(The Conversation) On Monday (June 26), Harry James Potter — the world’s most famous wizard — will celebrate his 20th birthday. His many fans will likely mark the occasion by rereading a favorite Harry Potter novel or rewatching one of the blockbuster films. Some may even raise a butterbeer toast in Harry’s honor at one of three Harry Potter-themed amusement parks.
But not everyone will be celebrating Harry’s big day. In fact, a vocal group of Christians – ... Read more about What do Christian protests about Harry Potter books teach us? | Religion News Service
World religious leaders have for the first time partnered up in a rare appeal for world peace. The appeal includes messages by 22 leaders, all appealing to the people of the world to make friends with people outside of their faith group. The appeal has been made as part of an initiative by the Elijah Interfaith Institute.
Source: World’s Top Religious Leaders Issue Rare Joint Appeal - World Religion News
MELBOURNE, Australia — Released last Friday, a new music video features Australian popular singer and performer Nathaniel Willemse singing a prayer by Baha’u’llah.
The song, titled “Power Over All Things,” was composed this year in honor of the two hundred year anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, which is being commemorated in October. Inspired by the hopeful vision in the Baha’i writings, the song is one of countless musical expressions unfolding across the planet in this momentous year, ranging from grassroots initiatives to national and... Read more about Video seeks to bring sacred words to masses | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)
120 Sikhs from all over Denver and Colorado Springs gathered to support an effort to spread awareness about Sikhs and Sikhism in America. They raised $125,000, a substantial amount, to fund National Sikh Campaign's media initiative. Sikhs have faced several incidents of violence and hate in the recent months in America due to a widespread ignorance about the Sikh tradition and because the Sikh turban and beard is confused with Taliban and Isis.
WASHINGTON ( JTA ) — A $20 million gift will help the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum refurbish its 20-plus-years-old exhibit, with a focus on the challenges posed to democracies by rapid changes in technology
Lee Pringle is the founder and producer of “Jews & Blacks: Parallels of Our Past,” a narrated concert by the Charleston Spiritual Ensemble, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday. After a sold-out performance in February, the ensemble will bring the concert to Piccolo Spoleto Festival.