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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION
“In a world where religion plays so central a role in social, political, and economic events, as well as in the lives of communities and individuals, there is a critical need for ongoing reflection upon and understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions, and values. The American Academy of Religion’s mission is to promote such reflection through excellence in scholarship and teaching in the field of religion.
Within a context of free inquiry and critical examination, the Academy welcomes all disciplined reflection on religion—both from within and outside of communities of belief and practice—and seeks to enhance its broad public understanding.”

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ARAS
“ARAS — a world treasure with jewels from every culture since the beginning of time. ARAS has taken many steps from its tiny beginnings in Eranos, Switzerland eighty years ago to the world-reach of the Internet today. Long available to only a few researchers, the wondrous vision of how the collective unconscious expresses itself in all human societies is now available to many. To fathom ARAS’s depth and richness, allow yourself to wander, to linger, and to ponder. Do not be afraid to get lost, as your meanderings may yield surprising delights of imagery and meaning.
The ARAS archive contains about 17,000 photographic images, each cross-indexed, individually mounted, and accompanied by scholarly commentary. The commentary includes a description of the image with a cultural history that serves to place it in its unique historical and geographical setting. Often it also includes an archetypal commentary that brings the image into focus for its modern psychological and symbolic meaning, as well as a bibliography for related reading and a glossary of technical terms.”

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CENTER FOR SYMBOLIC STUDIES
“At the Center for Symbolic Studies our mission is to participate on our regional level in the urgent task of building a world community of individuals who will act with respect for the environment, responsibility to others, and awareness of the rich world within us. No less today than from the beginnings of human culture, the symbolic imagination invites interconnectedness. It is this need which informs all our programs at the Center.
To this end we explore dreams, creative art, and the mythic imagery of all peoples; in our Drumhorse programs for young people we place an emphasis on multi-ethnic experiences; and we present workshops in healing, interpersonal and interspecies sensitivity and environmental awareness. Our belief is that a psyche grounded in its own deep mystery will be in a fundamental accord with the surrounding world.”

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THE CIIS BLOG (CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF INTEGRAL STUDIES)
CIIS PCC PROGRAM:
“The Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) graduate program is dedicated to re-imagining the human species as a mutually enhancing member of the Earth community.
PCC attracts intellectually engaged individuals who are in varying degrees dismayed by what they see happening in industrial societies and who are striving to find meaningful ways to develop their gifts to serve the future of the world.
The program supports those called to meet the Earth community’s unprecedented evolutionary challenge by offering students a rigorous and supportive learning community in which to find their voice and vision as leaders.”

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DALLAS INSTITUTE FOR THE HUMANITIES
“For over thirty years, the Dallas Institute has conducted original programs that enrich and strengthen the cultural heart of our great city. Our house on Routh Street is home for those who enjoy reading, thinking, exploring, and discussing timeless ideas that make us most fully human. The Institute has been described by our members as a “sanctuary,” as an “oasis,” as a “place for reflection,” as “food for the soul.”
Our members are the lifeblood of the Institute. It is for them that we create classes, groups, programs, and events that bring the wisdom and imagination of the humanities into their lives. If you are already a member, we thank you. If you aren’t, please think about becoming a member, and join us on a common journey toward the discovery of truth, beauty, and all else that is good and noble.”

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DEEP IMAGERY
“The International Institute for Visualization Research offers Deep Imagery trainings, workshops and individual sessions worldwide through our international network of trainers and practitioners. If you are interested in the Deep Imagination then you have come to the right place. Explore our calendar, meet our practitioners/guides, find books and other resources, and read our online journal. Contact us at iivr [at] deepimagery [dot] org if you have questions.”

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GLOBAL ALLIANCE OF TRANSFORMATIional ENTERTAINMENT
“GATE is an evolving community of creative, business and technical professionals in entertainment, media, and the arts — and the interested public — who realize the vital and expanding role media and entertainment play in creating our lives, and who aspire to consciously transform those domains for the benefit of all.
GATE is a nonprofit 501c(3) charitable organization providing valuable and relevant knowledge, resources and services to a wide range of professionals in the media, entertainment and arts industries, to aid in their personal transformation and to help them create and distribute content that expresses their transformational worldview.”

