Interfaith

2017 Jul 15

Dalit and Black Lives Matter Symposium

(All day)

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351 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
The Dalit and Black Lives Matter Symposium is co-hosted by Black Lives Matter, Boston and Boston Study Group to explore the dehumanizing caste system in India and the Dalit resistance. We will also look at the historical linkages of Dalit-Black solidarity from India, South Africa to the Civil Rights Movement and Black Panther Party as well as linkages between the two modern liberation movements. This symposium will consist of political education, information about current local and transnational work, and imagining greater solidarity.

Wampum belts and peacemakers: Unitarian Universalist Church to host Native American presentation | Faith + Values | lancasteronline.com

July 12, 2017
There are many similarities between the Iroquois Constitution and the U.S. Constitution, in part, because Benjamin Franklin and other Founding Fathers gained insight into democracy through their meetings with members of the Six Nations. Those ideals show up in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The Great Law of Peace is the oral constitution of the Six Nations that comprise the Iroquois Confederacy.  It was crafted by Dekanawidah, also known as The Great Peacemaker, and was written on wampum belts.
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Forced migration calls for faith in action | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)

July 6, 2017
In a stirring display of solidarity and good will, some 300 representatives  of religious communities and civil society organizations gathered for a conference in Madrid on an issue of acute concern—forced migration. The event was held at the Iglesia de Jesus Church in Madrid on 20 June 2017, the International Day for Refugees. Source: Forced migration calls for faith in action | Bahá’í World News Service (BWNS)
2017 Feb 10

Boston Chain of Peace at ISBCC

(All day)

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100 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02120, USA
Call to Stand in Solidarity with Boston's Muslim Community on Friday, February 10. Please share widely! In response to the recent devastating attack on a mosque in Quebec and the destruction of a mosque in Texas, and in light of President Trump’s travel ban on residents of Muslim-majority nations, we call Boston-area residents to join us in an act of solidarity with the Muslim community in this city and beyond: a BOSTON CHAIN OF PEACE. We invite people of compassion—of all faiths and no faith—to congregate in respectful silence on Friday, February 10, at 12:15 p.m.,...
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2017 Jul 22

Speaking Out, Listening Deep: Spiritual Grounding for Political Action, The Seventh Annual Rolling Ridge Peace Conference

(All day)

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660 Great Pond Rd, North Andover, MA 01845, USA
Since its inception in 2011, the Peace Conference at Rolling Ridge has become an important platform for healthy dialogue and inspirational hope. Diverse speakers over the years have addressed issues of peace-making, Earth tending, and inter-faith reverence. In a confusing political and social climate, now more than ever, people need a safe space as we seek understanding, harmony, and change. This year, Rolling Ridge will address the topic of peace in the political process at our 7th annual Peace Conference, entitled "Speaking Out, Listening Deep: Spiritual Grounding for Political Action."... Read more about Speaking Out, Listening Deep: Spiritual Grounding for Political Action, The Seventh Annual Rolling Ridge Peace Conference
2017 Jul 09

Greg Epstein: Humanism in the Age of Trump

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30 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
“Don’t Believe in God? You’re Not Alone.” That was one of the slogans on ads adorning Boston’s Red Line T, the New York City Subway, and busses and billboards nationwide, when Greg Epstein’s book Good Without God was published back in 2009. At that moment, atheism and agnosticism were becoming not only more common, but more normal. Greg’s message was that the nonreligious have a positive, inspiring and ethical way of life -- call it humanism if you like the word -- and that “lifestance” had made the world better in countless ways, from its critique of religious hypocrisy in ancient India to... Read more about Greg Epstein: Humanism in the Age of Trump
2017 Apr 09

Kultar's Mime

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Cgis South, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Kultar's Mime is a devised play that blends painting, poetry, theater and music to tell the stories of Sikh children who survived the 1984 Delhi massacre that was organized in the wake of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination. A collective of young Jewish artists decides to commemorate a 1903 Pogrom that targeted Jews in the Russian town of Kishinev. During their journey, they learn about the 1984 massacre of the Sikhs in Delhi and in a powerful moment of embracing the pain of the 'other', they shift focus and decide to tell a story that the world has largely ignored. The play... Read more about Kultar's Mime
2017 Mar 28

Seeking Higher Ground: Religion and Conflict Transformation

(All day)

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160 Herrick Rd, Newton, MA 02459, USA
In these highly polarized times, how do we make our Religious Communities places where people can:
  • Share their stories and have simple, honest conversations about things that matter
  • Find Higher Ground even when common ground is not achievable in the short run
  • Create communities that respect the dignity of differences
  • Focus on relational and communal healing
In this one-day, interactive workshop for community leaders, we will explore the vision of our religious communities as places for "higher ground." Hands-on workshops will offer... Read more about Seeking Higher Ground: Religion and Conflict Transformation
2017 Mar 07

