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Trento: Religion Today 2021

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 settembre 2021

Dal 22 al 29 settembre 2021il Festival tornerà a Trento: “Nomadi nella Fede” sarà un’edizione incentrata sulla ricerca. La ricerca dell’altro e di Dio, in qualsiasi sua forma e credo, con l’obiettivo di valorizzare la bellezza delle differenze. Quest’anno la manifestazione sarà come sempre all’insegna del grande cinema, ma non solo. Oltre alle 83 pellicole in concorso, provenienti da 36 Paesi diversi e selezionate tra più di 1400 iscrizioni, il Festival porterà ai trentini una ventata di aria fresca ed entusiasmo, grazie alle numerose forme d’arte che saranno presenti per tutta la durata della manifestazione: performance artistiche dal vivo tra pittura e arte contemporanea, spettacoli di teatro, di musica, presentazioni di libri e mostre fotografiche. Mercoledì 22 settembre, al Castello del Buonconsiglio, l’attrice romana e madrina del Festival Claudia Conte, per il secondo anno di fila, aprirà un’edizione che avrà un’attenzione speciale per l’Afghanistan, Paese che, dopo 20 anni di guerra, si trova a vivere un delicatissimo periodo di transizione. Per l’occasione sarà presente l’attivista Zahra Ahmadi, imprenditrice di Kabul, che con determinazione ha protestato per il recente arrivo dei talebani in città, mettendoci la faccia, tanto da esser costretta a lasciare il Paese per raggiungere la sua famiglia, che già da tempo vive in Italia. Durante l’ultima Mostra del cinema di Venezia Ahmadi è stata insignita del Women in Cinema Award. Durante la cerimonia d’apertura saranno presentate le colonne sonore del progetto “La natura della musica”, una partnership tra Religion Today Film Festival e musicaRivafestival. L’iniziativa ha previsto la realizzazione di una summer school tenuta dal compositore di fama internazionale Carlo Crivelli, destinata a giovani studenti e finalizzata alla produzione di musica da associare a produzioni video. “Avere con noi un’artista di fama internazionale come Crivelli è stato un onore: i ragazzi che hanno partecipato al percorso hanno potuto mettersi in mostra e veder valorizzate le loro qualità” spiega Mietta Sighele, la direttrice artistica di musicaRivafestival. Alle 21 si terrà un altro evento speciale, al Supercinema Vittoria di Trento: la proiezione del film “Chiara Lubich” di Giacomo Campiotti, che sarà presente in sala, per la prima volta al cinema, dopo il successo televisivo, assieme al produttore Luca Barbareschi e a una delegazione di Rai ed Eliseo Multimedia. Dal 20 al 25 settembre, in Piazza Fiera, sarà montata la “Tenda di Abramo”: un luogo di incontro e scambio, che diventerà sede di un mercato dell’audiovisivo spirituale internazionale, della mostra fotografica “Nei Giardini di Allah, viaggio tra le oasi del Sahara”, a cura della rivista “Africa” e dello stand della libreria “Viaggeria”, che vi si trasferirà per tutta la durata dell’installazione. La giornata di giovedì 23 settembre sarà invece dedicata all’Afghanistan e presso la Tenda di Abramo sarà presentato il libro di Giuseppe Cari di “Afghanistan. Viaggio nel cuore di un popolo straordinario”, mentre al cinema Modena alle 17.30 saranno proiettati i film sull’Afghanistan presenti in concorso. Nella serata di sabato 25 settembre un appuntamento dedicato ai più giovani a Villazzano, presso il Bar Terzo Tempo: verrà proiettato il corto “A Letter Room”, candidato all’oscar come miglior cortometraggio, e la musica coinvolgente di Abe pe Show, special guest: Nana Motobi & Big House. Lunedì 27 settembre il Festival raggiungerà la Val Badia (BZ), con una proposta concreta di pellegrinaggio: lo staff e gli ospiti si recheranno a Oies, sulle tracce di S. Josef Freinademetz, missionario in Cina, e la giornata si concluderà con alcune proiezioni in Chiesa. “Sono tante le collaborazioni nuove quest’anno anche con i vicini altoatesini” spiega Morghen, che continua “con il centro missionario di Bolzano organizzeremo la giornata di Oies per i nostri ospiti e con l’ufficio giovani del Comune di Bolzano un’intensa matinée per le scuole e una giuria di studenti che assegnerà il premio Film For Our Future”. Si alterneranno ogni giorno le numerose proiezioni al Teatro San Marco, Cinema Modena e Supercinema Vittoria, le presentazioni di libri presso la Tenda di Abramo e i tanti eventi collaterali alla XXIV edizione di Religion Today Film Festival. Firmata anche la media partnership con VatiVision, portale di film on-demand di ispirazione cattolica, che renderà disponibili in streaming una selezione dei film in concorso su Vativision.com.Il 29 settembre il Festival si sposterà infine al cuore delle Dolomiti, a Madonna di Campiglio, presso il Rifugio Malga Montagnoli, dove si terrà il red carpet, con la premiazione finale, accompagnati dalla voce e dalla musica della cantautrice piemontese Barbara Monte. Lo stesso giorno, al Teatro San Marco, Religion Today si chiuderà con una forma d’arte nuova alla manifestazione: lo spettacolo teatrale “La Commedia in Barca. Di porto in porto per terre e per acque”, co-produzione della compagnia La Gazza Ladra e Porto Arlecchino. Durante tutta la durata del Festival si terranno mattinate dedicate alle scuole, con proiezioni e incontri con i registi e con lo staff di Religion Today. Saranno coinvolti classi di Arco, Borgo, Lavarone, Pergine, Ronzo, Trento, Bolzano, mantenendo così lo spirito itinerante della manifestazione, che da sempre si pone l’obiettivo di coinvolgere i giovani e le periferie. In collaborazione con la Trentino Film Commission verrà proposta ai giovani professionisti del territorio una master class di direzione della fotografia con il maestro Gino Sgreva, già direttore della fotografia di film conosciuti come “Natale da Chef”, “La mia banda suona il pop” e tanti altri successi al botteghino.

