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The Parliament Newsletter
Changes Next Exit
Are We There Yet?
The $100,000 Question in the Interfaith Movement.

by Bud Heckman

How do we know when we have arrived in the interfaith movement? When religious pluralism is normative? When religious differences don’t cause conflict or even concern?

Things have been changing rapidly in the expanding field of interfaith relations. Therefore, it may be worth measuring our progress by some milestones of our achievement rather than by an elusive final destination. I want to suggest six different markers of hope which I see, and I want to invite you to share your own markers of hope and stories of success.

I see great progress in: academic legitimization, institutional development, research expansion, intra-field cooperation, government partnerships, and specialization of work.

Click here to read the full article

We the People
Prepare New York put together this brief history of the United States' particular journey toward religious pluralism.
We the People
  What Does Authentic Interfaith Dialogue Look Like?
by Jalees Rehman

Last year, our local masjid (mosque) organized an interfaith dinner and invited clergy and lay members of various faith communities during the month of Ramadan. As in preceding years, the goal was for Muslims and non-Muslims to meet each other and foster an interfaith dialogue within the neighborhood.


Parliament Webinar Series
10 Strategies to Respond to the Rising Hate in the U. S.

Alon Goshen-GottsteinOctober 12, 2011
10:00am U.S. Central Time 

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid
Chair of the Board of Trustees Register Now
Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions

In the ten years since September 11, 2001, the United States has experienced both an increase in interreligious cooperation as well as a marked escalation in hate. Religious communities are in a unique position to build bridges of understanding among communities and neighbors. This webinar will offer 10 practical ways that individuals, organizations, and congregations can respond to this challenge. Learn More...

The Coexist Prize

The Coexist Foundation invites you to nominate your favorite interfaith hero/heroine for the new Coexist Prize.

The US$100,000 Coexist Prize will honor and reward the work of an unsung hero or heroine who has helped to build bridges between different faith communities.

In addition, there will be two runner-up prizes of $10,000 each. This new initiative is an endowed endeavor that will be offered annually and offers a significant opportunity to advance our field of interfaith relations.

Submissions must be received by October 14, 2011.

Click here to learn more and nominate someone

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