Newsletter – April 2016

Dear Friend,

1. Elijah’s Contribution to Peace in Jerusalem

October 2015 was a very difficult month in Jerusalem, with the outbreak of the latest round of violence in the holy city. However, there was one bright aspect for interfaith relations – the launch of the movement, “Praying Together in Jerusalem.” The Elijah Interfaith Institute, together with Tantur Ecumenical Institute, was an initiator of this important contribution towards making Jerusalem the place of harmony envisaged by the Biblical prophets.

2. “Art of Living” Event, March 2016

The World Culture Festival 2016 was described as “a celebration of The Art of Living‘s 35 years of service, humanity, spirituality and human values.” The festival celebrated the diversity in cultures from across the world while simultaneously highlighting our unity as a human family. Nearly 36,000 artists from around the world performed on what was possibly the world’s largest stage and millions attended.

Operating in 155 countries, The Art of Living is a non-profit, educational, and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by the world-renowned philanthropist and spiritual leader, Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders member, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Here is the reflection of another member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp, who attended the event.

It was humbling to be part together with my wife Sira at this powerful event of unity in diversity
The literally millions who assembled on the ingenious structures created on the banks of the river were completely silent during the meditation of Ravi Shankar – the presence of a still small voice of hope – followed by the perfect harmony of thousands upon thousands of musicians and dancers from so many countries who continued performing during the sudden torrents of rain.
These were moments of bliss, recognizing the overwhelming strength of mutual respect.

Dharma Master Hsin Tao, founder of the Museum of World Religions in Taiwan and also a member of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, was one of the speakers at this remarkable event. Here is the text of his speech.

A sprit of stillness unleashes the greatest energy between heaven and earth.
All embracing compassion brings about the greatest good and beauty in the world.

3. Rabbi David Rosen Receives Major Award

Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders member Rabbi David Rosen received the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at a ceremony at Lambeth Palace on 31 March 2016.

The award recognizes those who have made an outstanding contribution in the areas of reconciliation and interfaith cooperation. The award recognizes Rabbi Rosen’s contribution to the work of interreligious relations between, particularly, the Jewish and Catholic faiths.

4. Elijah Leaders Making an Impact

Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders member, Venerable Sanghasena, has been very busy promoting meditation, yoga and vegetarianism around the globe. To read more about his work in India, Indonesia and beyond, click here.

5. Elijah Summer School now Taking Enrollments

Become an Interfaith Leader!

Join us at the
 Summer Leadership Institute 2016!

Do you have what it takes to become a leader in interreligious dialogue?
Join the Elijah Interfaith Summer Leadership Institute and explore the meaning and challenges of leadership in and between religions.

“Religious Leadership: Ideals and Challenges” 
will be held July 31st-August 11th in Jerusalem.

Early bird discount:
10% off if you register by May 1

CLICK HERE for program and registration details.



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Thank You!

Wisdom enables us to become mindful of the memories and impressions that condition our response to the world. Wisdom enables to respond to the world, not from the dualism of like and dislike, love and hate, but from a vision of the unity of existence and the seeing of the limitless in all beings. Wisdom frees us from responding to the world on the basis of historically formed memories and enables us to do so on the basis of compassion. – Anantanand Rambachan

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