Omid Djalili, The Guardian, May 16
Today is the fifth anniversary of the unjust imprisonment of seven Bahá’í leaders in Iran. They were jailed for 20 years for no reason other than their beliefs – the longest jail terms handed down against any prisoners of conscience in the country – and today I’m sending a message [...]
Ron Csillag, Religion News Service, Apr.02
Inmates in British Columbia have filed suit to overturn a decision by the Canadian government to cut part-time prison chaplains, alleging that the policy has nearly eliminated prison ministry to minority faiths.
“Prisoners do not lose their right to freely express their religious and spiritual beliefs by virtue of their incarceration,” [...]
Amjad Saleem, State of Formation, Feb.4
This week, the international community will be marking World Interfaith Harmony Week designated by the United Nations to occur annually in the first full week of February where there will be a chance for the global community to promote harmony between all people and to establish a dialogue amongst the [...]
BBC News, Jan.15
A British Airways employee suffered discrimination at work over her Christian beliefs, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
Judges ruled Nadia Eweida’s rights had been violated under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
She took her case to the European Court of Human Rights after BA made her stop wearing [...]
Susan Bloch, Huffington Post, Jan.10
It was midnight on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, when I, a Jewish woman, stood in front of the Church of the Nativity and brought myself to some spiritual peace that I could not have imagined.
My steaming breath glowed in the aura of the bright lights all around. Strains of [...]
Albert Bogle, i-talker, Sept.23, www.italker.org.uk/2012/09/reflections-on-the-korean-experience/
Rt Rev Albert Bogle is this year’s Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He has been visiting the Republic of (South) Korea, attending the General Assemblies of two Presbyterian Churches.
Faith and politics can be so easily misrepresented when Christian politicians emphasise their faith in a multi faith [...]
Rabbi Eric H Joffe, Huffington Post. Jul.25, www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-eric-h-yoffie/when-you-shouldnt-say-what-you-really-think-about-other-faith-traditions_b_1693786.html?utm_hp_ref=religion
Some recent, angry exchanges between leaders of different religious traditions have led me to consider the principles that should guide us when reacting to disagreements with other faith groups.
If I strongly disagree with a Christian or Muslim, I am free to say what I wish, of course, and [...]
Ruth Broyde Sharone, The Interfaith Observer, Jun.15, theinterfaithobserver.org/journal-articles/2012/6/15/confronting-the-other-in-your-own-community.html
Interfaith dialogue between people of widely divergent faiths is challenging enough, but the tougher assignment is encountering a member of your own religion with whom you profoundly disagree. When that happens, knowing you share a common faith and tradition offers little if your vastly divergent beliefs appear irreconcilable. [...]
Manya A. Brachear, Chicago Tribune, Nov.1, www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-speed-faithing-20111101,0,5799441.story
For those who want to hook up with a Hindu, there is speed-dating at an Old Town neighborhood lounge on Wednesday.
But for those who want to meet a Muslim, Buddhist, Christian or Hindu and get to know a little about their faith, there will be a speed-faithing event Tuesday [...]