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INVITATION: Annual Conference of URI-MENA on "Charity", 26-29 September 2005, Amman, Jordan

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  • Yehuda Stolov
    August 1, 2005 The United Religions Initiative-Middle East and North Africa Region, URI-MENA, is inviting participants to its upcoming Annual
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      August 1, 2005

       

      The United Religions Initiative-Middle East and North Africa Region, URI-MENA, is inviting participants to its upcoming Annual Regional Conference, to be held in Amman from 26: 29 of September.

       

      The United Religions Initiative is a global interfaith dialogue network, which is committed to daily enduring interfaith cooperation. The history of URI-MENA goes back almost ten years ago, during which Middle Eastern and North African religious activists, from Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Druze backgrounds, have conducted many interfaith activities to promote mutual understanding and peace in the region, to deepen and share their religious and spiritual experience and to communicate their everyday life, and a global human agenda, through their shared interfaith experience.

       

      This year the theme of the conference will be “Charity”, a concept that invites the meeting of the spiritual, the social and the economic and questions the notion of ownership rights. How, in different histories, different regions and different religious backgrounds, charity has been socially and economically institutionalized and regulated? Charity has long been criticized as it masks the question of mal-distribution, confuses the “class consciousness”, or sometimes introduces specific agendas and builds specific institutions that further empower those who have over those who have not. How religious participants, through their diverse religious and social backgrounds, encounter such criticism? Theologians have also extended this rich concept of charity to non material dimensions. How can we give, or rather share, education, love, spirituality and other Godly gifts, which are unnecessarily material? These and other questions and points will be covered in the conference through our usual formats: a short, really short, introductory speech, followed by extensive elaboration conducted in multiple small and intimate groups. Besides the theme related sessions a cultural and a social programs will be organized to enjoy beautiful places in Jordan, and more importantly, to enhance and strengthen personal relationships between participants.

       

      The deadline of applications is August 20 – please send your application, which is copied below as well as attached to this message, to one of the regional coordinators. The selection process will guarantee that the participants are within the capacity of URI-MENA to organize, and that they are balanced, in terms of religious background, nationality, gender and age. An announcement of acceptance will be sent to those whose participation is approved on September 1 together with a detailed schedule. The fees of the conference is 200 US $, which covers the registration fees, the accommodation in a three stars hotel, the internal transportation and the participation in the social and cultural activities. Partial and full scholarships are available, but are not so many. The priority will be given to MENA citizens, URI CC activists and new initiators - on need basis. A few scholarships will also be given to assure the aforementioned participants balance.

       

      Dr. Mohamed Mosaad

      URI-MENA Coordinator

      mmosaad@...

      Dr. Yehuda Stolov

      URI-MENA Coordinator

      ystolov@...

       


       

      Charity

      URI-MENA REGIONAL CONFERENCE

      26 – 29 September 2005

       

      Application Form

       

      1.             Name:

      2.             Age: (below 35/over 35)

      3.             Sex:

      4.             Religious background:

      5.             Nationality:

      6.             Earlier experience of interfaith activities:

      7.             Why do you want to participate?

      8.             Brief biographical information:

      9.             Can you pay your air-ticket? (yes/no)

      10.        If not, how much do you need to cover all or a part of its price?

      1. Can you pay the conference fees?
      2. Do you have special dietary requirements?

      13.        The conference will be conducted mainly in English; do you need translation? What languages do you speak?

      1. Suggestions, recommendations or comments:
      2. Postal Address:
      3. E-mail address:
      4. Telephone number:

       

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