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Engage with top leaders in the interreligious movement through thoughtful discussions, inspiring stories, and practical trainings for interreligious work.



Lessons Still Unlearned: How Bystanders Support Hate and Violence from the Holocaust to Today


Presented by Beth Lilach, Senior Director of Education and Community Affairs, Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County


April 23, 2014 

In highly developed nations, the horror of the Holocaust may seem like a distant historical event that "we" would "never" let happen again. But in the time leading up to the genocide of millions, history shows that Antisemitism crept into the mindsets of the majority who eventually gave tacit consent through silence, fear, and ignorance to the killings in the Holocaust. Cultural silence creates a bystander effect acting as a sound barrier between majority populations and the religious minority groups, dehumanizing the "others." Beth shares a historical narrative of the Holocaust, providing a tool for insight useful to educators, faith leaders, and interfaith advocates. Beth’s lesson provides historical evidence helpful in the work to stop fear, anger, and hate in the United States. Beth shares a historical narrative of the Holocaust, providing a tool for insight useful to educators, faith leaders, and interfaith advocates. 

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How Are We Connecting Everyone With Compassion?


Presented by Jon Ramer Compassion Games Creator


April 14, 2014 

In a follow-up to last year's "Survival of the Kindest: How to Win the Compassion Games" webinar, Jon Ramer returns to the Parliament Webinar Series to share the newest opportunities to join the movement all started by Karen Armstrong's Charter for Compassion. Participants will learn a brief history of the Compassion movement - from the Games to the upcoming World Compassion Festival, including how to do Compassion Relays, or champion a City Campaign. We will discuss the Golden Rule principles of Compassion and how this works well in starting a movement, especially in the interfaith sphere! Examples of Compassionate Action successes will be discussed to demonstrate how the model of compassion can win over any environment from a town park to a high security prison, or even a city council! And as always, a Q/A with Jon Ramer will be conducted.

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Growing Interfaith Community Through Exodus Conversations

with Dr. Ruth J. Abram, Dr. David Arnow, Mary C. Boys, Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, Kevin Childress

March 31, 2014 

Learn to engage theology in dialogue through exploring central questions of common story to all Abrahamic faiths on Exodus Conversations. This webinar features a presentation from website convener Ruth Abram, a demonstration of the weekly questions from panelists Muhammed Shafiq, Mary Boys, and David Arnow, open conversation with the presenters, instruction on site navigation, and a wider question and answer around the strategy to engage online communities in discussions of faith and society. Kevin Childress, Social Media Manager of Exodus Conversations, and Molly Horan, Senior Communications Associate for the Parliament of the World's Religions, will co-moderate discussion. 

Exodus Conversations is a project sponsored by the Luce Foundation. 


Tectonic Leadership: Using Tension to Transform Conflict

with Brenda Naomi Rosenberg and Samia Bahsoun

September 18, 2013 

Tectonic Leadership presents a cutting edge approach to Leadership, Cross-Cultural Communication and Conflict Transformation, in that it uses tension to bridge the divide and promotes leadership in pairs from opposite sides of conflict. Brenda Naomi Rosenberg and Samia Bahsoun come together to present this webinar as an extension of their unique leadership model. Participants will learn how to identify tension in intercultural, interfaith community building and to implement the model to strengthen the communities they lead. Further, participants will learn how to develop strong partnerships across divides in seek of solving common problems, including the difficulty often encountered in inter-generational settings.

Brenda Naomi Rosenberg is a former fashion executive, globe-trotting photographer and full time peace maker. A Jewish Zionist, who is an active member of AIPAC, the American Israel Political Action Committee and a Vice President of the American Jewish Committee in Detroit, Michigan, Brenda is the recipient of 16 local national and international awards for her interfaith effort..

Samia Bahsoun is a telecom executive, international business entrepreneur and community organizer, and a secular Muslim pro-Palestine activist. She is the Executive Liaison for the Americas of the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa Telecommunication Council. Samia is a judge and a coach for the MIT Arab Entrepreneur competition and serves on the Steering Committee of the NJ Main Street Alliance.

Two women from radically different professions, backgrounds, cultures, ideologies and beliefs, who share a frustration with dialogue groups which, despite all good intentions, failed to bring their opposing communities together. Brenda and Samia are also co-authoring a book called “Tension” – How an Arab and a Jewish Zionist use tension to transform conflict. 

