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Muslim And Christian Leaders Seek a Global Agenda for Change
By John L. Esposito, The Huffington Post   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Last week more than 80 religious, political and NGO leaders from around the world spoke to packed audiences at Georgetown University's Common Word conference, at a time when engagement with the Islamic world is more urgent than ever.

In contrast to the past, the world of the 21st century is both transformed and threatened by the impact of globalization, a source of integration and fragmentation in international affairs, economic and social development and inter-religious or multi-religious affairs.

Islam and Christianity are far and away the two largest global religions (1.5 and 2.1 billion respectively). Together they make up well over half of the world's population. Today, more than ever before, they co-exist or encounter each other in 57 Muslim countries and in Europe and America and beyond. Despite significant doctrinal differences, they also share much in common in matters of faith, values and interests. If religion has too often been part of the problem, it must also be part of the solution.

The Muslim initiative "A Common Word Between Us and You" and the response by major Christian and Muslims global leaders to this document reflects the deep awareness of today's precarious and dangerous world of global politics and the need for Muslims and Christians to work together. As the document reminds us: "Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians."

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Melting-Pot Dinner Achieves Kinship Amid Diversity

A Turkish-American group in Las Vegas invites you to a dinner of dialogue and friendship. You've never heard of the group. Could it be a front for something nefarious? Do you go?

In a heartbeat.

The thought of talking history, politics and, yes, religion, with members of Las Vegas' small Turkish community made this a rare opportunity.

A clue this was a group wanting to foster dialogue and friendship, just as advertised, was the guest list that ran the gamut of religions. Muslims, of course. But also Catholics, Christians and Jews.

The real clue the Pacifica Institute, which sponsored Monday's dinner, was legit? The presence of Steve Martinez, head of the Las Vegas FBI, at the head table, along with an assistant special agent in charge, Mark Doh. They're a couple of careful guys, and they wouldn't be going to something that wasn't on the up and up. Unlike me, they'd check it out first because they have reputations to protect. ....

It's a way to send a message without words and without anyone else in the room realizing.

Hard to beat an evening where the goal is accepting each other despite our differences.

Our political arena could use a dose of that.

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Islam Awareness Week (UK): Walk the Talk

Islam Awareness Week (IAW) was initiated by the Islamic Society of Britain and has been taking place across the UK in the third week of November for the last 15 years. Initially the aim was simply to provide a platform for British Muslims themselves to help remove misconceptions about Islam, which is now the UK’s second largest faith.

Since then, it has also become an opportunity for people of all faiths -and none- to come together in a spirit of understanding and co-operation. IAW is also about helping to build links between people, a celebration of art and culture and getting people to work together for the common good.

The theme for IAW in 2009, 'Walk the Talk', has been chosen to mark the occasion of the first ever Inter Faith Week in England, which is taking place at the same time as IAW this year, from 16th to 22nd of  November.  ........

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Interreligious Dialogue as a Spiritual Practice

Interreligious dialogue was not a twentieth century development in the history of relations between Christians and Muslims. There are numerous examples when Christians and Muslims joined in public dialogues, some of which are rather famous episodes in the annals of dialogue. There are these famous examples; yet, countless theologians, scholars, and religious and political leaders have met in public conversation and have communicated by letter and in private conversation down through the centuries.[1] If one considers the most common form of interreligious dialogue, namely, the dialogue of life, when believers have lived as neighbors and associates, the instances would be too numerous to count. Christians and Muslims have lived side by side in relationships of dialogue for centuries and in numerous cultural settings.

Pope John Paul II spoke eloquently of the dialogue of life on his historic visit to the Umayyad Great Mosque of Damascus on May 6, 2001:

Interreligious dialogue is most effective when it springs from the experience of "living with each other" from day to day within the same community and culture. In Syria, Christians and Muslims have lived side by side for centuries, and a rich dialogue of life has gone on unceasingly... The positive experiences must strengthen our communities in the hope of peace; and the negative experiences should not be allowed to undermine that hope

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Compassion Unites World Faiths

SAN FRANCISCO — Religious leaders from around the world launched Thursday, November 12, a platform for harmony and compassion among followers of different faiths.

"The charter is a summons to action, it is not just a feel good thing," US faith scholar Karen Armstrong told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

"It calls upon people to find creative ways of implementing... to work energetically for the good of humanity in one's own community."

The Charter for Compassion calls for the peoples around the world to bring back compassion and tolerance back into societies.

"The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves," the Charter reads.

"We therefore call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the center of morality and religion."

The 330-word document exhorts peoples to promote understanding and shun violence.

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US Muslims, Christians Team Up For Needy

American Muslim activists teamed up with Christian colleagues to fundraise and build a house for a homeless family in Longview, Washington, showing the true face of Islam at a time the nation is recovering from a deadly killing spree blamed on a Muslim army soldier.

"They have all come together fundraised $45,000 to build this home," Sabrina Kirkland, a resource development coordinator with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization helping people build affordable housing, told News13 on Sunday, November 15.

