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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, 1 March 2023

EVENT, 27 February - 1 March 2023: Meeting of the European National Councils of Churches (Brussels)
(Conference of European Churches)

Tuesday, 14 February 2023

EVENT, 11-14 February 2023: Youth Peacebuilding: Interfaith Dialogue from Theory to Practice
(Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID) and A Common Word Among the Youth (ACWAY))

Tuesday, 31 January 2023

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, deadline for applications 31 January 2023: Young Scholars Fellowship on Religion and the Rule of Law, Christchurch, Oxford
(International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

Sunday, 15 January 2023

CALL FOR INPUT, deadline 15 January 2023: Freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI)
(Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations)

Friday, 6 January 2023

CALL FOR PAPERS, abstracts due by 6 January 2023: Global Semiotics and Everyday Legal Claims - Intercultural Use of Law, Interreligious Dialogue and Translation Ethics
(Pontificia Università Antonianum)

Thursday, 15 December 2022

LATEST ISSUE of the Journal of Law and Religion (free access through December 15)
(various, Cambridge University Press)

Wednesday, 7 December 2022

EVENT, 7 December 2022 (7PM ET): 2022 Lantos Human Rights Prize Ceremony
(Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice)

Thursday, 1 December 2022

CALL FOR PAPERS (Publication December 2022): Inaugural Issue JSLR
(Journal of the Sociology of Law and Religion)

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

EVENT, 30 November 2022 (10:00 CET): The European Care Strategy: Responding to challenges faced by women in times of (post-)pandemic?
(The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) and The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE))

ESSAY COMPETITION, deadline 30 November 2022: Call for Essays: International Law and the Popular Consciousness in South Asia
(International Law and the Global South and the Research Society of International Law (Pakistan))

Tuesday, 29 November 2022

WEBINAR, 29 November 2022 (18:00 GMT+2): Contemporary Human Rights Challenges: Freedom of Religion and Belief at Stake
(Faculteit voor Protestantse Theologie & Religiestudies)

EVENT, 29 November 2022 (17:00): Legislative Threats to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Europe (House of Commons)
(All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief)

VIRTUAL EVENT, 29 November 2022 (12:00 GMT): Briefing: Impact of Census Results on Religion & Belief (England & Wales)
(Religion Media Centre)

EVENT AND LIVE STREAM, 29 November 2022 (7PM MST/ 9PM EST): Does the American Experiment Still Matter?
(Wheatley Institute)

Wednesday, 23 November 2022

DC’s faith communities rally to protect bused-in immigrants
(Emily Neil, Religion News Service)

HYBRID EVENT, 23 November 2022 (18:00): Ukraine: the future of ethnic and religious diversity (Oxford)
(Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford)

Nigeria: Justice Ogunwumiju charges Judges on fairness, tolerance, equity
(Chukwuma Umeorah, The Sun)

Internet censorship 2022: A global map of internet restrictions
(Paul Bischoff and Charlotte Bond, Comparitech)

Freedom on the Net 2022: Countering an authoritarian overhaul of the internet
(Adrian Shahbaz, Allie Funk, and Kian Vesteinsson, Freedom House)

Episcopal Church releases 2021 parochial report data, offering snapshot of pandemic disruption
(David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service)

The neocolonial futurism of US Hindutva
(Dheepa Sundaram, The Immanent Frame)

Red Wednesday message
(Twitter, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon)

Red Wednesday video message
(Twitter, David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool)

USCIRF releases report on religious freedom in Sri Lanka
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Myanmar’s army is targeting religious and ethnic minorities
(Antonio Graceffo, MercatorNet)

New Zealand: Human Rights Act amendment to protect religious communities 'very disappointing', says Commission
(Piers Fuller, Stuff)

Prayers go on, sometimes out of sight, in prep football
(Larry Lage, Associated Press)

UNL to change its fee policy after Christian group sues
(Associated Press)

Bill on banning Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine registered in Verkhovnaya Rada

Russian Orthodox Church says persecution of monks in Kiev Pechersk Laura Monastery must stop

Control in the context of chaos: the war in Ukraine and Russia’s jurisdiction under the ECHR
(Gaiane Nuridzhanian, EJIL: Talk! Blog of the European Journal of International Law)

With searches, Ukraine focuses suspicions on Orthodox clergy
(Hanna Arhirova and Peter Smith, Associated Press)

In Barron, Somali-Americans drop call-to-prayer request
(Associated Press)

Football coach sues after being fired for religious refusal of covid vaccine
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Maryland county's election process for student school board member survives free exercise challenge
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Will the Constitution be enough to protect religious freedom?
(Thomas B. Griffith, Deseret News)

Trump’s Twitter return sparks concern among faith groups
(Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service)

Bison’s relocation to Native lands revives a spiritual bond
(Bobby Ross Jr., Religion News Service)

Italy’s budget moves ahead without controversial bonus for church weddings
(Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

A rabbi tempts fate on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount
(Armin Rosen, The Wall Street Journal)

Parish Worship in church halls &c
(David Pocklington, Law & Religion UK)

Sikh Studies and Its Publics: Positionality, Autonomy, and Responsibility
(Harjeet Grewal, Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion)

Hope for this century, India’s century
(Brian Grim, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

USCIRF releases report on religious freedom in India
(U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom)

Clinging to ancient faith, India tribes seek religion status
(Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press)

New publication: Every Part of Creation Matters
(Conference of European Churches)

