Interfaith News

  • Pope Calls to Prioritize Immigrants’ Safety over National Security

    Pope urges world leaders to be sympathetic about refugees He said that migrant safety must be paramount, arguing that they should also surpass national security concerns. The pontiff continued to say that refugees must not be collectively deported. This politically charged message is for the January 14, 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees event […] The post Pope Calls to Prioritize Immigrants’ Safety over National Security appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • ‘Uncharted’ is a New Video Game Influenced by Hinduism

    Uncharted Lost Legacy Balances Culture with Entertainment Can we learn about religion and culture from video games? The release of a new game for the PlayStation 4, Uncharted: Lost Legacy, has elements of Hinduism as a core element of its storyline. The story follows treasure hunters as they search for the “Tusk of Ganesh,” a […] The post ‘Uncharted’ is a New Video Game Influenced by Hinduism appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Why is sexuality such a big deal for the church?

    (RNS) — Why do these conflicts — over same-sex marriage, transgender people and the ordination of openly gay people — keep popping up in Christianity? […]

  • On Confederate statues and other graven images

    (RNS) — 'Idolatry is counter to any religious idea worth its weight in salt. We Jews have a name for the tearing down of images that amplify and idolize racist hatred, anti-Semitism or bigotry of any kind. ... We call it: Judaism,' writes Rabbi Aaron Alexander. […]

  • Greg Laurie Calls for Spiritual Awakening After Charlottesville Violence

    Greg Laurie recounted to the Angel Stadium audience on his ‘hate filled’ youth Pastor Greg Laurie, in front of a gathering of about 26,000 people crammed into the Angel Stadium in California, decried the racial violence and the turmoil which reared in Charlottesville, VA during the second weekend of August. and to forgo the hate […] The post Greg Laurie Calls for Spiritual Awakening After Charlottesville Violence appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Trump spiritual adviser Paula White says he is ‘raised up by God’

    (RNS) — "It is God who raises up a king. It is God that sets one down," White said. "When you fight against the plan of God, you are fighting against the hand of God." […]

  • Nazi Protests Occurred on American Soil – Another Reason for Israel’s Importance

    It is our responsibility to confront racism and all forms of bigotry. In a Jewish home, Saturday evening evokes a mixture of different feelings. For some, the end of the Sabbath means that they can use their cell phones again and text their friends or listen to music. For others this time means responding to […] The post Nazi Protests Occurred on American Soil – Another Reason for Israel’s Importance appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Catholic Leaders in Philippines at Forefront of Campaign to End Drug War

    Faith leaders speak out against police killing spree Luis Tagle, the Cardinal of Manila, and head of the Catholic Church in Philippines has severely criticized the Rodrigo Duterte-led Government for its violence-ridden campaign against drugs. The campaign has led to the deaths of about 12,500 people since President Duterte took office June last year. Rights […] The post Catholic Leaders in Philippines at Forefront of Campaign to End Drug War appeared first on World Religion News. […]

  • Jesuit priest Tom Reese joins Religion News Service

    Jesuit priest Thomas J. Reese has joined the Religion News Service as a senior analyst and will contribute a weekly column focused on Catholicism, the Vatican and Pope Francis and will offer insightful analyses, explanations and critiques of issues and debates in the Catholic world that have a relevance to, or resonance on, wider culture. […]

  • Why Christians can stay hopeful in this time of political darkness

    (RNS) — After weeks of moral chaos, Americans have grown discouraged. Here's how Jesus-people can keep hope. […]

  • India’s top court: Instant divorce among Muslims unlawful

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The decision was widely lauded by women's rights activists as a step toward granting Muslim women in India greater equality and justice. […]

  • The House of Kristoffer reports on emerging trend toward a more mystical Christianity

    With their finger on the pulse of what inspires spiritual seekers worldwide, The House of Kristoffer breathes new life into an ancient tradition long lost on Lutherans and Protestants. […]

  • Former congressman Wolf predicts small window to act

    Distinguished Senior Fellow Frank R. Wolf just returned from his fifth fact-finding trip to Iraq where he traveled to better understand the current situation the Christians and Yazidis face. Following the liberation of most of the Christian and Yazidi villages in northern Iraq, there is an ever-increasing concern that many of the ethnic and religious minority communities will be unable to return home due to the destruction, and the growing political tensions between the central government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government and other non-state actors. […]

  • Heartland pagans embrace the eclipse

    BOONVILLE, Mo. (RNS) — As Americans across the country watched the moon eclipse the sun, pagans gathered here to appreciate the rare phenomenon with their own rituals. […]

  • Brooklyn megachurch pastor explains why he left the president’s evangelical advisory board

    Brooklyn, N.Y. (RNS) — 'I took a lot of heat for joining, and I took a lot of heat for leaving,' said the Rev. A.R. Bernard. […]

  • Video: How Pew Research Center Conducted Its 2017 Survey of Muslim Americans

    In this short video, Pew Research Center researchers explain how they overcame these obstacles to produce the Center’s wide-ranging new survey of 1,001 American Muslims. […]

  • Matrimonial August 2017 – Bride Wanted

    Bangalore SM family seek alliance for their son MBBS, MD, pursuing residency in US Seeking for a beautiful hijab observing girl from Doctors or Engineers Bangalore based family settled in Bangalore or Abroad preferably graduate or Pg. Strictly non working ( No MBBS). Contact Dr. Abdul samad – 9379712479 Seeking alliance from Sunni Muslim Hijab/ [… […]

