Golden Rule Rap Music, Pope's Inequality and Interfaith Views, Arun Gandhi Reflects on Madiba, Parliament Saluting Vivekananda, DOHA $100,000 Interfaith Award, Sacred Music Launches on Interfaith Radio Station 

Parliament Board Elects Dr. Arun Gandhi

Through elections held November 15 by the Board of Trustees of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, author, scholar, and founder of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Non-violence, Dr. Arun Manilal Gandhi, is now beginning a 3-year term as a Parliament trustee. A grandson of Mohatnas Gandhi, Arun brings an unassuming spirit and illuminating gumption to the Parliament in a partnership for a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.

Parliament Board Chair Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid smiles on the news stating, "Gandhi was not known for his silence, and neither is his grandson, Dr. Arun Gandhi. He is doing his best to keep the flag of Satiagraha alive in America, as well as in India, where the voices of hate and anger sometimes seem to be drowning out the voices of truth and humanity. It is our honor to have Dr. Arun Gandhi on the board of the Parliament. We feel enriched with wisdom and connected to an important legacy of our time."

Born 1934 in Durban South Africa, Arun was sent by his parents to India when he was 12 years old so that he could live with and learn from his grandfather, Mohandas Gandhi. It was then that young Gandhi learned the principles of non-violence that he continues to espouse until today. “If there is anything I have learned from Gandhi’s writings and the lessons he taught me as a young boy entering his teens is that humankind is inexorably dominated by a Culture of Violence,” Arun shares in On Enemies and Debates, a forthcoming Parliament Read more...

The Pope on Unequal Wealth

By Dr. Martin E. Marty

“Pope attacks ‘tyranny’ of markets in manifesto” (Chicago Tribune, Nov. 26), “Pope Assails ‘New Tyranny’ of Unchecked Capitalism” (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 26), “Pope Francis the Revolutionary” (Wall Street Journal, Nov. 28) are just three of the thousands of headlines in newspapers and on blog posts this past week. The focus of these headlines—Pope Francis’ “apostolic exhortation” Read more...

The Man of the Year, Pope Francis Champions Interfaith

This week, Time Magazine announced its selection of Pope Francis as the Man of the Year for 2013, commenting: “Rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly—young and old, faithful and cynical—as has Pope Francis. In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time: about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power.” Earlier, on Nov. 24, 2013, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Exhortation, the first of his Pontificate, and the first major statement of his Read more... or Continue onto Part II: Interreligious Relations

Farewell, Madiba 

By Dr. Arun Gandhi

As the world mourns the death of President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, affectionately known as Madiba, it is important that we don’t get too embroiled in sentiments and, in our grief, make the mistake of consecrating his message with his physical body. Like the thousands whom we revere as great people, Madiba was not great by birth, but became great through commitment and Read more...

Parliament Shares Vivekananda Legacy with Vedanta Society

Parliament Board Treasurer Rabbi Michael Balinsky salutes Swami Vivekananda November 10 at Chicago Calling, celebrating the 150th Birth and 120th anniversary year of his "Sisters and Brothers of America" speech to the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions.The multi-day celebration hosted by the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago drew the largest-ever gathering of Vivekananda-order monks in the United States. Parliament speakers comprised Board Chair Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Trustee Shanta Premawardhana, and former trustees Rohinton Rivetna, Rev. Thomas Baima, and Hema Prokharna (pictured here with India's Consul-General of Chicago, Dr. Ausuf Sayeed) Photo Credit: Vithal Mirmira 

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Call for Entries for Global 2014 Interfaith Dialogue Award

Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID) based in Doha, Qatar, is pleased to announce Call for Entries for The Doha International Interfaith Dialogue Awards for 2014. The theme for the 2014 awards is “Enhancing the Value of Dialogue through Youth”. The prizes will be awarded to works relating to youth in interfaith dialogue, successful projects on dialogue of youth from different religions, the role of youth in religious dialogue, the role of dialogue in strengthening the capacity of youth and directing their creative energies to build a humane society, a spirit of love, tolerance and co-existence. Read more...

Sacred Music Radio Launches Online Channel 

A listener-supported online radio station conceived by a U.S - U.K.collaborative takes top tunes and most inspiring spiritual sounds to the internet on  The developers, inspired by a Sufi group, say, "we play music from the Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faiths, as well as music which is a mixture of different faiths and music not directly connected with any religion. Whether through Hindu mantras and bhajans, Buddhist and Muslim chanting or Christian choral and gospel spirituals, world sacred music shares the purpose of transcending, uniting, and elevating the human spirit." Listen now...

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