TOU's Summer Interns
Present Their Research
The Temple of Understanding thanks the 2018 Summer Interns for their dedication, enthusiasm, collaboration, and thoughtful work. 
Their presentations and papers showcase their research and what they learned through meetings at the UN, discussions with various NGOs and missions, volunteer work, and religious site visits. Topics this year included:

These projects are just the beginning of what these incredible individuals will do for our world going forward.

Multilateralism in the Temple of Understanding:
TOU at the 67th  UN DPI/NGO Conference
Report on the We the Peoples Conference

On August 23, TOU UN Representative Grove Harris presented at the UN DPI/NGO conference as part of a workshop entitled " Interfaith Communities that Have Multilateralism Inherent in their Respective Structural and Operational Mechanisms." This year's conference theme was  "We the Peoples: Together Finding Global Solutions for Global Problems."

From left: Monica Willard, UN Representative, United Religions Initiative; Audrey Kitagawa, JD, Chair Elect, Parliament of the World's Religions; Bruce Knotts, Director, UN Office, Unitarian Universalist Association; Grove Harris, UN Representative, Temple of Understanding; Dr. Kusumita Pedersen, Co-President, Interfaith Center of New York

In her remarks, Grove describes the Temple of Understanding:

Our model is one of power with others, versus power over others.
We listen and include. We stand with our Muslim friends in protesting Anti- Muslim discrimination, and we admire and promote the social justice and environmental work of our Indigenous colleagues.
Just as all UN agencies and civil society actors at the UN have been called to ensure we are fit for purpose, so too the interfaith movement must ensure it is fit for purpose, by examining any ways in which we miss the mark of the human rights standards. "Leave no one behind" is the motto of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Is the Interfaith movement leaving anyone behind?  Are we fully inclusive of women? Youth? Indigenous people? LGBTQI folks? People of color? All religious perspectives? 
The world's religions are among the largest multinational organizations in the world. We must amplify our collective voice and demand action on crucial issues including climate change and social justice.

Bystander Intervention Training
Saturday, September 1 in NYC
Religions for Peace USA and the Buddhist Council of NY are co-sponsoring a training for Bystander Intervention , an increasingly needed skill in our communities. We, like you, are concerned with increasing violence, particularly in cases where individuals and groups are targeted because of their race, religion, and gender. 

We invite you to join us for this half day training that teaches participants how and if they should intervene to de-escalate tensions and problematic situations. 

Active Bystander Intervention Training
September 1, 9:00am - 1:00pm 

Won Buddhism of Manhattan 
431 E 57th St
NY, NY 10022 

The $40 suggested registration fee includes snacks, training, and certification. The fee can be waived if financial assistance is needed.

Training is conducted by Dr. Eli McCarthy and Sal Corbin of the DC Peace Team

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