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Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 giugno 2020

E’ stato conferito a Federica Tourn. La giornalista italiana ha partecipato al contest con Dio dietro le sbarre, il suo potente reportage sulla discriminazione religiosa nelle carceri italiane pubblicato su «Jesus» nel luglio del 2019.La giuria ha, inoltre, assegnato tre menzioni speciali: al giornalista austriaco Gerald Drißner per Kolossale Ambitionen einer kleinen Stadt (Le colossali ambizioni di una piccola città, pubblicato su CREDO), a László Szőcs, ungherese, per Megtalált jegygyűrű (Un anello nuziale recuperato, pubblicato su Magyar Nemzet) e all’italiana Chiara Zappa per Papa Francesco ad Abu Dhabi: La Chiesa in terra araba, pubblicato su «Avvenire».Lanciato durante la conferenza annuale della European Academy of Religion 2019, organizzato da IARJ con il sostegno di Fscire, il Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award nasce per valorizzare il lavoro di giornalisti che si occupano di fede, religione e spiritualità. In occasione di questa prima edizione sono pervenuti oltre settanta contributi di professionisti, che pubblicano regolarmente in Europa e nei paesi del bacino del Mediterraneo.La giuria del premio è composta da Endy Bayuni (Indonesia), Irene Hernández Velasco (Spagna), Alberto Melloni (Italia), Fariba Pajooh (Iran), Barış Soydan (Turchia), Peggy Fletcher Stack (Stati Uniti) e Douglas Todd (Canada).

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Incontro “Mapping young religion”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

Roma 22 ottobre 2018, alle ore 15:00 Pontificia Università Gregoriana Piazza della Pilotta 4 presso l’Aula Tesi della Gregoriana, incontro “Mapping young religion”, contributo inedito al Sinodo dei Vescovi su “I giovani, la fede e il discernimento vocazionale”.Nel corso dell’incontro saranno presentati i risultati del “Global Social Listening Study” attraverso due contributi: «La fede dei giovani e i loro influencers nelle reti sociali»; e «Giovani europei e religione secondo l’Indagine Sociale Europea».Interverranno:
– Jesús Colina, direttore editoriale di Aleteia;
– Miríam Díez Bosch, direttore del Blanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture (Ramon Llull University);
– Stephen Bullivant, direttore del Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society (Saint Mary’s University).Modererà l’incontro P. Peter Lah S.I., docente presso la Facoltà Scienze Sociali della Pontificia Università Gregoriana.

