Religious Diversity News

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Baha’is Add Quilt to Faith Quilts Project Collection

Source: U.S. Baha’i News Service

On March 6, 2006 the U.S. Baha’i News Service reported, “‘Power of Unity,’ a quilt created and made by four Boston-area Baha’is under the auspices of the Boston-based Faith Quilts Project, will be on exhibit in April at the Boston Center for the Arts. Neophyte quilters Pari Anvar, Jaleh Khadem, Mojdeh Rouhani and Patricia Towfigh painstakingly worked on their project under the tutelage of renowned quilt artist Clara Wainwright, who founded the Faith Quilts Project as a way to bridge religious divides after the Sept. 11 tragedy. Wainwright also is a co-founder of First Night Boston, a New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts and community that has spread throughout the country. The quilt’s c

reators — Baha’is who come from Muslim, Jewish and Christian backgrounds — designed it around their favorite writings and quotations from the Faith. Perhaps not so coincidentally, ‘we all came up with the same two quotations (from Baha’u’llah),’ said Ms. Khadem: ‘”We are all the leaves of one tree and the drops of one ocean” and “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”‘”

Harvard Interfaith Group Urges Dialogue, Action

Source: The Harvard Crimson

On November 14, 2005 The Harvard Crimson reported, “A revitalized Harvard Interfaith Council (HIC) met for the first time this year on Thursday, drawing about 100 people to discuss religion over chocolate fondue. Among the crowd were guest speakers Dean of the College Benedict H. Gross ’71 and Dean of Harvard Divinity School William A. Graham, as well as leaders of the Harvard Baha’i Association, Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship (HRCF) and Dharma [Harvard’s Hindu student group]. Representatives from The Pl

uralism Project, a Harvard-based research endeavor focused on religious diversity, also participated in the event… HIC, originally dedicated to small discussions of religion, collapsed in 2003 once founding seniors graduated, according to Lala. He was able to revive the group in the fall of 2004.

The group now aims to promote campus-wide interreligious dialogue by holding events that support varying beliefs. Lala also said he wants to increase HIC’s influence by creating additional events like Belief in Action [a day of interfaith volunteer service hosted by HIC in May 2005]… In December, HIC will host a panel discussion on Abrahamic and Eastern religions. In February, the group will hold an event that explores the use of art in worship and spirituality.”

Baha’i Conference Seeks to Close Gap Between Faith and Action

Source: Science and Technology News

On October 20, 2005 Science and Technology News reported, “For the Baha’i faith, understanding the relationship between science and religion is crucial to spiritual growth. A recent conference on ‘Science, Religion, and Social Transformation’ organized by the Association for Baha’i Studies in Boston aimed to close the widening chasm between philosophical understandings of science and religion and their application to the tangible world. Baha’is see ‘physical reality as a means by which we can come to understand metaphysical abstractions,’ said John Hatcher, author and graduate director of English literature at the University of South Florida, in his keynote address. ‘It is a cleverly des

igned classroom.’ Science and religion are, therefore, not just academic disciplines, but practical paths to understanding and developing spiritual, intellectual and emotional beings, and as well as advancing societies… Perhaps due to a lack of formal clergy in the religion, a strong undercurrent of broad personal responsibility in applying science and religion to social transformation was evident throughout the conference.”