Interfaith

Protesters gather with signs at March for Science

At March for Science, Debate Over Anti-Evolutionists

April 27, 2017

Last Saturday, tens of thousands gathered in cities around the world to advocate for the value and ongoing necessity of science for human progress.

With the largest group congregating on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., March for Science protesters had a decidedly political aim: to speak out against “policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world.”

Protesters particularly targeted the current administration with criticism. Signs decried President Trump’s Read more about At March for Science, Debate Over Anti-Evolutionists

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Conservative Jewish Assembly Votes to Allow Non-Jewish Synagogue Members

March 10, 2017

During a special meeting of its General Assembly on March 1, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) voted overwhelmingly to reverse their prohibition on granting membership to non-Jews.

The measure will have a sweeping impact on North American Conservative Jewish communities, 80 percent of which belong to the USCJ umbrella organization. Whereas synagogues were previously permitted only to allow non-Jews as guests, Conservative communities may now choose to endow non-Jewish attendees—often the non-Jewish spouse of a member—with full membership status.

The USCJ Read more about Conservative Jewish Assembly Votes to Allow Non-Jewish Synagogue Members

Muslim and Jewish man shake hands and smile

Pew Reports Americans Warming Toward Most Religious Groups

February 21, 2017

Americans’ perception of religious groups has increased nearly across the board over the past two years, according to a Pew Research Center report published Wednesday.

The survey ran from January 9 to January 23 of this year. 4,248 adults were asked to rank a variety of religious groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100. Although the survey revealed notable differences in perception of religious groups across lines of race, religious identity, and Read more about Pew Reports Americans Warming Toward Most Religious Groups

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New Executive Action from Trump Targets Refugees, Muslim Immigrants

January 27, 2017

This Wednesday, several major news outlets received a draft of an upcoming executive order instituting a temporary ban on all refugees and on immigrants from some Muslim nations.

Many perceive the order as an amended version of the “Muslim ban” U.S. President Donald Trump proposed in 2015. Because the executive order includes exceptions for individuals who are “a minority religion” in their homeland, Read more about New Executive Action from Trump Targets Refugees, Muslim Immigrants

Muslim and Jewish man pose together for picture at an interfaith gathering

Prominent Advocacy Groups Form Muslim-Jewish Alliance

November 17, 2016

Less than one week after Donald Trump was elected President, two prominent Jewish and Muslim advocacy groups launched the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council to promote partnership and safety for American Jews and Muslims.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) have been planning the coalition for over a year, in response to a sharp increase in anti-Muslim sentiment Read more about Prominent Advocacy Groups Form Muslim-Jewish Alliance

Raising Multi-Faith Children

Raising Multi-Faith Children

May 24, 2016

For interfaith couples, deciding where and how to exchange wedding vows may be only the beginning of a lifelong negotiation between multiple faiths. With interfaith marriages on the rise in the United States, couples are increasingly facing daunting questions about how to pass on their religions to their children.

While some interfaith couples ultimately choose a primary faith tradition in which to raise their children, a growing number of organizations are helping support parents Read more about Raising Multi-Faith Children

Baha'i Faith Launches Five-Year "Divine Plan"

Baha'i Faith Launches Five-Year "Divine Plan"

January 15, 2016

The first week of January marked a renewed vision for members of the Baha’i Faith.

The Baha’i Board of Counsellors—comprising 81 elected members representing over 60 countries—met at the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel to discuss best methods of promoting the Faith and strengthening existing Baha’i communities. 

The Baha’i Faith is a monotheistic religion based in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh, whose writings and plan for a “global civilization” led to his banishment from his birthplace of Tehran and to his later imprisonment Read more about Baha'i Faith Launches Five-Year "Divine Plan"

Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

December 21, 2015

This December, two Brisbane, Australia religious groups shared a common worship space.

As part of their annual Christmas outreach program, Brisbane, Australia-based ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints invited members of a local mosque to tour their house of worship. When it was time for the group of Muslim worshipers to engage in evening prayers, representatives of the Mormon ward provided them with a special room for prayer. 

Ali Kadri, a representative of the Islamic Council of Queensland, posted pictures from the tour and praised the LDS hosts’ Read more about Australian Mormon Ward Welcomes Muslim Guests

Amidst Conflict, Israeli Bilingual School Unites Communities

Amidst Conflict, Israeli Bilingual School Unites Communities

November 12, 2015

In six elementary schools across Israel, the sounds of children speaking both Hebrew and Arabic can be heard throughout the halls. These schools, called Yad B’Yad—a phrase that means “hand in hand” in both Hebrew and Arabic—have, in many ways, a simple mission: “building shared society” between Jewish and Arab members of Israeli communities. However, in a nation that has been rife with enmity and conflict, many citizens feel that Yad B’Yad is breaking revolutionary ground.

“I am happy that I get to give this opportunity Read more about Amidst Conflict, Israeli Bilingual School Unites Communities