1. The global launch of PeaceNext.org will take place during the Closing Plenary of the Parliament of Religions in Melbourne on December 9th, 2009 before 8,000 people from 80 countries.
All profile images posted by end of the day, December 2nd (Melbourne Time: UTC+10) will be eligible to be included in this global launch.
If you need help posting your profile picture, please take a look at our… Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 30, 2009 at 1:54pm —
The Council logo is the default photo assigned to each member's profile. However, you have the option to upload your own photo.
1. Find a photo file that you would like to use; it should have the file extension .gif, .jpg, or .png and should be less than 10 MB. If it is not squared, it will be cropped so make sure that the shape is correct before your proceed. You may want to save this file on your desktop for your own convenience.…
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 30, 2009 at 10:37am —
The world today produces enough grain alone to provide every human being on the planet with 3,500 calories a day. That’s enough to make most people fat! And this estimate does not even count many other commonly eaten foods—vegetables, beans, nuts, root crops, fruits, grass-fed meats, and fish. In fact, if all foods are considered together, enough is available to provide at least 4.3 pounds of food per person a day. That includes two and half pounds of grain, beans and nuts, about a pound of… Continue
Added by Abdul Malik Mujahid on November 30, 2009 at 6:00am —
I received this information from friends who work with me on the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium. Please pass this on to people who are going to the Parliament of World Religions. I don't know if this event is included in the price of your admission to the Parliament or not.
Australian audiences will have the rare opportunity to hear internationally renowned activist, writer, poet, professor and founder of Poets for Global Justice Drew Dellinger when he presents a major public event… Continue
Added by Nancy Panitch on November 29, 2009 at 3:39pm —
It is a sin to waste food while others do not have enough to eat. The food we waste in America every year can feed 49 million people per year.
-According to America’s Second Harvest, over 41 billion pounds of food have been wasted this year.
-According to a 2004 study from the University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson, on average, American households waste 14 percent of their food purchases.
Fifteen percent of that includes products still within their expiration date… Continue
Added by Abdul Malik Mujahid on November 29, 2009 at 6:00am —
How Americans Can Help Recover Food
In today's world, where so many wake up in poverty and go to sleep hungry, each of us must ask: "How can I help?"
To get involved or to start implementing any of the ideas suggested below, citizens may contact the "1-800-GLEAN-IT" toll-free hotline.
* Work independently or with existing organizations to assist on-going food recovery efforts.
* Support or develop a community or… Continue
Added by Abdul Malik Mujahid on November 28, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Added by Abdul Malik Mujahid on November 27, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Volume 3 - November 27, 2009
This bi-weekly newsletter features the latest updates about the 2009 Parliament and offers the most recent resources to help Ambassadors spread the word about the 2009 Parliament.
This newsletter is a tool to share… Continue
Added by Anand Krishna on November 27, 2009 at 6:07pm —
I saw two groups demonstrating against the Parliament of World Religions at Cape Town University in South Africa in 1999. One was of white Christians and the other of Indian Muslims. They were standing apart from each other despite their common cause against the Parliament. What probably inspired them to oppose the Parliament was also that which kept them away from each other.
After a couple of days, I noticed that they were standing closer to each other and even talking to each… Continue
Added by Abdul Malik Mujahid on November 27, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Seventy percent of surveyed Afghans see poverty and unemployment as the major cause of conflict in their country, according to new research by international aid agency Oxfam and a group of Afghan organizations. Ordinary Afghans blame government weakness and corruption as the second most important factor behind the fighting, with the Taliban coming in third, followed by interference by neighboring countries.
Oxfam’s new joint report, “The Cost of War,” paints a grim picture of a… Continue
Added by Abdul Malik Mujahid on November 27, 2009 at 3:45pm —
Statistics released by the USDA show nearly 50 million Americans experienced "food insecurity" last year, while new numbers in Canada show those using food banks has increased by 18 percent in the past year.
In 2008, 14.6 percent of households were food insecure at least some time during that year, up from 11.1 percent in 2007. This is the highest recorded prevalence rate of food insecurity since 1995 when the first national food security survey was conducted.… Continue
Added by Abdul Malik Mujahid on November 27, 2009 at 3:27pm —
While we will not publicly announce PeaceNext until December, we've taken a step in that direction by changing the privacy settings on the network. Now, anyone can join, though we will continue making improvements to our Beta site until next week.
1. Invite 5 people to join PeaceNext. They should be curious, engaged, and respectful. Invite people who you think will use this network and enjoy the opportunities and community that it will offer.
2. If you have some experience… Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 27, 2009 at 12:42pm —
1. Take the new poll that has been put up under the Polls tab.
2. If you have any additional comments or suggestions about the layout or functionality of PeaceNext, click on the "Report an Issue" link at the bottom of the Main page. Try to be as detailed as possible in your note.
You can complete prior action items here:
Action Item #10:… Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 26, 2009 at 10:53am —
RI, the parliament of world religions and climate change
Murray Clapham,* Jakarta | Tue, 11/24/2009 12:56 PM | Opinion
*Comments by Ambassador Anand Krishna:
Murray, thank you for the column.
Yes, we will be there, and offer… Continue
Added by Anand Krishna on November 25, 2009 at 5:30pm —
For the first week of PeaceNext Beta our action items focused on learning the basic functionalities of the Network and how to move around it. For the second week we have focused on opportunities for connection: how you can reach out to other members through the Forum, Blogs, Groups, and Events.
Now, just seven days before PeaceNext is publicly launched at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, we will focus on building multivalent content.
"Multivalent" is… Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 25, 2009 at 11:22am —
PeaceNext is our "social network" for the interreligious movement; it is universal and worldwide. But what if you want to meet with people from your own city? What if you want to connect with members of your own faith tradition? What if you want to start a series of conversations on a single issue (as opposed to a single Blog or Forum discussion)?
The answer is to use a Group.
You can organize a Group around a variety of premises (the suggestions above are a good starting… Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 24, 2009 at 12:17pm —
First, I started a group here: To Melbourne in Spirit
. PeaceNext folks who won't be in Melbourne for the event ought to join up!
Second, along the same lines, I have heard a lot of comparisons made lately between PWR and the Olympics. The Parliament is the interfaith Olympics, as it goes, and relies on a similar sort of momentum and energy to effect positive change in the world. I wonder, then, how those of us who will… Continue
Added by Connor Coyne on November 23, 2009 at 12:37pm —
Some of you have a great head start on today's action item!
The Blog application is similar, but not identical, to the Forum. While the Forum is a great place to ask questions or start a spontaneous conversation, blogs (short for "web log") is a bit more structured. You publish an "entry" which can be a personal or general argument, opinion, observation, or request. They can be long or short. It's a good way to make an announcement that puts you "on the record" and in a format that… Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 23, 2009 at 12:26pm —
I have quite a collection of photos and other items recording some of the interfaith activity in which I have been involved, mainly in Australia but also elsewhere such as the Asia/Pacific, Jordan and Azerbaijan, on Facebook. . If you are reading this , send me a message via this site, or to my facebook account (username: jeremy.jones.australia)
Added by Jeremy Jones on November 22, 2009 at 6:01am —
ABC Radio journalist and Cultural Diversity News blogger, Nasya Bahfen explores her interfaith prejudices and hunts down the issues raised by inter-faith dialogue through the back streets of Melbourne, Au. Edgy, juicy interview.
What interfaith biases or prejudices (that you are aware of) do you bring to the table? How are you working with and/or overcoming them?
Check out the interview here:… Continue
Added by Alisa Roadcup on November 20, 2009 at 7:01pm —