Interreligious Links

Interreligious Links
Starter resource on interfaithing   UM Interfaith Bus tour packet
Presbyterian  Interfaith Media resource
InterfaithRelations/Interfaith Links

The Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago
This interfaith group of leaders address the common concerns in the area.

The Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago is composed of chief leaders of the Greater Chicago area’s Catholic, Episcopal, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Protestant, Jewish, and Islamic communions and institutions.
CRLMC President Very Rev. Donald Senior cp.  and  Co-Executive Directors:  Rev. Paul Rutgers 312-431-3236    and    Rev. Stanley Davis     312-504-3582
1143 So. Plymouth Ct, Unit 507- Chicago, IL 60605-2054

Council for a Parliament of World’s Religions  CPWR newsletter

September 2013 CPWR newsletter


The CPWR has met five times–1893 and 1993 in Chicago, 1999 in Capetown. S.A. and  Barcelona in 2004.

CPWR Global Network  is on-going work of the Parliament for anyone interested in being a part of a virtual Parliament.  Share ideas, network on world issues, as a continuation of the Barcelona 2004 Assembly.     Sign up to collaborate in this interfaith work. 
CPWR in Melbourne, Australia December 3-9, 2009     Details of Melbourne Meeting
Report on Melbourne by Helene Slessarev-Jamir , Mildred M. Hutchinson Professor of Urban Ministries at Claremont Sounourners blog

Chicago Center for Cultural Connections
(formerly NCCJ)
312-236-9272 Barbara Abrajano, Exec. Director.   Chicago Chapter
The Interfaith  calendar for 2009 (very useful) may be ordered @ $16.95 each. Fill out check to Chicago Center for Cultural Connections and send to Trevor James 27 E. Monroe, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60603-5600 or call 800-311-9823, or fax 312-236-0029 with credit card order.

World Pluralism Project of Harvard University Pluralism Project  Harvard researcher Diane Eck has just written A NEW RELIGIOUS AMERICA: How a “Christian Country” Has Become The World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation.

The relation of religion to civic life in American is a central interreligious issue. The two clauses of the Constitution’s first amendment portend the wrestling and balancing that have and will take place in a religiously diverse society. A three-day symposium sponsored by The American Assembly explored the gifts and struggle of diversity and unity in our nation. Matters of Faith: Religion in American Public Life  Religions working for the environmental common good in Chicago Area

Jewish Links

American Jewish Committee
American Jewish Committee national office   Chicago office  Site projects   AJC Chicago office
See the topics on which UMC/AJC have had dialogues. Let us know by email if you are interested in having similar dialogues. Dialogue Topics
The AJC has sponsored Holy Land ecumenical seminars in which numbers of United Methodist leaders have participated.
Project Interchange: seminars in Israel – An institute of the American Jewish Committee

 United Jewish Communities: The Federations of North America  UJC

Chicago – Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Jewish Council on Urban Affairs -Combating poverty, racism, and anti-Semitism in partnership with Chicago’s diverse communities

Chicago Board of Rabbis  30 South Wells  •  Chicago, Illinois 60606   •
Rabbi Daniel N. Sherbill- President Phone: (312) 444-2896 Fax: (312) 855-3757
Inter-denominational rabbinic organization which serves as a collective rabbinic voice in relationship to the organized Jewish community and the non-Jewish world

Chicago Rabinical Council (Orthodox)

Jewish Reconstructionist Federation

Kol Hadash Humanistic congregation Kol Hadash Lincolnshire

Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Reform)

Union for Reform Judaism

United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism

Association of Reform Zionists of America

Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel – working with Jews, Christians, Muslims

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center  Holocaust Museum in Skokie

Spertus College, Library, Museum Chicago

Museum of Tolerance (A Simon Wisenthal Museum)- teacher & family resources

Views from Jewish progressive standpoint Tikkun Magazine Rabbi Michael Lerner’s insights in this magazine and website about “tikkun”= “to mend, repair and restore the world” speak to the justice issues of the Mideast, Israel and Palestine, ecology, and many other issues. One proposal is to build Tikkun Communities which can be Jewish or interfaith. For example he invites students and faculty of colleges to build a national network to end the Occupation. He invites people to gather friends and others to meet once a week in a Havurah or Tikkun Community Salon to support each other’s social change activities and discuss Tikkun magazine and website articles.

The Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies brings scholars to the interface of Christianity and Judaism, in scripture, history and current dialogue. In 2000 the Jewish Scholars project published in the New York Times a statement, Dabru Emet, “A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity” Dabru Emet

Christian Century, August 15, 2001, had articles on Jewish Engagement with Christianity by Scott Bader-Saye; and a book review of Zionism and the State of Israel: a Moral Inquiry, by Michael Prior.

