Category Archives: Religion and Spirituality
#MeToo Movement is Empowering Evangelical Women
“How the #MeToo Movement is Empowering Evangelical Women in America” By: Olivia Peera, Communications Intern In recent months, discussion of sexual harassment and...
Protests as a Form of Spirituality
Hundreds of thousands march down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women's March in Washington, DC, U.S., January 21, 2017. Bryan Woolston / Reuters Protests as...
How to Celebrate Hanukkah
7-Step Guide to Celebrating Hanukkah Image: courtesy of chabad.org Article by: WikiHow Hanukkah, a wintertime holiday in Judaism, is also known as the...
Embrace Differences this Thanksgiving
Embrace Differences this Thanksgiving By: Crystal Magallon Interfaith Engagement Intern “Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of...
How Halloween Became an Inclusive Holiday
How Halloween Became an Inclusive Holiday By: Daniel Baker, Communications Intern Delicious candy, haunted houses, and scary costumes. You know it is time...
An Evening of Peace Through Music
An Evening of Peace Through Music By: Crystal Magallon, Interfaith Engagement Intern On October 28th at 7 p.m., Congregation Etz Chaim’s Interfaith Committee...
Salaam Shalom Interfaith Concert & “What I Brought in My Luggage Mini Exhibit”
A LONGING LARGER THAN LUGGAGES TOUCHED PEOPLE’S HEARTS By: S.K. in collaboration with Ayse Eldes The Congregation Etz Chaim Synagogue hosted the “Salaam...
Yom Kippur And Food
Yom Kippur And Food By: Boe Chmill Yom Kippur, it is the holiest day in the Jewish Calendar. It is a holiday built...
Embracing the Richness of All
Embracing the Richness of All By: Crystal Magallon, Interfaith Engagement Intern People all throughout the Middle East who are of the Abrahamic faiths...
Celebrating Rosh Hashanah Despite Anti-Semitism
Celebrating Rosh Hashanah Despite Anti-Semitism By Daniel Baker, Communications Intern In a corner a block away from the Skokie Swift Dempster-Skokie Station is...
The Falls: 1 Hour Remedy to Thwart Muslim Stereotypes
1 Hour Remedy to Thwart Muslim Stereotypes By: Cultureguru “Wow…what a way to blow away years of stereotypes in one evening! Everyone should...
Heartbeat- A Peaceful Rhythm
Heartbeat- A Peaceful Rhythm By: Kristiana Peric, Interfaith Engagement Intern Photo Credits: Heartbeat’s Official Website: heartbeat.fm “All day I’m looking through my window...
First time celebrating Yom Kippur
First Time Celebrating Yom Kippur By: Sofiya Demchuk, PGA Intern Whenever an opportunity comes along to explore and take part in another religion’s...
Dr. Elizabeth Loentz Discusses Yiddish, Its Relevance in Jewish Identity
“Once Yiddish has taken hold of you...then you will no longer recognize your earlier tranquility. Then you will feel the true unity of...| Tagged culture, Dr. Elizabeth Loentz, identity, Judaism, language, Niagara Foundation, University of Illinois at Chicago, Yiddish
Dr. Susan Ross Talks Feminist Theology, Patriarchy, and Influential Women
On Thursday, March 17, Niagara Foundation welcomed Dr. Susan Ross from Loyola University to discuss the role of feminism within both an academic...| Tagged Dr. Susan Ross, Elizabeth Johnson, feminism, feminist theology, Gerda Learner, Loyola University Chicago, Niagara Foundation, patriarchy, Paul Tillich
FIF: Reverend Marrice Coverson on “What is Spiritualism?”| Tagged Christianity, Niagara Foundation, religion, Reverend Marrice Coverson, spiritualism, spirituality, The Church of the Spirit of Chicago
FIF: Dr. Elizabeth Loentz on “The Meaning of Yiddish in Jewish Identity”| Tagged culture, Dr. Elizabeth Loentz, identity, Jewish identity, Judaism, Niagara Foundation, religion, spirituality, values, Yiddish
FIF: Dr. Susan Ross on “Feminist Theology”
We are pleased to invite Dr. Susan A. Ross, Professor of Theology and a Faculty Scholar at Loyola University Chicago, on March 17,...| Tagged Dr. Susan Ross, feminism, feminist theology, Friends in Faith, Loyola University Chicago, Niagara Foundation, religion, spirituality, Theology
Fourth Presbyterian Church Hosts Screening of Love is a Verb
On March 16, 2016, at 6:30 pm, Fourth Presbyterian Church will host a screening of the 2014 documentary Love is a Verb. Love...| Tagged chicago, documentary, fethullah gulen, Fourth Presbyterian Church, gulen movement, hizmet, Love is a Verb, Niagara Foundation, Terry Spencer Hesser
PJ Cannon Introduces Niagara to Rastafari Beliefs and Practices
On February 23, the Niagara Foundation had the pleasure of hosting PJ Cannon, Jr. for a Friends in Faith event on Rastafari beliefs...| Tagged Haile Sallasie, Jamaica, Marcus Garvey, PJ Cannon, RASTA Radio, Rastafari
Sallie Latkovich Speaks on Biblical Study Programs at CTU, Her Experiences Traveling in the Middle East
On February 18, the Niagara Foundation had the pleasure of hosting Sallie Latkovich to discuss the benefits of religious studies abroad. Latkovich, C.S.J.,...| Tagged Biblical study, Catholic Theological Union, Christianity, CTU, Egypt, Greece, Interfaith, islam, Israel, Jordan, Judaism, Middle East, Palestine, Sallie Latkovich, Study abroad, travel, travel programs, turkey
