Golden Rule Day

Golden Rule Day imageThe Golden Rule is ancient and modern, secular and religious, personal and common. Golden Rule Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on and celebrate the universal principle of treating others the way that we want to be treated. It is a powerful tool for all of our relationships – with ourselves, others, animals, and the planet.

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An inside look at interreligious reconciliation

Rabbi David RosenRabbi David Rosen, international director of interreligious affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC), has been advancing understanding and good relations between religious communities for more than 40 years. He has been involved in this area from the time he served as rabbi of the largest Orthodox Jewish congregation in South Africa, during his tenure as chief rabbi of Ireland and throughout more than 30 years based in Jerusalem.

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USCIRF Applauds Announced Changes to Saudi Male Guardianship System

USCIRF LogoWASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today welcomed changes to Saudi Arabia’s laws that decrease restrictions imposed on women by the religiously-grounded male guardianship system. The changes allow women to travel without a guardian’s permission, maintain legal guardianship over their children, and register marriages, births, and divorces.

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How should Buddhists respond to the gun violence epidemic?

gun with a knotThe Buddha was one of the first great teachers to recognise that in the human realm things happen for a reason. Even the most heinous perpetrators of violent acts are still human beings, acting out of desperation, rage, ideological fervor, or mental illness. While we cannot and should not excuse them, as Buddhists we should avoid dehumanizing or vilifying them to the point that we respond in kind.

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Intergenerational Pilgrims consider multifaith

The Ecumenical Institute
Church leaders and young people are having both lively discussions and deep reflection at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute this week as they participate in a seminar on equipping each other for Christian witness in a multi-cultural and multi-faith world.

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Bangladesh Religious Leaders Commit to People-to-People Dialogue with Myanmar on the Rohingya Crisis

Buddhist Muslim Summit Bangladesh
(August 5, 2019 | Chittagong, Bangladesh) As the political impasse between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis deepens and tensions between local communities and Rohingya refugees are escalating, over 70 Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian leaders, women of faith and youth leaders in Bangladesh convened a National Consultation for the RfP 10th World Assembly in Chittagong, Bangladesh on 3 August 2019.

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“Gun Violence Must End Now:” World Council of Churches stands in solidarity with USA churches

Fake tombstonesThe World Council of Churches (WCC) is standing in solidarity with the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and WCC member churches in the USA as they demand an end to gun violence, racist rhetoric, and white supremacy.

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Dalai Lama Speaks on Reincarnation, Sadness, and the Continued Need for Nonviolence

 A 1,000-armed Avalokiteshvara image and the Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Dalai Lama told Indian journalist Vijay Kranti in a recent interview that his reincarnation would certainly not fall into Chinese hands so that he could continue to work on behalf of the Tibetan people. As 2019 mark 60 years of life as a refugee in India, the spiritual leader spoke this month of his sadness, his hopes, the importance of continued nonviolence in the Tibet freedom movement, and why he is thankful to the Chinese government.

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Religious freedom summit opens with stories of religious violence and resilience

Ministerial Advance Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The rabbi of Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, site of an October mass shooting, tries to avoid using the word “hate” and wishes others would do the same.

A Muslim man who lost his wife in the March attack on his New Zealand mosque urges love for every human being.

A Christian woman from Sri Lanka hopes religious leaders will remain compassionate even in the wake of terrorist bombings that killed Christians attending Easter services in the spring.

All three spoke at the opening of the State Department’s second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on Tuesday (July 16). They shared first-person stories of violence against houses of worship — and resilience of survivors — that help fuel the department’s goal to enhance religious liberty across the globe.

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