News from NAIN Member Orgs

(Phoenix, AZ, June 18, 2014) – Arizona InterFaith Movement (AIFM) announced today that it will host an InterFaith Prayer Vigil in support of Rev. Kenneth Walker, who was brutally murdered, and Rev. Joseph Terra, who was critically injured last week at the Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church.  The Community is invited to come and to stand together in prayer and against such needless violence and loss of life.

The entire community was wounded by these vicious crimes.  The InterFaith Prayer Vigil will give people of all faiths the opportunity to grieve and to ask God’s grace to surround the entire community.  The Prayer Vigil will be Monday, June 23, 2014, from 5:00 PM to 5:40 PM, at Our Lady of the Angel’s Church, at the Franciscan Renewal Center “The Casa”, 5802 E. Lincoln, Scottsdale, AZ.  Those of us who cannot be physically present may want to join in thought, prayer, or meditation.

Gilbert Friend-Jones sends this article published by our friend and leader of the Atlanta Connect 2012, Imam Plemon.

My friend, Plemon El-Amin, Imam Emeritus of the Atlanta Masjid of El-Islam, published the following poignant reflection on Ramadan in an interfaith blog called Higher Ground. His is an important voice around the world, and I appreciate so much these words from his heart. May relief from the violence and atrocities perpetrated by all extremists who claim to be religious become our prayer this summer, whatever our faith tradition may be. 

A Time to Fast

Posted on June 18, 2014

The month of Ramadan begins next week for the 1.5 billion Muslims throughout the world. One-fifth of the planet’s population will recalibrate and re-focus their lives for 29-30 days of fasting from food and drink, and hopefully from obscenities, abuses, extremes, hates, aggressions, wrongs, and indecencies. We fast from the food and drink from dawn to sunset, but for all of these corrupted behaviors, the fast is 24/7.

Hopefully, we will experience relief from the extremes and abuses in Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and other States where God-Consciousness has been pushed to the side by hate, revenge, ignorance, narrowness, sectarianism, nationalism, sexism, envy, jealousy, immorality, indecency, and inhumanity. None of this is Islamic and no conscientious Muslim can support, justify, or participate in such despicable behavior as murdering innocent civilians, kidnapping young girls or students, or hating another simply because they are religiously, culturally, or racially different.

The Muslim world craves relief from this callousness fed and directed from within. Ramadan brings a sudden end to the abuses and aggressions. It revives the conscience. It exposes the criminal and the crimes. It awakens the best of ourselves and decimates the excuses and justifications for wrong.

If one can fast from food, drink, and sex for 16 hours every day, and give up sleep for hours of prayer each night, for 29 or 30 days, we should become immune to the beckoning and influences of corruption throughout the year. If I can withhold the natural necessities that sustain me, and survive and thrive, certainly I should be able to resist the unnatural and inhuman overtures of wickedness. Every Muslim has this opportunity and obligation during this month.

May Ramadan bring relief  from atrocious and misguided behaviors of any who claim to be Muslim, and may these 29-30 days of fasting, restraint, prayer, reflection, and God-Consciousness give us the strength, and inspire others, to live the entire year upon the best and highest principles of  human decency, compassion, regardfulness, and peace for the benefit of humanity.

submitted by Imam Plemon T. El-Amin

– See more at: http://www.highergroundgroup.org/?p=2026#sthash.iK2533QQ.dpuf

Paul McKenna, of Scarboro Missions Interfaith Dept., sends Interfaith curricula, Do-it-yourself workshops & Educational Resources.

Scarboro Missions has committed itself to building a website which offers curricula and useful educational resources for interfaith work. These resources include online courses, toolkits, best practices, do-it-yourself workshops, activities, multifaith prayer services, guidelines, games, meditations, PowerPoint. Extra added bonus: virtually all of these resources can be downloaded free of charge. See link below.

These curricula can be used with a broad range of constituencies including schools, youth groups, universities, community groups, and grassroots interfaith organizations. And these resources touch a broad range of issues such as education, social justice, ecology, peace-building, conflict-resolution, spirituality, diversity and global consciousness.

This is one of the most comprehensive collections of interfaith curricula on the Internet. Please feel free to forward this link and announcement to colleagues and to post on websites and social media. Here is the link:  https://www.scarboromissions.ca/Interfaith_dialogue/student_resources.php

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