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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Tim Keller (Mayor of Albuquerque) celebrates interfaith, preps for year ahead

Timothy “Tim” Keller’s first term as the mayor of Albuquerque began nearly a month ago, and he has already gotten to work….

Keller identifies as Catholic, whereas his wife, Elizabeth Keller, identifies as Jewish. His wife attends service with his family on Christmas and Easter, and he attends services for the Jewish High Holy Days, he said. Their children, Maya and Jack, have been baptized at Holy Ghost Catholic Church and have been through a Jewish naming ceremony.

“We are believers in interfaith marriage. We are trying to raise our kids in both traditions, and until teenage years you can actually do that, but then you have to pick because you get into Confirmations and Bar Mitzvahs,” Keller said.

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“2017- Year of Islamic Solidarity: Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue”

International conference starts in Baku.

President Ilham Aliyev attends the opening ceremony of the conference

Baku, December 21, AZERTAC

“2017- Year of Islamic Solidarity: Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue” international conference has kicked off in Baku.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev is attending the opening ceremony of the conference.

Co-organized by the Caucasus Muslims Office and the State Committee on Work with Religious Organizations, the conference marks the completion of the “Year of Islamic Solidarity”.

Participants in the conference include state, religious figures and scientists from nearly 40 countries, heads and representatives of eight international organizations, special envoys of heads of states of a number of countries, heads of religious communities, members of governments, general public and parliaments, and representatives of the diplomatic corps. The conference opened with the recitation of ayahs from the Quran.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev made a speech at the conference.


Dr. Frank Kaufmann’s Keynote Address to the Anuvibha, 9th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action, Jaipur, India

On December 18, Dr. Frank Kaufmann offered the keynote address for session three of the Anuvibha, 9th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action, in Jaipur, India, held from December 18 – 21, 2017.

Here is Dr. Kaufmann’s presentation

Here is the brochure of the concept, sponsors, and organizers of the conference

Anuvibha, 9th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action, Jaipur, India, December 18 – 21, 201… by Frank Kaufmann on Scribd

Here is the full, conference brochure

Final Program: Anuvibha, 9th International Conference on Peace and Nonviolent Action, Jaipur, India, Decemb… by Frank Kaufmann on Scribd

Dr. Frank Kaufmann Receives Interfaith Leadership Award, and Title: Vishva Shanti Padmam

On December 17, 2017, The World Yoga Community awarded IRFWP Director, Dr. Frank Kaufmann, their 14th Interfaith Leadership Award, and conferred on Dr. Kaufmann the title, Vishva Shanti Padmam.

This award and title was first given to Sri Swami Bua Ji Maharaj in 2004