  • Matrimonial August 2017 – Groom Wanted

    SM parents invite alliance for their only daughter, B.com, 22 years. Groom should be from Bangalore, Professional Engineer or Doctor, working in Bangalore from decent family with ISLAMIC values. Contact/whats app: 9535363943 / 9742654810 Hyd based SM parents seek alliance for daughter, 31, 5’4″, Beautiful, Slim, Very Fair, B.Tech, MS, H1B Visa, working in US. [… […]

  • First Saudi Jobs Website for Women

    “Alajnabia”, or foreigner in Arabic, connects women job seekers with recruiters. An Algerian biomedical engineer is on a mission to make it easier for women to find work in Saudi Arabia by creating the first job-searching website for women in the kingdom. Australian-born Naziha Deriche, 23, who was raised in Saudi Arabia, realised after completing [… […]

  • German Study Finds Radicalized Muslims Have Little Knowledge of Islam

    A group of Muslim radicals had no basic knowledge about Islam, according to a new study. Muslim extremists and Islamophobes alike have attempted to paint violent factions among Muslims as true expressions of the faith. But a new study gives credence to what countless Muslim leaders, activists and scholars have argued: that these groups are [… […]

  • Youth-Led Initiative

    Children of Somali diaspora in Canada come together to fend off famine By Philip Lee-Shanok Samiya Abdi a member of Fight The Famine Toronto, says many in her group have never been to Somalia, but want to prevent a looming humanitarian disaster. A new generation of young Somali-Canadians is looking to raise both money and awareness of [… […]

  • New World Body’s Counter-Terrorism Office approved by UN

    New York: The establishment of a new United Nations office to help Member States implement the Organization’s global counter-terrorism strategy was approved by the UN General Assembly. Adopting a consensus resolution, the 193-nation body also welcomed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ initiative to transfer relevant functions out of the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and into [… […]

  • UN Refugee Agency: Record 65.6 Million People Displaced Worldwide

    A record 65.6 million people are either refugees, asylum seekers or internally displaced across the globe, the UN refugee agency said. The estimated figure for the end of 2016 is an increase of 300,000 on 2015, according to its annual report. It is a smaller increase than 2014-15, when the figure rose by five million. [… […]

  • AISHE Survey – State of Higher Education in India

    General Enrolment Ratio is now 24.6%; Over 24,000 being awarded Ph.Ds annually now; 34.6 million students now enrolled in higher educational institutions; Enrolment of Muslims reaching 4.7% among the total. India has made great strides in higher education in the last one decade. The stated purpose of higher education is economic growth. Any course in [… […]

  • “Cheerfulness” Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

    The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) encouraged us to be cheerful in many hadiths. He (pbuh) taught us to be happy and to spread happiness to others: 1. Abdullah bin Harith reported, “I have never seen a man who smiled as much as the Messenger of God “ (Recorded in Tirmithi # 2641) 2. “A smile is [… […]

  • A Diverse World: Diversity Is Something Natural

    Instead of worrying about the salvation of others, our focus should be our own self, because ultimately we won’t be questioned about the deeds of anyone except our own. By Kashif Shahzada Tolerance is a special quality. It means getting along with people who are different from us. It is a vital trait for peaceful [… […]

  • Interfaith Alliance Responds to Violent White Supremacist Rally in Virginia

    Rabbi Jack Moline, President of Interfaith Alliance, released the following statement: “The bigotry and violence on … The post Interfaith Alliance Responds to Violent White Supremacist Rally in Virginia appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Interfaith Alliance Responds to Administration Remarks on Mosque Attack

    Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement: “President Trump and his advisors have … The post Interfaith Alliance Responds to Administration Remarks on Mosque Attack appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Gay Marriage Around the World

    A fact sheet provides an overview of the situation in the nations where same-sex marriage is legal nationwide as well as countries that allow it in certain jurisdictions. […]

  • Reuters: Buddhist nationalists raise new fears among Myanmar’s Muslims

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  • NYT: Lawsuit accuses former Phoenix bishop of sexually abusing boy

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  • BBC News: South African Stephen McGown freed by al-Qaeda in Mali

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  • AFP: Chile Congress lifts abortion ban

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  • Wash. Post.: Christians are more than twice as likely to blame a person’s poverty on lack of effort

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  • AP: Rastafarian pot farm shootout sparks religious-use debate

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  • NPR: Chilean lawmakers ease abortion restrictions — but will the court agree?

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  • Religion News Service: Despite smuggled antiquities purchase, some say criticism of Bible museum is unfair

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  • Trump Justice Department Launches Assault on LGBT Rights

    Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance, condemned a Department of Justice brief in a private … The post Trump Justice Department Launches Assault on LGBT Rights appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • Trump Bullies Transgender Service Members to Distract from Administration’s Struggles

    In response to President Trump’s announcement that he will ban transgender people from serving in the … The post Trump Bullies Transgender Service Members to Distract from Administration’s Struggles appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • The Tragic Loss of Brendan Randall, Long-Time Affiliate and Senior Researcher of the Pluralism Project

    The Pluralism Project is devastated to learn of the death of Brendan Randall, a long-time affiliate and Senior Researcher of the Pluralism Project. He had a tragic accident while getting off a train in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 6 and … Continue reading → […]

  • Interfaith Alliance Announces New Board Chair Jacob Worenklein

    Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement: It is my pleasure to inform … The post Interfaith Alliance Announces New Board Chair Jacob Worenklein appeared first on Interfaith Alliance. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 → […]

  • 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 [… […]