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Cities are often designed for cars, not for people. Iranian architect Leila Araghian introduces the pedestrian bridge she designed in Tehran, with the aim of enticing people to stay and enjoy being on the bridge rather than regarding it only as a place to pass. She advocates for the importance of all citizens, regardless of […]

via AKAA laureate Leila Araghian talks about her winning Tehran pedestrian bridge project at the World Economic Forum — Ismailimail

Lots of people are worried that Donald Trump was serious when he said he would ban all Muslims from entering the United States. And that’s especially true for some of the Christians who are helping Muslim refugees resettle in America. When Luke Keller woke up to the news that Trump would be president, he picked […]

via Ban Muslims? These Christians in Georgia say that would be a big mistake. — A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS. This massive event that would have undoubtedly helped to ease tensions in the West was almost entirely ignored […]

via 20 Million Muslims March Against ISIS and The Mainstream Media Completely Ignores It — A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

Christian, Jewish and Buddhist leaders joined their Muslim neighbors for Friday prayers at a Washington, D.C., mosque, sending President-elect Donald Trump a strong statement of interfaith solidarity. The religious leaders spoke out against Islamophobia and in support of American Muslims, who have been feeling fearful and uncertain about their future in Trump’s America. They also called on Trump […]

via Interfaith Leaders Pledge To Stand By American Muslims, No Matter What — A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

As a line of schoolchildren obediently marched past the canary yellow lockers Tuesday morning at Woodlawn Community School, two more lines had formed at the end of the hallway — an assembly line of volunteers unloading a semitrailer full of turkeys, and the mothers and grandmothers waiting to take one home to feed their families. […]

via Chicago Muslims give thanks, 5,000 turkeys — A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

Islamic art has been produced in diverse regions using a variety of materials and patterns. It is generally agreed that the term ‘Islamic art’ characterises the art and architecture produced in the lands ruled by Muslims in the service of the faith, but also secular art created by artists in these regions regardless of their religious […]

via Pluralism facilitated the development of unique styles of arabesque art — Ismailimail

“‘Thank you for teaching my kid how to work!’ This is what I frequently hear from moms,” Darryl Rose, founder of Get Dwell, declares early in our interview. Those statements are just one of many examples that confirm that Rose grew his Chicago- and North Shore-based remodeling and handyman business on great values — adeptly […]

via Entrepreneur Darryl Rose Built Success on Values and Rules That Every Mother Loves and Every Community Needs — Susan B. Noyes MIB Founder’s Blog

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There were some very cool speakers and performers on the first day of the 2nd World Parliament on Spirituality.  Although from very different backgrounds and a diversity of faiths, there was a strong and consistent undercurrent running through each presentation.

The unifying message?

A reminder of one of the most powerful and gentle souls the world has seen – a true visionary and peace activist – Mohandas Gandhi.

His famous statement – “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

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The video shows a real vicar – Rev Gary Bradley from Parish of Little Venice – with an imam played by Zubeir Hassam, the principal of the Muslim School Oadby in Leicester. The pair enjoy a drink together before ordering each other knee pads using Amazon’s service. Bradley told Christian Today the ad had “a very […]

via Vicar And Imam Star In Amazon Christmas Ad — A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

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Today is the UNESCO International Day for Tolerance.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has an ongoing mission to build “peace in the minds of men and women” throughout the world, and this day is a time to reflect on perhaps the most important facet of that mission – one we can all share.

From the Director-General of UNESCO –

In a world of diversity, tolerance is a prerequisite for peace. It is also a lever for sustainable development, as it encourages the construction of more inclusive and thus more resilient societies that are able to draw on the ideas, creative energy and talents of each of their members.

Tolerance is often a minority idea and one that is sometimes threatened. In too many countries in the world I have noted the rise of doctrines based on withdrawal and rejection. I have noted that migratory crises, the tragic situation of refugees and armed conflicts are being used as tools to whip up hatred of the other, stigmatize minorities and legitimize discrimination. I have heard the rise in racist attitudes and stereotyping of religions and cultures, as it is said that different peoples cannot live together and that the world would be a better place if we returned to olden times when “pure cultures” lived alone, protected from outside influence, in a mythicized past that has never existed.

We must counter this tendency to isolationism by restoring strength and substance to the culture of tolerance. We must again emphasize the extent to which cultures are enriched by mutual exchange. We must remember the historical facts, recall how peoples and identities have mingled, engendering richer, more complex cultures with multiple identities. Using the living testimony of world heritage sites, we can show that no culture has ever grown in isolation, and that diversity is a strength, not a weakness. We must say again that tolerance is not naive or passive acceptance of difference: it is a fight for the respect of fundamental rights. Tolerance is not relativism or indifference. It is a commitment renewed every day to seek in our diversity the bonds that unite humanity.

The promotion of the spirit of tolerance is the source and purpose of UNESCO’s actions. It is inspired by the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance, adopted in 1995. It draws on many educational, cultural and scientific programmes, in the framework of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities, and the promotion of global citizenship education. These programmes need to be supported and relayed by public policies, in official speeches and in daily behaviour, in the media and in the streets of our towns and cities. I call upon all UNESCO’s Member States and all the citizens of the world to take up this message, to build together societies that are more inclusive, more peaceful and more prosperous, because they are more tolerant.

Irina Bokova, 2016

Our world is growing smaller every second – how much brighter will the future be as we learn to appreciate and celebrate those qualities each of us uniquely bring to our community table?

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