MABDA Report 14/09/2014

Thirteen Years of Interfaith reconciliation: 9/11 then and now

In the days following September 11th, in the midst of a cacophony of voices shouting for revenge in the wake of terrorist attacks, I discerned a call to interfaith reconciliation between two faiths competing within myself.  Thirteen years later, I feel compelled by the same Spirit to continue to work for interfaith healing, this time in a nation and world that bears scars of more than a decade of distrust sewn by violence and abuse of religious rhetoric.

Interfaith clergy group leads Sept. 11 prayer service on Heights Promenade

Father Joseph Hugo, parochial vicar at St. Charles Borromeo and Assumption Roman Catholic parishes, reads a prayer by the recently-canonized St. Pope John Paul II at the Brooklyn Heights Interfaith September 11 memorial service on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. With him, left to right, are Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons of First Unitarian Church (in background, wearing green dress); and Monsignor James Root, rector of Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral (wearing black and magenta clericals). At foreground-right are Dr. Ahmad Jaber, and Imam Abdallah Allam, both representing the Dawood Mosque on State Street.

Parliament of The World's Religions To Host 2015 Conference In Salt Lake City

The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions has news it hopes will excite interfaith advocates and religious activists around the world. The Parliament will host its 2015 conference in Salt Lake City, the first time the Parliament has met in the United States for 22 years.

"America is the home base of the interfaith movement and it's about time the Parliament come back home," Parliament Chair Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid said in an announcement.
On Tuesday Mujahid was joined by Executive Director Dr. Mary Nelson, Dr. Arun Gandhi, Andrew Himes of the Charter for Compassion International and Sande Hart of United Religions Initiative for a press conference at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center -- where the conference will be held on October 15 - 19, 2015.

Faith Leaders in Morgantown Meet to Talk Tolerance

Continued news about conflicts between faith groups around the globe inspired interfaith discussions this week in Morgantown. A Forum on Religious Diversity explored what different faiths teach about social justice, tolerance, and compassion.
Faith leaders met inside the Greater Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church to share their faiths’ teachings on social justice, tolerance, and compassion with members of the community. The turnout was a postcard of diversity.  100 people of different ages, races, and religions filled the Methodist pews to listen to the interfaith dialogue.