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2nd Interfaith Leadership Forum: Human Dignity and Solidarity-Interfaith Responses to Fratelli Tutti

In by Annie McKinney

Fratelli Tutti (All brothers and sisters), subtitled “on Fraternity and Social Friendship” is the third encyclical of Pope Francis. The document was signed on October 3, 2020 during Pope Francis’s visit to the top of his namesake St. Francis of Assisi and was released on his feast day. It borrows its title from St. Francis’s Admonitions. Fratelli Tutti is Catholic in terms …

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CROSS-CULTURAL RELIGIOUS LITERACY: A NEW APPROACH FOR A MULTI-FAITH COLLABORATION (WHILE STRENGTHENING YOUR OWN FAITH)

In by Annie McKinney

Finding solutions to global challenges demands different perspectives, as well as partnerships among individuals and institutions who do not necessarily share the same values. At the national level, Indonesia’s independence in 1945 was accomplished due to the competencies of the nation’s founders from different religions and beliefs to collaborate for a common goal without sacrificing their individual faiths or trying …

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Why Should International Religious Freedom be a Primary Concern to Congress?

In by Annie McKinney

With rising violence, discrimination, and marginalization as well as genocide and other horrible crimes against faith organizations and individuals it is up to civil society and Congress here in the US to be a beacon of light to those suffering in foreign lands. Why is it our duty? And how do we collaborate to bring hope to those around the …

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The Plight of Pakistan’s Hindu Minority (Virtual)

In by Annie McKinney

Join Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande and Nina Shea and expert panelists Daud Khattak, Deepali Kulkarni, and Farahnaz Ispahani for a discussion on the difficulties faced by Pakistan’s Hindu minority.Hindus comprise approximately 2 percent of Pakistan’s 210 million population and live primarily in the southern province of Sindh, which for centuries has been a religious melting pot. In recent years, reports …

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1971 Bengali Hindu Genocide: Remembering the Lost – Celebrating Survival

In by Annie McKinney

The Hindu American Foundation Presents “1971 Bengali Hindu Genocide: Remembering the Lost – Celebrating Survival” Join the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) for a solemn commemoration of the 200,000-400,000 raped, 2-3 million killed, and over 10 million displaced during the 1971 Bengali Hindu genocide. This event will feature a virtual vigil and a Bengali musical performance to honor those lost, along with messages from community and …

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The U.S. Must Address National Security Concerns and Human Rights Violations in Turkey

In by Annie McKinney

 Turkey continues to persecute Christians within its borders, and across international borders, while aggressively erasing the remaining traces of Anatolia’s Christian heritage.  In 2020, Turkey converted multiple historic Christian holy sites into mosques. Turkey continues to occupy northern Cyprus, while supporting jihadist militias in northern Syria, who have committed ethnic cleansing against Christians, Kurds, and Yazidis. Turkey also exported these …

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Women Leading Change: The Intersection of Faith & Empowerment

In by Annie McKinney

This panel is intended to explore the connection between faith and women empowerment with a particular focus on women leadership. Our aim is to highlight the potential of faith in efforts for women participation in decision making, elimination of violence, achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls within the framework of the SDG5. The event will shed a …

Live What you Believe: Religious Freedom Media Strategy

In by Annie McKinney

The world is increasingly visual, story-driven, and mobile-dominated. It’s urgent we identify, equip and mobilize leaders to share empowering messages. The Live What You Believe eCourse challenges leaders around the world to support inclusivity and multi-faith living in their communities. Produce by a team of religious freedom experts, the 60-minute training series includes 4 short films, curricula, and a certificate …

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Anatomy of Genocide: Karabakh’s Forty-Four Day War

In by Annie McKinney

Last September, Azerbaijan, supported by Turkey, launched an offensive against Nagorno-Karabakh in an attempt to take the territory from the ethnic Armenian Christians currently living there. During the fighting, Turkey and Azerbaijan were documented committing war crimes such as the killing of civilians, the use of cluster munitions and white phosphorus, and the implementation of mercenaries formerly affiliated with the …

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A Religious Minority Enslaved: Addressing the Complicity of U.S. Companies in Uyghur Forced Labor

In by Annie McKinney

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual hearing about ways in which U.S. companies facilitate the persecution of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in China through forced labor and other practices that undermine international human rights standards in that country. Since 2017, the Chinese government has detained millions of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims …