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Interfaith Readings and Prayers for World Refugee Day 2017

Selected Interfaith readings and prayers highlighting the difficulties faced by people forced to leave their homes and homelands.

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Council of Europe’s Toolkit for organising intercultural and interreligious activities

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has been working for over 20 years to promote a more inclusive and more resilient society.

The attacks committed in Europe in recent years have highlighted the issue of the increasing radicalisation of certain sections of the population, the spread of new forms of hate speech and the stigmatisation of some of our communities. As a response to these trends and to encourage towns and regions to be more active in this area, in 2015 the Congress adopted a Strategy to Combat Radicalisation at Grassroots Level and drew up guidelines for public action.

The purpose of the toolkit developed by the Congress is to inform local and regional authorities more effectively about these new issues.

The toolkit for organising intercultural and interreligious activities includes:

– Guidelines for local and regional authorities on preventing radicalisation and manifestations of hate at the grassroots level
– 12 principles for interfaith dialogue at local level

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Interfaith Calendar 2017

A multifaith resource outlining different faith festivals and celebrations

Please note:

Dates used are correct to the best of our knowledge. Some dates may vary regionally because they are determined by the lunar calendar. All Muslim festivals are subject to confirmation of sighting of the crescent moon.

Produced by Tower Hamlets Inter Faith Forum in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council for voluntary Service and Tower Hamlets Council.

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Dublin City Interfaith Charter – December 2016

Launch of Dublin City Interfaith Charter

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr launched the newly adopted Charter of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum at a reception in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, at 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday 20th December, 2016.

The Charter has been agreed and signed by representatives of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum and deals with issues including religious freedom, inter–faith dialogue and the promotion of religious diversity in the city. Having committed to this Charter, the Forum propose to agree a schedule of projects and programmes in partnership with Dublin City Council to further its aims.

Speaking about the event the Lord Mayor said “It is my pleasure to welcome representatives from the various religious bodies involved through the Dublin City Interfaith Forum with the creation of this farseeing Charter. Dublin has always enjoyed a very open attitude to different communities and cultures and this charter further reaffirms our commitment to this at a time when intolerance would appear to be more widespread among different nations.”

According to Mr. Michael O’Sullivan, Chair of the Interfaith Forum, “It is intended that the new Interfaith Charter will provide the platform for educating and encouraging people of different faiths to dialogue and act together in challenging all forms of injustice and discrimination. Echoing recent media comments from the Minister for Integration, David Stanton TD, Mr. O’Sullivan said that the Interfaith Forum is committed to work alongside other agencies to influence and support the integration process on many levels.”

Archbishop of Dublin Most Rev Dr. Michael Jackson said, “The Lord Mayor’s involvement in the Dublin City Interfaith Charter is a proactive contribution by The First Citizen to the life of the city and its communities in the areas of Faith and Culture. I commend it to everyone as a charter of respect and diversity.”

Sheikh Hussein Halawa, Chair of the Irish Council of Imams said, “The most significant contribution we can make now is to help people to live confidently with religious diversity, and to dispel fear of differences, the fear of the ‘other’. The Interfaith Charter will enable faith communities to develop better understanding, relationships of deeper respect and acceptance of each other as human beings.”

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Athens Declaration – September 2015

High level Christian and Muslim religious leaders from the Middle East met in Athens on 3 September 2015 and endorsed the “Athens Declaration: United Against Violence in the Name of Religion – Supporting the Citizenship Rights of Christians, Muslims and Other Religious and Ethnic Groups in the Middle East”.

Hinduism – A Perspective

Talk on Hinduism by Wendy Doniger at the American Council of Learned Societies.

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http://blog.onbeing.org/post/134160181024/wendy–doniger–is–an–esteemed–scholar–of-hinduism

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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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE

1 JANUARY 2014

FRATERNITY, THE FOUNDATION AND PATHWAY TO PEACE

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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APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION EVANGELII GAUDIUM

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.