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How To Win The Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest

with Jon Ramer

September 4, 2013 

This September 11 through 21st (International Day of Peace), communities and cities are competing together again for 10 days of "Coop-etition" through the 2nd annual Compassion Games. Compassion Games Director Jon Ramer will be joining us over a webinar special to the Parliament of the World's Religions to introduce interfaith leaders to this year's challenge through the principles of the Charter for Compassion. As cities vie to become "Compassionate Cities," everyone wins. Participants will learn about the Compassion Games, becoming "first followers", the scoring process, how to receive points for kind actiions on the worldwide compassion map through planned projects or secret missions, and why "Coop-etition" is a proven strategy to reach a tipping point when creating movements. Many will discover that projects already ongoing may jumpstart their score, and what collective impact from the Interfaith community can do to transform cities and their government leaders by joining the games.

Jon Ramer is an American entrepreneur, civic leader, inventor, musician, and the designer and co-founder of Compassionate Action Network International, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Seattle, that led the effort to make the city the first in the world to affirm Karen Armstrong's Charter for Compassion. Most recently, Ramer conceived of and produced the "Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest" in response to a challenge from the mayor of Louisville to other cities to outdo Louisville's compassionate action as measured by hours of community service. Ramer also serves as Director and Chief Technology Officer at Four Worlds International Institute, with a focus on the Campaign To Protect the Sacred. The campaign birthed the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred from Tar Sands Projects, signed by over fifty different tribes throughout North America. Ramer is also the songwriter and lead guitarist in the band Once And For All.

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Viral Hate: The Social Internet and the Interfaith Response

with Christopher Wolf

August 7, 2013 

When a comment becomes dangerous, Interfaith activists must respond. From closed groups to public forums, the power of the social internet is feeding a new kind of potentially fatal disease, Viral Hate. From behind screens, social media users are becoming complacent to hate-borne comments and those who are posting them lack concern for the real life repercussions. It is not only, as Abraham H. Foxman and Christopher Wolf explore in their book Viral Hate, the fact that "words of hate can easily turn into acts of hate" but that internet users frighteningly consider hate a natural biproduct of the immense internet sphere. Join a discussion with co-author Christopher Wolf on how these assaults on human dignity cannot simply be censored by law but need, and are in fact an obligation of, companies, internet users themselves and society to counteract this viral problem. You will learn the state of hate on the internet now, how it affects us all, and how to effectively respond.

Christopher Wolf is widely recognized as one of the leading American practitioners in the fields of privacy and Internet law and serves as the director of Hogan Lovells LLP’s Privacy and Information Management practice. He is the national chair of the ADL Civil Rights Committee as well as the founder and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum think tank. 

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How Interfaith Coalitions Can Strategically Combat Hate

with Rajdeep Singh

March 18, 2013 

In August 2012, in response to the massacre of six worshipers at a Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the Sikh Coalition petitioned the U.S. Senate to hold a hearing on hate crimes and the threat of domestic extremism. The appeal was endorsed by over 150 organizations and resulted in a hearing the following month that paid tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in Oak Creek and also highlighted the growing dangers of extremism and religious intolerance in the United States.

Rajdeep Singh Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition, discusses his organization’s strategic engagement with government, media, and community groups to make the hearing a reality. Using the hearing as a model, the discussion will focus on advocacy strategies that interfaith organizations can use to combat bigotry and promote social justice. Click here to watch the video...


A Holiday Sermon for Every Faith: Tools for Teaching Tolerance

with Lecia Brooks

December 19, 2012 

What we know about the state of hate and intolerance in the U.S. is harrowing, but not crippling. How can holiday sermons transform communal calls for peace into tools for teaching tolerance? Join Lecia Brooks, Southern Poverty Law Center's Director of Outreach, in the in the first webinar installation of our Faiths Against Hate campaign. Faith-based community and interfaith participants will benefit by this discussion explaining how interfaith measures can successfully mitigate the worsening climate of hate in the United States, how to link the lessons of the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance campaign to the holiday sermon as a vehicle, what positive outcomes arose from peace-seeking action this year, and how to train parents to teach tolerance in a holiday season.

Lecia Brooks is the Director of Outreach for the Southern Poverty Law Center where she leads efforts to develop and facilitate educational resource models of anti-oppression, teaching tolerance, and advancing civil rights.   Brooks shepherded the publication of the widely-read biannual Teaching Tolerance Magazine of the SPLC in conjunction with the center's first web-based professional development program, the Teaching Diverse Students Initiative.    

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Auburn Media Training: Top Ten Tips to Speak Prophetically through the Press

with Macky Alston

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Join Auburn Media’s Founding Director Macky Alston for this workshop that will outline the top ten tips you need to remember to get your voice heard through the media. Voices of faith who are interested in using the upcoming news hook of the anniversary of September 11th as an opportunity to bridge religious divides are encouraged to join this special workshop. 

