Looking Back on a Fabulous Evening

From our EVP and CEO, Joyce Dubensky…

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A program journal on a guest's seat.

Today I finally have a minute to catch my breath and to enjoy the memories of our annual Gala on Monday night. As always, it was so busy that I didn’t have time to really talk with all the friends who were there.

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NYC Premiere of Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

Premiere and Panel Discussion

Inside Islam; What a Billion Muslims Really Think
Tuesday, November 10th at Scholastic Auditorium in SoHo

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Interfaith Youth Core – Missed it? Check out the Twitter feed!

Use the #IFYC09 hashtag to read about all the action from the attendee’s perspectives, including great links to others writing about it.

Our own Assistant Director of the Religion and Conflict Resolution program, Heather DuBois, presented there, and IFYC posted a few questions that sprang from her presentation on their internal discussion site. I thought I’d share them with you here – what’s your take?

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Asking the Tough Questions About Diversity

A note from our EVP…

It seems like I just got back from the Chief Diversity Officers Forum at the Johnnetta B. Cole Global Diversity and Inclusion Institute in Atlanta, where the conference theme was “courageous conversations.”  I was there for more than half of the conference and was struck by how different it was from other workplace diversity-related conferences – in a good way.

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Gearing up for the National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer (NDP)  is coming up in a few weeks – Thursday, May 7th to be exact.

There’s always some confusion around the NDP.  In a country with separation of church and state, why do we have a government-sanctioned day of prayer?  What is the Christian-oriented National Day of Prayer Task Force – is the government endorsing Christianity?  Is the government discriminating against atheists and agnostics?

Read through our brief FAQ for some answers.  And if you, your organization or your community wants to observe the day in an inclusive way, consider a few ground rules…

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Dispatches from Istanbul

Our EVP reflects on the Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Turkey…

Istanbul is a very beautiful city, the visual coming together of the East and the West. After the official meetings of the Alliance were over, many of the participants took a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait. On one side of the water is the East, with large Mosques and delicate minarets in full view. The other is the West, with architecture to match. The people of the city feel the full force of its centrality and the responsibility to be a bridge among civilizations and a healer across them. In the closing session, the Turkish representative spoke of this. He said that in Turkey they have an axiom: If your neighbor’s house is on fire, you must do something, or your house will also burn.

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Dispatches from Istanbul

Our EVP checks in from the Alliance of Civilizations Forum in Turkey

There is a lot that happens at the Alliance of Civilizations. There are meetings, sessions, plenaries. I am committed to going to as many as I can.

But what also happens is that you begin to see familiar faces. It’s reinforcing to be with so many people dedicated to the vision that we share = that we can find our way to a functioning, collaborative, Alliance of Civilizations. I saw many people I have met before, and was gratified by what I heard.
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