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Casting a spotlight on media and religion in India

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 luglio 2018

chandan mitraNEW DELHI — How can media coverage of religion contribute to greater understanding and foster social harmony? This question, among others, animated a dynamic forum co-hosted by India’s Baha’i community on Saturday in New Delhi.The event highlighted how, in the media, faith is too often associated only with negative expressions of religious practice, such as superstition, prejudice, oppression, and exclusion. With a rising tide of religious extremism over the past decades, religious violence has also garnered an abundance of attention in the media.Yet religion is vast and multifaceted, and its many constructive contributions to communities and to civilization itself are overlooked in popular discourse and media. This reality rings especially true in Indian society, according to Saturday’s panel of speakers, which included prominent media figures, government officials, scholars, and faith representatives.According to the Director General of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) K. G. Suresh, part of the problem is the lack of understanding about religion among media practitioners. “Journalists should understand the true nature of religion – that it contributes to love and unity, it inculcates virtues and morality,” said Mr. Suresh in his opening remarks as the chair of the forum on Saturday. “Religion should not be identified with the false godmen who exploit people and engage in criminal activities. They should focus on stories of harmony and loving co-existence between people of different religious communities and not just look for cases of conflict.” Panelists discussed some of the challenges associated with the current media model. For instance, they explored how the publication of stories is often driven by sensationalism. The pace at which news is reported often compromises the need for depth, accuracy, and nuance in a subject as complex as religion. While identifying the shortcomings of current media, the panel acknowledged the difficulty of finding a way forward. One of their main conclusions was that journalists need forums to pause and reflect on their coverage and the impact it has on perception and behavior.IIMC and the Office of Public Affairs of the Baha’is of India jointly hosted the gathering, called “Covering Religion with Sensitivity and Understanding in an Interdependent World,” held at the Institute’s campus in New Delhi.“We are trying to learn with others how the spiritual principles found in major religions can be applied to the transformation of individuals and society and for the betterment of the world. Given the great power of the media in shaping public perceptions and discourses, the Baha’i community of India and the IIMC felt there is a great need to have a conversation with media professionals about the way they cover religion,” explained Nilakshi Rajkhowa, Director of the Baha’i Office of Public Affairs in India.
At the event, print and broadcast journalists spoke frankly about what they perceive as challenges in reporting on religion, including the over-coverage of conflict and under-reporting of harmony among religious groups. Several speakers argued that in India, where religion is a strong presence in people’s lives, media’s responsibility to cover religion in a thoughtful and accurate manner takes on special importance and contributes to the way groups perceive their relationships to one another and society at large.Panelist Chandan Mitra, a Member of Parliament and the editor and managing director of The Pioneer newspaper, spoke about the need to appreciate religion’s unique influence on society. “If we are aiming for a value-based society, we cannot ignore religion. Religion gives us our sense of dharma or morality.” Reflecting on the event afterward, Mrs. Rajkhowa said, “Journalists can benefit from such spaces for deep, conscious reflection on their profession.” In the coming year, IIMC and the Baha’i community of India plan to continue the discussion on media and religion in a series of roundtable events.

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Citizenship and Religion explored in Canada