Professor Benjamin Zeller Discusses Relationship Between Religion and Food
On February 9, the Niagara Foundation had the pleasure of hosting Professor Benjamin Zeller to speak on the topic of “Religion and Food.”...| Tagged dietary restrictions, food, identity, Lake Forest College, Niagara Foundation, Professor Benjamin Zeller, religion
Today is Ash Wednesday
Today is Ash Wednesday in the Christian faith, a religious holiday which occurs 46 days before Easter. Participants fast for 40 days as...| Tagged Ash Wednesday, Christianity, Lent, religious holidays
Today is Shrove Tuesday
Also known as Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, February 9, 2016 is Fat Tuesday, a celebratory day of colorful and eccentric costumes, rich...| Tagged Christianity, Fat Tuesday, Lent, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday
Today is Chinese New Year
Today is the Chinese New Year or the “Spring Festival.” Traditionally this holiday has existed to honor ancestors and deities and to cleanse...| Tagged Chinese New Year, cultural holidays, Lunar New Year, religious holidays, Year of the Monkey
Professor Julius Crump Examines Evil, Its Role in Public Discourse
On February 2nd, the Niagara Foundation had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Julius Crump to our Friends in Faith lecture series. For this...| Tagged collective evil, evil, Julius Crump, Lake Forest College, problem of evil
This Week is World Interfaith Harmony Week
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the first week of February as World Interfaith Harmony Week in 2010. This initiative provides a platform...| Tagged Interfaith, Peace, United Nations, World Interfaith Harmony Day, World Interfaith Harmony Week
Meditating for the First Time: A Visit to The Buddhist Temple of Chicago
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a landmark, The Buddhist Temple of Chicago. This 70-year-old institution extends open arms to visitors,...| Tagged Buddhism, Buddhist Temple of Chicago, meditation
FIF: Sallie Latkovich, C.S.J. on “Importance of Biblical Study Abroad”
We are pleased to invite Sallie Latkovich, C.S.J., Director of the Bible Study and Travel Program at Catholic Theological Union, to discuss the...| Tagged Bible, Biblical study, Catholic Theological Union, Catholicism, Christianity, CTU, Sallie Latkovich, Study abroad
Today is Tu BiShvat
Here at the Niagara Foundation we are delighted to acknowledge the Jewish holiday Tu BiShvat on January 25th, 2016.| Tagged Judaism, religious holiday, Tu BiShvat
Dr. Aasim Padela Discusses Culturally-Sensitive Healthcare, Medical Ethics
On January 12, the Niagara Foundation had the pleasuring of receiving Dr. Aasim Padela for an informative Friends in Faith event on the...| Tagged biomedicine, Dr. Aasim Padela, Ethics, healthcare, Initiative on Islam and Medicine, islam, medicine
Niagara Foundation’s Statement on the San Bernardino Attacks
We condemn all violence committed in the name of any religion and denounce those who would use religion as justification for their crimes....| Tagged San Bernardino, San Bernardino attacks, terrorism
Happy Thanksgiving from Niagara Foundation!
Each year, Thanksgiving lends us an opportunity to slow down and welcome each other into our homes and be grateful for what we...| Tagged family, friends, thanks, thanksgiving, United States
Event Recap: 2015 Peace & Dialogue Awards
Each year, the Niagara Foundation publicly recognizes individuals and organizations in the Chicago community who have distinguished themselves in their profession and contributed...| Tagged Andrea Zopp, chicago, Chicago Community Trust, Community Service Award, Daniel Ash, Fethullah Gulen Award, Gesture, Lifetime Leadership Award, Niagara Foundation, Peace & Dialogue Awards, silent auction, Suzanne Morgan
Niagara Foundation Statement on Beirut Attacks
Niagara Foundation vehemently condemns the terrorist attacks in Beirut on November 13, 2015, which ISIS perpetrated through two suicide bombings.| Tagged attacks, Beirut, bombings, ISIS, Lebanon, terrorism
Niagara Foundation’s and Fethullah Gulen’s Statements on Paris Terrorist Attacks
Niagara Foundation’s Statement Niagara Foundation vehemently condemns the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 14, 2015. Violence against civilians is never justified and...| Tagged fethullah gulen, islam, Paris. terrorism, terrorist attacks
The Modern Importance of Religious Reform
For many Americans and Westerners around the world, this is Halloween weekend. Yesterday was a day of trick-or-treating with family, wearing costumes, and watching...| Tagged All Saints Day, Lutheranism, reform, Reformation Day
Today is Halloween
Halloween is a holiday where people dress up in costumes, consume copious amounts of candy and tell each other scary stories. But Halloween...| Tagged Halloween, holiday
This week is Sukkot!
