Mabda Report 30/04/12

Trinidad and Tobago Consulate Launches New York-Based Interfaith Council

The scene was idyllic as a range of religion-cultural expressions graced York College Performing Arts Center.

Invocations, Quranic recitation, Indian classical dances, Roman Catholic liturgy, Orisa libations, and the tolling bells of Spiritual Baptist dazzled. Coupled with the musical syncretisation of the pan, tassa, tabla, and sitar—the audience was visually and audibly transfixed. It was the first salvo in a series of events to mark T&T’s 50th anniversary as an independent state.

Interfaith Leader Highlights Forum on Obama’s Campus Challenge

America is built on religious diversity and acceptance, Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, told a Georgetown audience today.

Patel served as keynote speaker for the year-end symposium celebrating Georgetown’s participation in the President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge.

Obama’s initiative engages nearly 400 campuses around the country in interfaith cooperation and community service.

Interfaith dialogue must foster peace

The governments of Indonesia and Italy say they are committed to taking interfaith dialogue to a higher level, with the aim of fostering global peace and respect for minority groups.

This was the message from the foreign ministers of the two countries at the opening of an interfaith forum yesterday in Jakarta.