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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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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Friday News Roundup: Banning the…Burquini?

NEWSYes, every news outlet it the world is writing about how President Obama does or does not want to kill your grandmother. (Note that the grandfathers are always left alone…but that’s another post for another blog).

Check out Rachel’s post from earlier this week for news around the role of religion in President Obama’s health care bill. Check out the rest of this one for other news of the week.

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Friday News Roundup: Have it Your Way

istock_000003001750xsmallIf some weeks are meatier than others, then this week is a whole side of beef.  On almost every possible front,  someone’s doing something that’s offending someone – it was actually a challenge to winnow things down to the most important and interesting stories.

In terms of Maximum Potential For Offense, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is topping the headlines with his war against burqas, while Burger King leads the “What were they thinking?” pack.

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Friday News Roundup: Whether the Embattled Scientologists?

istock_000003001750xsmallThere’s always been a lot of gossip and high-profile news around Scientology.  Some say religion, some say cult.  Brooke Shields speaks out again its ban on psychiatric medications on behalf of women with post-partum depression.  Tom Cruise jumps up and down on Oprah’s couch: is he a man in love, or is he ecstatic because he’s moved up to a higher stage within the religion?

This week brings some especially rough news for Scientologists: the attempt to fine them, jail them and ban their religion outright.

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Friday (Monday) News Roundup: Two Sides of the Coin

istock_000003001750xsmallThis (last) week in the news:  continued scrutiny of religion in America, with a focus on kids and schools.   On on hand, America’s migration from “religious” to “spiritual” is still making headlines, this week with a new study specifically looking at youth.  On the other, a teacher who disparaged creationism in his classroom finds himself at the wrong end of a discrimination lawsuit, and Arizona moves to protect religious expression in schools.

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