MABDA Report 15/3/2015

UK Conference to See Muslims and Interfaith Leaders Denounce Extremism and ISIS

The 12th National Peace Symposium organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will be a rallying cry for religious freedom in the face of growing militancy which has developed around the world in the last decade.

Against a backdrop of conflict in the Middle East and the brutal killings by ISIS, including the recent murder of innocent Christians in Libya, leaders will gather at the National Peace Symposium to pray for peace, commit to countering extremism in all its forms and vow to defend religious freedoms for all.

Women share their journeys of faith as part of Interfaith Season

Six women of different religions shared their journeys of faith as part of the 2015 Interfaith Season.

The event, organized by Unificationist co-pastor Wendy Stovall, was held March 10 at the Family Federation for World Peace & Unification Church in Salt Lake City.

Carmela Javellana-Hirano shared her journey to the Buddhist faith. She was born in the Philippines and raised Catholic, but it was only after she had moved to America, experienced the death of her mother and felt extremely alone that she began to search for religion. She discovered the Buddhist faith and began her training.

"Trust Muslims" Project Reaches Europe, NY

Spreading peace and religious tolerance in the US and Europe, the social experiment in which a blindfolded Muslim asks passersby to give him a hug has reached New York, Sweden and Norway.

“It is a first step in helping educate people that not all Muslims are 'bad people' and a reminder for radical Muslims as well that if we want to defend Islam, we should do so in a way Islam teaches, not with acts of violence [which are] forbidden in Islam,” creator of the project told CBC.

World Council of Churches head tells UN body, faiths united on climate change call

Those living in rich countries need to change their lifestyle patterns and those in vulnerable countries should have the means to build resilience and adapt, the head of the World Council of Churches has told the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches spoke at a high level panel during the March 2015 hearing of the HRC in Geneva.