India is a land of religions and diversity. Our purpose is to bring this country back to its original ethos by reviving harmony and peace.
The B. V. Foundation for the Promotion of Peace and Harmony was established in 2006 to promote peace in the Visakhapatnam district of India. Our CC holds monthly interfaith meetings, observes religious festivals, and organizes special programs to celebrate United Nations Day, International Day of Peace, and International Day of Nonviolence. We also visit religious sites to promote interreligious understanding and harmony.
The B. V. Foundation for the Promotion of Peace and Harmony, a member group of the South Asia IARF region operating in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India, will hold a series of commemoration events of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as it has done for several years already. The meetings will be held on 6-9 August at:
- St. Josephs College for Women, Gynapuram (6 August)
- AS Raja Jr. College MVP. Colney (7th August)
- Dr. VSK Govt Degree College ( 8 August)
- NT school Akkyyaplaem (9 August).
The meetings will be followed by an exhibition of Hiroshima and Nagasaki explosions and screening of a documentary film.
For details please contact Prof. Prakash Rao, Chairman, at 9032477463 or narava_prakasarao[at]yahoo.co.in.
WHEN: Pentecost 2015 (22 to 25 May 2015 )
WHERE: Worms, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany ( city of the Niebelungs, vineyards, and the roots of the Free Protestant–Unitarian movement )
The Unitariertag is a unique chance to meet about 250 Unitarians and the independent Youth Group “Bund Deutsch Unitarischer Jugend, BDUJ“.
We want to discuss in workshops and during the meeting the needs of our members living in Germany and those in the diaspora who are challenged with a moving society leaving the mainstream Churches (Roman Catholic and Lutheran) and finding very often their answers to their questions in esoteric, humanistic and non-confessional communities.
The congress language is German. We can only sporadically provide translation. See 'More Information' from the link below, and refer to the flyers in German or English.
Various groups and religious leaders (Muslim, Traditional and Christian) will participate, as well as government officials. Administration and IEBC coordinators are among other guests.
Joyce Wamalwa, who holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights issues, will deliver a lecture.
Guji Takahiro Miwa, a member of IARF's Council, has been invited to deliver a keynote speech at the “International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy & Religion” of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), Rome & Vatican City; March 31st - April 3rd, 2014.
Speakers and Delegates will include over 300 religious and spiritual leaders, leading politicians and diplomats, senior academics and other dignitaries from around the world exploring the use and potential of inter-faith dialogue to promote discourse with the ultimate goal of global peace promotion and unity of faiths.
The Guji will give his address on April 2nd.
This event is in collaboration with the CoNGO Sub-committee on Freedom of Religion or Beliefs.
Side event on The Rise of Religious Intolerance, in conjunction with the Annual Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRoB) - part of the Programme of Work of the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) complements the Special Rapporteur's presentation of his his Annual Report, which this year is titled "Tackling manifestations of collective religious hatred".
Thursday 6th March, 6.30pm
Khoei Foundation - The Stone Hall Chevening Road, London, NW6 6TN (nearest tube Brondesbury Park)
With Sheikh Maytham Alsalman - Chair of the Bahrain Interfaith Centre
For three years the Gulf island of Bahrain has been witnessing ongoing protests with a widespread demand for democratic change. With a majority Shi'ite population ruled by a minority Sunni royal family, sectarian tensions have added to an already complex situation. At the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013, President Obama highlighted Bahrain as a country with concerns of sectarian tensions. This was denied by figures in the Bahraini Government, but the demolition of 38 Shi'ite mosques, sacking of Shi'ite workers and students and now the closing of the country's main Shi'ite religious body, all suggest heightened attacks on religious freedom in response to calls for democracy. A US State Department report in 2013 was critical of the Bahraini Government's recent record on religious freedom.
Sheikh Maytham Alsalman is the Chair of the Bahrain Interfaith Centre and Head of the Religious Freedom Unit at the Bahrain Human Rights Observatory. He has worked to promote religious tolerance and mutual understanding amongst the country's Shi'ite and Sunni communities, as well as with the other religions represented by Bahrain's numerous expatriate workers. Here he will present on the current state of religious freedom in Bahrain, his thoughts on accusations of sectarianism from both sides of the divide, as well as presenting his vision for reconciliation and a way for Bahrain to move forwards away from religious tension.
With sectarianism a growing focus across the Middle-East, particularly in Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, Sheikh Maytham will provide expert and eyewitness knowledge of the current situation.
