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News from the Parliament of the Worlds Religions

Also: Visit from the South African Ambassador to the CPWR Office, Joint Statement on the 2014 Parliament, and Karen Armstrong Win $25,000 for Your Interfaith Program!

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US Interfaith News

  • California: Interfaith organization prepares to open new winter shelter
  • Louisiana: Interfaith group looks at state's religious history
  • The Art and Science of Interfaith Cooperation--Discussion with Eboo Patel and Or Rose
  • Oklahoma: Interfaith dinners help guests reflect on faith
  • Zoroastrians Keep Faith Alive in San Jose
International Interfaith News
  • International parliamentarians promote interfaith co-operation
  • U.N. chief says Mideast, African crises show need for interfaith amity
  • Parliamentary conference agrees that Azerbaijan's religious tolerance can be an interfaith model
  • Why we have to take the Saudis' interfaith offer seriously
  • Indian schools bridge religious differences

The South African Ambassador Visits the Parliament
Chicago Nov 28-- South African Ambassador to the USA visited the offices of the Parliament of the World’s Religions last week. Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool was the Premier of Cape Town’s province in South Africa when the 1999 Parliament of World Religions took place in Cape Town. He remembered how his newborn was being operated upon, while from the hospital floor he was making calls for the Parliament.
The Chair emeritus of the Parliament Dr. Howard Sulkin who co-chaired the 1999 Parliament at Cape Town South Africa chaired the small reception in the honor of the South African Ambassador. Blouke Carus, whose grandfather was responsible for 1893 Parliament, presented an award to the ambassador recognizing his continued commitment to the interfaith movement. The ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, shared with us how the 1999 Parliament was a celebration of the power of faith which ended apartheid. He encouraged us to work on decreasing the zones of hostility in the world and increasing the zones of comfort between faith communities.  Read more...
Joint Statement Regarding Brussels Parliament 2014

The Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions and the Parliament of the World’s Religions Brussels 2014 regretfully announce that, due to the European financial crisis, it has not been possible to raise the necessary funds to hold the 2014 Parliament. The two organizations look forward to exploring other potential joint projects. Separately, the Council is pursuing options for the next Parliament with other interested and qualified cities.

Imam Mujahid Honored Among the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, the chair of the Board of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, is on this year’s “The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.” The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Jordan and Georgetown University have just released a book featuring the world’s 500 most influential Muslims, saying the aim is to help people understand the different ways Islam and Muslims impact the world today. Read more...

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Religious Leaders Voice Concerns About Rwanda's Intervention in the Congoby Pamela D. Couture and Mande Muyombo

Religion as a force for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been overlooked by scholars who have increasingly recognized the importance of local peacebuilding.
Read more... "Why Interfaith?" a lecture by Karen Armstrong


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The Parliament Works on Social Cohesion in Sweden
In the midst of the xenophobia that is sweeping Europe, Malmo, Sweden has offered to serve as the inaugural site for one of the Council’s most exciting new ventures. This five-year process will connect and mobilize mainstream religious communities to act as advocates for immigrant religious communities. Help us continue to connect communities around the world and empower their work for the common good. Make a gift today!

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