Nationwide interfaith program launched to boost Singapore’s social cohesion

SINGAPORE: A new interfaith initiative to boost Singapore’s resilience and ensure social cohesion was launched on Saturday (Feb 3), by Singapore’s five district mayors at the Singapore Management University’s Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium.

The nationwide programme, called Common Senses for Common Spaces (CSCS) will kick off with a Foundation of Faiths series featuring four of the major faiths in Singapore – Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. These are dialogue groups that will allow the community to engage in and have the chance to ask anything about the faith, while doing so in a safe space.

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Why interfaith programming matters at religious schools like BYU

Participants in Benedictine University’s 2017 Interfaith Retreat participate in meditative practices at a local Buddhist temple.

PROVO — Maddie Blonquist wrapped up her proselytizing mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feeling like she still had a lot to learn. During her time in New York City, she’d been exposed to many other faiths, but she hadn’t had time to study them.

After her mission, Blonquist, now a senior humanities major at Brigham Young University, remedied her desire to know more with research and field trips. She visited synagogues and mosques and met with leaders from other faiths.

“I wanted to reach out to people that I didn’t have a chance to meet while I was a missionary,” she said

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Religious leaders use visit to Islamic center to teach students about interfaith dialogue

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UM Rabbi Lyle Rothman (right), speaks during a visit to the Islamic Center of Greater Miami. The trip was hosted as part of Social Justice Week and united 10 students of different religions to learn about the Muslim faith. Photo credit: Kayla Haley

The event was part of a larger initiative led by clergy in South Florida to foster a strong multi-faith community and create opportunities to develop understanding and harmony.

In October 2017, a group of Abrahamic clergy from South Florida participated in a three-day, multi-faith conference in Rabat, Morocco, organized by the American Peace Caravan as a part of the Forum for Peace.

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Week of Interfaith Peace and Harmony set for Feb. 1-7

The local Interfaith Peace and Harmony Week is in response to a shared desire to keep up the interfaith and peace momentum that was experienced in September. The initiative will be using the U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week in February as its springboard for another week-long series of programs as a way to participate in the worldwide efforts of peace-building, individually and collectively.

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Interfaith Concert Upcoming – January 28

Interfaith children’s concert emphasizes harmony

The Trinity United Church Of Christ’s two combined choirs, The Little Warriors for Christ and Imani Ya Watume (“Messengers Of Faith”), will perform in the “Sounds of Faith” concert Jan. 28 at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. (Raue Center for the Arts)

Children’s voices will rise in faith and harmony during a concert nearly two years in the making.

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Interfaith initiative spreads cheer among seniors, refugees, homeless

Utah’s Jewish and Muslim communities demonstrated on Monday that the spirit of helping those facing a difficult time transcends any one religion. Under guidance from the National Council of Jewish Women, volunteers packaged and delivered boxes of fresh fruit, baked treats and other donated goodies to homebound seniors, refugee families and several who were homeless this Christmas.

Can different faiths live in peace?

Dr. N.S. Xavier believes the world would have less religious strife if people of all faiths learned the lessons of a region in India where Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Jews co-existed peacefully for centuries.

Alabama Public Television will air Xavier’s documentary about religion in Kerala, India, on Friday, Dec. 29, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m.

The hour-long documentary, titled “The World’s Most Enlightening Region,” was first shown at the Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City in 2015.

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Muslims, Christians have some common ground

… Islam is the only religion outside of Christianity to affirm the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. Verses 3:46-48 of the Quran say the angels brought Mary the good news of a son – the Messiah Jesus, honored in this life and the next. When Mary replied how that can be since no man has touched me, the angel said it is a matter decreed by the Lord. …

Reportedly, after the king [Negus of Abyssinia] heard the Quran verses on Jesus and Mary, he dismissed the Meccan ambassador with the words: they hold Jesus to be God’s servant, His prophet, His Spirit, and His word, which He cast upon the Virgin Mary. The king allowed the Muslims sanctuary and freedom in his country.

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