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INSTITUTE FOR CULTURAL CHANGE
“ICC Vision
Our aim is to create and connect an impassioned global community committed to altering how we might relate to our self, each other and the natural world less destructively, to discover ways to interact in less violent, racist and sexist ways, and to work toward augmenting conscious change in a challenging world.
ICC Core Values
Responsibility to self, others and the planet
Diversity
Inclusiveness
Consciousness
Development of new perspectives
Moving ideas into action”

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IMAGINAL INSTITUTE
“The Imaginal Institute was first birthed in 2005 in California as a virtual place (with the occasional live gathering) for people to connect and learn and share ideas about how imagination can burst forth and change our lives and our world.
This first dream got fleshed out as a remarkable site in the Catskills, NY, called Spillian: A Place to Revel. (Spillian is an Old English word that means to play, to jest, or to revel. We revel in ideas, in possibility, in community.) And so, The Imaginal Institute got swallowed by its child and is re-emerging as the academic/intellectual/learning arm of Spillian. Stay tuned, as we will be building a variety of online learning experiences for you to delight in.”

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JOSEPH CAMPBELL FOUNDATION
“The Joseph Campbell Foundation® was incorporated in 1990 to…
1. Preserve, protect, and perpetuate the work of Joseph Campbell by:
Cataloging and archiving his works
Developing new publications based on his works
Directing the sale and distribution of his published works
Protecting copyrights to his works
Increasing awareness of his works by making them available in digital formats on the Foundation’s website (www.jcf.org)
2. Further his pioneering work in mythology and comparative religion by:
Promoting the study of mythology and comparative religion
Implementing and/or supporting diverse mythological education programs
Supporting and/or sponsoring events designed to increase public awareness
Donating Campbell’s archived works and personal library (Joseph Campbell/Marija Gimbutas Archive & Library)
Utilizing the Foundation’s website (www.jcf.org) as a forum for relevant cross-cultural dialogue
3. Help individuals enrich their lives by participating:
Globally in the Foundation’s Internet-based Associates Program
Locally in one of the Foundation’s international network of Mythological RoundTables
Periodically in various related activities that JCF undertakes.”

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OPUS ARCHIVES
“The mission of Opus Archives and Research Center is to preserve, develop and extend to the world the archival collections and libraries of eminent scholars in the fields of depth psychology, mythology and the humanities. Opus is a “living archive” and offers scholarships, research grants, educational programs, community events, and research access to the collections, both physically and digitally.”

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PACIFICA GRADUATE INSTITUTE BLOG
“Pacifica Graduate Institute offers masters and doctoral degree programs framed in the traditions in depth psychology. The Institute has established an educational environment that nourishes respect for cultural diversity and individual differences, and an academic community that fosters a spirit of free and open inquiry. Students have access to an impressive array of education resources on Pacifica’s two campuses, both of which are located between the coastal foothills and the Pacific Ocean, a few miles south of Santa Barbara, California.”
“Pacifica is a Mission with an Institute. The mission, “anima mundi collende gratia,” (tending the soul of and in the world) has inspired a literal host of others far and wide-those who now carry the fire of the vision itself. The intensity of that calling is the seed impulse carried within the dreams of many. When cultivated, this soul spark, rooted in the animated presence of the deep psyche, opens to personal fulfillment and a more just and fertile planet. In an increasingly complex world, the scholarship and service of Pacifica’s faculty, staff, alumni, and students offers a soul centered “intelligence” integral to what is being asked of us now.” – Stephen Aizenstat, Ph.D., Chancellor, Founding President

