Patel highlights value of interfaith dialogue

first_imgEboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, discussed the importance and implications of interfaith narrative and dialogue in a lecture titled “Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Religious and Non-Religious Diversity in the 21st Century.” The lecture was sponsored by Notre Dame’s Multicultural Student Programs and Services.Patel, who also serves as an member of the Inaugural Advisory Council for the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, said the need for coexistence and cooperation among various religions would become a defining question of our time.“The question of how people orient around religion differently, or interact with one another, whether that be based on conflict or cooperation, will be one of the most engaging questions of the 21st century,” he said.Patel said becoming an interfaith leader is a process that involves viewing one’s identity as a person of faith as an opportunity to create relationships among multiple communities of faith, which helps establish cooperation and dialogue.“You could look to make [your faith identity] a barrier of division, you could look to make it a bludgeon of domination or you could look to make it a bridge of cooperation,” Patel said.Patel said civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist, was an example of a successful interfaith leader because he took inspiration from the peaceful protests of Mahatma Gandhi, a Hindu, and cooperated with prominent leaders of multiple religions.“Martin Luther King is many, many things, but amongst them, he is certainly an interfaith leader,” Patel said.Patel said interfaith leadership is developed through three key experiences or “moments.” He said these moments include being inspired by a person or ideal of another faith, engaging and cooperating with people of multiple religions and observing and collaborating in solutions to combat interfaith violence.“You being inspired by an ideal or a person from a different religion; you recognizing and lifting up your memories of partnering with people of different religions whose endeavors are beautiful and great and holy; you recognizing the scourge of religious violence and thinking to yourself, ‘there has to be something done about this and I will take some responsibility’ — these are the kinds of moments that help you craft your own story of interfaith leadership,” Patel said.Patel said interfaith dialogue requires youth leaders who create inspiring and innovative discussion on faith. He focused on the concept of storytelling in the process of developing as an interfaith leader and said interfaith leaders “tell new stories to the world and embody those stories in their lives.”He said storytelling involves creating narratives and environments that are defined by similarities among, rather than by division of, people of different faiths.“Part of what leaders do is shape environments that make salient the commonalities between people from different religions,” Patel said.Tags: Eboo Patel, Gandhi, interfaith, interfaith dialogue, Martin Luther Kind, Multicultural Student Programs and Serviceslast_img read more

A Long Time Ago…There Was Almost a Star Wars Musical

first_img View Comments Sure, they wrote Bye Bye Birdie, but did you know Charles Strouse and Lee Adams almost wrote Bye Bye Obi(-Wan Kenobi)? If you have a bad feeling about this, stick with us.A long time ago, the composing duo were approached by George Lucas to adapt Star Wars: Episode IV (the original) into a musical. A series of demos—featuring orchestrations by none other than Mr. Jason Robert Brown—were recorded in 1999. As you can gather by subsequent trilogies of prequels, sequels and then some, Lucas decided to take the property in another direction.In a 2008 interview, Strouse explained the forced hiatus: “We were given a 90-page contract with [Lucas’s] company, and my lawyer discovered a phrase in there which gave Lucas the right to say, ‘I don’t want to go on,’ so we pulled out.” After a $10,000 signing bonus, the pair decided to write a few songs before Lucas indeed put the project on hold.While we won’t get lightsaber choreo on Broadway anytime soon (sorry, Lesli), check out the demos for “Han’s Your Man” and “My Star” (which was later repurposed for their musical Marty) below. Want more? There’s a new hope, as Brown has additional demos. Help us, Jason Robert Brown; you’re our only hope!last_img read more

