Interfaith response to Brussel’s killings. Show your solidarity. Join us in prayers.

In the light of the tragedy at Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, where 4 people were killed, we call our RfP EIYN members and friends to show your solidarity with Jewish community in different parts of Europe and join us in prayers for those who lost their lives, for the recovery of those injured and prayers for restoring sense of security and peace for all faith communities in Europe. This attack on Jewish community of Brussels touched all of us, as this was an aggression on core values of civil society, on human rights, on European unified project, on freedom of religion, on peace. We cannot stay silent when a faith community, a minority community is targeted in this way in contemporary Europe, in capital of European Union and lives are lost.

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What can you do?

We inspire you to organize a cultural or educational event together with your local Jewish community. It can be any intercultural event when you get together with your local Jewish students group and students of other faiths too (food event, charity event, cultural evening of music, anything). If you don’t have any Jewish community in your city, maybe you have an old synagogue building that you can visit with members of your community, or visit a Jewish museum? If in your town you can witness hate speech on walls of the buildings, maybe you can organize “paint over hate spray paintings” action, like painting over painted swastikas and other hate speech sprayed on the walls.

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If you do any act of solidarity, take a photo of it, and send it to us, let others know about your action.

Other idea:

You can hold within your respective communities, your temples or student clubs, a special Peace Candle Lighting and Prayer Ceremony. Light the candles for the victims of the shooting and light the candles to lift up the darkness with the light, reciting prayers for peace. Prayers can be denominational (just of your own tradition) or interfaith. You can find examples of such prayers in attachment. Best time for organizing such an evening of peace prayers would be WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday, Sunday this week.

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Show your solidarity!  Let’s support each other and get together and act together in interfaith way for stopping hate speech, antisemitism and other racist incitement, that is raising its head in Europe and that lead to such hate crimes like we witnessed in Brussel’s Jewish Museum.

 

Invitation to Seminar: Bridging our differences

We invite young adults from different countries in Europe and faiths to participate in our intercultural seminar “Bridging our differences. Learning skills of intercultural dialogue together!” The seminar will take place in Wroclaw, Poland, 31 March-6 April. In order to apply, please fill in the application form

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This conference, which is jointly organised by the WSCF Europe and RfP European Interfaith Youth Network, is aimed at helping you to develop skills in communication across cultural divides and making you better able to engage with your neighbours of different backgrounds.

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RfP,EIYN 2013 Summit and Nuclear Disarmament Training, Vienna

Leaders of 25 member organizations of Religions for Peace, European Interfaith Youth Network – Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Zoroastrian – met in Vienna in the end of November for 3 days of its annual summit and for training on humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Young religious and interfaith leaders pledged multireligious cooperation for upcoming year 2014 in Europe in a spirit of “Welcoming the Other” – theme of Religions for Peace World Assembly, that took place in Vienna a few days before EIYN’s Summit. 

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Restoring Dignity: A Toolkit For Religious Communities to End Violence Against Women, is available now in 3 languages.

In English. In Bosnian. In Spanish! You can download the toolkits in pdf form, to download click: here.

945915_473390602754453_794434692_nThe toolkit offers the tools to carry out awareness, prevention and advocacy programs to help bring an end to violence against women. The toolkit outlines an overview of violence against women and its different forms, and then it connects violence against women to other pressing global problems, including HIV/AIDS, poverty, war and conflict.

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Third Global Interfaith Youth Network E- NEWSLETTER!

We are delighted to introduce to you our third Religions for Peace GIYN E- newsletter. CLICK HERE and read reports from six regions around the world highlighting inspiring stories and activities from each region. In this edition of the newsletter, you’ll find news from RfP GIYN newest national Interfaith Youth Network in Myanmar actively building relationships across religions and ethnicities, RfP Africa Interfaith Youth Network (AIYN) supporting peaceful elections in Sierra Leone and Kenya and a thought proving opinion piece from RfP USA Associate Director Aaron Stauffer tackling the issue of Islamophobia in the United States, as well as news from Europe and South America.

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The Religions for Peace GIYN Newsletter is published on a quarterly basis and features stories from our national, regional and global interfaith youth networks and affiliates,  as well as personal stories, organizational updates and interfaith news.The newsletter functions as an information sharing platform to communicate more effectively among religious youth leaders at local, national, regional and international levels.

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