Special edition: religion and innovation
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Today’s special edition focuses solely on religion: How it can contribute to overcoming societal challenges and how people transform beliefs and traditions.
Sudan is officially separating religion from the state in the name of democracy
By ending 30 years of Islamic law, the North African country is a step closer to becoming a democratic nation.
Program in South Sudan connects faith multiple faith groups for humanitarian projects
Before the pilot program, many projects were limited for people of a particular faith, but now stronger humanitarian partnerships are overcoming these ideological differences.
Lebanese influencers join forces to fight hate speech and de-escalate
20 social media influencers from different backgrounds use their outreach to overcome political tensions as well as sectarian differences amongst their followers, on- and offline.
Berlin lays first stone for multi-faith worship centre
The construction has begun on a project that hopes to unite Muslims, Jews and Christians under one roof.
State financed imam training starts for the first time in Germany
The classes are taught entirely in German, providing a European perspective to imams who long to discuss their religion in the language they have spoken all their lives.
A quiet revolution: the female imams taking over an LA mosque
While many have misinterpreted a hadith to mean women can’t enter a mosque, these women are covering progressive topics like sexual violence, abortion, pregnancy loss, domestic violence in their sermons.
Black churches are becoming healthcare hubs in the US
With the overwhelming success of the recent COVID-19 vaccine drive, Black community churches are opening their doors to improve access to other forms of treatment – like flu shots.
San Diego’s Black Muslims are helping current and former detainees access the ballot
Pillars of the Community, led by Black Muslims, hires incarcerated individuals to register new voters and carry out civic education while in confinement.
The Ground Truth Project
Former monk combats human trafficking in Thailand
Hartanto Gunawan’s community learning centre in a Buddhist monastery offers training and alternative career paths to young women.
Kenya’s religious leaders advocate for LGBTQ rights
In the country where homosexuality is still forbidden by law, PEMA Kenya brings together religious leaders and LGBTQ people to hear their stories of being marginalised.
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Pope Francis has told a group of parents that God and the church loves and accepts their LGBTQ+ children
By announcing that “the church loves your children as they are because they are children of God”, there is hope for more acceptance of LGBTQ+ communities.
LedBy is India’s first and only incubator for Indian Muslim Women
The organisation supports women by providing leadership workshops, a 360 degree advisory framework and executive coaching.
The Better India
Somali refugee boxer Ramla Ali is inspiring a new generation of Muslim girls to take up the sport
By encouraging more young women to get involved, Ali hopes to tackle traditional Somalian gender stereotypes.
Taiwan tailors education system to educate on environmentalism
The country attempts to combat the climate crisis by using children’s stories based on buddhist teachings to encourage environmental consciousness.
Children bridge the Israeli-Palestinian divide at the border
A small museum is inviting ten-year-olds from both sides to meet and learn about each other’s lives.
The New York Times
Mixed-religion football teams building social cohesion in post-war Iraq
A new study has shown the value of inter-religious mixing over football between Christian and Muslim communities. The study shows the benefit of meaningful social contact in a post-conflict setting – tackling distrust and prejudice.
All-women’s Islamic choir breaks gender taboos in Egypt
The members of Al Hur, Egypt’s first all-female Muslim recitation choir, are challenging deep-rooted taboos about women singing in public.