September 2010

Doctrine Divides, Action Unites

 
 

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ICF Working Committee Plans for the Future
Bruce Van Voorhis
The annual ICF working committee meeting was held in August in Cambodia to review the activities of ICF during the first half of 2010 and to discuss future activities and outline the direction of the network for the next several years. A number of important new initiatives were proposed by the participants. [Read more]


A Desire for Peace in Burma Drives Art and Drama Workshop for Refugees in Thailand
Bruce Van Voorhis
For people forced to live in another land because of the violence in their own country, art and drama are two powerful mediums through which people can share their life stories and their aspirations for the future, stories and aspirations that can bring greater understanding about a conflict. With this in mind, Burma Issues (BI) and the Karen Student Working Group (KSWG), organized an art and drama workshop for young Burmese refugees to learn how to better express themselves and educate others. [Read more]


Unheard Voices about Burma’s 2010 Elections
Burma Partnership
In February and March 2010, Burma Issues’ (BI) video team and Karen Youth Organization (KYO) went inside Burma. Armed with video cameras about the upcoming election in 2010, they tried to inform local people of their human rights to a free and fair election. On the course of the trip, the voices of those speaking about the 2010 elections and other issues were collected in the video Unheard Voices. [Read more]


An Unfaithful Pastor
Interfaith Cooperation Forum
Threats by a pastor in the United States to burn hundreds of copies of the Qur’an in a misguided attempt to combat terrorism has only inflamed anger among Muslims in Asia and elsewhere around the world. In response to the pastor’s threatened action, ICF issued a statement on September 10, a day before the event was scheduled to take place and the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States. [Read more]


Hey, America: I’m a Muslim, Let’s Talk
Mona Eltahawy
Sharing her experiences of standing on a sidewalk outside the proposed site of a controversial Islamic community center and mosque in New York City and speaking about her faith, the author explains how walls of misunderstanding can be dismantled one person at a time. [Read more]


Another ‘Singing Nun’ Arrives in Exile
International Campaign for Tibet
Palden Choedron is one of 14 imprisoned Tibetan nuns who became known as the “Singing Nuns” for the songs they composed and sang in Drapchi Prison expressing their support for the Dalai Lama and Tibet. After being released after serving 11 years in prison for her views, Palden Choedron joined seven of the other “Singing Nuns” in exile in India on Sept. 1. [Read more]