A Sikh Sermon at the Pentagon: “Seva: The Call of Our Times

The following are the prepared remarks of Valarie Kaur at the Pentagon’s second-ever commemoration of the Sikh faith on May 1, 2015. Kaur spoke alongside Simran Jeet Singh and Inni Kaur on “Seva” – selfless service in the Sikh religion. Hosted by the Pentagon Chaplain on Vaisakhi, the program was organized by Major Kamal Singh Kalsi and the Sikh Coalition, an organization leading the campaign for turbaned Sikhs and other people of faith to be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. Kaur’s remarks at the first-ever Sikh event at the Pentagon in 2014 can be found here.

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How the Interfaith Movement Engenders Mutual Understanding and Appreciation

Council for a Parliament of the World's ReligionsAs many people seek and strive for interfaith understanding in the areas of you own life, you might enjoy this list of interfaith principles from Ron Rolheiser, and this “interfaith minute” video interview from the Parliament of World Religions.

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#BlackLivesMatter and theology

As the deaths of unarmed black men in confrontations with police officers continue to mount, #BlackLivesMatter is becoming more than a movement or a hashtag — it is becoming a theology. In this, it is following in the historical footsteps of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. ReligionLink (religion journalists) looks at where and how #BlackLivesMatter is working its way into religious settings.

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A Common Word Among the Youth

a common word among youthFollowing on with the success of “A Common Word between Us and You” is A Common Word Among Youth. This is a program fostered by the Right Start Foundation International which offers placements for youth between 18 – 35 to participate in training for initiating change and translating international issues into local community activities.

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The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050

Chart of religion growthAs of 2010, Christianity was by far the world’s largest religion, with an estimated 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31%) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth. Islam was second, with 1.6 billion adherents, or 23% of the global population. If current demographic trends continue, however, Islam will nearly catch up by the middle of the 21st century. Between 2010 and 2050, the world’s total population is expected to rise to 9.3 billion, a 35% increase, reports the Pew Forum on Religion.

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US College becomes first in nation to offer interfaith major

Elizabethtown College LogoStudents at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania will be the first in the country to major in interfaith leadership studies. The major, which includes coursework in religion, as well as business, political science, sociology and biology, is aimed at attracting students interested in pursuing careers in ministry, as well as community development, government and service organizations.

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Pakistan to use country founder’s speech to combat religious intolerance


Pakistan’s Sindh province is to introduce to its education curriculum a speech made by the nation’s founding father, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, in which he called for an inclusive and impartial government, religious freedom, rule of law and equality for all.

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