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 Maggio 2017

Baha'i communityOTTAWA, Canada — As the people of Canada prepare to celebrate 150 years since the confederation of their country, there has been a wide-ranging national conversation about the past, present, and future of relations between its diverse citizens. One aspect of this discussion has been the changing role of religion and spirituality in society in the context of increasing religious and ethnic diversity and a resurgence of Indigenous culture and ways of life. Over the last several years, the Baha’i community has spearheaded an initiative to bring together leading thinkers from all sectors of society to explore the place of religion in public life. A question before Canada’s Baha’i Office of Public Affairs has been how to create a space for meaningful exploration, where a variety of insights can shed light on a topic and collective understanding can advance. A series of conferences held since 2013 in Montreal, Vancouver, and this year in Ottawa have aimed to foster such an environment and have invited prominent voices in Canada’s public discourse to examine religion’s role in society. In his opening remarks to this year’s conference in Ottawa from 8–9 May 2017, Geoffrey Cameron, representative of the Baha’i Community of Canada and chair of the program committee, said “This is a special conference that exists as a kind of ongoing conversation. It draws from Canada’s national interfaith networks, but it is not an interfaith conference in a conventional sense.” He continued: “What we want to do is help to frame an ongoing public conversation about the role of religion in Canadian society.” “One of the questions that for us has been at the heart of this conversation is how the growing diversity of our population can be a resource for acting together,” noted Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs for the Baha’i Community of Canada and former Chair of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation, which sponsored the event. Yasmin Ratansi (left), the first female Muslim Member of Parliament, sits with participants in the recent conference in Ottawa on the role of religion in Canadian society.
“As Canada has become more religiously diverse, there has been an expectation that the public sphere should be secular, that overtly religious perspectives should not have a place in public discourse. While the intention of that kind of secularism has historically been to ensure greater equality between religious groups in public life, many have expressed concern that it also constrains people from participating fully in the life of society,” said Mr. Cameron.Professor John Borrows, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law, observed in his keynote address to the conference, Baha'i community1“There is a danger of replacing one kind of [religious] exclusivity with another kind of secular exclusivity, which can trap us in a singular narrative and banish valuable vocabularies of compassion.”
Andrew Bennett, former Ambassador for Religious Freedom, added that so long as diverse religious and ethical views are advanced peacefully and in respect of human dignity, they have a place in our pluralistic society.A key theme at the conference was about the role of spiritual concepts and language in the process of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and the implications of that process for the role of spirituality in public life. “Reconciliation is a spiritual conversation about our shared humanity and the kind of society we want to create for tomorrow,” said Karen Joseph, CEO of the civil society group Reconciliation Canada. “Reconciliation is a way of life. It is a spiritual covenant.”A major contribution made by philosopher and writer John Ralston Saul in his keynote address was that the approach to integrating religious diversity in Canada does not have to be defined by the perspectives on secularism that emerged in the context of 18th century France. “We have the opportunity to have a whole new conversation,” he said. “We have to ask where we are, why do we belong here, and what are our obligations to each other.” The series of “Our Whole Society” conferences have engaged about 500 participants, and are sponsored by the members of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation, including the Baha’i Community of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Faith in Canada 150, and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

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U.N. recognizes role of religion in protecting human rights

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 aprile 2017

meeting experts1BEIRUT, Lebanon — Too often, religion is portrayed primarily as a divisive force in society. The abuse of power by segments of religious and political leadership, the fueling of prejudice and superstition, and violations of human dignity and honor, are highlighted in popular media and discourse.”These distortions of religion undermine a powerful force that can help combat the very ills in society that are tearing it apart,” explained Diane Ala’i, representative of the Baha’i International Community (BIC) to the UN in Geneva. “This is true especially because religion speaks to the highest aspirations of human beings and inspires them to act for the greater good in a way that few other things, if any, can.”The challenge before us is to look at religion from a different angle and draw on those universal principles of love, of justice, of forgiveness, and of concern for our fellow human beings, all of which lie at the heart of religious belief,” she continued.
In his opening remarks, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, attributed the root cause of human rights violations to an absence of a deep sense of justice. To address this void, he explained, religion must play a pivotal role in upholding respect for the dignity and equality of all humankind.In fact, in recent years, the UN has been appealing to religious communities to share in the responsibility of safeguarding human rights. “Religion and human rights are not in contradiction—quite the contrary,” said Ms. Ala’i.
Several of the participants at the meeting of experts on “Faith for Rights,” organized by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Beirut from 28-29 March 2017. Among those pictured are Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, and Diane Ala’i, representative of the BIC to the UN in Geneva (fourth and fifth from the left, respectively).
meeting expertsSpeaking about the Faith for Rights meeting, she said, “There was this consensus about the need to show the unifying nature of religion—a force for peace, not for war; a force for unity, not for violence; a force for understanding, not for fanaticism.” Religious leaders and civil society actors, hailing from around the world, explored ways to cooperate in safeguarding human rights for all. The result was the preparation of two documents: the Beirut Declaration on “Faith for Rights” and 18 Commitments on “Faith for Rights.”
Among those sacred texts selected for the document is a passage quoted from ‘Abdu’l-Baha during a talk in New York City in June 1912: “The essential purpose of the religion of God is to establish unity among mankind. The divine Manifestations were Founders of the means of fellowship and love. They did not come to create discord, strife and hatred in the world. The religion of God is the cause of love, but if it is made to be the source of enmity and bloodshed, surely its absence is preferable to its existence; for then it becomes satanic, detrimental and an obstacle to the human world.” The passage is included in Article 9 of the 18 Commitments on “Faith for Rights.” The entire talk can be found in The Promulgation of Universal Peace.It is hoped that the Commitments and Declaration from the UN’s “Faith for Rights” meeting in Beirut will be read and endorsed by government officials in an upcoming conference to be held in Rabat, Morocco. (photo: meeting experts)

