls for Qatar row to be resolved by end of Ramadan

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  • NYT: Religious liberals sat out of politics for 40 Years. Now they want in the game.

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  • BBC News: Saudi football chiefs apologise over London attack tribute

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  • NPR: Authorities brace for conflict during anti-Sharia marches

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  • Wash. Post.: Leading imam quits as debate over women’s ‘hypersexuality’ boils over at major U.S. mosque

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  • BBC News: Muslim ‘safe space’ plan sparks row in Australia

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  • AP: Sporty hijabs help Muslim girls keep up pace in athletics

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  • Religion News Service: In the shadow of St. Peter’s, a Mormon temple rises

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  • Politico: Abortion restrictions threaten Senate GOP’s Obamacare repeal push

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  • Interfaith Alliance calls on Rep. Higgins to Resign or Be Expelled from House

    On Sunday night, newly elected Congressman Clay Higgins of Louisiana posted a Facebook screed in response … The post Interfaith Alliance calls on Rep. Higgins to Resign or Be Expelled from House appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Trump Executive Order Compromises Religious Freedom

    Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive … The post Trump Executive Order Compromises Religious Freedom appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • President Trump Seeks to Plunge Houses of Worship into Partisan Fray

    In response to news reports that President Trump will sign an executive order tomorrow that would … The post President Trump Seeks to Plunge Houses of Worship into Partisan Fray appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Gorsuch Failed to Address Concerns over Religious Discrimination in Hearing

    Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate Judiciary … The post Gorsuch Failed to Address Concerns over Religious Discrimination in Hearing appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Threats Against Religious Minorities in U.S. Far Greater Than Any One Suspect or Group

    Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement: “I was just as shocked as … The post Threats Against Religious Minorities in U.S. Far Greater Than Any One Suspect or Group appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • President Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Still a Muslim Ban

    Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s revised … The post President Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Still a Muslim Ban appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Interfaith Alliance Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ False Testimony on Russia

    We learned this week that Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not respond truthfully when asked under … The post Interfaith Alliance Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ False Testimony on Russia appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Cultivating Pluralism at a Critical Time

    Dear Friends, We greet you at the end of 2016, an extraordinary and critical year for the Pluralism Project and for America’s public and political commitment to pluralism. At a time when many Americans are uncertain about the strength of … Continue reading → […]

  • Interfaith Efforts and Hurricane Sandy Recovery in New York City (2015)

    In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated areas in the Northeastern United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. In New York City, at least 43 people died and thousands of homes were destroyed.[1] The city experienced $19 billion in damages and it … Continue reading → […]

  • CONNECT Faith

    CONNECT is a New York City-based organization that works to prevent domestic violence and promote gender justice. Located in Harlem, they partner with over 200 community-based organizations around the city. Research conducted by CONNECT in 2003-2005 revealed that, while women … Continue reading → […]

  • Parliament of the World’s Religions: “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity” (2015)

    The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions was held in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 15-20, 2015 and attracted over 10,000 people from nearly 80 countries.[1] The event theme, “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity,” came out of organizers’ … Continue reading → […]

  • Community of Living Traditions

    What does it mean for a multifaith community to be involved in immigration or prison reform? How do we grow an intentional residential community where members can maintain their authentic and diverse religious commitments? How can a group of religiously … Continue reading → […]

  • The Pluralism Project at 25: Can we count on you?

    Dear Friends, Greetings from Cambridge! This year marks the Pluralism Project’s 25th anniversary. Recently, we’ve been taking some time to look back at our accomplishments, to assess the need for the critical work of pluralism in the climate of our … Continue reading → […]

  • Rev. Dr. Marcia Moret Sietstra

    The Rev. Dr. Marcia Moret Sietstra is a retired pastor within the United Church of Christ. She earned a doctorate of ministry from Andover-Newton Theological School in 2012. Sietstra is the author of three cases, all set in the Midwest, that are … Continue reading → […]

  • Religion Communicators Council Convention: Faith-based Communications: Bridges, Avenues, and Intersections (2016)