Response and Resilience in Multireligious Boston

(All day)

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1279-, 1299 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
Please join the Pluralism Project as we convene religious, interfaith and civic leaders of Greater Boston for a roundtable discussion on what resources, skills, and help communities can offer one another in these increasingly tense times. Participants at the event include civic leaders, leaders of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and Sikh communities in the greater Boston area, and leaders of some of the interfaith and multicultural councils that have become something of a rapid-response team following incidents of threat, bias, or hate. The Pluralism Project will use insights gleaned from this... Read more about Response and Resilience in Multireligious Boston

To Understand How Religion Shapes America, Look To Its Early Days : NPR

June 29, 2017
Religion has played an outsized role in U.S. history and politics, but it's one that has often gone unrecognized in U.S. museums. "As a focused subject area, it's been neglected," says Peter Manseau, a scholar and writer installed last year as the first full-time religion curator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. America's exceptional commitment to religious freedom stems from the diversity of its faith traditions. The rebellious attitudes prevalent in frontier settlements fostered the growth of evangelical... Read more about To Understand How Religion Shapes America, Look To Its Early Days : NPR
2017 Jul 22

Peace Action Yoga

(All day)

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550 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Join us Saturday, July 22nd from 1:30-3:00p for a peaceful yoga flow at Studio 550 led by instructor Ruby Perlmutter. Learn more about MAPA's mission for peace and how you can join us in taking action towards promoting human rights and global cooperation. MAPA is looking to bring together peace minded folks in their 20's and 30's to join a community of people passionate about advocating for peace and justice issues in our communities and country. Come to enjoy the benefits of a peaceful zen yoga practice alongside like minded yogis looking to take the power of peace on and off the mat! Please... Read more about Peace Action Yoga

‘Dalya’s Other Country’ portrays Muslim American mother and daughter | Religion News Service

June 28, 2017
For Rudayna Aksh, the decision to bring her 13-year-old daughter, Dalya Zeno, from Aleppo to Los Angeles was made for her. “We were sleeping one night,” Aksh remembers. “We heard, like, a big bomb around our house.” The Syrian war had begun and young girls were being kidnapped. “The war didn’t leave any choice for me,” she continues. “I had to come here with my daughter.” Those are the first words of “Dalya’s Other Country,” a new film by Julia Meltzer that premieres Monday night (June 26) on the PBS... Read more about ‘Dalya’s Other Country’ portrays Muslim American mother and daughter | Religion News Service
2017 Jun 13

A Conversation about Jewish/Muslim Solidarity and Civil Liberties

(All day)

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1762 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445, USA
A Conversation about Jewish/Muslim Solidarity and Civil Liberties with Shannon Al-Wakeel, Executive Director, Muslim Justice League Please join the Jewish-Muslim Relations Committee for a conversation with preeminent attorney, activist, and organizer, Shannon Al-Wakeel about building Jewish-Muslim solidarity in the... Read more about A Conversation about Jewish/Muslim Solidarity and Civil Liberties
2017 Jul 05

Bystander Intervention Against Racism, Xenophobia, Bigotry

(All day)

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562 Waverly St, Framingham, MA 01702, USA
These information sessions are in collaboration with Welcoming Framingham. We will discuss -Systems Thinking Systems Approach to Problem Solving -The System of Systemic Racism - the 4 Is' Individual Racism, Interpersonal Racism, Institutional Racism, and Ideological Racism -What is "Racial Prejudice vs Racism" -Defecting from White Privilege, Breaking the White Silence and Standing up to "White Solidarity" -What is Bystander Intervention -The four Ds' of Bystander Intervention - Direct, Deflect, Delegate and Delay -Stories of Bystander Intervention -What will you be getting into if you... Read more about Bystander Intervention Against Racism, Xenophobia, Bigotry
2017 Oct 17

Mediation Skills Training for Clergy and Lay Leaders

(All day)

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99 Summer St, Boston, MA 02110, USA
Mediation skills can help you more productively engage with Clergy-board negotiations, intra-communal disputes between congregational members, ritual differences among and between denominations, and theological differences that arise on local interfaith clergy committees. This one-day interactive training will provide religious leaders with an overview of the mediation process. A portion of the program will be devoted to providing participants with the opportunity to practice these skills in simulations involving faith-based conflicts and coached by experienced practitioners. https://www.... Read more about Mediation Skills Training for Clergy and Lay Leaders

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