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Exploring religion’s contribution to peace in Southeast Asia

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 novembre 2016

conference-bahaiJAKARTA — Religion has a unique contribution to make to social progress and the realization of peace.This is one of the ideas that the Baha’i International Community (BIC) Regional Office in Jakarta has been exploring since its establishment two years ago.“Religion and spirituality are deeply rooted in the hearts of Southeast Asian people,” explains Mr. Chong Ming Hwee, representative of the BIC Regional Office in Jakarta. “Featuring prominently in our daily lives, religious principles and values permeate our consciousness, thoughts, decisions, and actions.“There is a need for us to re-examine religion’s place in the modern world and to arrive collectively at new insights about the contributions it can make to the advancement of the whole of society,” Mr. Chong continues.In this connection, the BIC Jakarta Office has been contributing to a dialogue about how spiritual teachings can foster consciousness of the oneness of humankind by building a sense of human identity that transcends religious, ethnic, and national divides.At the heart of this endeavor is a belief that religion—as a system of knowledge that provides unique insight into human nature and society—has a power to tap human agency and inspire commitment to action in individuals and whole populations.
The creation of the BIC Jakarta Office in 2014, based in Indonesia, marked a milestone in the Baha’i community’s efforts to contribute to thought about social… »Enlarge (3 images)“Perhaps more than ever, we need to understand religion’s constructive power which, despite its abuse over the centuries and today, we believe can enable people to overcome age old prejudices and work together for a harmonious and just society,” explains Mr. Chong.The history of the Baha’i Faith in Southeast Asia stretches back to the time of Baha’u’llah. In the late 1800s, two Baha’is traveled extensively throughout the region, visiting towns and villages that are located in present-day Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. As a result of their efforts to share the Baha’i teachings with others, several early Baha’i communities were formed.Over the many decades that have followed, Baha’i communities have become established in every country of the region, working to promote unity and build communities in which the central principles of the Baha’i Faith—such as the oneness of humankind and the equality of women and men—would progressively find expression in new patterns of interactions and relationships.
The creation of the BIC Jakarta Office in 2014 marked a milestone in the Baha’i community’s efforts to contribute to thought about social and spiritual advancement in Southeast Asia. Here, all of the major world religions are present, and the question of religion’s role in promoting peace and unity is highly relevant.The BIC’s efforts are carried out in collaboration with others, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Southeast Asia’s major regional organization. These efforts have included participation in various conferences and forums, the organization of spaces for dialogue among diverse actors, and the publication of articles.In the last year, for example, the BIC assisted with an ASEAN Foundation project exploring the role of faith-based organizations in contributing to the betterment of the region. A BIC representative was also invited to give a keynote address at the 2nd Annual Malang International Peace Conference in August.Reflecting on the dynamism of the people of Southeast Asia, Mr. Chong states that the progress being made in the dialogue on peace “reflects their desires and aspirations for a better region.””We hope that growing circles of individuals and groups will work shoulder-to-shoulder for the betterment of our societies.” (photo: conference)

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Annual Journal of Contemporary Religious Reformism

