On Sunday, September 15th, over 30 interfaith leaders and supporters gathered at the Pico Union Project center in Los Angeles to discuss how interfaith work is relevant today. The event was moderated by Dr. Steve Wiebe, Executive Director of New Vision Partners, while the speaker panel included seven interfaith leaders from Los Angeles and Saudi Arabia: Dr. Maher Hathout, Reverend Dr. Gwynne Guibord, Naomi Ackerman, Omar Ahmed Bahlaiwa, Dr. Selwa Al-Hazzaa, Ali Husein Alreza, and Samar Fatany. Continue reading
New Vision Partners leads interfaith programs in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Long Beach. Over 100 students from 17 different faith backgrounds were selected for these competitive leadership programs to build conflict resolution skills, relationships and live their faith through service work.
Students participated in leadership building activities and visited numerous houses of worship including a Sikh Gurdwara, Jewish Temples, a Catholic Cathedral, a Latter Day Saints Chapel, and a Mosque. Participants also listened to a panel of service and faith leaders. In addition to interfaith and leadership activities, youth were involved in different service projects. Los Angeles participants volunteered with Union Rescue Mission to serve 700 people on Skid Row while our Long Beach participants cleaned up one square mile of public beach space.
For more information on how to get involved with the Interfaith Youth Leadership Initiative programming throughout the year, click here.
Faith based leaders discussed the tragedy in Boston Marathon at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles Friday, April 19, 2013. On behalf of the Islamic Center of Southern California and Muslim community at large, we extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers for the families of those who died and were injured as a result of the explosions during the Boston marathon. We pray that the perpetrators are apprehended and brought to justice ASAP. In the current climate of unknown fears and misunderstandings about Muslims interfaith leaders seek to enhance understanding and perpetuate peace among people across all faiths.
From April 23-25, 2013, Aziza Hasan, our Director of Interfaith Programs, was one of 300 people from 70 countries world-wide selected to take part in the Tenth Annual Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue, in Doha, Qatar. She shared her expertise in effective ways to engage in interfaith dialogue with attendees from around the world. She also appeared on Qatar State television as well as Cordoba television.
One of the strangest traditions in the Christian church is that of washing people’s feet. Usually when folks outside of the Christian tradition hear about it, they arch their eyebrows and ask “what?”. My own daughter said “eeew” when she heard about what Pope Francis did. But footwashing started with Jesus, who washed his disciples’ feet during the Last Supper. It was meant to show his humility and willingness to serve his followers by taking up a dirty job (think 1st century sandals, dusty roads, and no pavement). Continue reading
On Feb. 25, 2013 the Abrahamic Faiths Peace-making Initiative (AFPI), hosted the Executive Director of Just Vision, Ronit Avni, for a public screening and discussion of the
award-winning documentary “My Neighborhood”. One-hundred audience members came from across Southern California– spanning the area from Huntington Beach to Pasadena. Continue reading
Are you a high school student interested in going on a safari and learning about forgiveness from people who have lost their families to genocide? Join our Summer 2013 trip to Rwanda where we will go on a journey full of adventure and self reflection.
We are now accepting applications! Click here for the Rwanda Application.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some photos from the event: