Monday, December 31, 2012

Winter Workshop in Montreal

I taught about spiritual life at a Youth Winter Workshop in Montreal on December 29

My son Frone, home for the holidays, trained up from New York to take part.

Here are some pictures from the workshop.  I find them lovely, but there are quite a bunch of them.

If you get tired of the pace of the slide show, you can click on the show to be taken to the album page to see what's there.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

St. John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta Investiture Ceremony

December 15, 2012
Palm Beach, Florida
Captions for photos are here

Thursday, December 13, 2012

American ignorance of Islam results in confused Syria policy

American ignorance of Islam results in confused Syria policy

 Lack of understanding of Islam and of the critical importance between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims is fueling a disastrous American policy in Syria, as it has elsewhere in the region.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dublin Co-Existence, Islamic Finance and Investment Conference 2012

I just presented a paper at the Dublin Co-Existence, Islamic Finance and Investment Conference 2012, of the Irish Business Executives Forum, in County Meath, Ireland.

A draft of my presentation is posted here:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Conference Presentation on Interfaith

On Saturday, May 19, 2012 I presented a paper on a multi-religious panel of speakers at a  New York City conference, sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation.

Here is the promotional flyer for the program:

There were a number of good and important speakers and presentations during the event.

My own panel included, Dr. Pedro Guzman, Imam Shamsi Ali, Ms. Joyce Schriebman, Dr. Jeffery Rubin, and Swami Parameshananda.

My paper was entitled: Ethnicity, Culture, and Interfaith.  You can read it here.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Vaisakhi Festival sponsored by the Punjabi Heritage Organization of Chicago

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, thanks to our invitation from friend, business partner, and Event Honoree, Yogi Bhardwaj,  I had the pleasure to attended the Vaisakhi Festival presented by the Punjabi Heritage Organization of Chicago.

Yogi Bhardwaj

Presentation on Spiritual Life

On Friday, April 27, 2012, I offered a presentation to several Chicago families on topics related to religious and spiritual life.  The event was organized and took place in the home Jack and Hiroko Sullivan of Northbrook, Illinois.

The evening went well.

Below are some images from our time together:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Egyptians Mourn Coptic Pope Shenouda ‎III

Abba (Pope) Shenouda III was a good friend of the Council for the World's Religions (CWR)  (root organization of IRFWP).  

In 1985 Pope Shenouda welcomed CWR director Frank Kaufmann and senior adviser Francis Clark for an extended stay at is residence in Wadi Natrun.  

We pray for Abba Shenouda's glorious ascension.

Voice of America Reports

Egyptians are mourning the death of Coptic Pope Shenouda III, the spiritual leader of the Middle East's largest Christian community. 

Shenouda died on Saturday in Cairo at age 88 after suffering from what the official MENA news agency says was liver and lung disease. 

Mourners gathered in the main Coptic cathedral in Cairo to pray and try to get a look at the pope's body. Many wept openly.

The grand sheik of Cairo's Al-Azhar, the pre-eminent theological institute of Sunni Islam, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb said, "Egypt has lost one of its rare men at a sensitive moment when it most needs the wisest of the wise..."


Friday, February 17, 2012

Dublin Conference on Global Economy

From July 5 - 6, 2012 the Irish Business Executives Forum and the Saudi Arabia based International Islamic Forum for Dialogue will co-host the conference Islamic Economy and World Peace - Islamic Perspective in the Dublin Convention Center, Dublin Ireland.

The conference invitation points out that "Peaceful cooperation and co-existence are not possible in the presence of economic instability," and describes the conveners' plans for conferees "to examine the relationship between economic stability and social stability."

Attempts until now to address the global financial meltdown strictly in terms of economic theory and speculation while ignoring the moral failures informing the collapse has been misguided as a starting point at best.

This conference promises to take good steps toward approaching this historical time of transition from a more holistic grasp of human affairs.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Education in Schmitten, Germany

On January 9th and 10th I taught approximately 80 young people from c. 18 - 22 some lectures on spiritual principles and their application in daily life.

Here are a couple of images of our time taking pictures together

The group with especially good. Bright, attentive, and thoughtful.