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In This Issue:
• Valarie Kaur's Revolutionary Love Project
• Dr. Martin Marty's Take on Standing Rock
• Launch of #LoveThyNeighbor Campaign in Memory of Slain Muslim Students
• Replays of the World Interfaith Harmony Week Webinar Series
• Love Letters to Synagogue Vandalized Overpower Hate,
• & News from the Interfaith World. 
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Valarie Kaur's Revolutionary Love Project Reclaims Valentine's Day



Executive Director of the Parliament of the World's Religions Dr. Larry Greenfield invites all in the Parliament community to join us as we partner in promoting the "Revolutionary Love" project birthed at the 2015 Parliament in Salt Lake City when Valarie Kaur delivered a keynote address declaring that "revolutionary love is the call of our times."

The project is bringing faith leaders and organizations together in a moral resistance through the words:

"We, people of faith and moral conscience, reclaim Valentine's Day as a Day of Revolutionary Love, Day of Rising. We resist all executive orders and policies that put people in harm’s way. We commit to fight for social justice through the ethic of love -- love for others, our opponents, and ourselves. On Valentine's Day, we will rise up across the U.S. and around the world in music, poetry, dance and engage Congress to declare that #RevolutionaryLove is the call of our times."
 

Learn More & Sign the Revolutionary Love Declaration >

Sacred Sites Violated


John Hewko - Rotary International General Secretary


By Dr. Martin E. Marty
Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School

What if the Sioux Nation decided to build a pipeline through Arlington Cemetery? This question from Faith Spotted Eagle—who lacks a Ph.D. in comparative religion and who would never be employed to teach the phenomenology of burial ritual—got at the heart of at least one of the three main issues in the prolonged debate over the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Opposition to wealthy oil companies and their potential profits if and after the pipeline is completed would have been sufficient to attract the thousands who came to support Sioux protestors at Standing Rock. Meanwhile, environmentalists, who care and worry about what such a pipeline under the plains and river might do, have raised appropriate questions. But “grandmother”—a technical title among the Sioux for women like Spotted Eagle—really got at the heart of what animates the protesters and their sympathizers.
                                                                                      
                                                                                                    Read More >


Remembering True Superheroes of Peace for World Interfaith Harmony Week

Parliament Chair Rev. Dr. Robert Sellers offered an opening address for the Parliament's 2017 World Interfaith Harmony Week webinar series in tribute to the peacemakers who have been inspired by cooperation with other faiths to achieve a more "peaceful, just and sustainable world." 


Read the Address Here >


Replay the Parliament's World Interfaith Harmony Week Webinar Series Now

For the 7th United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Parliament lined up twenty speakers to address the global interfaith community in four one-hour video webinars on the issues held close to the hearts of all who seek to follow the mantra for the week, "Love of God/the Good, Love of Neighbor."

Discussions spanned the world of interfaith organizing and engaged hundreds of attendees to learn why the Parliament:
• Prizes the work of interfaith activists to engage guiding institutions (like the media and policy-making organizations)
• Pursues gender equality through spiritual empowerment
• Enlightens communities on the reasons why religions are following the recommendations of climate scientists to heal our world
• Amplifies the pressing call to act to unite people of all faiths to stand together spiritually - and stand on common ground physically - with our Indigenous siblings at Standing Rock.

Replay the week's sessions featuring Parliament Trustees and honorable guests who work as activists, scholars, and faith leaders at your leisure. Please send follow-up questions and/or suggestions for future sessions to the Parliament to info@ParliamentOfReligions.org.


Watch the Replays Here >

Apply Now to Attend Satyagraha Institute Summer Nonviolence Leadership Training in South Dakota's Black Hills


The daily news reports no shortage of leaders who champion certainty, immediacy, and defensiveness. And we see no shortage of their essential tools: threat, coercion, and harm. For those who desire a different approach to social change, Satyagraha Institute offers a program to train leaders in the traditions of nonviolence.

THE SUMMER INSTITUTE IS DESIGNED FOR:

• Leaders of groups, organizations, movements, or communities
• Promising young people who are likely to be future leaders
• Individuals who are active in their communities on the front lines of social change
• Individuals with wisdom to share from the academy, the field, and the indigenous traditions: experienced guides for exploring the terrain of satyagraha

Resident faculty and visiting resource people provide guidance for the program. The expectation is that all participants will share their perspectives and learn from the wisdom of others.

Our intention is to gather a fertile international mix, of approximately twenty participants, that reflects some of the great diversity of the human family.
 

Read More >

North Carolina Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Inspires #LoveThyNeighbor Campaign


Following the February 2015 shooting deaths of Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her younger sister Razan Abu-Salha by a hostile white neighbor who had expressed animosity toward Islam and other religions, their families established the Our Three Winners foundation to fund humanitarian projects in their honor.

That foundation has joined with the #LoveArmy, an effort co-founded by former Obama administration green jobs adviser Van Jones under his Dream Corps social justice organization, to launch the #LoveThyNeighbor campaign, which is calling on people to stand against hatred, xenophobia and prejudice and to commit acts of kindness and service.

 

Learn More  >

Vandalized Chicago Synagogue Hosts Interfaith ‘Gathering Against Hate’

Amber Hacker ‏

Letters of support from #muslim children at the #ChicagoLoopSynagogue after it was vandalized. Photo credit: @kozykuzi #interfaith

"Some 1,000 Jewish, Muslim and Christian Chicago residents came together in unity at a synagogue that was vandalized with swastikas four days earlier."

Continue Reading via Jewish Telegraphic Agency >

 

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