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 Maggio 2016

urbino«It has been ten years since the last issue of «Fonti e Documenti» was published, the annual journal of the Centre for the study of Modernism and of the Romolo Murri Foundation, both institutions based in Urbino. «Modernism. Annual Journal of Contemporary Religious Reformism», of which this is the first issue, is the descendent of that publication, founded in 1972 by Lorenzo Bedeschi, who remained the driving force. With this new journal, we want to refocus attention on the historical study of the crisis within Modernism in Europe between the 19th and 20th centuries: a pivotal period of confrontation between Christianity and modernity. We want to consolidate and renew the tradition of study into religious reform in recent times, as is underlined by the subtitle of the journal. We want to encourage a new generation of historians to become involved with their predecessors, who worked during the last decade of the 20th century, in the research projects promoted by Romulo Murri Foundation. We want to pay a lasting homage to the memory of Lorenzo Bedeschi. He dedicated his scholarly life to researching into Romolo Murri, Paul Sabatier and other leading figures of Modernism, also studying those who, within the conservative and traditionalist camp, fought against the religious innovators. He dug up and published a plethora of forgotten documents related to this subject, bringing to light many minor personalities involved. «Modernism» aims to continue focusing on unpublished sources. It will have an international character, as is evidenced by the composition of its advisory board. It will rely on the input of young researchers from European and American universities and will accept articles in the various languages used in the scientific community. The journal will focus on the Modernist crisis and on the ideas of ecclesiastical reform which grew out of the Roman Catholic Church. It will also include other scholarly articles, which examine religious reformism from the perspective of other Christian denominations, or other monotheistic confessions. At the same time, it will focus its attention on the reactions to these innovations, considering Modernism and anti-Modernism as two expressions of the deep crisis throughout the religious world. Whit regard to chronology, the field of research will extend from the second half of the 19th century to the present day. The geographical scope of the journal will have Europe as its core but will also extend to America and the rest of the Catholic world. In keeping with current trends in international scholarship, the journal will comprise a monographic section, aimed at analysing a specific topic, a section of miscellaneous articles and one dedicated to bibliographic reviews. The journal aspires to become a useful tool for all scholars interested in religious studies over the past two centuries.» (foto: morcelliana)

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ONE focuses on religion to prevent violence

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 marzo 2016

washingtonWashington, D.C. Religious leaders and faith-based organizations across the world are meeting to understand their role in preventing incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes.”Religion can be key in countering this issue,” said Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs of the Baha’i Community of Canada and Chair of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation. The Canadian Baha’i community has been vigorously engaged in a discourse in that country on the constructive role of religion in society.Dr. Filson represented the Baha’i community in the most recent of the regional meetings organized by the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect. The forum was held at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. on 29 February to 1 March and was one of five that are taking place all over the globe during the year to explore this important theme.In his contribution to the dialogue, Dr. Filson discussed the importance of educational programs for youth, which he explained cannot be overstated. “Youth are looking for positive messages and want to change the world for the better. Religious leaders need to give systematic focus on programs for this age group. “Present at the D.C. meeting were a Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng, President of the U.S. Institute for Peace Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Secretary General and an Ombudsman John Barkat, and Representative of the World Council of Churches Rudelmar Bueno De Faria.The diversity at the worldwide seminars has allowed for a rich exchange of experiences and the sharing of positive actions from an array of different groups. For instance, at the meeting held in Amman, Jordan, one presenter referred to the initiative of Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani on Iran as “an example of a good fatwa”.Participants at each of the five conferences developed regional strategies to prevent and counter incitement to discrimination, hostility, and violence. The strategies discussed in the D.C. meeting included mapping incitement issues and trends, developing and circulating alternative messages or counter-speech that can be spread, engaging those responsible for incitement in dialogue, building education programs, seeking political support, and strengthening inter-religious activities.”This series of meetings reflects in many ways the response called for in the Universal House of Justice’s 2002 Message to Religious Leaders which asked, among other things, for religious leaders to speak out against religious extremism and accept the divine basis of all world religions,” Dr. Filson said. He also noted how often speakers talked about the importance of the concepts of “one humanity” and “one God”, and referred to unity, harmony of all religions, equality of women and men, and the importance of responding to hate with love.”Comments at the meeting also seemed to indicate that religious leadership in the Americas now appears able to undertake that fundamental basic reorientation that can set aside long-standing religious prejudice,” Dr. Filson said.

