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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Journal of Church and State
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Monday, 21 August 2023

EVENT, 21-23 August 2023: 9th IRLA World Congress on Religious Freedom - 130 Years of Advocacy (Washington, DC)
(International Religious Liberty Association)

Friday, 18 August 2023

EVENT, 14-18 August 2023: 2023 Parliament of the World's Religions: A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights (Chicago, USA)
(A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights, Parliament of the World's Religions)

Friday, 23 June 2023

EVENT, 19-23 June 2023: Sixth Annual Conference | Theme: Religion from the Inside
(European Academy of Religion)

Wednesday, 14 June 2023

EVENT, 14-20 June 2023: Conference of European Churches (CEC) General Assembly
(Conference of European Churches)

Wednesday, 24 May 2023

EVENT, 22-24 May 2023: "Dare to Overcome" National [email protected] ERG Conference (Washington, DC)
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and Busch School of Business)

Sunday, 21 May 2023

APPLICATION OPEN, deadline 21 May 2023: KAICIID Fellows Programme 2024
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Friday, 19 May 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, July 2023: 2023 Institute on Teaching and Learning for Campus-wide Interfaith Excellence
(Interfaith America)

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

EVENT, 14-17 May 2023: 10th ACLARS Conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: Law, Religion, and Reconciliation in Africa
(African Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ACLARS))

VIRTUAL EVENT, 17 May 2023: European Islamophobia report 2022: Findings & next step actions
(European Network on Religion and Belief)

Monday, 8 May 2023

EVENT, 8-9 May 2023: Social Media, Cyber-religion and Culture, 25th IFSSO International Conference, Mumbai, India
(International Federation of Social Science Organizations)

Monday, 1 May 2023

FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT, application deadline 1 May 2023: Accountability for Religious Freedom Violations Globally
(Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State)

Sunday, 30 April 2023

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, deadline 30 April 2022: ISPU Young Scholar Awards for Outstanding Research on American Muslims
(Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU))

Friday, 28 April 2023

EVENT, 28 April 2023 (9:45 BST): The Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ 75th Anniversary (Leicester)
(Leicester Law School)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, deadline 28 April 2023: Law & Religion Junior Faculty Conference
(University of Notre Dame Law School)

Thursday, 27 April 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, 27 April 2023: European book club “We Should All Be Feminist” - Mariz Tadros
(European Network on Religion and Belief)

Tuesday, 25 April 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, 25-27 April 2023: Swords into Plowshares: Achieving Enough for All & Pursuing Peace
(Ecumenical Advocacy Days)

Monday, 24 April 2023

WEBINAR, 24 April 2023 (3PM in Brussels): The role of faith-based actors in political processes – comparative experiences and implications regarding Ukraine and Russia
(Conference of European Churches)

Pastor John Hagee on a mission to build ‘pro-Israel machine’
(Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, The Jerusalem Post)

Wednesday, 12 April 2023

ONLINE COLLOQUIUM, 3 April to 12 April, 2023: Interreligious interactions in South Asia
(University of Cambridge)

Tuesday, 4 April 2023

VIRTUAL EVENT, 4 April 2023 (10AM PDT): Having "Faith" in Reason: Being Secular in the Interfaith Movement
(United Religions Initiative)

Monday, 3 April 2023

HYBRID EVENT, 3 April 2023 (3:15PM EDT): Religion, State, and Society in China
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Bangladesh: halt ‘pilot’ plan to return Rohingya
(Human Rights Watch)

Indonesia’s ASEAN leadership tested with Myanmar
(Shayna Bauchner and Andreas Harsono, Human Rights Watch)

Thailand: don’t return Chinese asylum seekers
(Human Rights Watch)

Churches in Jerusalem seek cooperation from Israel for Easter
(Daily Sabah)

French referees ordered not to pause games for Muslim players
(Daily Sabah)

ACLU sues Saucon Valley School District for shutting out After School Satan Club
(Sarah Mueller, Lehigh Valley News)

Dars: BBC education show in Afghanistan helps children banned from school
(BBC News)

In Istanbul, the last Uyghur bookshops struggle to survive
(Frankie Vetch, Coda Media)

Turkey summons Danish envoy over burning of Koran

Türkiye's Altun strongly condemns attack on Quran, Turkish flag in Denmark
(TRT World)

Two Iranian women arrested for not covering hair after man attacks them with yoghurt
(Alys Davies, BBC News)

Three British men are being held by Taliban in Afghanistan
(BBC News)

Ukraine accuses Orthodox Church leader Pavel of pro-Russian stance
(BBC News)

Iran signals determination to enforce hijab rules
(Sebastian Usher, BBC News)

US state of Georgia deplores academic attacks on Hinduism, condemns Hinduphobia
(Arul Louis, South Asia Monitor)

Why targeting ethnic minority journalists is central to China’s crackdown on the press
(Erica Hellerstein, Coda Media)

'Kahane lives' graffitied on window of Tel Aviv LGBTQ+ Center
(The Jerusalem Post)

University of London professor fired for antisemitic insults at students
(The Jerusalem Post)

Kraft’s foundation pushes #StandUpToJewishHate
(The Jerusalem Post)

Friday, 31 March 2023

INVITATION FOR ABSTRACTS, due 31 March 2023: Reform of the UN minority rights regime
(Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Sussex)

SURVEY, responses due 31 March 2023: Uses and Perceptions of the Department of State’s Annual International Religious Freedom Report

Canada: Jewish community wants action after Montreal synagogue defaced with swastikas
(Andy Riga, Montreal Gazette)

