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  • Blog
    Fri, 22 Mar 2019
    ArticleNew Zealand holds a National Day of Mourning

    As New Zealand holds a National Day of Mourning commemorating the lives lost and supporting those wounded in the recent horrific mosque attacks in that country, Intersections  International stands in solidarity with our global neighbor and asks as many as are able, to submit your notes of condolences to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations at nzpmun@gmail.com

    Anyone who would like to write letters of love, support and solidarity to the mosques affected, may do so at these addresses:

    Al Noor Mosque - 101 Deans Ave, Riccarton, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

    Linwood Islamic Centre - 223A Linwood Avenue, Linwood, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand

     In Love, Grace and Humanity, we stand together against hatred, white supremacy, religious intolerance, racism, xenophobia, extremism of any sort.

     

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    Thu, 21 Mar 2019
    ArticleInternational Day for the Elimination of Racial...

    Intersections Friends,

    On March 21, 1960, South African police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa.

    Since 1966, UNESCO has declared this day be remembered as an International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.The Collegiate Church has a rich history in solidarity with the struggle to end the policy of apartheid in South Africa.

    That history is a healing balm to the wound many still feel in knowing that the Dutch Reformed Church helped erect the system of racial discrimination and supported its scaffolding.

    As we continue on our Lenten journey of reflection, I invite reflection on and appreciation of all of our history as we continue in that work to eliminate discrimination of all kinds in this world.

     

    Grace and peace,

    Rev. Julie Johnson-Staples

    Collegiate Senior Minister serving as Executive Director of Intersections  International 

     

    https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/racialdiscriminationday

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  • Blog
    Fri, 15 Mar 2019
    ArticleVigil for those killed and wounded in the terror...

    As-Salam-u-Alaikum. My name is Barbara Costigan. I am the Chair of the Board of Deacons of the Collegiate Churches of New York. I sit on the Governing Board of Intersections International, a global social justice ministry of the Collegiate Churches and I am a member of Marble Collegiate Church. The Collegiate Churches have a long tradition of promoting enduring interfaith relationships. Personally, I believe that what happened in the mosques in New Zealand and what could happen here in New York is just geography. I believe that the only thing that can overcome fear and hatred is LOVE. We interfaith people must eat together, converse together, march together, and study one another's scriptures together as in Scriptural Reasoning. I am very sorry for what happened to the Muslim community in New Zealand and what happened to the Jewish community in Pittsburgh. I also worry what could happen to Christian communities in Palestine and Pakistan. I have worked together with several interfaith brothers and sisters who are here today. We know our only hope is to continue to work together. Thank you. more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 30 Aug 2018
    One Man’s Terrorist

    On the power of words - "What we need to do is move away from the fear the word evokes and offer solutions for the consequences our policies create."

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    Tue, 3 Oct 2017
    ArticleAre drones paving the future?

    In this day and age, governments and militaries around the world are seeking the most efficient and casualty minimising means of warfare. This new rationale and strategy can be connected to people’s and governments’ sensitivity towards human suffering. Therefore, the main aim is to reduce one’s own casualties and... more...

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  • Blog
    Wed, 20 Sep 2017
    ArticleA Path of an Immigrant

    I was born In Uzbekistan, a beautiful country with endless opportunities for the few and poverty for many. I was among the few. My father, a successful upholsterer, has ensured a comfortable life for our family in a two story house with two swimming pools and a beautiful garden. I would only spectate the economically struggling... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 11 Sep 2017
    ArticleAcid attacks in rise

    Since Trump’s 2016 election victory we have witnessed a drastic increase in the number of hate crimes committed on American soil. According to one study undertaken in nine areas across the US, there is an overall increase of 23.3% in hate crimes from the previous year. This same phenomenon can also be observed in the UK post-Brexit... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 28 Aug 2017
    Article How to handle politics in Jewish-Muslim...

    Jewish-Muslim dialogues are needed now more than ever. Many conversations do take place, at scholarly level as well as at community level.  These are all high level political steps that can be distinguished from college based interfaith groups or civil society meetups. Those are Muslims and Jewish “masses” standing in... more...

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    Tue, 8 Aug 2017
    ArticleThe UN’s Worst Kept Secret

    Women and children’s vulnerability increases dramatically in a conflict environment. This might be due to the breadwinner (most commonly the husband or father) deceased during the conflict or joined the battle itself. However, this vulnerability is frequently associated with women and children’s subjection to sexual and... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 25 Jul 2017
    ArticleHumans First: Germany’s Refugee Intake is a...

    An article by Human Rights Watch reported that Germany has been receiving a staggering 890,000 asylum seekers and migrants in 2015 alone, drawing attention from critics, scholars and media persons alike. Some argue that this is an attempt in part for Germany to cleanse or make up for its dark past by performing humanitarian acts.... more...

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