Web site of International Council of Christians and Jews. The ICCJ has 33 Christian-Jewish member organizations in 31 countries. Find documents, events, articles related to dialogue and relationships Link to ICCJ

This link has numerous links to information about Jewish faith, culture, Jewish organizations, information about current events, topics to deepen understanding of Jewish life. Jewish Links

Judaism  101

Four major branches:Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist

Muslim Links

Islamic Society of North America   I S N A 

CIOGC   Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

231 S State Street, Suite 300, Chicago IL 60604,   Office: (312) 506 – 0070  Email
President-Zaher Sahloul  – Ahlam Jbara, Associate Director       Interfaith Chairpersons – Shakir Moiduddin, Azam Nizamuddin
Newsletter Crescent
Also: (IMAD)Illinois Muslim Action Day in Springfield, Illinois  Tuesday, April 17, 2012  Time: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Issues: Education, Access to Healthcare and Arabic in school, and more.
Busses for all pre-registered participants and interfaith observers.






IMAD in statehouse rotunda

Dr. Zaher Sahloul, CIOGC President

Interfaith United Methodist statement

At Illinois Treasurer’s Office

Rev. Edgar Hiestand, CCUIC and Imam Hassan Aly, MECCA Mosque

World Council of Muslims for Interfaith Relations – Joint WCMIR and CIOGC training of Muslim Interfaith leaders in Elmhurst 2008

205 N. Michigan Avenue Suite 2540 , Chicago 60601
T- (312) 240-0707 F- (312) 240-0706
Executive Director Sherif Soydan ext 104 Associate Director M. Hilmi Cinar ext 109 & Hakan Berberoglu ext 108
(Turkish – honorary president is Muslim scholar Mr. M. Fethullah Gulen  Video of Gulen movement’s mission-)  

Lectures on 14th c. Rumi  Rumi       Gulen Interfaith Television  site
The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi (Sufi mysticism, poetry) Listen and links
Turkish American Society of Chicago
  Subsidary of Niagara  TASC
Council On American-Islamic Relations –   CAIR
to join a daily national CAIR list serve  or subscribe   
     Chicago CAIR Chapter – Online Center     
Subscribe or Read current and archive newsletters
Scoop “Open Mosque” Scoop series features different Chicago area mosques (do search at cairchicago/thescoop)  

Muslim Public Affairs Council

Organization of Islamic Speakers Midwest, Naperville. Tabassum Haleem CPA,

Chicago Muslims

Muslim American Society (MAS) Chicago Chapter

Nawawi Foundation Burr Ridge  630-214-0011

IMAN  Inner City Muslim Action Network  IMAN

Muslim Educational Cultural Center of America,  Willowbrook MECCA-center

International Education Foundation  IQRA

Chicago Irananian website Iran House

The American Muslim forum (article vs. anti-Semitism) Tariq Ramadan

American Islamic College 
  640 W. Irving Park Rd     60613    AIC

The World Council of Muslims For Interfaith Relations   WCMIR    and   newsletter

Interesting Free Press Online Muslim Magazine

Islamic Institute of Toronto (links to Quran, youth perspective, etc.)

Interesting Free Press Online Muslim Magazine  and Online Mulim gender  issues

Islamic information and products Sound Vision

Tune in Radio Islam on WCEV (Chicago's Ethnic Voice)  1450AM every day 6-7 PM  

The Civic and Political Intergration of Muslim Americans 2007  Report of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs task force 

Series on Islam in the Chicago Tribune in 2004 – You will be directed to register to access.

Islam 101
Professor Marcia K. Hermansen
Professor of Islamic Studies Loyola University,
Short video from Niagara Foundation

How to perform Salah prayer
Muslims and Others: Islam in a Multi-Religious World – syllabus

Some needed vocabulary to learn  Words to Google

Islam in Urban America: Sunni Muslims in Chicago by  Garbi Schmidt  Excerpt

Islam is not monolithic
Indonesian, South Asian, China, America, Arab, Balkans,Alevi, Yazidis,etc.

Chicago Area has

Other Interfaith Links

Buddhist Council of the Midwest (directory of many temples) Buddhist Council of the Midwest
Wat (Temple)Phrasri Cambodian influence)  Watphrasri
Midwest Buddhist Temple (Japanese influence)Midwest Buddhist Temple 
Zen Buddhist Temple (Korean influence)  ZenBuddhisttemple

Jain Temple in Bartlett

Native American Spirituality
Religious movements
American Indian Center
Anawim Center 4750 N. Sheridan, Chicago
2009 UMW Mission Study Native American Survival
UMC resolutions Resolutions

Sikh Religious Society of Chicago
1280 Winnetka Ave. Palatine, IL 60067 847-359-1117

Zoroastrian Center of Chicago
Arbab Rustom Guiv Darbe Mehr
8615 Meadowbrook Drive Burr Ridge 60527  Zoroastrian Association of Chicago information

Organizations Enabling Interfaithing

Institute for Global Engagement     IGE promotes sustainable environments for religious freedom worldwide.

