MABDA Report 10/08/2014

Dutch Mosque Leaders Call for Tolerance Towards Jewish 'Brothers' As Gaza Tension Continues

As tensions rise in the Middle East, mosque groups in the Netherlands are calling for tolerance from their congregations, specifically for Jewish "brothers of the holy book," according to Dutch weekly magazine Elsevier. The Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques Netherlands expressed their concern about recent incidents of anti-Semitism most likely connected to emotions running high about the current Gaza conflict.

Interfaith and Secular Activists Gather in Santa Cruz for Gaza

On August 1, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian prayers were given and activists, including children, read poetry at the Santa Cruz Town Clock to honor those who have passed or been injured in Israel/Palestine since the fighting began on July 8. The names of those killed were displayed on poster boards which required several people to hold. The names of 1270 Palestinians and 49 Israelis were on the list.

Interfaith group gathers in silence for peace

Amanda Maloney of Brighton Heights was riding her bike past Point State Park shortly after noon Wednesday when she saw a large circle of people, standing in silence and holding bright carnations. When she learned it was a peace vigil, she joined the circle.
About 45 people gathered for the interfaith vigil, which deliberately avoided partisan remarks or sectarian prayers. The Rev. Liddy Barlow, executive minister of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, opened the gathering with brief remarks before ringing a bell to mark the beginning of a 15-minute vigil.

Nigeria: Muslim, Christian Leaders Meet in Abuja

The Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja on Thursday said the second conference of the Interfaith Initiative for Peace would hold between Aug. 11 and Aug. 12, in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement issued by Rev. Fr. Patrick Alumuku, the diocese's Director of Communications, in Abuja.It said President Goodluck Jonathan was expected to declare the conference open.
It also said that state governors, national and state legislators, the judiciary, religious and traditional leaders, professionals, academics and leaders of thought were expected at the conference.