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Reimagining Interfaith Conversation: Engaging Your Community Through Multimedia

with Beth Katz

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Identity, religion, spirituality, and culture — these topics define our interactions with others but normally are taboo in conversation. How can we create a new normal in which families and communities openly and respectfully learn and share about these important aspects of identity? This webinar offers concrete strategies for doing so and reflects on other lessons learned from Project Interfaith's most recent program,

Launched in May 2012, is a multimedia exploration of the religious and spiritual identities that make up our communities and world. This unique site features over 720 video interviews where individuals from a wide variety of religious and spiritual identities discuss their identities in a personal way, as well as the stereotypes that impact them and whether or not their communities have welcomed their chosen religious or spiritual paths.
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Unexpected Diversity: Interfaith Organizing from the Bottom Up

with Matthew Weiner

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The interreligious movement has no road map: we are creating it as we go. Effective interfaith work today requires new methods and a new kind of grassroots organizing. The movement is not static. It is an experiment.

This webinar will seek to address the following questions: How do we creatively organize religious and spiritual communities when the desired outcome is not a fixed idea and can change? How can our work be genuinely inclusive of traditions that are more conservative? How can religious communities better engage with the secular public?
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Interfaith Social Media: Interfaith Leadership in the Digital World

with Frank Fredericks

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The ever-changing world of social media continually presents new challenges and new opportunities. This webinar will provide practical tools and insights into navigating the digital world and empower attendees to use social media to support their organizations and the work of building bridges for a better world.

Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith, Çöñár Records, and Co-Founder of Religious Freedom USA. Frank also works as an independent Online Marketing and PR Consultant, consulting non-profits, corporations, foundations, recording artists, and political campaigns on web issues ranging from viral video and social networks to SEO and advertising.
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The Sacred Art of Listening

with Kay Lindahl

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
This webinar focuses on the power of sacred listening: the art of becoming a listening presence, someone who can truly hear what the other is saying. To become that presence takes practice, not only to listen to others, but also to listen to ourselves and to listen to God. Just as we take time to write, practice, and polish a speech in preparing to talk, there is value in learning how to practice preparing to listen. We will explore three types of practices in this webinar: cultivating silence, slowing down to reflect, and becoming present. The quality of our listening can make a profound difference in any conversation. It is a sacred art and a spiritual practice. As we open our hearts to deep, attentive listening, we find it transforms all our relationships, nurtures our inner voice, and inspires our spiritual growth.
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What Is My Responsibility for Peace in the World? Five Steps towards a Peace Process

with Alexandra Asseily

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
This webinar offers participants the opportunity to develop a greater awareness of our own responsibility for peace in our lives and to acquire more skills to apply around us.

The webinar will address our own responsibility for war and peace and the role forgiveness plays in releasing cycles of violence. Through personal reflection, we can experience those aspects of ourselves that are not fully contributing to peace and harmony and how to release and transform them through forgiveness. By doing so, we can also unblock the gifts we have inherited, in order to use them and appreciate them more fully in our lives.
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Contemplatives in Conversation: Sufi and Christian Perspectives

with Nahid Angha and Daniel Wolpert

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Contemplative practice is often lauded as a common trait of many religious and spiritual traditions, yet approaches to contemplation can be as diverse as the traditions in which they are practiced. This webinar features two experts in conversation with each other about the contemplative traditions from Sufism and Christianity. Nahid Angha and Daniel Wolpert will share their expertise and compare and contrast the contemplative practices of their respective traditions.
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Changing the Conversation:
Tools for Talking About Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolence Efforts in Your Community

with Ronit Avni
Founder and Executive Director
Just Vision

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
With negotiations stalled, what constructive nonviolent alternatives are Palestinian and Israeli civilians pursuing at the grassroots level to resolve the conflict and end the occupation? This webinar introduces a variety of online multimedia tools and documentary films Just Vision has developed to help communities learn about and connect with Palestinian and Israeli nonviolence leaders and peacebuilders. Recognizing that too often violence, extremism and diplomatic stalemate dominate the headlines on this issue, we will look at ways to shift the conversation from spoilers to solutions, and how our attention as a global audience factors into the growth and success of these efforts.
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Ending Poverty: Practical Steps for Those Inspired by Their Faith

with Katherine Marshall
Senior Fellow
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
This webinar will address spiritual and practical imperatives that emerge from the intersections of religion and development. We now approach the culmination of the Millennium Development Goal challenge set in the year 2000. What are the successes, flops, and challenges we must face to create greater equity in our communities and around the world?
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