500 interfaith people from all over TamilNadu, including IARF branches
200 participants and three facilitators
Brahma Kumaris, Global Co-operation House, 65-69 Pound Lane, London NW10 2HH
FREE, all interested parties are welcome. RSVP using email given.
Faith / Belief
Rev Canon Dr Alan Race
Sheikh Muhammad Amin Evans
Satish K Sharma
Sister Maureen Goodman
Broadly based on the popular BBC TV programme that has been on air for 34 years. To explore the religious perspective on current affairs at specific faith and interfaith levels.
If attending, you're invited to send questions to the organisers.
Questions that meet the criteria will be sent to panellists to prioritise, and will be raised during the event.
Even though a limited number of faiths will be represented on the panel, members of the audience representing a wider diversity of faiths are invited to participate.
Your emails on topical issues are welcome until 28 January. Please email your question to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sponsored by: Brahma Kumaris (www.brahmakumaris.org.uk); International Assoc. for Religious Freedom (http://iarf.net); World Congress of Faiths (www.worldfaiths.org)
“There will be no peace in the world until there is peace among religions. There will be no peace among religions until there is dialogue among religions.”
UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, 1-7 February 2014
Hosted by Pastor Daniel Kimakon, of Enarau Full Gospel Church
“Freedom & Rights of Young Adults in the Digital Age”
@Montfort International Spirituality Center, Bangalore, India
Wednesday 11 December 2013
A joint event with the World Congress of Faiths (WCF) to mark Human Rights Day (10 December), and the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A minute of silence for Nelson Mandela
Panel discussion, with:
- The Rev. Marcus Braybrooke, President, WCF
- His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop, Coptic Orthodox Churches in the UK.
- Dr. Kishan Manocha. Director of Public Affairs, Baha'is of the UK.
Moderator - Dr. Josef Boehle, University of Birmingham
10th December 2013
@GITAM University School of Law, Visakhaptnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
IARF Visakhaptnam organises jointly with the GITAM University School of Law, a special meeting for World Human Rights Day celebrations.
At 10am Sri N.V. Badarinath, president of the Visakhpatnam Bar Association, will deliver the keynote address. Prof. AnithaRao, Co-ordinator Academics and Prof. Y. Satyanaranyan, Director of GITAM School of Law, will attend. Narava Prakasa Rao, chairman of IARF Visakhpatnam, will be preside. An interactive session with students will follow. All are welcome.
International Life House Business Centre, First floor Board Room, Mama Ngina Str.
Meeting purpose:to bring religious groups together and introduce IARF to the public.
Guest of honour: Prof. Nathan Kahara.
The Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission Chair, Hon. K. Baskaran, will inaugurate a new IARF HRERC (Human Rights Education Resource Centre) at Sri Venkateswara Engineering Technology, Thiruvallur. This centre will service nearly 150 colleges in and around Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur districts, and aim to increase the number of facilitators trained to extend Human Rights Education in the region and wider South India.
Welcome Address: James Manoharan.
Presiding: Dr. Vasudevan, Chairman, Sri Venkateswara Engineering College
Inauguration: Judge K. Baskaran, Officiating Chair, Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission.
Felicitation: V. Rengapashyam, Advocate, Council Member IARF; Mr Senniappan, Manager, H R Atnel Corporation
Introduction of HRE: Bro. Albert Xaviour, Council Member IARF
Vote of thanks: Lakshmipathy Naidu, IARF India Chapter
In Kitale, capital of North Rift province, Bishop Michael Wafula of the New Covenant Bible Church will host a day-long introduction to Human Rights Education for the wider community. Attendance will include local leaderships such as chiefs, county representatives, Officers Commanding Police Departments, and other civic and religious leaders, as well as ordinary members of the Christian, Hindu, Muslim and traditionalist communities.
Theme: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY
Co-Sponsored by IARF Peacemaking & World Congress of Faiths (WCF)
Starts 20 August, continue though 23 or 24 August.
@Unitarian Church in Horsham
WCF/IARF Aug 19 – Dr. Yehuda Stolov –Younghusband Lecture. “Building Peace in the Holy Land - IT CAN BE DONE”– Interfaith Dialogue in Israel.
6PM Tea, 6:30 Lecture & Discussion.. Montagu Centre, 21 Maple St. London W1T 4BE (tube stop– Warren St).
Unitarian-Universalist General Assembly June 19-23, Louisville: IARF-US booth in the International Village.
We’ll also be holding a reception to which you’re invited. Time & place TBC.
