When Franciscan Br. Michael Minton heard that Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay needed temporary housing for single Muslim male refugees, he knew it was the answer to prayer.
By 8:50 a.m. on that first Saturday morning of the spring series of classes on "Introducing the Qur'an to Christians," the line to sign in was over a dozen deep.
NCR Today: An interfaith panel at George Mason University discussed whether religion is a "problem" or a "solution" in individual lives, or in the world at large, these days.
Parish Diary: In a shrinking world, as religions and cultures interact and sometimes react, priests can be instruments of peace beyond their church walls.
NCR Today: The president refuted unequivocally the bigoted anti-Muslim rhetoric heard on the political campaign trail these days, and he reaffirmed one of the foundational ideals of the U.S.
Francis was part of a service which saw poignant reflections from Jewish and Muslim leaders, a prayer of remembrance from the pope, and Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian, and Muslim meditations.
Though today's university students were not even born when Nostra Aetate, the Vatican Council statement on interreligious relations, was promulgated 50 years ago, they are affected by its contents.
The day, Francis said, will give Catholics an opportunity to ask God's help in protecting creation and for forgiveness for "sins against the world."
Gathering at "a time of severe tension and conflict," particularly in the Middle East, 24 Catholic and Muslim leaders and scholars urged dialogue to promote greater respect and understanding and condemned all acts of violence committed in the name of religion.
Last Sunday, I joined more than 300,000 people in New York City for possibly the largest demonstration for environmental causes in history, the People’s Climate March.
In addition to bringing together people from across classes, across races and across the globe, the event served as a great interfaith rallying point. Christian clergy, rabbis, imams and a variety of lay folks from many faith traditions boarded and walked beside a large replica of Noah’s Ark, which featured the words: “We are all Noah now.”