Recently, Religion News Service reported that President Obama had appointed the first Mormon member to his faith-based advisory council.
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he Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue is currently hosting its ninth annual conference on interfaith dialogue from October 24-26.
For some Americans, the response to the religious fears created by 9/11 was increased hatred of difference, particularly of Islam and Muslims. In contrast, others responded by reaching out across lines of religious difference to learn, share, and heal. Interfaith groups formed around the U.S. as venues for people of different faiths to get to know each other more deeply, challenging stereotypes and forging new community connections.
This week, Claremont School of Theology in California announced that a large financial gift will allow them to transform the seminary into an institution that will train Christians, Jews, and Muslims. According to The Los Angeles Times, the new university—which will be called Claremont Lincoln University, in the couple’s honor—will serve as an umbrella for three largely separate programs: the existing program for Christian pastors-in-training, another program for rabbis, and a third for imams.
Yesterday, religion scholar Karen Armstrong appeared on WNYC, the NPR-affiliate in New York City, to discuss, among other things, a project she is spearheading called “Charter for Compassion.” The project is funded in part by the TED prize that was awarded to Armstrong in 2008.
November 18-19, 2010, will mark the kickoff of Contending Modernities, “a multi-year, interdisciplinary research, public education, and peacebuilding initiative,” based primarily out of the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Led by Scott Appleby, co-chair of the SSRC’s Advisory Committee on Religion and International Affairs, the initiative will explore the varieties of relationships between religious and secular institutions and actors throughout the world.
Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali discuss the coincidence this year of Rosh Hashanah and Eid al-Fitr, with regard to the ongoing controversy around the planned Islamic community center in lower Manhattan.
In Forward, the Jewish weekly newspaper, A.J. Goodman reports on a recent trip of Muslim leaders to Auschwitz and Dachau.
On February 17th, with half the foreheads in the packed room marked by Ash Wednesday smears, Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture sponsored a forum with four authors who have recently written about St. Francis’ 13th-century encounter with the sultan of Egypt: two historians, a Franciscan sister, and a journalist.