The Israel-Gaza Conflict’s Impact on Inter-Religious Relations

The constancy of war, and the unavoidable fact that religious elements often are present, attest to a need for interfaith knowledge and awareness. An important question to ask in this interfaith context is “How much should interfaith partners keep the focus … Continue reading

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Dutch Mosque Groups Stand Up For Interfaith Relations

In response to incidents of anti-Semitism in Europe connected to the Gaza war, The Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands called upon their congregations to champion respect and tolerance. A spokesperson for these Dutch mosque groups explained that they were not trying to ban or forbid criticism of Israel, but that they simply were insisting that even strong opinions  “should not be a license for anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim statements or actions.” The spokesperson also said, “all mosques in Netherlands are in agreement about that our behavior should encourage relationships of brotherhood between Islam and Judaism.” This is hopeful.

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It is to be expected that the tragic reality of the Gaza war will give rise to passionate opinions.  We pray desperately for peace and healthy life environments for all in the Holy Land.  In the mean time, we laud affirmations made by the Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques Netherlands. May their call be heeded. As these groups follow the clear Islamic principle to honor Christians and Jews, “people of the book,” tied together “by a common belief in the God of Abraham.” We pray that all world religions find ways to emphasize our common hopes for good and make small the effects of our differences. It is possible to live as champions of this ideal even in common activities of our day to day lives.

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Interfaith and Extremism: IS, Mosul, Gaza

There are intensely anti-human, anti-God forces in current news. Human horror is being perpetrated in the name of religion. For this reason, this essay departs from the systematic explanation of effective interfaith activism in this series. This is a time of emergency, … Continue reading

Interfaith Fast for Middle Eastern Peace

July 15th, the 17th of Tammuz, typically stands as a Jewish fast day and the beginning of a three-week mourning period for the two Jerusalem Temples’ destruction. What makes this year’s observance particularly interesting however, lies in its coinciding with … Continue reading

Strong challenge to interfaith

“Something is deeply broken, badly broken,”The mission of IRFWP is the advance of harmony and cooperation among religions and believers.  These pages are used to provide information about the global, interfaith movement, and to provide information about world religions that…

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