Chile: Faith demands that Christians be agents of social justice, say Chilean bishops
(La Croix International)

US progressives reject Republican push against Ilhan Omar
(Al Jazeera)

CAIR-NY welcomes CCNY’s announcement of interfaith prayer space after student protests
(Council on American-Islamic Relations)

Wyoming Christian rescue mission wins right to hire believers only, settles employment lawsuit
(Mark A. Kellner, The Washington Times)

Indonesia: Call to end bias against traditional faiths in Indonesia
(Katharina Reny Lestari, Union of Catholic Asian News)

In pursuit of just peace: WCC acting general secretary has historic meeting with Israeli president Isaac Herzog
(World Council of Churches)

Non-state actors in education in Bhutan: a country study
(UNESCO Digital Library)

Egypt’s ban on adoption highlights plight of Coptic Christians
(Dana Hourany, Fanack)

Canada: Pulling public money from Saskatchewan's faith-based schools would be wrong and misguided
(Fife Ogunde, CBC News)

Tuesday, 22 November 2022

WEBINAR, 22 November 2022 (19:00 WIB): Pesantren’s Role in Religious Literacy to Prevent Conflict and to Strengthen Collaboration Between Religious Communities
(Institut Leimena)

Monday, 21 November 2022

Religious groups with immigrant members grew fastest over past decade
(Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service)

Religion, gender, and sexuality: Three points on freedom of religion or belief
(Marie Juul Petersen, Talk About: Law and Religion - Blog of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies)

WEBINAR, 21 November 2022 (11:30AM EST): India and the Rise of Islamophobia: Why and Why Now?
(Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University)

Church Reporter Vol. 7/11, 20 November 2022 - Newsletter for the English speaking members and friends of the Church Law Society
(Jiří Rajmund Tretera and Záboj Horák, eds., Church Law Society Prague – Brno – Olomouc – Stříbro – České Budějovice)

The diminishing importance of personal morality in politics, 2011-2020

Opinion: Derek Monson: Agreement on marriage equality shows unifying power of religious freedom
(Derek Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune)

Higher Ground: Is religious freedom under attack?
(Mark A. Kellner and Billy Hallowell, The Washington Times)

A step closer towards a treaty on crimes against humanity
(Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes)

Central Florida’s canon prohibiting same-sex marriage becomes issue in bishop election
(David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service)

Are the media responsible for the Uyghur genocide, too?
(Marco Respinti, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

About six-in-ten Americans say legalization of same-sex marriage is good for society
(Gabriel Borelli, Pew Research Center)

China: Covenant Home Church banned in Shanxi
(Tao Niu, Bitter Winter: A Magazine on Religious Liberty and Human Rights in China)

Amidst World Cup, Qatar’s church “has been hidden”, says Open Doors
(Evangelical Focus)

Explainer: Islam’s ban on alcohol and how it’s applied
(Mariam Fam, Associated Press)

Christian charities concerned about persecution of Christians in World Cup home nation
(Sophie Drew, Premier Christian News)

Kosher bagels allowed in Qatar for FIFA World Cup - rabbi
(Zvika Klein, The Jerusalem Post)

Around the web - 21 November 2022
(Law and Religion Forum, St. John's Law School Center for Law & Religion)

Interfaith ERGs go global
(Religious Freedom & Business Foundation)

COP27 and climate justice: Where do the religiously marginalised fit in?
(Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID))

Nigeria: New BBC documentary highlights Mubarak Bala and the challenges atheists face in Nigeria
(Humanists International)

Photos of the week: Bolivian drought; Rohingya refugees
(Kit Doyle, Religion News Service)

Indigenous Voices of Faith: Fr. Cristino Bouvette

Indigenous Voices of Faith: Jeff Decontie

Indigenous Voices of Faith: Rosella Kinoshameg

Indigenous Voices of Faith: Bill Adsit

Could interreligious dialogue be an unexpected antidote to eschatological anxiety?
(Cameron Howes, London School of Economics Religion and Global Society Blog)

IGE conducts 10th Religion and Rule of Law training in Ho Chi Minh City
(Institute for Global Engagement)

Malta proposes bill to ease EU’s strictest anti-abortion law
(Kevin Schembri Orland, Associated Press)

Malaysia faces new crisis as poll delivers hung Parliament
(Eileen Ng, Associated Press)

Officials: IS militants kill 4 Iraqi soldiers in northwest
(Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press)

Religious children's home lacks standing to challenge now-defunct HHS non-discrimination rule
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Cross on park land must remain while state court reconsiders its eminent domain ruling
(Howard Friedman, Religion Clause)

Ivory Coast bishops call on government to crack down on illegal mining
(Ngala Killian Chimtom, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

Archbishop Gudziak: Ukraine is fighting for dignity
(Vatican News)

Lithuanian PM proposes £32million in compensation to Holocaust victims
(Jotam Confino, Jewish News)

Antisemitism now accounts for 65 percent of disciplinary cases heard by Labour’s NEC
(Lee Harpin, Jewish News)

International/UK: Report shows persecution of Christians is getting worse
(John Newton, Aid to the Church in Need)

House of Lords: Huaman rights in China Grand Committee 17th November
(YouTube Video, All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief)

Christian persecution debate in Westminster Hall
(YouTube Video, All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief)

UK Catholic agencies disappointed in decision to keep cuts to foreign aid
(Charles Collins, Crux: Taking the Catholic Pulse)

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