Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship accepting applications!

We’re happy to share that the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship, which fosters dialogue among Jewish and Muslim communities by building an international network of social entrepreneurs, is accepting applicants for 2010!

From July 4-16, 2010, thirty social entrepreneurs from mainly Jewish and Muslim communities will be invited to come to Columbia Business School in New York City for scholarship and practical training, joining the inaugural AdR class of 2009. The program blends three educational components: action-driven social entrepreneurship program, exposure to state-of-the-art scholarship and cross-cultural dialogue.

Applications are due on January 22, 2010. For more information, download the press release.

And please pass the word along to anyone who might be interested!

Charter of Compassion Launches Tomorrow!

A year ago last month, Karen Armstrong came to Tanenbaum’s office in New York with representatives of TED. She applauded our work and the work of hundreds of other organizations putting the Golden Rule into practice. As a winner of the TED prize, she explained, she wanted to help promote our efforts as part of a global conversation about compassion – an active, essential ingredient of every major religion.

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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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A Survey Look at Peacemaking in Seminary Education

That was the title of the seminar I presented at the Interfaith Youth Corps 6th Conference on Interfaith Youth Work this week. To an over-stuffed room of 19 students, professors and non-profit trainers, I presented the findings of our summer’s work: 22 interviews with 10 seminaries, one divinity school and one graduate department of religion.

I may have rushed through my PowerPoint, as I wanted to continue the survey – hearing from this group, how can and should peacemaking be incorporated into future religious leadership? Read the rest of this entry »

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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What do Mortenson, Hussain and Holbrooke have in common?

Last month, Greg Mortenson was awarded Pakistan’s highest civilian award, the Sitara-e-Pakistan. An American who has built 78 schools along the tribal belt that separates Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mortenson has garnered international enthusiasm for his work through his memoir Three Cups of Tea.

The book takes its name from the Pakistani saying, “The first time you share tea…you are a stranger…the second time you take tea you are an honored guest [and] the third time you share a cup of tea, you become family.” Though it sometimes wanes into a too-familiar tone of American, rugged-individual heroism, Mortenson’s story is a powerful testimony to the importance of building relationships (in this case, to the end of building schools).

Another American has recently written a different kind of book about schools in Pakistan: Peacemaker Azhar Hussain and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy have just released Read the rest of this entry »

Great, you have a blog. So what?

Here at Tanenbaum we’ve got our fingers in a lot of pots.  We’re entrepreneurial, committed to our work and above all, busy.  So why are we adding to our workload with this blog?  Don’t we have enough to do?

That’s not a rhetorical question: we don’t.  Unless we’re reaching out, trying to engage you in our passion and our work, we’re not doing our jobs.  And that’s why Moving Beyond Differences is so important.

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