Greetings! We’ve decided to try and produce some more regular columns here at Hail Columbia to keep you all informed about some of the stuff that we’re reading about on a regular basis. I’ll be handling the Faith Forum focusing on stories about other religions and on interfaith efforts on the weekends and Lit will be focusing on matters of religious freedom and religious politics.
This was a big–and fairly negative–week in the world of religious interaction. The turmoil in the Middle East caused by an anti-Islam Youtube video has dominated a lot of news outlets and, frankly, that situation deserves a closer look than a roundup style article can provide, so look to see a larger article about that this week. Until then, maybe you’ll find some of the following interesting:
- The Interfaith Youth Core has posted an Interfaith Literacy Quiz. Don’t worry, your score doesn’t count, but you can find out–as they say–if you’re an interfaith rock star.
- An article at Qantara.de–an effort by a variety of organizations and funded by the German Foreign Office–discusses how young LGBT Muslims in Malaysia are working together through a shared religious identity to change the politics of their country.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama turned to Facebook to share a quote from his book Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World published last year:
All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion all together.
Powerful words, especially when considered in light of the fact that the speaker leads a major world religion! Donald Michael Kraig responds to these thoughts at Llewellyn’s blog.
- Eboo Patel, of the aforementioned Interfaith Youth Core, and an interfaith adviser to President Obama sat down with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in this video to discuss the state of U.S. Muslims 11 years after 9/11.
Faith in the Five Boroughs is documenting faith and religion in New York’s immigrant communities. From their website:
Faith in the Five Boroughs documents the role that faith and religious communities play in the lives of immigrants and their children. We take you inside New York’s churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and spaces for private prayer. We examine how the city shapes these religious communities and how, in turn, faith shapes the city.