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Standing up for Freedom of Religion or Belief

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 novembre 2014

elstal-olympisches-dorf-speisehaus-hofTraining on Freedom of Religion or Belief took place from 12-15 November in Elstal, Germany. The training was hosted by the Union of Free churches in Germany, organized by the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). The event brought together around 40 participants from 15 countries, from a number of different organisations. During the four days of training, participants worked together on different areas relating to freedom of religion or belief. Violations of religious freedom or belief and migration issues, racism, extremisim, and gender issues emerged as priority areas for the group. The group addressed the need for respect of human rights and humanitarian law in the relationship to the current political situation in Ukraine, Israel-Palestine and Syria-Irak. During the training sessions, participants learned about a new methodology in the Human Rights education called “Theatre of the Oppressed”, where participants took part in a play dealing with a situation that demonstrated difficulties with freedom of religion or belief, with an emphasis on conversion.A variety of lectures were held each day, including on theology and human rights, freedom of religion or belief in prisons, and freedom of religion or belief in relationship to other fundamental human rights. The presentation on theology and human rights emphasised that all people are created in the image of God and that protection of human dignity is a key link between theology and human rights in the public sphere. Participants affirmed that the dignity of the human being is inviolable. Prof. Barbara John, Vice –Chair of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) encouraged churches, especially religious minorities to report human rights abuses to the national representatives to ECRI.Mr. Frank Heinrich, Member of German Parliament and Member of Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid underlined that human rights and religious freedom for Christians rests on the underlying values of their faith which have greatly influenced the development of human rights. The follow up of this gathering will be a conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Sofia, Bulgaria in September 2015 organized by the Baptist Union of Bulgaria and the European Baptist Federation. More information may be obtained by contacting Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic, Executive Secretary for Human Rights, Church and Society Commission.

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“Religion, Nature and Art”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 ottobre 2011

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Rome October 13 from 10:30 and 14, 2011 Vatican Museums’ Ethnological Museum & International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. Thursday 13 October Inauguration and welcome Auditorium H.E. Giuseppe Mons. Bertello – President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and the Governatorate of Vatican City State
• Prof. Antonio Paolucci – Director of Vatican Museums
• Prof. Fr. Nicola Mapelli – Director/Curator of the
• Ethnological Museums, co-coordinator of Conference
• Prof. Kocku von Stuckrad – President, ISSRNC
11:30-12:45 keynotes – what is art in this context? Prof. Arnold Nesselrath Prof. Kocku von Stuckrad: “The Entanglement of Religion and Art: Joseph Beuys, Shamanism, and Ritual”
• 13:35 Thomas Heinzel
• 13:55 Yme Kuiper
• 14:15 Kristine Ogle
• 14:35 Eva Rita Gyertyanos
Australian Indigenous, Mark Peterson Presiding Museum Room
• 13:35 Asmi Wood
• 14:00 Mary Zeiss Stange
• 14:30 Helga Griffin
• 15:00 Coffee Break
• 15:10-16:55 Session II (Concurrent)
Christianity, Laura Hobgood-Oster Presiding Auditorium
• 15:15 Jan Boersma
• 15:35 Teresa Canepa
• 15:55 James Watkins
• 16:15 Violeta Puscasu
• 16:35 Sasha Chaitow
Representations and Conceptions of Nature, Rick Stepp Presiding Museum
• 15:15 Nathalie Pilard
• 15:40 Joel Stoker
• 16:05 Jonas van Mulder
• 16:30 Fred Simmons
17:00-18:00 Session III East Asian Traditions, Mark Peterson Presiding Auditorium
• 17:00 Dan Smyer Yu
• 17:20 Aming Tu
• 17:40 Sangmu Thenup
18:15-20:00 “Rituals of Life: The Culture and Spirituality of Aboriginal Australians” Exhibit Tour, co-curators Nicola Mapelli and Katherine Aigner Day One Concludes
Friday 14 October 9:00 Coffee Break Reception Area
9:15-11:30 Session IV Auditorium Global Indigenous Perceptions and the Sacred World, Laura Hobgood-Oster Presiding
• 9:20 Peter Wilson
• 9:40 Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja
• 10:00 Alison Kahn 10:20-10:30 Break
• 10:30 Claudia Marchesi and Aedeen Cremin
• 10:50 Elizabeth Oriel and G. A. Bradshaw
• 11:10 Richard Davey
11:45-12:25 KEYNOTE Auditorium Prof. Bron Taylor, founding President, ISSRNC Reading Religion and Resistance in Earth Art and the Book of Nature”
13:15-14:55 Sessions V Contemporary Expressions, Sarah Pike Presiding Auditorium
• 13:15 Gabrielle Genovese
• 13:35 Zeljka Corak
• 13:55 Ina Wunn
• 14:15 Greta Refsum
• 14:35 Alexandra Grieser
East Asian Expressions, Mark Peterson Presiding Museum
• 13:20 Francis Brassard
• 13:45 Dennis Hirota
15:00-16:30 Session VI Renaissance Christianity, Laura Hobgood-Oster Presiding Auditorium
• 15:05 Benedikt Schwoll
• 15:25 Violeta Cvetkovska Ocokoljic
• 15:45 Jules De Waart
• 16:05 Heather Dalton
16:40-18:30 Session VII Spirituality-based Environmental Activism, Nature, Art Auditorium
• 16:40 Katherine Aigner, Convener and Speaker
• 17:10 Adele Chynoweth
• 17:30 Ulrike Wiethaus
• 17:50 M. Dane Zahorsky
• 18:10 Gerald Greenfield
18:30-18:45 Closing comments Auditorium
Prof. fr. Nicola Mapelli Prof. Laura Hobgood-Oster, President-Elect, ISSRNC 18:45 Night Opening of the Vatican Museums for Attendees

