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[Podcast] Interfaith on the Menu

Sunday, April 24th, 2016


Like dousing your meal with hot sauce, we’ve kicked Common Knowledge up a notch, based on some great feedback we’ve gotten from our listeners. The official IFYC podcast now has a fresh new layout, some snazzy new audio equipment to record our stellar guests, and a delicious new episode to show it all off.

In Interfaith on the Menu: The Shared Value of Food, our hosts take a lunch break to find out how food can bridge the interfaith gaps that words can’t manage alone. Carr and Prerna talk turkey (but not bacon) about engaging diversity with the owners of a kosher BBQ restaurant, and find out what growing tomatoes has to do with learning about religious values. 

From Langar meals in Sikhism, to Muslim iftars during Ramadan, to the Jewish Passover sedars being held this very weekend, food holds a key place in our different faiths and philosophies. If you’re going to do interfaith engagement, make sure you keep food on the table.

Common Knowledge is a regular IFYC podcast featuring interviews and stories that highlight the importance of “interfaith literacy”, the knowledge necessary to navigate and lead in our religiously diverse world.




Better Together Day: What comes next?

Friday, April 15th, 2016

This year’s Better Together Day was bigger and more powerful than ever. Five thousand people around the country came together on April 7 to talk about their religious and non-religious worldviews, share their values, and learn from others.

Here’s what happened:

  • Thousands of people across countless different religions and philosophies shared their values and learned what inspires other people to do good.
  • Thousands of students across the country started essential conversations through fast-a-thons, interfaith dialogue dinners, open mic nights, and other events that crossed the lines that usually divide us.
  • And speaking of thousands, IFYC will officially be giving $10,000 to the International Rescue Committee to support their work with refugees in honor of this overwhelming participation.

We need to start these essential conversations in order to tackle some of our thorniest world issues. If you haven’t participated yet, you can still submit your own values on our website until Sunday, April 17. Amazing things happen when we come together. That’s the power of interfaith cooperation.

Better Together Day

URI Circles of Light 2016

Thursday, April 14th, 2016



URI welcomes you to the 13th annual Circles of Light Gala, which honors URI’s Cooperation Circles that build peace through the arts. 

The theme for the 2016 event is the ARTS which include music, dance, visual arts, poetry, and theatre. URI will feature Cooperation Circles from around the world that utilize the ARTS as a key tool in promoting interfaith dialogue in their community. Please review the speakers profile here.

During the reception, guests will enjoy a gallery-like setting, featuring sculptures, paintings, music, photography, and dance, and showcasing additional Cooperation Circles such as Aflaiai (Eterno), Heartbeat: Jerusalem, Umbiyozo Cultural Diversity, and The Voices of Peace CC. 

 Saturday, 16 April 2016

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

Reception: 6:00 pm | Dinner: 7:00 pm

Cocktail or festive attire  

For more information or to sponsor a table, please call Diana Conan at (415) 762-2723 or send an email to


Invitation to the opening of THE BRIDGE exhibition in Chicago

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

You are Invited to+ the Chicago opening reception on 12 April at 5:30 PM of 
CARAVAN’s peacebuilding East-West interreligious art exhibition, THE BRIDGE
at the historic and majestic Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago.

47 Artists of Middle Eastern origin from 15 countries

THE BRIDGE runs at Rockefeller Chapel through 19 May 2016 All are invited – No RSVP Required


URI Network in Action

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

URI Network in Action

The URI network in action: Yogi Deva Raj of Atma Darsana Yoga CC in Bangalore, India, recently visited Hope In Life Foundation (a URI Multi-Region Cooperation Circle based in California, USA). This is one example of the inspiration and collaboration that can occur as members of the URI family continue to strengthen the global network.

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the down-to-earth and KARM Yoga Guru, Deva Raj yesterday. I find his yoga program for families perfect for the world’s current needs. It’s based on ‘respect’ in every relationship: couples, parents, child-parent, parent-child, wife-husband, husband-wife. Simple and easy to practice in our daily lives. Lack of respect within families has led to disgruntled children taking on the war path.

If you recall, I had shared about ‘peace within families’ at the Parliament of World’s Religions. Deva Raj’s program is exactly along those lines with a KARM YOGA angle. KARM literally means ACTION, the act of ‘doing’. His program teaches us how to lead a good life through our actions, showing respect through our actions. Personally I believe, if we practice this type of Yoga, we will be able to end terrorism. Terrorism is the KARM of warped minds and the source most often is dysfunctional families.

I am impressed by the work Deva Raj is doing other than walking for 7 months (2772 Km or 1722.4 miles) from the southern most tip of India, Kanyakumari to New Delhi – a walk that transformed his life! That walk was his KARM that changed him forever. 

Rupsi Burman

Hope In Life Foundation

Let Us Keep Going – #Better Together Day

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

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Join Us as We Bless the Water

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Join Us As We Bless The Water

Event from 2 weeks ago…

Join Us As We Bless The Water 

On the  Equinox, Saturday March 19th, as part of World Water Day, we invited you to join us and hundreds of other events around the Planet in a Global Synchronized Meditation and Water Blessing.

At 5pm Pacific/ 12am GMT the #BlessTheWater campaign culminated in a global event anchored on the banks of the Ganges River in Rishikesh, India and the free online premiere of the new UPLIFT film ‘Water is Sacred’.

Water is Sacred’ – features author of ‘The Biology of Belief’, world famous biologist Dr. Bruce Lipton and the extraordinary ‘poet of consciousness’ Prince Ea travelling to the Ganges in India to explore how Water is Sacred.

The film also features women from the Islands of Vanuatu doing water ceremony, interviews of the Kichwa people in Ecuador, indigenous water blessings in Australia, Sages and Swamis from Rishikesh in India, faith leaders from the Middle East and much, much more.

It has been shown that Water carries intention. When we Bless the Water, our gratitude is carried by that water in its journey through all the water courses and life systems of the world. By restoring our right relationship with water, we can begin to see that access to Water is a universal human right and that Water everywhere must be protected and preserved.

Find out more here

Invitation to MARWA ADEL Exhibition in Philadelphia, USA

Monday, April 4th, 2016


Upcoming Event – Forgiving the Unforgivable

Sunday, March 27th, 2016


Share your values to help refugees

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Interfaith Literacy for Social Good

What motivates you to cooperate across lines of difference? 

For Better Together Day on April 7, thousands of people across the country will be working to promote interfaith literacy through interfaith discussions, events, and acts of service. This literacy isn’t just an understanding of religious facts and texts. It’s an understanding of how different people live their beliefs and values and how those values influence the common good. 

Want to help promote interfaith literacy? Submit a quote, verse, or personal value to our website about why interfaith cooperation is important to you. When 5,000 people participate, $10,000 will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, an organization dedicated to supporting refugees from Syria and other war-torn areas. 

Here are a few examples:

  • Verse or religious text: Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship. – Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, Bishárát (Baha’i)
  • Quote: “I feel that as humans, as participants and beings that walk upon this earth, it is our responsibility to help the earth.” – Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Sliammon First Nation 
  • Personal statement: I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person and think that we are all worthy of kindness and respect.

You can do something right now to help bring Americans together and support refugees in need. Take part today by sharing your values through a verse, quote, or statement. While you’re there, find out more about interfaith literacy, what students are planning, and other ways you can be involved. You can even pick up your limited edition Better Together Day t-shirts– all at