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Simran Jeet Singh in NBC videoNBC features RCC member Simran Jeet Singh in Life Stories series

RCC member Simran Jeet Singh, professor of religion and Senior Religion Fellow at The Sikh Coalition, reflects on his upbringing and faith, and the importance of cultural and religious literacy across traditions in America in NBC's Life Stories video.

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Religious Freedom Center offers classes for religious and civic leaders

Religious Freedom Center signBecome a constitutional and human rights specialist on issues of religion and public life.

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the American public about the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment. We envision a world committed to religious freedom as an inalienable right for all people.

In carrying out this vision, our mission is to educate the public about the history, meaning and significance of religious freedom and to promote dialogue and understanding among people of all religions and none.

The Religious Freedom Center offers onsite and online classes that prepare religious and civic leaders for effective and principled leadership in a religiously diverse society.

We invite you to join this initiative and encourage you to apply for one or more of our courses. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 First Amendment courses.

Religion & Democracy, an interfaith special, to be broadcast June 26, 2016 on CBS

 Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

Religion & Democracy, a CBS Interfaith Special, looks at the challenges America is facing – as one of the most diverse democratic countries in the world – when it comes to religious hate and intolerance, and in particular examines the conditions that are fueling anti-Muslim sentiment. This special broadcast will air on the CBS Television Network Sunday, June 26 (check local listings ).

Among those featured on the program is Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU). A recent ISPU survey revealed that last year Muslims reported more religious discrimination than Jews, Protestants and Catholics. She talks about how living in a climate of fear and intolerance affects the Muslim community and society as a whole.

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Statement by the National Council of Churches and other faith groups in the wake of the worst mass shooting in US history

NCC: We pray for the victims and familiesThe National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA was shocked and saddened by news of the largest mass shooting in our country’s history. We deplore gun violence, hate crimes, and terrorism in all their manifestations.

All of these forms of violence insidiously came together in this incident – a lone shooter using an assault weapon and professing his affinity with ISIS targeted the LGBTQ community – which resulted in the death of 49 people and the injury of 53 more. We mourn the dead, stand with the survivors, and grieve with the victims’ families. We also pray for a speedy recovery of the wounded, for the healing of the Orlando community, and for the well being of our country after this assault on our cherished values.

It is not lost on us that the shooter was a Muslim, and some may wrongly seek to label Muslims as violent people generally. Apparently known not to be particularly religious, reports indicate that he was both mentally unstable and swayed by the kind of hate that is antithetical to genuine faith. Indeed, no person of faith can carry out such an act of violence and claim authentically to do so in the name of their faith. Our Muslim friends share this same conviction.

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5 Tips for a Successful Communications Ministry

Teresa Tysinger presents at June 2016 Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter meeting

Teresa Tysinger, Director of Communications at First Presbyterian Church in Ft Worth, Texas offered the Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter “5 Tips for a Successful Communications Ministry” at the recent June meeting.

  1. Know who you are and who you serve
  2. Recruit your “dream team”
  3. Adopt policies (but be flexible)
  4. Don’t reinvent the wheel
  5. Always strive to get better

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