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DCIF Strategy 2018 – 2021

DCIF Vision
We envisage a society based on mutual respect, cooperation and understanding
driven by progressive pluralism and unity, diverse and vibrant, throughout Ireland and
the World.

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Dublin City Interfaith Forum – A Necessary Journey

There is a dire universal need for genuine religious dialogue, mutual learning and understanding. In Ireland, not only is this need felt, but, because of the relative novelty of multi culturalism and the presence of multi–faiths there is a wonderfully fresh opportunity to address issues from the start and to craft an exemplary model for the rest of the world. There is a need to progressively reform traditional attitudes that habitually exclude non –Abrahamic faiths in national events. This model would address mutual issues across traditions and show the disillusioned sceptics that religions do indeed adhere to the same lofty human values that lead to the goal of freedom, variously termed salvation, perfection, kingdom of heaven, nirvana etc.

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A world without gender

Sister Ilia Delio, Franciscan Sister who teaches at Villanova University, Washington DC examines how
neither the church nor the academy or social/political machines can form a new matrix of gender equality.

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DCIF Newsletter – Autumn 2018

A round up of DCIF’s events and activities since the previous newsletter!

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Knowing Dublin – Know Your City Council

Knowing Dublin – a Guide to Dublin City Council and how it works, forms part of Dublin City Public Libraries programme of social inclusion, education and active citizenship. In this guide “citizenship” is understood as belonging to a community founded on equality, solidarity and freedom.

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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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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.