Interreligious Summer School “breaks down predjudices”

Christian, Jewish and Muslim students who attended the World Council of Churches (WCC) 2018 Interreligious Summer School at the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey said that learning to break down prejudices about the other was a lasting impression from the six-week course.

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Interreligious summer school brings together Christian, Jewish and Muslim students

This week the World Council of Churches Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland is ringing with scriptural sharing, research, and dialogue drawing together perspectives from Judaism, Christianity and Islam as students work to complete a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies.

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El Paso: Border Interfaith call for a humane immigration policy


For more than 30 years, EPISO (1980) and Border Interfaith (2003) have asked elected officials at the local, state and national levels to endorse our Human Development Agenda. This agenda is multi-issue, including balanced economic development, infrastructure and education issues, as well as comprehensive immigration reform. While the Trump administration halted the practice of separating families June 20, children are still separated from their parents and asylum-seekers are turned away at the border. As faith-based institutions representing Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish communities, we stand united in our social justice traditions of the “care of the stranger.”

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Christian and Muslim Youth meet religious leaders during UK forum

Fifty young Christians and Muslims ages 20-25 are meeting 8-18 July for an Emerging Peacemakers Forum offering training in peacemaking and reconciliation at the Churchill College of Cambridge University in the UK. They will meet with international religious leaders, including the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and president of the Muslim Council of Elders Prof. Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb.

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Connect: A Youth Inter Faith Action Guide


Connect: A Youth Inter Faith Action Guide was launched this week by Inter Faith Network for the UK. CONNECT is a short, practically focused, booklet illustrated with project examples from around the UK and packed with great ideas for inter faith engagement that makes a difference.

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King of Jordan announced 2018 Templeton Prize Laureate for interfaith, intrafaith harmony efforts

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah was announced on Wednesday as the 2018 Templeton Prize Laureate, for his efforts to promote religious harmony within Islam and between Islam and other religions, according to a statement by Templeton Foundation.

“The King’s long quest to promote peace-affirming Islam gained momentum in 2004 in the wake of the Iraq war when the fragile unity of Sunni and [Shiite] Muslims in the region was at substantial risk,”
the statement said.

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KAICIID Secretary on the Passing of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran


KAICIID Secretary Faisal Bin Abdulrahman Bin Muaammar writes on the Passing of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran: “With his passing, the world has lost a great role model, and we at KAICIID have lost a dear friend and guide.”

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Interreligious Dialogue: Passing of Cardinal Tauran

French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, died on the evening of July 5, 2018 in the United States, at the age of 75. His death was announced by Vatican media the following day. The French cardinal was described as a “craftsman of the interreligious dialogue.” His particular openness to the Muslims enabled much progress worldwide in Christian-Muslim relations. A great friend of interfaith relations has passed over. He was recently promoted to Camerlengo, which would have placed him in charge of the Church during a period of Papal vacancy.

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