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Parliament Webinar: Learning To Stop Viral Hate, The Social Internet, and the Interfaith Response




Join us for a Webinar on August 7

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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 the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions in 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.

Title: Learning To Stop Viral Hate: The Social Internet and the Interfaith Response

Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2013Time:1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT

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Interfaith Social Media: Question and Answer

The recent Parliament Webinar, “Interfaith Social Media: Interfaith Leadership in the Digital World” with Frank Fredericks provoked many questions during the webinar. Frank has kindly taken time to answer many of the questions that we did not have time to answer during the webinar itself:


Interfaith Social Media: Interfaith Leadership in the Digital World

Interfaith Social Media:  Interfaith Leadership in the Digital World - a Parliament Webinar with Frank Fredericks

Register Now Wednesday, May 9, 2012 10:00am U.S. Central Time

This webinar will explore how to think about social media.  Using the frameworks of Marshall McLuhan, marketing theory, and media hook, we will explore how to leverage these technologies tactically, to comprise an effective overall strategy in interfaith and religious work.  #socialinterfaith

Frank Fredericks is the founder of World Faith, Çöñár Records, and Co-Founder of Religious Freedom USA. After graduating from NYU, Frank worked in the music industry, managing artists such as Lady Gaga. In 2006, he founded World Faith. a youth-led interfaith organization active in ten countries. As an active blogger, Frank has contributed to the Huffington Post, Washington Post, and Sojourners. Frank has been interviewed on Good Morning America, NPR, New York Magazine, and various international media outlets, and is an IFYC Fellow Alumnus, Soliya Fellow, and YouthActionNet Fellow.

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. He resides in New York, New York, where he still performs as a professional musician with local artists.

Title: Interfaith Social Media:  Interfaith Leadership in the Digital World

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

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Women Wear Hijabs in Support of Slain Iraqi Woman

by Omar Sacirbey
from the Washington Post

Jean Younis won’t be wearing an Easter bonnet at church this Sunday. Instead, the office manager at Bonita Valley Adventist Church in National City, Calif., will don an Islamic headscarf to support the family and friends of Shaima Alawadi, the Iraqi immigrant and mother of five who died March 24, three days after being beaten in her home in El Cajon, Calif.

“I do expect a reaction, but that’s the point. It needs to be discussed,” said Younis, 59, who predicted that most church members would be supportive or respectfully inquisitive.

She is one of many non-Muslim women to post photos of themselves wearing a headscarf on “One Million Hijabs for Shaima Alawadi,” a recently created Facebook Page that had nearly 10,000 likes on Monday (April 2) and hundreds of photos. Others posting on the page have identified themselves as Catholics, Quakers, Mennonites, Jews, Pagans, and atheists.

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Blogging for a Multi-Faith World

Josh Stanton, a Founding Editor-in-Chief at the Journal for Inter-Religious Dialogue, guides the discussion on what bloggers write about and how they can engage their audience. DIscover what Khuram Aman, Rev. Verity Jones, Joseph Ward, and Simran Jeet Singh all have to say about their experiences in the blogging world. This panel is part of the recent 2012 Odyssey Networks Town Hall Meeting, “Faith on the Front Line”.

Five Social Media Trends that are Reshaping Religion

by Elizabeth Drescher
from Religion Dispatches

Over the past couple years, religionistas of all sorts have attempted to navigate a new media landscape in which old constructions of religious authority, identity, and practice are changing almost by the minute. This surely marks the beginning something of a Second Coming of religion in digitally-integrated form.

As we wait and watch this holiday season for, among other things, news of the much-anticipated Facebook IPO—perhaps the only miracle story compelling enough to capture our attention in these economic dark times—it seems worthwhile to take a look at some trends in social media (ordered pretty much as they came into my head) that are reshaping religion and spirituality:

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December 30th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Young Feminist Wire E-learning Sessions On Religious Fundamentalisms

from Association for Women’s Rights in Development

The Young Feminist Wire is announcing its FINAL call for registration for the last TWO sessions of 2011 in its e-learning series ‘Interrogating Movements’. Deadline for registrations for both sessions: November 28, 2011.

