“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.
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
We live in a world in which affirming “interfaith” surrounds us like air. This vague sentiment has expanded exponentially in tandem with two surging platitudes-as-virtue from the past half-century, “don’t judge,” and “can’t we all just get along.”
This affirmation and profession of “interfaith” is good, but the facile donning of the sentiment without accountabiltiy or investment is not.
There is a desperate need in the US and the world presently for growth in the capacity to entertain ideas other than one’s own. Harvard University’s Religious Diversity Project, speaks perfectly to this urgent and pressing need.
IRFWP celebrates the efforts of this project, and especially supports the growth of such education in pre-University environments
Students at Prospect High School are among the first teens in the U.S. to participate in a world religions studies class created by professor and scholar Diane Moore, right, and others with the Harvard Divinity School. (Karen Ann Cullotta / Pioneer Press)
When a visiting scholar from the Harvard Divinity School recently delivered a lesson to a classroom of Prospect High School students, the teens were not intimidated to share their opinions with an Ivy League educator.
“It’s important with religious diversity that you can’t judge and take away someone’s rights just because that’s not the way you think,” said Prospect senior Susannah Evett, 17, expressing her reaction to a case study presented by Diane Moore, a religious studies professor and scholar at Harvard.
Moore, who has been working with Prospect teacher John Camardella to pilot new resources developed by the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School for teaching religion in class, thought Evett’s takeaway was spot on.
According to Giving USA, the leading annual report of philanthropy in America, religious contributions (narrowly defined as giving to houses of worship, denominations, missionary societies and religious media) made up 32 percent of all giving in America in 2016.