5 facts on how Americans view the Bible and other religious texts

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This year, the Jewish festival of Passover – April 10 to 18 – coincides with the Christian celebration of Easter. And Easter, somewhat unusually, falls on April 16 in both the Orthodox and Western calendars.

Both Passover and Easter are based on biblical accounts. Passover commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt, as described in the Hebrew Scriptures.

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SHORT FILM COMPETITION: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

An initiative of Religious Freedom & Business Foundation

Short Film Competition: General Guidelines

The 1-to-3 minute films should be artful and compelling explorations of the impact of religious freedom (or the lack of it) in the workplace and community. Filmmakers may choose to create short narratives of real-life business leaders who encourage freedom of religious expression in their workplace or community.

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Singapore Deports Indian Imam For Comments Against Jews, Christians

From NDTV

Singapore Deports Indian Imam For Comments Against Jews, Christians

 

How great is this! A fine for “promoting enmity between different religious groups!” This should be a law everywhere in the world.

SINGAPORE:  An Indian Imam living in Singapore will be repatriated for his remarks against Jews and Christians. Nalla Mohamed Abdul Jameel, 47, had pleaded guilty to a charge of promoting enmity between different religious groups and was fined Sg $4,000 ($2,860). The Singapore government said there was no room for such remarks in a multi-religious society and he should be sent home

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Ignorance, indifference and hypocrisy are the Yamuna’s three enemies

From Vrindaban Today 

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Achariya Shrivatsa Goswami ji Senior IRFWP board member 

Vrindavan, 31st March 2017 (VT): A conference was organized on the eve of Yamuna Chhath, the appearance day of Yamuna Devi. Several eminent scholars and activists participated in the seminar organized at the Bhramar Ghat hall in Jai Singh Ghera….

The Yamuna is not just a water body for the people of Vraja – Vrindavan, but has always been revered as an ocean of devotion. It has special bonding with the temples of Vrindavan, and the Yamuna water used to be very integral part of the temple ritual. Due to the pollution, this tradition has been interrupted, resulting in devotees feeling as though their faith is under attack.

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Muslim women gather on Westminster Bridge to condemn ‘abhorrent’ attack

In Metro

Muslim women gather on Westminster Bridge to condemn 'abhorrent' attack

Westminster Bridge tonight (Picture: Reuters)

Women formed a human chain along Westminster Bridge tonight to remember the victims of the attack on March 22.

Four days after the attack shook London, women from different backgrounds came together in solidarity to condemn the horrific crime and show unity in the face of terror.

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Life contemplated at multi-faith dialogue event at Maidenhead Mosque

From the Maidenhead Advertiser

“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

IRFWP is devoted to help promote all efforts among interfaith people of good will, not only the costly, high profile, international jamborees. Sometimes the best and most substantial and enduring results come from meetings in the close quarters of local work

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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.  

It always is best when the joy and excitement of interfaith discovery can result in substantial action for good 

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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 remarkable gesture of good faith, generosity and devotion given by Rafat and Zoreen Ansari, is exemplary, especially in these politically charged times.  

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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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