    On Thursday, March 31 through Saturday, April 2, 2016 over 100 Religion Communicators Council (RCC) members met throughout New York City for a three-day conversation about the challenges, innovations, shortcomings and successes of faith-based communication. The shifting location of the … Continue reading → […]

  • Interfaith Families Project of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area

    The Interfaith Families Project of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (IFFP) is a unique community of families and individuals dedicated to celebrating and learning about both the Jewish and Christian traditions. Many of IFFP’s members are families parented by individuals … Continue reading → […]

  • Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees

    For many, the weight of the world’s problems can seem so overwhelming as to be paralyzing. But the response to these problems by Georgette Bennett, founder of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, has been “recognizing where there’s a need … Continue reading → […]

  • Persecution of Evangelical Christians intensifies in Iran

    There is growing concern that the harassment of Iranian Christians is reaching new levels, with Christian activities increasingly being classified as ‘actions against the security the state’. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), which works for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, has received reports that an official campaign to convert Christian prisoners to Islam is [… […]

  • World population could reach 15 billion this century

    Sometime on 31 October the world’s seven-billionth person is expected to be born, on a planet where resources are already stretched to breaking point. However, the United Nations has warned that we are heading for a world population of 15 billion by the end of the century, even though population growth has slowed since the [… […]

  • Church of Scientology denies investigating South Park creators

    The controversial Church of Scientology has vigorously denied claims that it investigated the creators of cartoon series South Park following the screening of episode called ‘Trapped in the Closet’. The episode, which poked fun at the Scientology belief system and lampooned its most prominent member, Tom Cruise, was aired in the USA in 2006 but [… […]

  • Bible burning disrupts Mass in St Peter’s Square

    Yesterday’s Mass in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square was disturbed by a man who shouted “Pope, where is Christ?” from the upper colonnade and then set fire to a bible. He was talked down by Vatican officials while Pope Benedict XVI continued the Sunday Mass seemingly unperturbed by the incident which occurred towards the end of [… […]

  • Government criticised for protecting gay people but not Christians

    The outspoken former Tory MP Anne Widdecombe is expected to accuse the government of ignoring the plight of Christians and yet threatening to cut aid to countries which persecute homosexuals. In a speech at the annual conference of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) tomorrow, Miss Widdecombe is expected to claim that [… […]

  • Protesters deterring visitors to St Paul’s Cathedral

    The previously supportive authorities at St Paul’s have finally asked anti-capitalist protesters to disband the camp they have set up outside the cathedral. Thousands of protesters, angry at the way the global economic crisis is being handled, marched on the London Stock Exchange on Saturday. When police cordoned off the building, the protesters set up [… […]

  • Physical abuse unchallenged in UK Islamic schools

    Up to 500,000 students a day attend British madrassas but the physical abuse of pupils at these institutions is slipping through a loophole in the law according to a BBC investigation. Figures obtained by Radio 4’s ‘File on 4’ programme show that in the last three years more than 400 allegations of physical abuse against [… […]

  • War on Want slams UK government’s food policy

    In a new report, War on Want criticises governments in the developed world for food policies which destroy the livelihoods of small farmers and contribute to world hunger. 2009 was the first year in which over a billion people were officially classified as living in hunger and this wasn’t caused by natural disasters but by [… […]

  • Man jailed after posting anti-Celtic Facebook comments

    Stephen Birrell, who posted abusive comments on a Facebook page called “Neil Lennon Should be Banned” has been jailed for eight months after a trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court. Sheriff Bull Totten said he wanted to out “a clear message to deter others”. Birrell’s sectarian comments were posted earlier this year, shortly after he was [… […]

  • Catherine Tate is God in King James Bible celebration

    The 400th anniversary of the King James Bible is being celebrated with two 24-performances of ‘Sixty-six Books’, a cycle of plays written in response to each book of the Bible. The performances, today and on 28 October, mark the opening of London’s new Bush theatre which has relocated from above O’Neills pub, to the Shepherd’s [… […]