In response to rising social unrest all over the world, more discussions are happening in online spaces such as Twitter and the blogosphere on effective organizing practices and how to build movements that lead to social change. The Young Feminist Wire launched a series of e-learning sessions in the summer of 2011 to provide a space for women rights advocates and activists, especially young women, to reflect on their own organizing practices by drawing from examples from the current changing global political context.

The final two e-learning sessions of 2011 will be held on the 2nd and 9th of December and will focus on the global trend of rising religious fundamentalisms and its impact on women’s rights. The first session on the 2nd of December will provide an overview and space to discuss some of the concepts related to the term ‘religious fundamentalisms’. The following session on the 9th of December will focus on the way religious fundamentalisms function to obstruct rights and feminist counter-strategies to challenge them. Click HERE for session descriptions and further detail.

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Egyptian Muslims and Christians: “If You Don’t Communicate, You Don’t Exist”

By Safia Aoude
from Common Ground News Service

Alexandria, Egypt – “We can write anything now!” said an editor of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram to some visiting Danish participants in Cairo as a part of a recent Alexandria-based conference called “Media´s Role for Changing Society and Democracy”. The Egyptian revolution has certainly become a catalyst for free speech and for more political debate in Egyptian media. Yet, the chaotic climate of the revolution has also suffered some backlash. Another editor at Al-Ahram warned that the media in Egypt is now in a political limbo, and can sometimes even motivate the Egyptian public towards sectarian violence and false information.

The conference and the changing media landscape made it clear to all participants that both mass media communication, as well as Muslim-Christian dialogue, were of immense importance during this time of transition in Egypt. And participants did note that the media has the potential to promote positive dialogue. New media, especially social media sites like YouTube, Facebook or Twitter, has brought new players into the game of mass communication and challenged the hegemony of the “old” regular mass media.

Danish participant Peter Fisher-Nielsen pointed out that the limitations created by state censorship have loosened after the revolution, but that the current absence of any limits on what can be discussed in the media also poses a danger for more confrontation. That is why direct dialogue between religious minorities and groups has become more important than ever.

The conference brought together Muslim and Christian activists and leaders to do just that through discussion of the religious media and the on-going Egyptian revolution. Co-organised by the Egyptian Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) and the Danish Christian organisation Danmission, the conference was conducted by the Forum for Intercultural Dialogue the first week of October.

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Twitter Brings a #HappyDiwali to All

By Anita Sethi
from The Guardian

In the midst of the usual snap crackle and pop of fireworks overhead, there have been more modern modes of celebrating Diwali this year, illuminating how technology might be used to spread a message of hope. It was barely one hour into the five-day Festival of Lights and already Twitter was aglow with celebration – everyone from politicians to popstars, regardless of their own religion, joined in to wish their followers a #HappyDiwali with such enthusiasm that soon it was trending.

“On this day of the Festival of Light, wishing everyone peace, joy and a Happy Diwali”, tweeted Sarah Brown (@SarahBrownUK), whilst singer Jay Sean (@JaySean) wished, “Happy diwali to all my fans celebrating!!!! Love ur fam… never take em for granted!!!”. “A very happy Diwali to all our followers! Spend some quality time with family and friends and be safe!”, tweeted Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor.

Thousands of wishes for peace warmed cyberspace. I was burning the midnight oil, feeling the cold and dark of winter encroaching, when I spotted #HappyDiwali trending and above it, #no2racism – scrolling through heartwarming comments I recalled that “Diwali” means “row of lamps”, and each tweet seemed a modern version of those lights which traditionally mark the celebrations. Sentiments spread like wildfire on Twitter and when those 140 characters carry a message of peace, social media shows its efficacious side.

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November 2nd, 2011 at 10:45 am

The Interfaith Movement On Twitter

from Huffington Post

CPWR was featured among HuffPost Religion’s top organizations promoting interreligious dialogue on Twitter.

Other featured organizations include State of Formation, Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, and Interfaith Youth Core.

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Click here to visit the Council on Twitter