UN paints bleak picture of rights in Sri Lanka
(Meenakshi Ganguly, Human Rights Watch)

France, EU: raise rights during top-level China visit
(Human Rights Watch)

France must end police brutality, racist ideology: expert
(Leila Nezirevic, Anadolu Agency)

Latest Quran-burning in Denmark shows politicisation of anti-Muslim hate
(TRT World)

Amritpal Singh: rumours swirl in hunt for fugitive Indian preacher
(Zoya Mateen, BBC News)

Bahrain sentences 3 for questioning Islamic teachings
(Associated Press)

Bahrain jails men over YouTube discussion of Islam
(Sebastian Usher, BBC News)

The Bush Institute, Freedom House, and McCain Institute coordinate declaration of democratic principles calling on democratic governments to act
(Freedom House)

IRF Ambassador meets with Archbishop Elpidophoros
(Twitter, Rashad Hussain)

NC county concedes First Amendment protects sidewalk prayer
(Alliance Defending Freedom)

It’s time to speak up for free speech
(Sofia Hoerder, The European Conservative)

Religion is still on trial in Finland
(Elyssa Koren, National Review)

Banned beyond the “buffer zone”: volunteer arrested for silent prayer challenges “excessive” bail conditions

UK FoRB Envoy meeting with the Deputy Speaker of the Moroccan Parliament
(Twitter, Fiona Bruce)

Reforming surrogacy law in Great Britain
(Frank Cranmer, Law & Religion UK)

Doctor suspended over 'porky sausages' insults
(Andy Giddings, BBC News)

Gen Z Muslims in UK have similar experiences to non-Muslims, except on religiosity
(Middle East Eye)

Ecclesiastical court judgments – March
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Cuba: Religious leader denied permission to receive medical treatment outside of prison
(CSW: Everyone Free to Believe)

City of Faith: Religion, activism, and urban space
(Museum of the City of New York)

World of hurt, word of hope
(Knox Thames, Edmiston Center)

Ukraine war: orthodox clerics say they will not leave Kyiv monastery
(Hugo Bachega, BBC News)

Scuffles at Kyiv monastery as Church accused of Russia ties resists eviction
(Max Hunder and Yurii Kovalenko, Reuters)

Ukrainian churches oppose same-sex partnership bill
(Christian Network Europe)

RFI: States cannot interfere with the leadership of religious student groups
(Religious Freedom Institute)

Congressional hearing examines Chinese repression in Tibet
(Roseanne Gerin, Radio Free Asia)

Israeli police fatally shoot man at Jerusalem’s holy site
(Associated Press)

US Navy deploys more chaplains for suicide prevention
(Giovanna Dell'Orto, Associated Press)

India: Bid to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of elections – analysis
(P. K. Balachandran, Eurasia Review)

Indian govt seeks more time to report on Christian persecution
(Union of Catholic Asian News)

India: Attempts of religious conversion hinder country's development: Indresh Kumar
(Punjab News Express)

36 bodies found inside well after collapse at Indian temple
(Ashok Sharma, Associated Press)

Vatican rejects doctrine that fueled centuries of colonialism
(Nicole Winfield, Associated Press)

Lawsuit challenging California Department of Social Services’ unconstitutional cancelation of church school from the child Food Program
(National Center for Law & Policy)

11th Circuit: Jewish student's masking objections do not get 1st Amendment protection
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

U.S. House rejects nationwide school voucher amendment 311-113, while states continue to enact voucher programs
(Don Byrd, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty)

The bridge builder: How religious engagement increases freedoms around the world
(Brian Grim, Deseret News)

An orphaned right: Religious freedom is a bedrock right. Why is it given second-class status?
(Katrina Lantos Swett, Deseret News)

The faith that stares through death (Dr. King's march in Birmingham and faith)
(Paul Kix, Deseret News)

From Senate subcommittee to Easter sermon: Raphael Warnock on life as a pastor-politician
(Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service)

Minaret Foundation improves the lives of Texas Muslims by looking outward
(Kyle Desrosiers, Religion News Service)

A court ruling has transformed — and limited — the way New York state can regulate yeshivas
(Ben Sales, Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Religious freedom for all means sacred Indigenous sites, too
(Eric Ledermann and Andrew Black, The Hill)

Kazakhstan: 143 administrative prosecutions in 2022
(Felix Corley, Forum 18 News Service)

African Church seeks to help form young Catholics involved in politics
(Guy Aimé Eblotié, La Croix International)

A KAICIID fellow's journey sheds light on the impact of interreligious and intercultural dialogue for peace and understanding
(KAICIID Dialogue Centre)

Biden administration appeals Texas court decision striking down free Obamacare coverage of preventive care
(Spencer Kimball, CNBC)

Church of Sweden, Episcopal Church deepen the partnership and a common mission
(World Council of Churches)

China: religious persecution and issues – Bimonthly digest March 16-31.
(Human Rights Without Frontiers International)

Choosing freedom instead of totalitarianism
(Eric Patterson, World)

Members of exiled Chinese church detained in Thailand
(Tian Macleod Ji and David Rising, Associated Press)

First Liberty and Florida Attorney General file suit to protect faith-based pregnancy resource centers
(Jorge Gomez, First Liberty)

In the news: Breaking religious freedom stories across the country - 31 March 2023
(First Liberty)

Open minds, open hearts: Macatė v. Lithuania on restricting and labelling a children’s book that depicts same-sex families in a positive light
(Ingrida Milkaitė, Strasbourg Observers)

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