The Bektashi: Fostering Harmony among Religions
Suffi master Baba Mondi, the spiritual leader or dedebaba of the Bektashi order, was the featured speaker at the Brussels headquarters of the Church of Scientology European Office of Public Affairs and Human Rights.
Sikh Airman Wins Right to Serve in Turban
Air Force rules, requiring members to be clean-shaven and to cut their hair, have been relaxed for the first time to accommodate Airman 1st Class Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa’s religious beliefs.
The Right to Religious Freedom is Nonnegotiable
At the dedication of the first mosque in Athens, Greek Minister of Education and Religious Affairs stressed that religious freedom is a human right.
New Cathedral Dedicated on the Eve of Coptic Orthodox Christmas
President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated the Al-Fattah Al-Aleem Mosque and the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ on Coptic Christmas Eve January 6 in Egypt’s New Administrative Capital in the desert east of Cairo—symbolic of his commitment to ensure free exercise of religion in the country .
December 30, 2018 •
Interfaith Group Advises Madrid Police on Diversity
A team of representatives of Madrid religious denominations in collaboration with the Diversity Management Unit of the Madrid Municipal Police seeks to take the guesswork and potential difficulty out of police interaction with religious communities.
December 29, 2018 •
All Faiths Network
The UK’s All Faiths Network organized an interreligious and intercultural evening of music, dance and food to bring faiths together in appreciation of the diversity of the religious community of England.
October 28, 2018 •
Buddhists Crown Pagoda in Akron, Ohio
Buddhist monks complete the construction of a temple in Akron, Ohio for the local Buddhist community.
October 10, 2018 •
New Life for Ancient Zoroastrian Religion
Zoroastrianism, founded in Persia about 3,500 years ago, has become almost extinct in the modern world.
September 10, 2018 •
Creation of the Universe Celebrated
This year, those of the Jewish faith celebrated the anniversary of the creation of the universe for two days beginning on sundown September 9 and ending at nightfall on September 11.
September 4, 2018 •
The Film Diversity: A Mosaic of Canada’s Many Faiths
The Armenian Diocese of Canada and the Canadian Youth Interfaith Network joined forces to create a documentary to bridge cultural and religious differences among Canada’s many ethnic and faith communities.
Suriname is a Haven for Religious Diversity
A study by the Pew Research Center found Surinam to be the fourth most religiously diverse country in the world after Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Council of Europe’s New Education and Religious Diversity Website
The Council of Europe announced its new website.
3,000 Muslim and Jewish Voices Raised in Peace
In evidence that people of all religions wish to live in harmony, 3,000 Jewish and Muslim men, women and children came together in Haifa to learn and sing a song of peace.
Study Suggests College Limits Student Exposure to Religions
It has been commonly believed that college provides students their initial and most important contact with diverse religious perspectives, but a recent study suggested otherwise.
February 4, 2018 •
World Hijab Day Promotes Tolerance and Diversity
World Hijab Day is celebrated February 1 and was created by New York resident Nazma Khan to foster religious tolerance and understanding by inviting women (non-Hijabi Muslims and non-Muslims) to experience the hijab for one day.
BBC to Broaden its Religious Coverage
Following the October 2017 review by Ofcom —the official regulator of Great Britain’s communications media—ordering the BBC to offer more religious programming, the BBC conducted its own yearlong review…
December 4, 2017 •
Catholic Cardinal’s Groundbreaking Visit to Saudi Arabia
In November, a groundbreaking event took place when King Salman hosted the first official visit by a high-ranking Catholic cleric to Saudi Arabia—the site of Islam’s holiest territories in Mecca and Medina.
November 7, 2017 •
Government and Religious Heads Meet in Historic European Conference
At one time it was taboo in Europe for politicians to mention religion or talk about their faith.
October 29, 2017 •
Saudi Crown Prince Vows to Return the Country to Moderate Islam
In an interview October 24 with The Guardian , Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman described the ultra-conservative condition of the country for the past 30 years as “not normal.
October 11, 2017 •
Panel on the Scientology Religion Held at the Inaugural Conference of the European Academy of Religions
Article by Eric Roux, Vice President of the Church of Scientology European Office for Public Affairs and Human Rights, and the President of the European Interreligious Forum for Religious Freedom, about panel on the Church of Scientology at the inaugural conference of the European Academy of Religions.
New Smithsonian Exhibit Documents Religious Diversity in Early America
A Catholic Sun article, excerpted here, on the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s new exhibition, “Religion in Early America,” details some of its most interesting features.
Survey Finds Religious Tolerance a Core Value of Canadian Adults
A poll conducted in March by Ipsos Public Affairs, a global market research and a consulting firm, found Canadians to be very tolerant of the religious beliefs of others.
As Ramadan Begins, India Prime Minister Urges Tolerance and Diversity
In his monthly radio program to the people of India on the second day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, India Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized religious tolerance and diversity.