  • Breaking Bread Together and Promoting Dialogue Between the Two Faiths
    On Thursday July 2nd, Orange County chapter of Pacifica Institute had the pleasure of co-hosting an Iftar dinner with University United Methodist Church in Irvine with the aim of breaking bread together and promoting dialogue between the two faiths. The church congregation welcomed Pacifica members with big smiles and warm hearts. Conversations started right away as if both parties were long lost... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Education remains an alarming concern for scores of Syrian refugees
    With only 10 percent of the 2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey having been placed in refugee camps, problems involving finding food and shelter persists, but none more alarming than the education of children. The topic of providing education to the Syrian refugee children was recently addressed by a meeting hosted by Kimse Yok Mu, the Journalist and Writers Foundation and the Peace Islands... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Dr. Sison: Fethullah Gülen is a pioneer of peace
    Speaking at a conference held the Philippines' 400-year-old university, University of Santo Tomas, Dr. Lilian Sison, the Dean of International Relations Department of the University of Santo Tomas, indicated that Fethullah Gülen, a well-respected Turkish-Islamic scholar, is a pioneer of peace. The introductory remarks of the conference, organized jointly by the Pacific Dialogue Foundation, the... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Kimse Yok Mu provides fast breaking meal to orphan students in Kenya
    International charity organization Kimse Yok Mu's Kenya chapter (KYK) gave fast breaking meal to orphans in eastern African country of Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi. İftar was provided by KYK to the orphan students and their teachers of Noor Madrasah located in Kibera, one of the second biggest shanty neighborhoods in Nairobi. Ranging from 5 to 13 year-old a total of 50 orphan students... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Reflection: Family Iftar Dinner with Eruyan Family
    On the 21st day of Ramadan Sunday January 5th, Cem and Ilknur Eruyan hosted an interfaith Iftar dinner. Pacifica Institute, invited individuals from all religious groups to join them at the dinner table to break the fast. The Iftar meal is served once the sunsets. This is considered the holiest time. Ramadan is a social time for Muslims and is celebrated with elaborate meals. ‘Meal time’ was at... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Fethullah Gulen Statement on Nigeria Abductions
    NEW YORK, May 12, 2014  The senseless kidnappings of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria are deplorable and heartbreaking. I condemn these actions unequivocally and call upon the perpetrators of these acts to immediately release the schoolgirls. Education is a fundamental human right, which is guaranteed for women and men by Islam. Any interpretations to the contrary are fallacious and tend... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Let Mr. Erdogan Fight His Own Battles
    By THE EDITORIAL BOARDMay 2, 2014 Not long ago, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish preacher in Pennsylvania, were the best of allies. Mr. Erdogan heads an Islamist government, and Mr. Gulen promotes a moderate, pro-Western brand of Sunni Islam that appeals to many well-educated and professional Turks. The two men had a common purpose in... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • What happened to the 'Turkish model'?
    Ramazan Kilinc The only guarantee of a consolidated democracy in Turkey is the emergence of a new coalition to balance the increasing power of the government vis-à-vis society.  Turkey blocked Twitter late at night on March 20. This was a culmination of a series of authoritarian moves since last summer. In summer 2013, the government harshly responded to the popular protests that grew... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Corruption, Islamism, and Twitter in Turkey
    Ahmet T. Kuru Erdoğan has consolidated the executive, legislative, and the judicial powers under his authority; yet he has been unable to control another source of power— Twitter. When the Arab uprisings began, Turkey emerged as a role model in the Middle East in terms of combining Islam and democracy. The Arab uprisings have not produced the expected results, except in Tunisia. Meanwhile in... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Turkey needs a new constitution to save its democracy
    By Fethullah Gulen A small group in the executive is holding the country to ransom, says Fethullah Gulen Trust and stability are fundamental to a nation’s development and to how the world perceives it. There is inherent trust in a democratic and accountable government that respects the rule of law. Turkey painstakingly built this trust over the past decade. Until recently it was seen... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • The rise and fall of Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan in three acts
    By Turan Kayaoglu Like a figure in a Greek tragedy, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has fallen from a Jefferson-could-be into a Putin-wannabe, all within the swift span of a year. Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/03/09/3087255/the-rise-and-fall-of-turkeys-prime.html#storylink=cpy History tells us that when the rule of law is weak, transparency and accountability... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • The Muslim Martin Luther?
    Fethullah Gulen Attempts an Islamic Reformation  By Victor Gaetan In a video posted on his Web site last December, the Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen called on God to curse Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Gulen, who has lived in exile in the United States since 1999, declared in a sermon broadcast on Turkish television, ... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • World Day of Social Justice - 20 February
    "The gap between the poorest and the wealthiest around the world is wide and growing. ... We must do more to empower individuals through decent work, support people through social protection, and ensure the voices of the poor and marginalized are heard."           Secretary-General Ban... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • What happened to the Turkish model of passive secularism?
    Ahmet Kuru In 2006 I wrote an essay to refute the depiction of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) as anti-secular. The argument was based on the two types of secularism. Passive secularism means state neutrality toward religions in the public sphere; it is dominant in such countries as the United States, the Netherlands and India. The opposite is assertive secularism, which... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Athiests and nonbelievers 'still have a place' in Utah's interfaith community
    By Whitney Evans, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake's interfaith community makes room for everyone, even those who do not believe in a higher power. Lacee Harris, from the Northern Ute and Piute tribes, prayed Wednesday near the Capitol rotunda for unity among all people, including those who consider themselves atheists or nonbelievers. "They still have a place with us," Harris said... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Fethullah Gulen’s interview with The Wall Street Journal in English
    Joe Parkinson and Jay Solomon 1. The Prime Minister has repeatedly attacked you and Hizmet in recent weeks. Do you believe that your alliance with his faction of the AKP is now definitively at an end? If we can talk about an alliance, it was around shared values of democracy, universal human rights and freedoms — never for political parties or candidates. In 2010 constitutional referendum I... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • The Challenges of Interfaith Dialogue
    Aamir Hussain The interfaith movement in the United States is growing. Led by organizations like the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, the Pluralism Project at Harvard, and the groundswell movement founded by Ms. Valarie Kaur (to name just a few), more and more Americans are engaging with people of different religious and spiritual identities than themselves. The mainstream media has... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • As it happens:Turkey’s graft investigation and PM Erdoğan’s response
    Kerim Balci Last updated Jan. 08, 2014   Turkey is passing through interesting times. Very recently the country has been shaken by two corruption investigations involving ministers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). The related investigations heralded the final parting of the ways between two strong players in Turkey: the AK Party and the Hizmet movement (a... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • A Conversation with Rev. Alexei R. Smith on Interfaith Dialogue
    Alp Ataizi As Pacifica Institute we have started a new interview series with prominent leaders of today's society. To launch the series, we sat down to enjoy an enlightening conversation with Rev. Alexei R. Smith, Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Officer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, to speak about interfaith dialogue. Rev. Smith is one of the very first interfaith activists on... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Turkey’s Struggle for Checks and Balances
    Husain Haqqani  Prime Minister Erdogan is blaming a corruption case on his political nemesis, but the reality is that the government has been overstepping its democratic bounds. After a decade of economic progress under an elected government, Turkey is facing a major political crisis. Turkey’s economic success under Prime Minister Recep Teyyip Erdogan, whose Justice and Development Party... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Can Social Literature Compete with Social Media?
    Commentary by Christopher John Farley This morning, author Kate DiCamillo announced on her Facebook page that she will serve as the new national ambassador for young people’s literature. Her induction into the post, which is supported by the Library of Congress and other organizations,  is scheduled for Jan. 10 in Washington, D.C. The post, which is filled every two... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Religious Holidays 2014: An Interfaith Calendar (Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim And More)
    We live in a beautiful, diverse world, and almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. We are proud to present an interfaith, inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • New Laws Coming to California in 2014
    As the New Year approaches, there are several new laws about to be enacted in California -- from transgender students' rights and a minimum wage boost, to sharing the road with bicyclists and changes to tips at restaurants.Here is a round up of some of the new edicts:TRANSGENDER RIGHTS: Students in grades K-12 who identify as transgender will be allowed to use school bathrooms and play on sport... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Turkish Armenian: I'd defend Turkey against our enemies as we did in the Battle of the Dardanelles
