Life contemplated at multi-faith dialogue event at Maidenhead Mosque

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“The reality today is that we are all interdependent and have to co-exist on this small planet. Therefore, the only sensible and intelligent way of resolving differences and clashes of interests, whether between individuals or nations, is through dialogue.”  The Dalai Lama

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An interfaith dialogue at Maidenhead Mosque in March 2017.

(Maidenhead, UK)-  A record turnout of more than 90 people visited Maidenhead Mosque in Holmanleaze on Tuesday to contemplate life as part of an multi-religion discussion.

Visitors to the Windsor and Maidenhead Community Forum Inter-faith Dialogue considered the topic ‘What makes life meaningful?’ before enjoying a tour of the mosque and a meal.

It concluded a series of dialogues this year that have been held at venues in town, including the synagogue in Ray Park Road and the gurdwara in Rutland Road.

Humanists and people who follow no religion joined Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Brah-ma Kumaris, Baha’is, Christians and Sikhs.

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How to volunteer: Interfaith Caregivers Program

From the Akron Beacon Journal

Through coming together on the shared basis of faith alone, disregarding denomination, a coalition of churches provides a much needed service to their local communities.   


Interfaith Caregiver volunteer LL Sales (left) drops Barbara Hobbs off at her apartment after taking Hobbs to her physical therapy appointment in Akron. Interfaith Caregiver volunteers assist residents with transportation.

(OHIO)-  For more than 30 years, a group of volunteers that calls itself the Interfaith Caregivers Program has been quietly going about the business of trying to help the ill, the frail and the elderly keep their independence as long as possible.

The program was launched in 1984, an effort by a coalition of churches that crossed all denominations. It operates with a single paid employee, director Joan Davidson, and an all-volunteer squad. Volunteers choose what tasks they are available to do for clients living on low and fixed incomes.

Most of the clients are referred by agencies, expressing a need that just doesn’t fit the mold of what other organizations do.

Apply here.

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Pakistani-American couple donates $15 million to Catholic university

From Dawn

To foster better understanding between religions, a Muslim couples entrusts their legacy with a Catholic institution.  This gesture of good faith, given by Rafat and Zoreen Ansari, is hopeful, especially in these politically charged times.  

Rafat and Zoreen Ansari at home in Granger, Indiana. ─ New York Times

Rafat and Zoreen Ansari at home in Granger, Indiana.

(INDIANA)-  An American couple of Pakistani origin announced $15 million for the University of Notre Dame to create an institute that will aim to deepen knowledge of religion and seek to explain how the traditions and practice of various faiths influence world events, a New York Times report said.

After more than a year of deliberation, the Ansari family decided to donate $15 million dollars to develop the Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement With Religion at the University of Notre Dame.

“We came as immigrants, and this country has given us so much,” Zoreen said acoording to NYT, ahead of the announcement. “We want to give something back to America, but also to humanity. We want to promote the idea of equality.”

“In the last couple of years, the majority of problems have been created by the misunderstandings among the religions,” said Rafat, an oncologist and haematologist, NYT reported. “Is this the right time for the announcement? Yes, because there is so much going on.”

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Jesus’s tomb reopens after nine-month restoration – video

From the Guardian

The newly restored site of Jesus Christ’s tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City was opened to the media on Monday after a nine-month restoration. Led by a team of Greek scientists and restorers, the project focused on the Edicule, a small structure located above the spot where Jesus’s body was buried, according to Christian belief

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River Ganga Named India’s First Living Entity

Article in NDTV

River Ganga Named India's First Living Entity, Court Names Parents Too

River Ganga Named India’s First Living Entity, Court Names Parents Too

The river Ganga, said to be the cradle of Indian civilization, has been given the status of the “first living entity of India” by the Uttarakhand high court. The landmark judgment of the court gives Ganga rights similar to a living person, and is expected to have a positive bearing on efforts to clean up the polluted and much abused river. Similar status has been given to Yamuna, the tributary of Ganga, which, to the despair of courts, has practically become a sewer owing to dumping of untreated sewage and industrial pollutants.
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Bidges to Common Ground: DC Press Conference – Petr Jasek & Sudan

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(Washington, D.C.) Today, February 26, 2017, the Government of Sudan released Mr. Petr Jasek, a personal friend of Hardwired’s founder, Tina Ramirez. Mr. Jasek, a Czech citizen, had been sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of espionage on January 29, 2017. Mr. Jasek was visiting Sudan in December 2015 to provide humanitarian aid to needy Sudanese. He was taken into custody as he was leaving the country and later charged with various unsubstantiated crimes.

The Bridges Team traveled to Sudan to speak at the Horn of Africa Peace Conference and two colleges. In addition and at the request of U.S. based NGO Hardwired and its founder Tina Ramirez, Bridges was asked to help secure the release of Petr Jasek.

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King Salman to meet interfaith leaders in Jakarta: Minister

From The Jakarta Post

King Salman to meet interfaith leaders in Jakarta: Minister

A rehearsal of security procedures for the visit of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta.

(JAKARTA, Indonesia)-  The Religious Affairs Ministry will convene religious leaders from various backgrounds in Indonesia to have an interfaith dialogue with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia when the King arrives in Jakarta for a state visit from March 1 to 3.

King Salman, who will bring 1,500 entourage members to Indonesia, is scheduled to arrive and to have a bilateral meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the Bogor State Palace on March 1. He will stay in Jakarta for the remaining two days.

Lukman said the interfaith forum would send messages of peace to the world that religions should not be used a tool to achieve political goals that could lead to extremism, radicalism and terrorism.

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Project to engage Pakistani interfaith communities launched

From Pakistan Today


(LAHORE, Pakistan)-  Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that in order to create a culture of peace and coexistence we need to respect other religions and reconcile all conflicts, dismantling the culture of war and living with justice and compassion.

He stated this while addressing launching ceremony of Engaging Pakistani Interfaith Communities (EPIC), a pilot project of FACES Pakistan and the Kingdom of Netherlands, here on Monday.

Sandhu said that in the present scenario the need of combined efforts for peace and security without any discrimination of cast or creed had increased. “Our youth is a powerful force for change and their activism is in on the rise, communicating ideas aimed at catalysing positivity in society,” he said.

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