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The Fetzer Prize for Love & Forgiveness awarded to Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu

(September 27, 2009) – The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu were awarded the Fetzer Institute’s Prize for Love and Forgiveness on Sunday at the 2009 Peace Summit in Vancouver. Each will receive a $100,000 monetary prize to support their work and they both were presented a handcrafted, inscribed journal. The Archbishop Emeritus was unable to attend in person and his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, accepted the prize on his behalf. The Institute’s Prize honors the courage and persistence with which the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have both worked to bring love, compassion and forgiveness to all that they do, as well as their ability to inspire these same impulses in others around the world. “Love, compassion and forgiveness have the power to change, the power to heal and the power to transform any situation—no matter how violent or troubled—into something that is generative and life-giving,” said Tom Beech, president and CEO of the Institute. “The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu are renowned, revered, respected and loved the world over. In giving this award, the Fetzer Institute celebrates their humanity and the consistency with which their lives stand for compassion in the face of isolation, love in the face of fear and forgiveness in the face of violence.” As part of the Fetzer Institute’s work to promote the awareness of the power of love, forgiveness and...

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The Imam who defined Ottawa’s Muslims

By Imraan Assim (September 26, 2009) – The image is burned in my memory and will last forever. An Imam, a scholar, a leader, a role-model, a counselor – Imam Dr. Tawfik Muhammad Ali Shahin – sitting on the ground beside the pulpit, inscribed with the Qur’anic edict to send salutations upon the most beloved, wearing a white Detroit Tigers pinstriped baseball cap, shaking hands and greeting the congregation after a heart warming Friday afternoon sermon. He stood tall and mighty with a mint green jubba over his clean white Egyptian-style gown. His olive toned skin would often turn red when he spoke and his eyes always seemed to well-up behind his spectacles because of the sincerity and passion in his speech. His hands were soft, like silk, to compliment his delicate demeanor. My father’s heart was attached to the Masjid on North Western Avenue in Ottawa. In those days it was simply referred to as “the masjid” or “the mosque” because there were no others back in the mid 70’s. When the Imam arrived, as the first appointed Imam of the masjid, he quickly became close to my father who would often spend his Sundays cleaning the masjid. Imam Dr. Tawfik Muhammad Ali Shahin, born in Tanta, Egypt was an accomplished and accredited scholar from Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He was a master grammarian with an impressive academic background....

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U.S. Capitol Hill prayer draws a few thousands Muslims

(September 25, 2009) – More than 3,500 Muslims gathered today on one of the nation’s most prominent stages to pray during a daylong display of national and religious unity organized by a New Jersey mosque. Facing the U.S. Capitol and kneeling toward Mecca, 6,600 miles away, the assembled Muslims, mainly from the Northeast and the Washington, D.C., area, listened to Quranic recitations and a wide-ranging sermon on Islam, monotheism and relationships with non-Muslims. “This is a great day for Muslims. A great day,” Hassen Abdellah, the president of the Dar-Ul-Islam mosque in Elizabeth, which organized the event, told the crowd. “Don’t be afraid to be Muslim in America because we have established that the Muslim community is a great community, a diverse community, a loving community.” (Source: New Jersey Real-Time News) See related story: 50,000 Muslims Expected on Capitol Hill For Muslims a day of prayer on the west lawn of the US...

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Dalai Lama and Nobel Laureates at Peace Summit in Vancouver

(September 24, 2009) – The Dalai Lama will be in Vancouver, September 27-29, 2009 to attend the Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue organized by Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. Joining the Dalai Lama will be six Nobel laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, and Mairead Maguire. Other luminaries include former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, musician and activist Sir Bob Geldoff, and Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada. The Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue, will include a series of dialogues focusing on the themes of peace, education, creativity and well-being, and women and peace-building. 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit from Social Media on Vimeo. Governor General Michaëlle Jean will open the summit. The Summit’s dialogues, which will be webcast, are: World Peace through Personal Peace, Nobel Laureates in Dialogue: Connecting for Peace, Educating the Heart, and Women and Peace-building. In Sunday’s afternoon dialogue, Nobel Laureates in Dialogue: Connecting for Peace, four Nobel Peace Laureates – including the Dalai Lama, Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams – will discuss their own motivations, their experiences of connecting for change, and their perspectives on our human responsibilities at the present time. At this session, Prize winner, Karen Armstrong will speak on the Charter for Compassion, which will be unveiled on November 12. The peace summit will run from Sunday Sept. 27 to Tuesday...

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The Word On The Street Celebrates 20 Years This Sunday

(September 24, 2009) – The Word On The Street will be offering plenty of special activities and events in celebration of its 20th festival this coming Sunday, September 27, 2009. Every year on the last Sunday of September, in Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax, The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Annually attracting more than 200,000 visitors to its Queen’s Park location, The Word On The Street in Toronto is the largest book and magazine festival in Canada. Margaret Atwood will be headlining the Scotiabank Bestsellers Stage from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. It’s the first coast-to-coast book event in celebration of the release of her new book, The Year of the Flood. Her appearance will be broadcast live to the sister events in Halifax and Vancouver, with audiences in each city posing questions to her, streamed live at She will also be engaging in LongPen signings for these events. The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics are only a few months away. In celebration, The Word On The Street is hosting two Olympic athletes in partnership with Cheerios! Paralympian Josh Cassidy and rower Janine Hanson will be appearing in the Cheer Tent on KidStreet. To celebrate The Word On The Street’s 20th festival, there will be two Literacy Murals at Queen’s Park: one beside Literacy Lane and the...

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