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Empowerment+ Initiative: Interfaith Social Cohesion & Enterprise

London Pilot: Integration and empowerment can help those experiencing a wide range of socio–economic risks including displacement, unemployment, isolation, crime, addiction and radical extremist violence.
Integration and empowerment can help those experiencing a wide range of socio–economic risks including displacement, unemployment, isolation, crime, addiction and radical extremist violence. The Empowerment+ initiative will field interfaith teams that (1) reach out to and mentor at–risk individuals, imparting empowering skills and networks by using an empowerment+ toolkit to be used in groups, plus (2) catalyze sustainable businesses that increase integration and resiliency of non–integrated communities where problems can grows.
Because the initiative will be staffed by volunteers from groups in civil society, it will be low cost but have high impact because it has the potential to equip many of thousands of volunteers to build relationships with many more thousands of people at risk.
Volunteer teams — composed of people with business know–how and sincere spirituality from various religious traditions — will use an interfaith self–reliance Empowerment+ toolkit to bring those at risk of socio–economic failure into a wider group of people who help each other acquire the key ‘temporal’ (earthly) and spiritual skills needed to be empowered and successful in the societies where they live.
Self–reliance groups will address the underlying issues by helping those at risk replace isolation, desperation and spiritual anomie with temporal and spiritual empowerment. The spiritual power of the approach is in giving those facing problems the opportunity to constructively help others in the group process.
The Empowerment+ toolkit has 12–week multiple tracks, channeling participants to the most appropriate pathway for them. These include: Starting and Growing a Business; My Job Search; Education for Better Work. The business track may be especially attractive to those with an entrepreneurial bent. The Empowerment+ toolkit is intentionally designed to be used in a group (eliminating isolation), to provide practical results (overcoming desperation), to demonstrate acceptance (ending rejection), and to model the radical spiritual power of serving others (replacing spiritual anomie with spiritual groundedness).
For more information, contact Brian J. Grim, PhD, Visiting Professor, School of Management and Social Sciences, President, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation.

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1 JANUARY 2014


1. In this, my first Message for the World Day of Peace, I wish to offer to everyone, individuals and peoples, my best wishes for a life filled with joy and hope. In the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for fraternity which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them not as enemies or rivals, but as brothers and sisters to be accepted and embraced.

Fraternity is an essential human quality, for we are relational beings. A lively awareness of our relatedness helps us to look upon and to treat each person as a true sister or brother; without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace. We should remember that fraternity is generally first learned in the family, thanks above all to the responsible and complementary roles of each of its members, particularly the father and the mother. The family is the wellspring of all fraternity, and as such it is the foundation and the first pathway to peace, since, by its vocation, it is meant to spread its love to the world around it…To download entire document please click icon on left

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Racism, discrimination, intolerance and extremism: learning from experiences in Greece and Hungary

Racism, discrimination, intolerance and extremism: learning from experiences in Greece and Hungary
This thematic situation report examines the effectiveness of responses by public authorities, civil society organisations and others to counter racism, discrimination, intolerance and extremism in Greece and Hungary. The report goes on to make proposals for fighting racist crime, increasing trust in the police, and combating extremism throughout the EU.
Crimes motivated by racism, xenophobia and related intolerances, the mainstreaming of elements of extremist ideology in political and public discourse, and ethnic discrimination all persist throughout the European Union. Growing alarm has been expressed at the national, EU and international levels with regard to manifestations of violent racism and other forms of intolerance especially in two EU Member States: Greece and Hungary. An additional important concern is the substantial parliamentary representation of parties that use paramilitary tactics or are closely associated with paramilitary groups and use extremist rhetoric to target irregular migrants in Greece, and the Roma and Jews in Hungary.

In this context, FRA took the initiative to collect data and compile the present thematic situation report. It examines the effectiveness of responses by public authorities, statutory human rights bodies, and civil society organisations to racism, discrimination, intolerance and extremism in these two EU Member States.

Despite the fact that this report focuses on two countries, the identification of barriers to counter such phenomena is of relevance to the EU as a whole. The proposals contained in the report on issues such as tackling racist and related crime, increasing trust in the police, and countering extremism could therefore be considered for use in all EU Member States.

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The Apostolic Exhortation recently delivered by Pope Francis concerning the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world has stirred interest and appreciation as a challenging and inviting document.
The Apostolic Exhortation is more than simply conveying the message of the Synod on evangelization, but addresses the need for the renewal of the church at all levels from the perspective of the call to be a missional church. It provides an inspiring interaction between ecclesiological reflections, missionary perspectives and concerns about economic, ecological justice and peace building as significant missionary dimensions of the church.

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Interfaith Seminar hears: ‘Welcoming the Stranger Strengthens Own Faith’

Last Thursday evening members of the Lutheran Church in Ireland, Dublin City Interfaith Forum, Northern Ireland Inter Faith Forum and guests participated to a seminar with the topic ‘Towards Tolerance and Acceptance’. The evening started with a warm welcome from Cllr Michael O’Sullivan, on behalf of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Oisin Quinn. His message of support was followed by an excellent performance from young actor Conor Doyle on the parable of ‘Nathan the Wise’ by Ephraim Gotthold Lessing…
Seminar slides available to download.

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Deepavali – Dhanteras – Naraka Chaturdasi – Govardan Puja

A series of articles on Deepavali starting with Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdasi and Govardhan Puja.

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Interfaith: One Shoe Size Fits All?

Alan Hilliard, 2013
This paper provides a framework for interfaith activity in contemporary Western European settings. A further exploration of the concepts of globalisation, immigration and cosmopolitism reveals how these ‘global’ phenomena have impacted on and transformed the local environment and have resulted in the emergence of the term

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EU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief

On the 24th June 2013 the Council of the European Union adopted a number of guidelines regarding the the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief.
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Come and See for Yourself

’Come and See’ is a guide to what to expect when visiting one of the many and diverse sacred spaces in Dublin making it easier for people of different religious and cultural backgrounds to meet in the context of their own sacred spaces.

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World Refugee Day – Prayers

A resource for prayers and reflections in memory of those who paid the ultimate price while fleeing persecution and injustice.