Also considering sponsoring a visit to the Gethsemani Abbey, where Thomas Merton stayed. It’s about 50 miles south, and we would be going by bus (or cars?) on Monday, following the GA. We need to gauge interest before making arrangements. Could you advise us if you’d like to be included? FRENCHH [at] mailbox.sc.edu
Annual General Meeting (13:30 to 15:15 hours) with IARF Interfaith Celebration (15.15-16 am) and interreligious boat ride (16-17 hours) in collaboration with the Utrecht Platform for Religion and Levensbeschouwig.
Place: Geertekerk, Geertekerkhof 23, Utrecht (further information follows).
10AM-4PM Croydon Unitarian Church CRO 1ER (10 minute walk from East Croydon Station).
“THE MEANING OF BEING A SURVIVOR.”(£5) register 10 AM. 10:30 Worship. 11 AM, Rev. Chris Hudson, panel. 12:30 Share bag lunch. PM: Women’s Role in Peacemaking: Kiran Bali, MBE, Charanjit Singh & Rubab Mehdi Rizvi; Circle Groups; AGM.
If you are coming, please phone or email Rev Feargus O’Connor, ggunirev [at] aol.com, Tel: (020) 7837 4472
UN Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
Side event on Freedom of Religion in Russia
29 April 2013
in conjunction with the review of the human rights records of Russia through the Working Group on the UPR of the Human Rights Council.
Jointly organised by IARF and Human Rights Without Frontiers International (HRWFI)
Topics & Speakers:
- The law on extremism – Alexandr Verkhovsky from Sova Center in Moscow
- A number of court cases in Russia – Sergey Ivanenko, a Russian lawyer
- European Court decisions against Russia in religious matters – Attorney Patricia Duval from Paris
- Religious intolerance fostered by the state and anti-sect movements in Russia – Willy Fautré from Brussels
IARF / World Congress of Faiths - Compassion Retreat
BK Lighthouse, Worthing.
See “Events” www.worldfaiths.org or email Sister Georgina Long of Brahma Kumaris, gannlong [at] gmail.com
"Peacemaking and Inclusiveness" - Rev. Chris Hudson
April 12, Nottingham University
Greetings: GA Pres Lis Dyson-Jones, Bishop Balint Benczedi & Rev. Maria Pap (Kolozsvar, Romania).
SACC Advisory Board Meeting
Venue: Hotel Nandini, Airport Gate, Sinamangal, Kathmandu (10 minutes walk from the airport); Contact no.: 977-1-4473141
Two-day Human Rights Education workshop-cum-Women's Day celebration - for NGOs and Masters students, in association with Brothers Integrated Rural Development Society (BIRDS), Bangalore.
Govt. Arts College, Paramakudi Tamilnadu
Dr. G. Rajaram
11-12 January 2013
ASHA KENDRA, Pathanamthitta, Kerala
Prof. Jyothiraj T.K.
23 January 2013
Marina Beach, Chennai, Tamilnadu
Mr. K. Ramachandran
23-24 January 2013
ASHRAY, Sonapukur, Rajarhat, Kolkata
Prof. Asit Kumar Basu
26-27 January 2013
Interfaith Organization, Divine colony, Balasore, Odisha
Prof. Asit Kumar Basu
29-30 January 2013
Mahila Vidyapeeth, Visakhaptnam, Andhra Pradesh
Prof. N. Prakasa Rao
From 11 to 29 November, Council member Rev. Takahiro Miwa, of the Hiyoshi Shrine, Nagoya, Japan, will visit Nairobi plus four West African cities (Lagos, Lome, Contonou, Accra) to meet religious leaders for talks about IARF work and realizing peace through religious freedom. He will be accompanied by the chairman of our Pakistan chapter, Rev. Jefferson Ghauri.
@AdiChunchanagiri Matt, Belluru, Karnataka.
The conference is sponsored by His Holiness Parama Poojya Jagadguru Padmabhushana Dr. Sri. Sri. Sri. Balagangadharanatha Mahaswamijigalu, of AdiChunchanagiri Matt.
Theme: “Collective Religious Responsibility on Sustainable Development”.
The same event will feature an RFYN national conference organised by Prof. Anbumani Arumugham, RFYN International President
To be held over two days at the Indian College of Teachers' Education, Vellore, TamilNadu. Facilitator Mr. K. Ramchandran.
To be held in Tamil Nadu, this will be one of our first India-based conferences that will raise half its costs from local sources. 100 young adult participants are expected from around the country, of whom 20 are students from beyond India.