Commentary: End of coal era in India coming sooner than many think

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Asia Times:On Tuesday last week, Tony Abbott, Australia’s ex-prime minister, was photographed in parliament clutching a document entitled, the “Coal era is not over.”In India, which until recently had the world’s second-largest coal pipeline, two seismic events have signaled the contrary to be true.According to Australia’s pro-coal “Monash Forum” parliamentarians, of which Abbott is a founding member, India is ensuring a rosy future for coal exporters such as Australia due to its plans to construct 116 new power stations, or around 88 GW. Ironically, on the same day the Forum’s “fact sheets” were released, NTPC, the largest owner and developer of domestic coal plants in India, shelved its 4 GW Pudimadaka Ultra-Mega Power Plant, due to be built in the state of Andhra Pradesh.This decision to cancel the largest new coal-fired power station planned in India is another step in the country’s remarkable Indian energy transition. Since the start of 2010, as a result of shelved and cancelled projects, India’s coal plant pipeline has shrunk by a staggering 547 GW. To give this some perspective, that is almost three times the total installed capacity of Germany.Today, 88GW–or rather 84GW–are still reported to be “progressing” through approval processes. Though given current trends, this more accurately translates as “yet to be formally cancelled or put into administration.”In fact, of the remaining pipeline, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) estimates no more than 10-20 GW might actually see the light of day. That means more than 84% of India’s 2010 coal pipeline will have been cancelled. What’s more, if India’s 2018 National Energy Plan forecast of 48GW of end-of-life coal plant closures by 2027 occurs, India is rapidly approaching peak thermal coal.Coal will not be gone in a decade, but the era will end sooner than many expect.More: India is bringing the coal era to an end Commentary: End of coal era in India coming sooner than many thinklast_img read more

Medicinal cannabis oil arrives in NZ

first_imgRadio NZ News 8 December 2017Family First Comment: Not smoked or grown in back yard like the Green Party wants. But here’s the key bit:“Trials are underway to test Tilray products’ effectiveness for treating childhood epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder and nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients.”So it’s STILL being tested for efficacy and safety. The arrival of a new, cheaper medicinal cannabis product in New Zealand is good news for patients but will still be prohibitively expensive for many, advocates say.The cannabis oil, produced by Canadian company Tilray, was first granted an export licence to New Zealand in February, but until now has only been shipped to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland.However, the first shipment that will be made available for GPs to prescribe has now arrived in the country.It contains cannabidiol (CBD) – a cannabinoid that has been shown to have therapeutic properties, but is considered a class B drug under New Zealand law so cannot be advertised or promoted by the company.Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand coordinator Shane Le Brun said the product had arrived “in the last week or so”.“It is now available for GPs to prescribe… [but] as an unregistered medicine they can’t make therapeutic claims and as a controlled drug they can’t advertise … so it’s kind of snuck in under the radar.”Since September, doctors have been able to prescribe CBD products without needing approval from the Health Minister.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/345752/medicinal-cannabis-oil-arrives-in-nzlast_img read more

Simeone dismisses Godin talk

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has laughed off reports that Manchester United are preparing a 20million euros offer for Diego Godin in January. But when asked whether Atletico would accept an offer in the region of 20million euros from United for Godin, Simeone told the Spanish media: “Let’s talk about something else. “How much? Twenty? For Godin? “It must be a mistake.” Godin, who helped Uruguay reach the last-16 of the World Cup in Brazil, is under contract with the Spanish champions until June 2018. The 28-year-old centre-back has been a key player in Simeone’s squad since moving to the Vicente Calderon stadium in 2010 from Villarreal. Godin started in 34 league games last season and scored four goals, including the crucial equaliser against Barcelona in the final game of the 2013-14 campaign to hand Atletico their first league title since 1996. Press Associationcenter_img United are reportedly looking to strengthen their backline in the winter transfer market after losing defenders Rafael, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo to injuries. Godin has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford, with United manager Louis van Gaal reportedly keen to acquire the Uruguay international’s services. last_img read more

FIFA Bans Ugandan Official over 2014 World Cup Ticket Resales

first_imgFIFA has banned the president of Uganda’s soccer federation for two months over the resale of tickets for the 2014 World Cup.FIFA said its ethics judges ratified a plea bargain by Moses Magogo, an elected member of the Confederation of African Football executive committee. He also agreed to pay a 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,075) fine.Magogo was alleged to have profited from rule-breaking resales among an allocation of 177 tickets FIFA thought were for fans in Uganda. A formal complaint in Uganda alleged “American and South African agents sold tickets for games in Brazil.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more