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In times of great loss, Northern California faith communities prepare to support those affected by wildfires

There is no rule book for responding to crisis on this magnitude, Executive Director of the San Fransisco Interfaith Council (SFIC) Michael Pappas said. As the fires In California rage, he is focused on being a “portal of communication” to other faith leaders who are in a better position to help during this humanitarian crisis.… Continue reading In times of great loss, Northern California faith communities prepare to support those affected by wildfires

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FCOC pastors tour with U.S. politicians on their ninth trip to Israel

Peggy Knudsen’s favorite place in all of Israel is the Sea of Galilee. It is a place that has been untouched by the modern world. No buildings are able to be built on top of a historical site there. “The reason it means so much to me is because you can’t build a big church… Continue reading FCOC pastors tour with U.S. politicians on their ninth trip to Israel

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Malawian woman speaks about her efforts to stop HIV, child marriage

Mphatso Nguluwe began her presentation at First Presbyterian Church about the needs in her country of Malawi on Wednesday, Sept. 27, by joking about her height. “I’m not blessed with height, but very blessed with color,” she said with a laugh, engaging the audience immediately with her comic relief from the heavy topics she was… Continue reading Malawian woman speaks about her efforts to stop HIV, child marriage

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Intergenerational dialogue at national conference aims to strengthen interfaith work

During the conference in San Diego on Aug. 7, the session started with a model dialogue about generational diversity and moved into tabletop discussions among participants. Regional Coordinator for the United Religions Initiative in North America, Sari Heidenreich, spent nearly a year formulating questions and planning the discussion with an intergenerational planning team. They were… Continue reading Intergenerational dialogue at national conference aims to strengthen interfaith work

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Bringing Recognition of International Day of Peace to Your Local Community

Around the world, a minute of silence will fall at 12 p.m. in each time zone on Sept. 21, as people gather together for meditation and prayer for global peace. International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by a United Nations resolution that devoted a day to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both… Continue reading Bringing Recognition of International Day of Peace to Your Local Community

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Interfaith Coalitions Intervene to Address Homelessness

On Tuesday mornings, Bentley Stewart prepares to share a meal with several dozen of his friends experiencing homelessness. Before they eat, Stewart passes a feather around the circle and asks people to share whatever is on their heart. Some speak of a profound, heartbreaking prayer request. Others read a weather report. One man stands up… Continue reading Interfaith Coalitions Intervene to Address Homelessness

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Women’s Group Fosters Future Collaborations During Ramadan Season

As five panelists of different religious backgrounds discussed their traditions, women around the room at an iftar held in Syracuse, NY, began to latch onto the thread of commonality that brought them together. The Women’s Iftar was the first of its kind organized by Women Transcending Boundaries, a URI Cooperation Circle and egalitarian community of… Continue reading Women’s Group Fosters Future Collaborations During Ramadan Season