Promoting peace among religions. Chief guest Rev. Takahiro Miwa, Japan
International Peace Day in South Asia, India Chapter annual conference, Human Rights Education in 6 locales
40 student youth from different faith groups to attend, at this first women's college in India, founded by Norman Bethune in 1879, 'A' level-accredited by NAAC and 'college with potential for Excellence' by UGC CPE
35 students from different religious groups to attend at this famous college founded by Raja Peary Mohan
This exhibition in Sargodha by our Pakistan Chapter displays material on the atomic holocausts at Nagasaki & Hiroshima, to convey a peace message about the financial and physical consequences of a race for nuclear weapons in a region with four nuclear powers (Iran, Pakistan, India, China).
To follow the EME region conference at Mennorode, Netherlands, 19-22 July.
19th to 22nd July 2012
Hosted by the Dutch Chapter
Venue: Mennorode (www.mennorode.nl) in Elspeet, Netherlands (1.5 to 2 hours' train from Schiphol airport).
Liberal Religion on ‘Hold’, ‘Play’, Or ‘Fast Forward’?
For a long time, liberal religious people have regarded themselves as the avant-garde in cultural spirituality, progressive in their political outlook, and forerunners in philosophy and science. Are we still keen to take the lead? And if so, where are the leaders to be found?
The envisaged programme includes devotions, talks & workshops.
Starts 19th July with an afternoon programme; ends 22nd July after a morning service & closing ceremony
Download flyer & registration form here
Enquiries: iarfeme2012 (at) gmail.com
tel. +31 30 2210239
Facilitator: Prof. Prakash Rao
am - “Challenges to Civil and Religious Liberty Today” (Anniversary of The Great Ejection).
pm - General Meeting. Elections. Guests to discuss IARF “People to People Programme”
Planning to attend? please contact r.boeke (at) virgin.net
The annual meeting of the IARF Council takes place over two days in Osaka, hosted by Japanese member group the Konko Church of Izuo.
Cost: € 10
(1) Michael Servetus (Spaniard and internationalist) in the context of his time (a Europe without borders, the humanistic paradigm shift, the communications revolution by the printing press);
(2) The timeliness of the theological method of Servetus with openings to Judaism and Islam. Are there bridges between Christian and Muslim theologies à la Napkin?
- Prof. Dr. Gerard Wiegers of Uniiversiteit of Amsterdam
- Dr. Kovács Sándor, professor church history and history of the religions of the Unitarian Seminary toCluj-Kolozsvar, Transylvania, Romania;
- Prof. Dr. Karel Steenbrink, Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies at Utrecht University
- Mr. Jaume de Marcos Andreu of the Michael Servetus Institute, Villanueva Sijena and the Autonomous University of Barcelona UAB
In parallel with the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council, IARF co-organises a panel entitled Human Rights Education in Formal Settings
IARF session at Unitarian GA Keele University, Staffordshire
IARF-US conference, Hilton Oceanfront Resort South Carolina, in connection with UN-sponsored World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Theme, “Faith, Interfaith, and Freedom”. Speakers: Peter Morales, UUA President; Kay Lindahl, Director, Center for Sacred Listening, and Prof. Waleed El-Ansary, Xavier University, Cincinnati.
“HEALING THE WORLD - Oneness & Compassion” -
12:30pm – In the Abrahamic traditions (speakers draw on Isaiah, Jesus, Mohammed); 3pm – In the Eastern traditions (drawing on Buddha, Guru Nanak, & Gandhi).
(If you wish to enter the worship area, women are asked to cover their hair. All are asked to remove their shoes).
A Celebration of Michael Servetus in London, music refreshments, and a brief lecture. Location to be announced.
Date: 30, 31 Oct or 1 Nov.
LIVING FOR ONE WORLD – LIVING FOR THE PLANET – LIVING FOR THE PEOPLE.
7PM – refreshments. 7:30 PM, Dr. Richard Boeke, Chair, British Chapter, IARF.
Rev Dr Marcus Braybrooke, President, World Congress of Faiths and Andrew Edmundson, British Humanist Association.
Presented by ‘Faiths in Sussex’ at Worth Abbey, Turners Hill, W. Sussex.
RFYN Human Rights Training. Contact person: Bro. Albert Xaviour - xaveen (at) hotmail dot com. See program for further details.
Human Rights Education Workshop. See photos.
One day conference in Croydon.
IARF - HRE Young Adult Facilitator Training at BIRDS, Bangalore. A report is available.