LONDON—The world is facing the worst refugee crisis in modern times – and the global response has been pitifully inadequate, according to the latest annual report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Humanitarian groups are calling for a global summit to address the crisis.
As organizations across the globe promote strong measures against climate change, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Geneva Interfaith Forum on Climate Change, Environment and Human Rights organized a side event to the United Nations Human Rights Council on 22 June, themed “Human Rights and Climate Change: Spiritual Dimension and Negotiations towards Paris”.
Pope Francis on Saturday bemoaned the “atmosphere of war” haunting the world as he urged the people of war-scarred Sarajevo to provide an example of how different cultures and religions can co-exist peacefully.
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche shares that in the villages of Nepal, Gumbas are their spiritual center, their cultural center, and their social center. Gumbas are their temples, where people go at birth, at death, at marriage, where they go when they are sick or during difficult times–and where they go to celebrate the new year and other important festivals.
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.
As 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.
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.
USA: United States federal judge has ordered New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to display on its buses a controversial ad that refers to Muslims killing Jews, rejecting the argument that the ad could incite “terrorism” or imminent violence.
Following 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.
The globe’s largest and oldest interfaith gathering, Parliament of the World’s Religions will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, in 15 – 19 October 2015.