1001 Inventions is a unique UK based educational project that reveals the rich heritage the Muslim community shares with other communities in the UK and Europe. It is a non-religious and non-political project seeking to allow the positive aspects of progress in science and technology to act as a bridge in understanding the interdependence of communities throughout human history. 1001 Inventions consists of a UK-wide travelling exhibition, a colourful easy to read book, a dedicated website and a themed collection of educational posters complementing a secondary school teachers' pack.
The Abraham Fund Initiatives, based in Jerusalem and New York, is a not for profit, non-partisan organization. A pioneer in the field of Jewish-Arab relations, it was named for the common ancestor of both Jews and Arabs. The Abraham Fund Initiatives works to advance coexistence, equality and cooperation among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens by creating and operating large-scale initiatives, cultivating strategic grassroots projects and conducting public education and advocacy that promote its vision of shared citizenship and opportunity for all of Israel’s citizens. The Abraham Fund Initiatives views coexistence as the ability of people of different backgrounds and beliefs to live side-by-side in mutual respect. Coexistence is not assimilation. Rather, its objective is to enable individuals and communities to live cooperatively while maintaining their own unique cultural identities. The Abraham Fund Initiatives sees civic equality for Israel's Jewish and Arab citizens as a moral and pragmatic imperative, whereby individual rights and the political, cultural and religious character of the Arab minority must be clearly and unambiguously recognized and respected.
Altmuslim.com is an interactive news and discussion forum that helps promote a critical (and self-critical) analysis of issues regarding the Muslim community. Their editors provide brief overviews of issues affecting the Muslim world, along with extended commentary and discussion on a variety of topics, all designed to foster a community of people who want to become more informed and involved in the world around them. They strive to provide an outlet for objective analysis, using multiple sources of information and multiple viewpoints They attempt to draw attention to stories that are normally ignored by both the Muslim and western media, while emphasizing introspection in order to challenge people to better their communities. New "Top Stories" are published every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Feature articles by their team of contributing writers are published at least once a week. Other stories are published daily.
Auburn Theological Seminary renews church life and leadership through non-degree education, increasing interfaith understanding and strengthening other theological schools through educational research and consulting. Auburn welcomes clergy and laity, established professionals and emerging young leaders. In bringing together people of faith from a wide range of traditions, Auburn has built a reputation as a catalyst for serious interfaith conversations. Its Center for Multifaith Education encourages dialogue and action. Drawing people from a wide spectrum of religious traditions, the Center gives participants - both devout and secular - an opportunity to learn with dynamic teachers, engage sacred texts, discuss challenging issues, and experience the thriving ritual life in New York City. The Center sponsors forums where leaders gain insight into a range of religious perspectives and reach out across traditional boundaries to turn ethical convictions into social action, Auburn Media works to promote a variety of passionate and articulate religious voices in the media, and to help producers and directors better engage the new challenges that diversity presents.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is a grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Since its establishment in 1994, CAIR has worked to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Through media relations, lobbying, education and advocacy, CAIR puts forth an Islamic perspective to ensure the Muslim voice is represented. In offering this perspective, CAIR seeks to empower the American Muslim community and encourage their participation in political and social activism.
The Coalition of Women for Peace has become one of the leading voices in Israel advocating for a just and viable peace between Israel and Palestine ever since its founding in November 2000, just six weeks after the current Intifada began. The Coalition brings together independent women and nine women's peace organizations, some newly formed and others promoting coexistence since the founding of the state of Israel. They are a mix of Jewish and Palestinian women (all citizens of Israel) who take action to amplify the voices of women calling for peace and justice for all inhabitants of the region. With the escalation of violence over recent years, it has become harder and harder for peace movements in Israel to rally public support. Nevertheless, the Coalition has persisted, both independently and in collaboration with others, and believes that peace is possible and that women have a key role in making it happen.
Common Ground is a center for inquiry, study, and dialogue whose primary focus is on the world's great cultural, philosophical, religious, and spiritual traditions and their implications for every dimension of human experience. At locations around Chicago and across the country, course offerings include history, literature, art, science, psychology, business, relationship, health, and personal growth. Events and programs are designed for those deeply grounded in their own traditions and for those who are still searching.