This year, Sukkot began in the evening of Sunday 27 and ends in the evening of Sunday, October 4. Sukkot is an agricultural...| Tagged Judaism, Sukkot
Today is Eid al-Adha!
Eid al-Adha is an Islamic festival commemorating the willingness of Ibrahim (known as Abraham in the Christian and Jewish traditions) to follow Allah’s...| Tagged Eid al-Adha, islam
Today is Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of Atonement, starts at sundown on Tuesday, 22 of September and lasts until Wednesday evening. This day is...| Tagged Judaism, Yom Kippur
It’s Rosh Hashanah!
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the New Year according to the Hebrew calendar. This year, Jewish celebrate this event from the sundown...
Event Recap: Friends in Faith with Father Larry Dowling
On Tuesday, September 1, Father Larry Dowling ofSt. Agatha Parish and St. Agatha Catholic Academy in Chicago’s North Lawndale community joined Niagara Foundation for...| Tagged Catholicism, Conflict resolution, Violence
Today is the Assumption of the Virgin Mary!
Every year, on August 15, Catholic Churches celebrate the Assumption of Virgin Mary into heaven. Although, it is not celebrated in the United States...| Tagged Assumption, Christianity, Virgin Mary
Event Recap: Friends in Faith with Rabbi Frederick Reeves
The views and opinions expressed on the website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of...| Tagged Bible, Judaism, Prophecy, Talmud, Torah
Taoist Rituals in Fujian Province
The views and opinions expressed on the website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of...| Tagged China, Fujian, Rituals, Taoism
Coming to Terms With My Beliefs
The views and opinions expressed on the website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of...| Tagged Agnosticism, Atheism, Intersectionality
Interfaith Dialogue and Secular Humanism
Very often when we speak of interfaith dialogue, we think of the three Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We often forget the...| Tagged dialogue, Interfaith, religion, Secular Humanism
Universalism and Particularism Within a Jewish Context
The views and opinions expressed on the website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of...| Tagged Judaism, Particularism, Universalism
Saturday was Tisha B’av!
The views and opinions expressed on the website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of...| Tagged Judaism, Tisha B'av
Tomorrow is the Feast of Saint James!
The views and opinions expressed on the website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of...| Tagged Christianity, Feast of Saint James
The Importance of Learning in Judaism
The views and opinions expressed on the website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of...| Tagged Judaism, Learning
Event Recap: Rabbi Zedek on the Basic Principles of Judaism
The views and opinions expressed on the website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of...| Tagged Friends in Faith, Judaism, Michael R. Zedek, Rabbi
Today is Eid al-Fitr!
By Josh Heine, Communications and Membership Coordinator July 17, 2015 Today is Eid al-Fitr, which means “Feast of Breaking the Fast” in Arabic and...| Tagged Eid al-Fitr, Ramadan
Event Recap: Ramadan Experience 2015
By Brianna Deigan, Communications Intern July 15, 2015 “There is an unseen sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness. We are lutes. When the soundbox...| Tagged Food Security, Hunger, Interfaith, Ramadan Experience
Faith and Prayer Beads
The views and opinions expressed on the website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of...| Tagged Buddhism, Christianity, Interfaith, islam, Judaism, Prayer Beads
Judaism and Personal Growth
The views and opinions expressed on the website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of...| Tagged Judaism, Martin Buber, Philosophy
Event Recap: Imam Senad Agic on Sufism and Ramadan
By Jihan Dubose and Meghan Zacher, Public and Global Affairs Interns On Thursday July 2, 2015, Niagara’s Center of Interfaith Engagement had the...| Tagged Bosnia, Interfaith, islam, Ramadan, Sufism
Today is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul!
By Jasmin Rojo, Communications Intern June 23, 2015 On this day, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, also known as the Solemnity of...| Tagged Christianity, Interfaith, Saint Paul, Saint Peter
Event Recap: Fr. James Mikhail on the Plight of Coptic Christians
By Alyssa Slager, Communications Intern On June 16th, the Niagara Foundation was happily joined by Father James Mikhail for a Friends in Faith...
Happy Ramadan from Niagara Foundation!
Today marks the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The month holds significance as the month that the Islamic holy book,...| Tagged Ramadan