Muslim and Christian activists are working side by side, hammering and shoveling to raise the walls of a new building to house the family of Mercedes Andrews

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Islam, Dialogue and the Gülen Movement in Australia

The story of the Gülen movement in Australia has never been documented in detail and consequently is not well known. It deserves study for a number of reasons, not least being that the pioneering nature of the hizmet, as it likes to refer to itself (hizmet means service) and the fact that 'New World' Australian society is frequently at the leading edge of social change on many issues.

With around 60,000 people identifying as Turkish-Australians the absolute size of the community is several fold smaller than that of the Turkish-American community but represents a significantly larger proportion of the national population (0.3 percent of the Australian population of 21 million). Australia is fifteen times smaller than the USA but, leaving aside New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the cities of Melbourne, Victoria, and Sydney, NSW, are comparable with large American cities, and with Turkish populations in excess of 26,000 and 22,000 respectively, are home to Turkish communities larger than most, if not all, those found in US cities. At the same time, whilst less than one in five Muslim-Australians have Turkish heritage, their national profile, thanks in large part to the work of the hizmet, is much greater than these numbers would suggest.

Evidence of this can be found in recent activities such as the several dozen public Ramadan iftar fast-breaking dinners held in September 2008. In Melbourne these included the first ever iftar held at Government House, hosted by the Governor of Victoria, the second Australian Federal Police iftar, the fourth Victoria Police iftar, the first Turkish Consulate public inter-faith iftar, the first Masonic Lodge iftar, and so forth. 2008 also saw the commencement of the Fethullah Gülen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations at the Australia Catholic University and a similar, hizmet sponsored, Lectureship in Islamic Studies at Monash University.

Turkish migration to Australia began in 1967 with large numbers of Turks settling in the 1970s and 1980s, with inflows peaking in 1976 but continuing in a steady stream thereafter through to the present. In the first two decades Turkish migrants to Australia came predominantly from rural Anatolia. At that stage, influenced by the experience of Germany, most expected to 'come for two years and then return to Turkey'. Most settled permanently and raised families.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s the dynamic started to change as significant numbers of urban Turks begin to arrive. Amongst these urban Turkish migrants were followers of Fetullah Gülen. As has been general the pattern around the world, hizmet activities in Australian initially focussed on education .....

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Interfaith Prayer Celebrates Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON – In the United Christian Parish church in Reston, Virginia, the scene on the eve of America’s national celebration of Thanksgiving was so sublime with feelings floating in the air.

It was the night Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities from all across Virginia came together for one thanksgiving prayer to God.

"It is embracing the interfaith connection in this community," said Rev. Joan Bell-Haynes, pastor of the church.

"We came together just to say thank you, regardless of what faith you are, what background you are. We came together to say thank you to God for who we are."

The service started with the ringing of the church’s bell, then a rabbi blew his horn and finally a Muslim raised the call to prayer.

After that the congregation sang a number of songs thanking God for His blessings.

"It is a very moving service," says Farhanahz Ellis, Interfaith Director at the ADAMS Islamic Center, has been participating in the service since its launch nine years ago.

"We when organize our calendar, we know that the night before thanksgiving we are not going to commit to anything because it is dedicated for this."

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday observed on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, it falls on the second Monday of October.

Americans trace their traditional Thanksgiving holiday to one celebrated in 1621 at the Plymouth Colony, now in the state of Massachusetts.

"It is wonderful to get to come together with people of other Abrahamic traditions, and this is interesting to find common unity and peace," said Lawrence N. Uman from Shoreshem Jewish community.

"There is such a feeling of peace and collaboration here that could solve the world’s problems." .........

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Launch of the Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations - Australia

The Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) in conjunction with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) held the official launch of the Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic relations last Friday 23 November at the Central Hall, ACU.

The launch marks the important step the AIS has taken to establish an important academic professorial Chair that will assist second and third generation Muslims with learning Islam correctly from its true sources, increase academic research in the field of interfaith dialogue and provide a means for community related activities and take the important message of dialogue to the wider Australian community. .......

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Fatah Embarrassed About Accepting Trees from JNF


Reported: 08:59 AM - Dec/02/09
(IsraelNN.com) The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority has expressed displeasure that the Israeli media publicized the contribution of 3,000 trees by the Jewish National Fund to a new Arab city near Ramallah in Samaria. The PA leadership has requested that such reports, which portray pro-Israel organizations as contributing to the well-being of local Arabs, be minimized so as not to create the impression that Israel or its supporters do anything to benefit local Arabs. Fatah also expressed fears that the media reports on the gift may fuel a negative reaction among Arab states for accepting “Zionist” assistance.

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Islam Focus of World Religions Parliament

MELBOURNE – Eight thousand people representing the world’s different faiths are meeting in Melbourne on Thursday, December 3, to discuss interfaith harmony, with a special focus on Islam and its relationship with the West.

"There are going to be 40 programs on Islam and the West," Dirk Ficca, director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, told the BBC News Online.

The American Presbyterian minister said speakers would seek to clear misconceptions about the Muslim faith.