The Crescent Peace Society is a non-profit organization that serves as a focal point of action in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area for raising awareness of different Muslim cultures. It establishes and maintains liaisons with educational institutions, religious groups, and local media. In order to better represent the peaceful nature of Muslim cultures existing in the United States of America and around the world, the Society aims to analyze, evaluate, and respond to any local media publications or programs that misrepresent Muslim issues and cultures. Membership is open to all US residents or citizens of any religious affiliation or culture.
Israel/Palestine Creative Regional Initiatives, founded in Jerusalem in 1988, is the only joint Israeli-Palestinian public policy think-tank in the world. It is devoted to developing practical solutions for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of “two states for two peoples” solution. IPCRI recognizes this solution as the ultimate fulfillment of the national strategic and security interests of the two peoples. IPCRI therefore recognizes the rights of the Jewish people and the Palestinian people to fulfill their national interests within the framework of achieving national self-determination within their own states and by establishing peaceful relations between two democratic states living side by side. IPCRI seeks to serve as an intellectual platform for Israelis and Palestinians (and others) to create and develop new concepts and ideas that enrich the political and public discourse in order to influence decision makers and to challenge the current political reality with the aim of advancing the political solution of two-states for two-peoples. IPCRI was launched in 1988 in order to promote dialogue at various levels between the Israeli and Palestinian societies. As such it is one of the oldest of the bridge-building initiatives.
The Interfaith Alliance is the national non-partisan advocacy voice of the interfaith movement. 150,000 members from more than 70 faith traditions promote democratic values, defend religious liberty, challenge hatred and religious bigotry and reinvigorate informed civic participation. In Washington, DC, the national office works on Capitol Hill and with the White House, in coalition with denominational bodies and other activist organizations to make sure their message is communicated. 47 local Alliances are active in their communities on local issues, carrying The Interfaith Alliance message to decision-makers, the media, and the public at large.
Islamic Society of North America is an association of Muslim organizations and individuals that provides a common platform for presenting Islam, supporting Muslim communities, developing educational, social and outreach programs and fostering good relations with other religious communities, and civic and service organizations.
Just Vision increases awareness about Palestinian and Israeli non-violent, civilian-led efforts to build a base for peace in the Middle East. They create educational resources about the spectrum of grassroots Israeli and Palestinian peace efforts through documentary film and cutting-edge interactive curricula. They connect Israeli and Palestinian civilians working for peace to one another, thereby breaking the isolation of these courageous leaders and laying the groundwork for a network for peace. They conduct strategic outreach to educate North American audiences about these efforts and about the value of peace work emanating from civil society, providing interested audiences with nonpartisan channels for getting involved. Through innovative online and face-to-face encounters, Just Vision widens the influence of Jewish, Christian, Muslim and secular advocates for peace by making their voices heard among local and North American audiences. In so doing, Just Vision offers models for hope, trust, courage and partnership — which are critical to the long-term success of any peace process.
Karamah (which means dignity in Arabic) Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights is committed to supporting the rights of Muslims in the United States and internationally. They provide this support through education, grassroots advocacy and activism. One of their goals is to transform women’s status in Islamic communities, improve the treatment of women and ensure that they take an active part in governing their lives. Karamah beleives that dialogue, peaceful conflict resolution, democratic structures and active involvement can counter the destructive effects of ignorance, silence and prejudice. Karamah seeks to develop bold new strategies and programs to advance women’s human rights globally and to reach out to vulnerable Muslim communities in the United State by advocating for their civil rights. All their programs integrate a global perspective and seek to promote leadership development, especially among young Muslim women.
The Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions (LISAR) opened in July, 2005, testimony to the vision and benefactions of Sheldon and Marianne Lubar of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Concerned about rising religious tensions worldwide and believing Jews, Christians and Muslims to be capable of prolonged and honest inquiry into both their common heritages and varying perspectives, they imagined a center that would advance mutual comprehension by mingling scholars with the general public, clergy with laity, and members of different faith communities with citizens of Wisconsin, the United States, and the world. Through encouraging people belonging to and/or interested in the Abrahamic traditions to engage each other and to find out more about both these several traditions and their intersections, LISAR is dedicated to strengthening the values of religious pluralism so vital for sustaining American civil society and peaceful international discourse. The Institute's mission emerges from the intimate yet often bitter connections that have existed historically among Jews, Christians, and Muslims. LISAR works to create better understanding of the Abrahamic traditions and their interrelationships by encouraging ongoing discussion of these traditions among scholars, members of those traditions, and the general public.
