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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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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

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Scarboro Mission Closing, Interfaith Studies Program to Launch at Ontario University

Instead of looking at the closing of Scarboro Mission after over 30 years of service as the end of an era, Director of Interfaith Work Paul McKenna sees it as an opportunity to take their ministry to college campuses. Although Scarboro Mission as we know it will disband this year, their work will continue, beginning… Continue reading Scarboro Mission Closing, Interfaith Studies Program to Launch at Ontario University

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Breaking Bread More Powerful Than Hate in Countering Anti-Sharia Protests

Leaders in interfaith communities knew they had to meet protest with peace when the largest anti-Muslim grassroots organization in the U.S. announced demonstrations to take place on June 10. “It was incredible to see the turnout [of counter-protesters] who were there to show solidarity,” said Kate Chance, interfaith coordinator at the Islamic Networks Group (ING),… Continue reading Breaking Bread More Powerful Than Hate in Countering Anti-Sharia Protests