"And so we want to give reputable Islamic scholars and leaders the chance first of all to share what they believe Islam is all about."

The week-long event, which is held every five years, features 800 speakers in nearly 700 panels, workshops and lectures, plus worship and music events.

It aims to cultivate harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world.

Leading among attendees are Swiss Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan, Catholic Archbishop of Sydney George Cardinal Pell, former US President Jimmy Carter and Tibet spiritual leader Dalai Lama ........

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Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions

Religious and spiritual coexistence is always in a higher plane. In fact, it is not an easy catch! The "one community" target has always been featured in most of the international human and interfaith initiatives. Seemingly this goal is half accomplished; therefore, the call for interreligious harmony is going on continuously.

One of such initiatives hits the ground running today, December 3, in Australia's big city Melbourne, until December 9. It is Parliament of World's Religions.

The Parliament of World's Religions, which began in 1893, toured around five countries. It had been held three times in Chicago, US. With a set and very clear agenda, the Parliament aims to bring humanity together, whatsoever religion or faith, to "foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world," as mentioned in the official website ..........

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Christmas a time for bridge building

Christmas is an annual Christian religious holiday commemorating the birth of Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him. For many Muslims who do not even celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, it becomes an issue of what stand they should take.

There have been a number of legitimate criticisms of the holiday from Muslims and non-Muslims based on theological and cultural considerations. However, this cannot be used to disregard the holiday as merely an exercise in ancient pagan practices, for instance, or excessive consumerism. Muslims have to remember that for practicing Christians, Christmas really is about Jesus

Prophet Muhammad, was so accommodating of Christians that according to the two earliest Islamic historians, Ibn e Saad and Ibn Hisham, the Prophet even allowed a delegation of 60 Byzantine Christians from Najran in Yemen to worship in his own mosque in Madinah. Lead by their bishop (Usquf), they had come to discuss a number of issues with him. When time of their prayer came, they asked the Prophet's permission to perform this in the mosque. He answered, "conduct your service here in the mosque. It is a place consecrated to God." 
   
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Peace on earth, goodwill toward men: two places where it worked
 

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We hear a lot about peace and friendship over the holidays, but the reality is that different religions and peoples are constantly fighting. It seems we can never get along.

Or at least that's what the history books would have you believe.

History focuses on change, and change usually means conflict, but there have been many times in the past when different religions and ethnic groups have lived in harmony. Here are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites you can visit that are testimony to the idea that people can achieve great things by working together.

Toledo, Spain

For most of the Middle Ages Spain was not a country; it was a patchwork of different states fighting amongst themselves and staving off invasions by the Muslim Moors from North Africa. There was a centuries-long war between Islam and Christianity, with the Jews being stuck in the middle as second-class citizens in both societies. But under the Caliphate of Córdoba, which ruled much of the Iberian Peninsula in the tenth and eleventh centuries, the three cultures lived and learned together. Córdoba and
Toledo were the two main cultural centers. Many books from ancient Greece and Rome, lost in Europe during the Dark Ages but preserved in Arabic translations in the Middle East, were translated into Latin and Hebrew and helped start a rediscovery of Europe's Classical heritage.
The Christian kingdoms were slowly pushing out the Muslims, however, and in 1085 King Alfonso VI captured Toledo. He realized the relationship among the three cultures, called La Convivencia ("The Coexistence") was a good thing and kept it going. He even established a translation center to copy books from each culture into Latin, Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew, so everyone could benefit from each other's learning. Philosophy, astronomy, architecture, mathematics, and a dozen other arts and sciences flourished.

It didn't last. In 1492, when the last Moors were kicked out of Spain, the Jews were kicked out too, and any non-Christian who wanted to stay had to at least pretend to convert. But La Convivencia left an enduring intellectual an artistic legacy for all three cultures and some impressive monuments that can still be seen today.

Gonder, Ethiopia

On a different continent in different century, people came to the same conclusions that the people of Toledo did. In the northwest of what is now Ethiopia is the city of
Gonder. It was founded by the Emperor Fasilides around the year 1635. Ethiopian emperors traditionally moved from place to place to watch over their people, but Fasilides saw an advantage to having a capital city for his empire. Soon a large urban center had sprung up, with palaces and castles and places of worship.

Gonder became the center of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, but it was also home to Muslims and the Beta Israel, the Ethiopian Jews. Artisans and thinkers from all three religions flocked to Gonder to work in the market or palace. The Beta Israel were often craftsmen. Because only a Christian could sit on the throne, the Jews often served as trusted advisers and bodyguards to the emperor. The Muslims, with their connections to the Red Sea and other parts of Africa, set themselves up as merchants.

All three cultures worked together to make Gonder a center of art and learning, just like in Toledo. The ruins of some of the castles and palaces are still visible today and many people call Gonder "Africa's Camelot". The most famous monument is Fasilides' castle, shown here. Check out the gallery for more attractions in Toledo and Gonder.


Maybe Toledo and Gonder have given us more than pair of interesting tourist attractions.
 


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