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Inclusion. It’s more than the mere opposite of exclusion, although that is certainly true. The Latin prefixes “in-“ and “ex-“ do mean, alternately, “in, or indwelling” and “out of, or from.” The meaning of inclusion,...
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Hello! As a Parliament of World’s Religions Ambassador, Miranda Clendening , I am excited to report about a large event we have been planning for the last year and a half; a Regional Pre-Parliament of World’s Religions...
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Dear Friends, The planning team of the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions has very recently learned that multiple groups mobilizing to attend next year’s convening in Toronto will benefit from a longer Super Saver...
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August 5th -- Today marks the five year anniversary of a massacre that shocked America and reminded us all of the power of hate. Five years since the Oak Creek shooting in which a white supremacist entered a Sikh...
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PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS SELECTS “INCLUSION” & “LOVE” AS MAJOR THEMES OF 2018 INTERNATIONAL CONVENING IN TORONTO Organizers Call On People of Faith and Conscience to Increase Solidarity and Power In...
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Hello Kay! Can you share a little bit about yourself? I am Kay Lindahl. I am the daughter of parents who emigrated from Sweden to a small town in western NY state in the 1920’s, where the climate was much like their...
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From the 15th to the 18th of June, in Bragança, the intention was to reconnect with our memory, searching for and rediscovering an identity that has been stolen from us as a collective identity. We could reference our...
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I am a professor at the University of Saint Francis. As a clinical psychologist, I teach about crisis and trauma counseling. I have been involved in disaster mental health, working with agencies that serve survivors of...
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Being asked as a Zoroastrian youth to write a reflection about the Muslim holiday of Ramadan is something I am sure my ancestors could have never dreamed of. Quite honestly, I have seen anti-Muslim bigotry present...
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A fortnight ago, a small group of my team from different cultures and faiths had the honour of meeting with Dr. Jane Goodall in Wellington for half an hour. Her purpose for coming to New Zealand is to officially launch...
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I recently attended the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in New Orleans, Louisiana. In my everyday life I live in a city similar to New Orleans. Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans have...
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Global interfaith organizations including the Parliament of the World's Religions and the United Religions Initiative have joined Religions for Peace USA, the Temple for Understanding and other religious and spiritual...
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I am not eating and drinking - not to punish myself unnecessarily – but, because in my religion, Islam, fasting in the month of Ramadan has been prescribed by God as one of the fundamental pillars of the faith so that I...
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Ramadan was always a special time for me. The air felt fresher, like something was present in the wind. But it was different in our household, with my father from Syria and my mother from Mexico, I often struggled with...
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As a Rwandan Child, I was born and raised as a refugee outside my country due to the globally known “Rwandan Genocide against Tutsi” and civil war, that almost brought down everything and left the nation shattered in...
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As a convert to the religion of Islam, I know firsthand what it feels like to be an outsider. I’ve heard comments and questions about Muslims that made me feel unwelcome or unwanted in certain spaces. I’ve been looked...
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I have known about the Ramadan fast for decades. But this year, I am catching my first glimpse, yes, even enjoying my first taste of the deeper spiritual meaning behind it. Even though I had lived in the Muslim world, I...
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As the Muslim world embarks on another Ramadan, I reflect on the many Iftars breaking the daily fast I had the honour of attending and remember vividly the warmth and hospitality my hosts showed me and others who weren’...
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For the last four years, I have been working on documenting religious intolerance that manifests itself through discrimination and persecution of religious and ethnic minorities in Egypt. Since its inception, Eshhad has...
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For me, Ramadan is a month filled with family, food, gratitude and spiritual rejuvenation. Although this year it comes during the hotter and longer days of the summer I am still grateful for the traditions, customs, and...
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