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Newspapers worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 Maggio 2011

Some of the most prominent newspapers around the world will start to simultaneously publish a unique article series Religion and the Public Space organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and written by eminent analysts and commentators worldwide. The series, which will run over several weeks, aims to offer newspapers around the world a unique set of commentaries by prominent thinkers and analysts. Newspapers involved in the project include The Straits Times (Singapore), Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey), Jordan Times (Jordan), Guatemala Times, Hindustan Times (India), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Publico (Spain), Sidney Morning Herald (Australia), Daily News Egypt (Egypt), Malta Independent (Malta), Gulf Times (UAE), Christian Science Monitor (USA), La Croix(France), Le Devoir (Canada), Le Temps (Switzerland) and the pan Arab daily Al Hayat. The serieswillbe published in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic). The project stems from the UNAOC’s global mission: amplifying the constructive role of the media in increasing public understanding of divisive debates, ensuring that a diversity of voices are heard from, and providing free quality content to newspapers around the world.“The UNAOC is committed to maintaining the broad intellectual reach and the global scope that enables readers to see how a common issue is experienced in different ways around the globe. Questions of the engagement of religion in public life are among the most pressing and complex on the international agenda and within many countries,” says UNAOC Director Marc Scheuer. The UNAOC Global Experts involved in the project were asked to provide informed commentaries on pressing issues of their choosing from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. Together, they are part of an online resource of experts (www.theglobalexperts.org) established in 2010 by the UNAOC that aims to provide quality analysis and ensure a diversity of opinions in public and media debates. Throughout the series, experts address different aspects of religion and politics in the public space and reflect a variety of professional, cultural, and geographical backgrounds, and political perspectives–from concerns over rising intolerance of religious differences in Europe to worries over similar trends discerned in a number of countries of Africa, Asia, and elsewhere, or the role religion is likely to play in the unfolding transitions of the Arab Spring. The experts include prominent academics from the USA, Iran, France, UK, Malaysia, Brazil, Australia and India, but also civil society leaders from various countries. Through this series, the UNAOC hopes that these commentaries will inform and enrich important, and, at times, difficult discussions about religion in the public space.
About the UNAOC: The UN Alliance of Civilizations was established in 2005 as an initiative of the UN Secretary General, under the cosponsorship of the President of the Government of Spain and the Prime Minister of Turkey. It emerged out of a conviction that, in order to achieve sustainable peace, long-standing divisions and misperceptions between cultures need to be addressed. In April 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High Representative for the Alliance. Under his leadership, the Alliance promotes dialogue that delivers change on the ground. It is supported by a growing Group of Friends of 128 governments and international organizations. The UNAOC is also involving many other partners. http://www.unaoc.org

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