Posts Tagged ‘interfaith dialogue’

Catholic church and mosque join interfaith discussion on fasting

Monday, April 15th, 2024

A few days after Easter marked the end of the Lenten season of fasting, and a few days before Eid al-Fitr marked the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan’s fasting, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Washington, DC, hosted an interfaith discussion on fasting with neighbouring Masjid Muhammad, the Nation’s Mosque. The evening gathering on Read more

Niwano Peace Prize goes to a Palestinian advocate for peace and interfaith dialogue

Thursday, February 29th, 2024

The Niwano Foundation awarded the 41st edition of its much-coveted Peace Prize to Prof Mohammed Abu-Nimer, a Palestinian-American who has distinguished himself for his “holistic contribution to the cause of peace.” A scholar and an active and committed person, he spent a life working for peace and interfaith dialogue, with involvement and dedication to his Read more

Singaporean nun’s interfaith work honoured by Muslim charity

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Commitment to interfaith understanding and cooperation has resulted in Singaporean nun Sister Theresa Seow (pictured) being honoured with an Exemplary Interfaith Award. Jamiyah Singapore – the Muslim non-profit organisation behind the award – aims to “work and contribute towards the welfare and overall development of the Muslim community and mankind”, according to its website mission Read more

Cardinal praying at Queen’s funeral signals King’s openness

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022
queen's funeral

Inviting an English Catholic cardinal to take part in the Queen’s funeral signals the new King’s openness to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster’s inclusion was the first time for hundreds of years a Catholic cardinal or bishop has had a role in a royal funeral. Nichols is the president of the Read more

Building an ice chapel an opportunity for fellowship and faith sharing.

Monday, February 21st, 2022

When winter regularly throws you more than 200 inches of snow, make an ice chapel. That was the decision of a group of students at a northern Michigan engineering school back in 2016. Following the success of the first ice chapel, each subsequent iteration included more embellishment. An altar was made from ice cut from Read more

Japanese temples hold funerals for unwanted dolls

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Throughout the year, temples across Japan hold a “ningyo kuyo” (人形供養), a funeral ritual for unwanted dolls — especially traditional dolls. The Shinto belief of animism teaches that everything can have a spirit or soul. The doll funeral speaks to this idea. Read more

A Pagan and a Christian pastor discuss interfaith understanding

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

The reverend Ethan Stark, ordained by the international heathen organization The Troth, and the reverend Andy Behrendt by the mainline Evangelical Lutheran Church in America hosted   “A Pagan and a Pastor: A Necessary Conversation”   in Waupaca, Wisconsin. The duo answered some frequently asked questions about their faiths and addressed misperceptions each tradition has about the Read more

NZ theologian appointed fellow at International Dialogue Centre

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Wellington-based theology lecturer Dr Christopher Longhurst has been appointed a Fellow of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID). Longhurst, (on left in the photograph above) is a theology lecturer at Te Kupenga — Catholic Theological College. He is also on the New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Interfaith Read more

Speak out: terrorists must not dictate interfaith relationships

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The vicar general of the Auckland diocese, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, told a gathering in Auckland to speak out when terrorist attacks occur. He was giving the homily at a service to remember the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. “Speak out and be very clear that the extremists and the terrorists do Read more

St Teresa of Calcutta honoured at annual interfaith celebration

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

This coming Saturday at our Christ the King church in Owairaka, Auckland representatives from eight of the world’s major faiths will come together for the annual interfaith meeting, hosted by Bishop Patrick Dunn, the Catholic bishop of Auckland. It was begun by a group of friends who are part of an India-New Zealand business association. Read more