    Cumali Önal The chairman of the Association of Philanthropic Malatya Armenians (HAYDER), Hosrof Köletavitoğlu, is a typical Anatolian man. He defines himself as Anatolian in his heart, his mind and all his emotions. For him, a true Anatolian is a good citizen. He feels himself a stranger everywhere else, even in Armenia. “I, as a Turkish Citizen, like all other Armenians in Turkey, wouldn't... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • A City In The Philippines Just Gave Us The Most Powerful Example Of Interfaith Cooperation
    In September, Zamboanga City in the Philippines was ravaged by an armed conflict between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the local government. The battle created tension between local Christians and Muslims, but when the fighting ended, members of both religious groups joined forces to pick up the pieces, the Inquirer Mindanao reports. Among the damaged buildings was the Christ... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Rumi's Death Anniversary 2013: Sufi Saint's 'Wedding' With God Remembered On Seb-i Arus
    December 17 is the 740th anniversary of the death of the Sufi poet Rumi, whose Persian writings are considered to be a pinnacle of mystical art that transcends religious, cultural and ethnic boundaries. Also known as Mevlana, he died on December 17, 1273 in Konya, Turkey, where he is entombed below the Mevlana Museum. Rumi's death anniversary is known in Turkey as Wedding Night, or... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Turkish Islamic scholar Gülen rejects any link to graft probe
    Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has rejected any link to an ongoing corruption probe in which 52 people, including well-known businessmen, the sons of three ministers, and a number of advisors, have been detained as part of a major investigation into alleged bribery linked to public tenders. Gülen strongly denied allegations that the probe was launched as part of a row between the... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Professor Ori Z. Soltes: ‘Gülen wants to be an altruistic servant of others’
    Aydogan Vatandas Professor Ori Z. Soltes, author of ‘Embracing the World: Fethullah Gülen’s Thought and Its Relationship to Jalaluddin Rumi and Others,’ explains how Gülen’s perception of Sufism is grounded particularly in the work of thinkers such as Jalaluddin Rumi, Ibn Arabi and Said Nursi, but is also grounded in the idea of selflessness Most of the studies written on Fethullah Gülen to... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Turkey's Tea Party
    Mümtazer Türköne Some civil society organizations known for their religious tendencies expressed full support for the government in newspaper ads titled, “They thought it would last 1,000 years.” The title referred to the Feb. 28 process. This was followed by a second declaration titled, “Declaration of the nation,” which sought to express full and strong support for the Justice and Development... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Moved by Syrian refugees’ woes, U.S. mayors initiate blanket drive
    Ali H. Aslan The conditions the Syrian refugees in Adana refugee camp are in deeply moved the U.S. mayors on an intercultural trip to Turkey. They have collected over 10 thousand blankets through the drive they kicked off once back home. American Turkish Friendship Association (ATFA), active in Washington, D.C. had earlier taken a group of the U.S. mayors to Turkey for a study and intercultural... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Middle East's Struggle for Democracy: Going Beyond Headlines
    Alp Aslandogan The ongoing struggle in the Middle East is not between the so-called Islamists and secularists. It's not pro-Morsi vs. pro-military in Egypt, or even Assad vs. opposition in Syria. The real struggle is between those committed to the core values of democracy and human rights and those who want to maintain a status quo of authoritarianism and domination. Western observers often... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Turkish Syriac Catholic patriarch launches ‘Fruits of Dialogue’
    Tuğba Mezararkalı “Diyaloğun Meyveleri” (Fruits of Dialogue), a book by Deputy Patriarch of the Turkish Syriac Catholic Church Yusuf Sağ, was launched at a reception held at Taksim Green Park Hotel in İstanbul on Tuesday night. The event, organized by the Intercultural Dialogue Platform (KADİP) of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV), was attended by Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew,... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Attacks on free press in Turkey
    Abdullah Bozkurt It appears that Turkey's powerful prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has adopted a two-pronged assault on the right to freedom of expression and free press in Turkey against the background of increased criticism of his government amid outrageous revelations that the government has been running a massive profiling program on unsuspecting innocent citizens with no reasonable... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Students strengthen spirituality on campus
    By Liliana Frankel This week, Sharples lit a menorah and sidelined the condiments bar to make room for a Christmas tree. These religious symbols were praised as festive, and widely appreciated once people found the condiments bar again. However, such prominent displays of faith on campus are rare. Although mentions of Quaker values are as routine in school functions as the “God Bless America” at... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Too Good to Be True
    Emre Celik When was the last time you heard that?I've heard it a few times -- here's the story.I am now in my fifth year in Washington, D.C., having immigrated from Australia. Here I have had the pleasure and responsibility of presiding over the Rumi Forum, an organization dedicated to interfaith and intercultural understanding. As part of my position I have the good fortune to travel and... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Hanukkah 2013: Dates, Rituals, History And How-Tos For Celebrating The Festival Of Lights
    Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days beginning at sundown on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. On the Hebrew calendar, the dates are 25 Kislev to 2 Tevet in the year 5774. This year, some are celebrating "Thanksgivukkah," as Thanksgiving is celebrated the day after the first Hanukkah calendars are lit on Wednesday night. The convergence of... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Intercultural Affairs Council Augments Campus Dialogue
    By Nicole NG Five years after its creation, the Intercultural Affairs Council has been staying true to its purpose of creating open and inclusive campus dialogue. Created in 2008, the IAC strives to promote respect and understanding amongst undergraduates by challenging social biases and promoting a more open-minded campus culture. This year’s new student board members — who were selected on... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Getting to meet, understand the other: the path to peace
    Michael Swan Interfaith dialogue doesn’t start with an exchange of creeds or comparison of theologies. It begins with friendship. Out of the world’s seven billion people well over one billion are Catholic and slightly more are Muslim. The Church is embedded in Western civilization, history and culture. The world’s Muslims are concentrated in lands the West colonized and exploited. There is no... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Evangelical scholar reflects on role of faith in public life
    A question and answer session with Richard Mouw, president emeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary during a recent visit to Utah Valley University. Matthew Brown During two decades as president of one of the world's largest theological seminaries, Richard Mouw has a long list of accomplishments. And at the top of the list is his work in interfaith relations between evangelicals and those of... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • A Christian's journey through Islam
    Jonas Yunus* Brussels - All over the globe, the Muslim community finds itself caught in the middle of strenuous societal debates. With Islamophobia on the rise in the West and extremism in the name of Islam growing in the East -evidenced by sectarian violence in countries like Egypt, Syria and Pakistan - the debate is often presented as a clash between Western values and Islamic fundamentalism.... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • A Post Ramadan Lesson: Two Boys Forgo a Royal Feast
    Rabbi Allen S. Maller Once upon a time a King went out to hunt on a very warm day in the Fall of 2007. After a few hours he felt very hot and tired, so he decided to stop for lunch. His servants unpacked a large picnic basket they had brought with them and set up a table. Now the King didn’t want to eat together with his servants, nor did he want to eat alone. The King told one of his servants... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Hospitality, Community, and Friendliness
    Mollie Griminger* Originally published in KidSpirit's God issue. In her essay for the Global Beat, Mollie reflected on whether people with different conceptions of God could live together peacefully, using her community as an example. Since I moved to my quiet neighborhood in Bethesda, Maryland, three years ago, it's become clear to me that having conceptions of God different from other people... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Armenian church on Akdamar Island hosts first baptism in 98 years
    Armenians from Turkey and around the world have descended on Akdamar (Akhtamar in Armenian) Island on Lake Van for an annual Divine Liturgy on the island’s 10th-century church, which was reopened to occasional prayer in 2010 after a hiatus of close to 100 years. Turkish authorities restored the church between 2005 and 2007 before opening it as a museum. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated there... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Sukkot 2013: The Welcoming, Glorious Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle Explained
    The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot, in 2013 begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 18, and ends at nightfall September 25. The Festival of Booths, as Sukkot is also known, is observed from the 15th to the 21st of the Tishrei in the Jewish year of 5774. For the eight days and seven nights of Sukkot, Jews traditionally eat and sleep in a sukkah, a temporary dwelling with a thatched... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • A Reflection on the Yom Kippur Liturgy -- Repentance Through Acts of Righteousness
    Ron Kromish As we approach the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which comes at the end of ten very special days called "the days of Awe," I am mindful of how much the liturgy of our special High Holiday prayer book is not simply particularistic. It is not intended for the Jewish People alone -- it is also universalistic, with implications for all human beings, and for us, as... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Diyarbakır church to display Armenian legacy
    One of Diyarbakır’s most famous churches, the Armenian church of Surp Giragos, is set to become a city museum hosting artwork and artifacts depicting the Armenian history in the city. Earlier, the Hürriyet Daily News reported that Diyarbakır Metropolitan Mayor Osman Baydemir and Surp Giragos Armenian Foundation President Ergün Ayık had signed a protocol to turn the church, which was recently... Read more at Pacifica Blogs by clicking the item's title
  • Ramadhan and Fasting
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