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, a PBS television newsmagazine, provides insightful coverage and analysis of the news, people, events and trends behind the headlines in the world of religion and ethics. The program explores how religion shapes both national and international events, and examines the challenges raised by difficult ethical issues. Newsmakers, scholars, and historians also provide insightful perspectives in roundtable discussions. To complement the program's weekly broadcast, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly offers a website and a companion Viewers Guide. The website features individual show transcripts, an audio archive of past programs, full transcripts of interviews with notable guests, related articles dealing with significant issues in religion and ethics news, a list of related resources and an online pressroom featuring downloadable versions of the program press kit and quarterly newsletter.
The Pluralism Project: World Religions in America is a research project studying the new religious diversity in the United States, particularly exploring the communities and religious traditions of Asia and the Middle East that have become woven into the religious fabric of the United States in the past twenty-five years. The aims of the Pluralism Project are to document and better understand the changing contours of American religious demography, to study the religious communities themselves, to explore the ramifications and implications of America's new plurality and to discern, in light of this work, the emerging meanings of religious "pluralism," both for religious communities and for public institutions.
Seeds of Peace is dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. From 46 Israeli, Palestinian and Egyptian teenagers in 1993, the organization still focuses on the Middle East but has expanded its programming to include young leaders from South Asia, Cyprus and the Balkans. Its leadership network now encompasses over 2,500 young people from four conflict regions. This comprehensive system allows participants to develop empathy, respect, and confidence as well as leadership, communication and negotiation skills -- all critical components that will facilitate peaceful coexistence for the next generation.
The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding works to defuse verbal and physical violence perpetrated in the name of religion, addressing the sensitive and timely issues in interreligious relations. In order to most effectively leverage their assets and achieve their objectives, the Tanenbaum Center works in partnership with many organizations, foundations and corporations committed to the process of preventing and resolving conflicts.
The mission of the Temple of Understanding is to achieve peaceful coexistence among individuals, communities, and societies through interfaith education. Our programs emphasize experiential knowledge and dialogue as a means of connecting people of all ages across a spectrum of religious traditions.
The Families Forum is the operational apparatus of the Parents’ Circle organization. Its members include hundreds of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families who have lost, as a result of the Israeli-Arab conflict, a first-degree family member. These families have accepted the principles and objectives of the Forum, which acts to prevent further bereavement threatening the Israeli society and the peoples in the region as a result of the absence of peace. The Forum members believe in putting an end to occupation, in the termination of hostility and in achieving a political settlement agreed upon by all sides. They advocate reconciliation and communication between the two peoples and seek to develop mutual consideration and respect of each others' national and legitimate aspirations. The Forum acts to influence, through various means, the public and policy makers to prefer the way of peace to that of war; to adopt moves towards mutual reconciliation; to deepen education to democracy and to internalize awareness against the use of bereavement to deepen hostility between peoples. Over the years the Forum's members have met and had discussions with prominent members of the Israeli and Palestinian leadership as well as with world leaders and statesmen. Members of the Forum partake in joint Israeli-Palestinian seminars and engage in educational activities in high schools.
This documentary, Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, compares the three religions, illustrating the similarities and differences between their religious beliefs and practices. It also examines how people of good will in the Abrahamic faith communities are coming to terms with historical conflicts that impact their lives today, the crisis of the fundamentalist approach to religious pluralism and the tearing down of barriers to understanding and respect.
The Village Square, based in Tallahassee, Florida, is a non-partisan public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance. They are dedicated to maintaining factual accuracy in civic and political debate by growing civil dialog on divisive issues, and recalling the history and principles at the foundation of our democracy.
United Religions Initiative was founded in 2000 by an extraordinary global community committed to promoting enduring, daily interfaith cooperation and to ending religiously motivated violence. Today the URI includes thousands of members in over 50 countries representing more that 100 religions, spiritual expressions, and indigenous traditions.
Hartford Seminary and the Hartford Institute for Religion Research is focused on interfaith relations, congregational studies and faith in practice. The Hartford Institute for Religion Research has a 30-year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning. This record has earned the Institute an international reputation as an important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith.