Wisdom Newsletter March 2021
Coronaspection Campaign Advances

We are delighted to announce that the Coronaspection book, featuring an analysis of religions and the messages of religious leaders during the COVID-19 crisis has now been translated into Spanish. This is a sign of its continuing relevance, and regretably also of the enduring relevance of the topic, as the pandemic continues hitting the world, wave after wave. We have heard from many Engish speakers that their Spanish speaking friends could benefit from this work. Please help us share the good news by sharing the translation with your Spanish speaking networks.
Click on the image to purchase the book.
Practicing Religion at Home
As our Jewish readers celebrate the festival of Pesach (Passover), our Christian readers are in the Lent period and Muslims are preparing for the arrival of Ramadan, for the second year under the shadow of Coronavirus, we our delighted to be able to release some wisdom from religious leaders on practicing religion at home. Although there is value in communities gathering together for prayers in our sacred space dedicated to worship, Covid 19 has provided an opportunity to re-evaluate the place of the home in religious life. The principal ritual of Pesach takes place in the home and the Iftar meals at the end of the fast days of Ramadan are opportunities for families to eat together. However, in usual circumstances we would welcome many guests into our homes as well. What can we learn from Covid 19 about religion outside our large institutions and the place of the home, for just the nuclear family, in religious life?

View this wisdom for our religious leaders in the Coronaspection series.

Praying Together in Jerusalem - Ramadan special

PTIJ meets once a month on the first Thursday. Currently, our gatherings are on Zoom and this means that wherever you are in the world, you are able to pray with and for Jerusalem. Our gatherings begin with teaching, before we pray. This month we are having a Ramadan special.

We meet on April 8th, 11 am EST
4 pm UK time
5 pm Central European time
6 pm Israel time
9:30 pm India time

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We are privileged to have three teachers from the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, offering teachings on Friendship Across Religions:

Archbishop Antje Jackelén (Sweden)
Between 2001-2007, Jackelén taught systematic theology and religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and was director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. From 2007-2014, she was Bishop in Lund diocese, Church of Sweden. Currently she is Archbishop of the Church of Sweden and an Adjunct Professor of systematic theology/religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra (Israel/USA)
Ghassan, a peace-maker with the Abrahamic Reunion, is an expert in Islamic history, Sufism, and contemporary Muslim issues. He is an ordained Sheikh in the Qadiri Sufi Order in the Holy Land. He is the founder of Anwar-Il-Salaam, the Lights of Peace Center in Nazareth, and  Director of the Islamic Cultural Center in Nazareth. Ghassan has received multiple awards and accolades for his peacemaking, including the 2014 “Outstanding Leader in Interreligious Dialogue Award” from the Dialogue Institute at Temple University.
Rabbi David Rosen (Israel)
Rabbi David Rosen is the Director of the Department for Interreligious Affairs and Director of the Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding of the American Jewish Committee. Rosen is the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland and served as a Professor of Jewish Studies at the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. He serves on the permanent bilateral commission of the State of Israel and the Holy See as well as on the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations.
Enrollments now open for summer school 2021

If you would like to join the expanding circle of summer school alumni or if you are already an alumnus and would like to join us again, registration is now open for 2021. The dates are August 1-5 and 8-12 and our theme will be "Interreligious Perspectives on Global Solidarity and Caring for the Other." For the first time, half the program (week 1) will be on Zoom and week 2 will be live in Jerusalem (circumstances permitting.)

Go here to register.

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