Yale Center on Faith and Culture Human Flourishing Project, Reconciliation Program with Muslims, Faith and Globalization Project, Ethics and Spiritualist
Yale Center on Faith and Culture

Tony Blair Faith Foundation mission-statement  and Yale article on God and Blair

Hartford Seminary, CT has many programs – Interfaith student body, oldest Christian-Muslim Relations program in the U.S., Abrahamic religions program to prepare peacemakers, Interreligious partnership to promote vital faith communities.

Parabola – Quarterly Magazine – treats myth, tradition, and the search for meaning

SHEM Center for Interfaith Spirituality, Oak Park

The DuPage Interfaith Resource Network. Rabbi Steven Bob 630-858-1561

Evanston Interfaith Action Interfaith Action

Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council
Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Arlington Heights

Sacred Space International – interfaith rhough sharing Chicago  spaces

Faith-based organizing to build moral barriers against hate Center for New Community Oak Park, IL

Faith in Place – religious commitment to be good stewards of the Earth

Interfaith Relations Resources of the World Council of Churches
Director: Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana

Interfaith Relations Resources of National Council of Churches
NCCC Interfaith Link  Interfaith blogspot Blog
NCC interfaith blog spot Shanta Premawardhana
Global Dialogue Institute

Presbyterian Church USA interfaith news site

United Religions Initiative

A Global Charter Signing Ceremony took place in Pittsburgh, PA, June 26, 2000. From 39 spiritual traditions from 44 countries, people gathered to charter to work to end religiously-motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for all. 100 Cooperation Circles have been formed. In addition there is a global site URI Global
United Religions Initiative News
URI has adherents explain their respective Religions_and_Traditions

North American Interfaith Network (NAIN)

Interfaith News Net    

International Interfaith Organizations Network current news  Parliament, Blair, Decade of Dialogue, IFYC, etc.

The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) is a Chicago based organization related to URI whose mission is to strengthen the relation of young people to community sharing the spiritual role of religion to motivate and sustain social action and service and reduce conflict among religions. If you are a high school or college student with a strong commitment to Faith, Cooperative Service, Leadership, Religious Community and Interfaith understanding link here.  Director Ebbo Patel blog      231 S. State Street. 312-506-0070   Acts of Faith: Eboo Pate’sl spiritual journey and struggle for the soul of a generation

Christian-Muslim Studies Network  Universities and seminaries network

Common Ground Center of Deerfield Illinois (815 Rosemary Terrace, 847-940-7870).Common Ground CG focuses on the world’s great cultural, philosophical, religious, and spiritual traditions and their implications for every dimension of human experience. Director Jim Kenney

Interreligious Insight: a Journal of Dialogue and Engagement (Jim Kenney)

Eighth annual conference of Globalization for the Common Good (GCG) Chicago Conference at Loyola University –  Globali
zation: the Challenge to America
May 31 – June 4, 2009  This major international Conference is convened by four organizations: The Interreligious Engagement Project (IEP21), the Center for Ethics, Loyola University Chicago, the Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet, and Globalization for the Common Good.

Mainstream faith-based agenda for religion as positive healing role in America

Xavier University  Bruggeman Center for Interfaith Dialogue

Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries

Meeting Place of the World’s Religions

How interfaith relations work in Britain

Michigan Ashram

Interfaith Climate Change Campaign of Illinois

Resources for Inquiry and Dialogue
A comprehensive list of questions that arise in interreligious study, with resources.

Voices Exchange helps Chicagoland residents find the social, political, cultural and economic information they need to become active participants in the civic life of their community and country. Many local speakers, performers and organizations  offer renewed hope for a peaceful and just future for the world. Unfortunately, their ideas do not always receive the recognition or visibility that they deserve. Through its on-line database, Voices Exchange can connect these many talented speakers, performers, religious/community leaders from various faith traditions, skills trainers, academics, and other specialists to local host groups — including interfaith and religious organizations, civil or fraternal groups, labor organizations, community groups, student or youth organizations, and schools/colleges.

Chicago Tribune August 7, 2004 reported the opening of the Shree Swaminarayan temple in Bartlett Illinois.  The Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a socio-spiritual organization with its roots in the Vedas, was revealed by Bhagwan Swaminarayan in the late 18th century and established in 1907 CE by Swami Yagnapurushdas.

Guidelines for Religion and Public Discourse from The Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith and Ethics