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2016 Unity Walk

Mark your calendar for Sunday Sep. 11 and Register here to walk with us.
The 2016 Unity Walk is open and free to everyone. Donors who contribute $50 or more will be thanked in Unity Walk promotional material and will receive free merchandise.
Below is a sample of 2016 Unity Walk merchandise with the winning design by Aurash Aidun, a ZAMWI member and Avesta Class alumnus.
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Unity Walk Schedule (Subject to Change):

Walkers are invited to join the walk at anytime along the route.
Walk-in registration, Resource Fair, and Donation Drop-off: 12:30-1:30 pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Opening ceremony: 1:30pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation
The program will include: Greetings by Rabbi Lustig, Washington Hebrew Congregation, a prayer offered by a priest from the Sikh Gurdarwa DC, and a musical send off by David Shneyer and a group of musicians from Kehila Chadasha.
Open House Block 1: 1:50pm-3pm
Embassy Church
Annunciation Catholic Church
Sikh Gurdwara
National Cathedral of Washington DC
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Open House Block 2: 3pm-4:15pm
Community of Christ Church
Soka Gakkai- USA, Buddhist Cultural Center
St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral
Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States
Indian Consulate
Closing Ceremony: 4:30pm, The Islamic Center of Washington, DC
The program will include:  Remarks by Rev. Jim Winkler, President of the National Council of Churches, and a performance by Mosaic Harmony, a local interfaith choir.
Additional Activities:
Resource Fair: This is an excellent opportunity to learn about other faith groups from the greater DC area.
Service Projects: 
There will be two service projects at the Unity Walk this year. The first will be at Washington Hebrew Congregation (WHC) between 12:30 and1:30pm.  Together with WHC and Friendship Place, we will be collecting long underwear to help men, women, and children in need in the DC area. We invite all walkers to donate a pair (or more) of long underwear when they arrive at WHC. Sizes XL and larger are best, although all sizes are welcome.
The second will be apple bagging at Annunication Catholic Church. This project is part of an ongoing gleaning program at The Society of St. Andrews in Virginia.
To serve as a volunteer during the day, please email the organizers at:

Posted by: Farzad Aidun <farzad.aidun ( @ )>

Join ZAMWI and the Interfaith Conference

Come join ZAMWI and the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) for the 2016 UNITY WALK

Today, more than ever, our message of friendship and unity is critical.  So, please join us as we walk down Massachusetts Avenue, NW, and visit houses of worship and other religious centers in a public celebration of solidarity among different faiths and cultures.  This is a free event, but you need to register at the IFC website.  Click here (also attached) to see a flyer for the event and to see Aurash Aidun’s artwork for the event selected by the IFC!  Also, remember to wear your blue ZAMWI t-shirt for the walk.  If you don’t have one, or for more information regarding this event, please contact Farzad Aidun at 
Parking & Transportation
There will be a fair amount of parking (unlimited time) along the route on Massachusetts Avenue since it’s aSunday.  The walk ends down a hill, so you may want to strategize if you want to walk uphill or downhill at the end of the afternoon.  There are 2 buses (the N4 and N6) that go along the walk route.  Bus schedules can be found here, but be sure to give yourself more than enough time since the buses are not that reliable.  There is no metro station near the route.

Parmis Khosravi 


FEZANA is proud to announce that our own Dolly Dastoor has been elected as a Trustee to sit on the Board of the Parliament of World’s Religions. This was announced in a recent communiqué by the Parliament of World’s Religions. She will be the only Zoroastrian on the Board. The trustees are elected for their work in the professional and interfaith field and not necessarily to represent their faith, but more importantly to think globally.

Dollyportraitm2_thumbDolly has been a leading light in the Zoroastrian Community in North America and all over the world. As past President of the Zoroastrian Association of Quebec, and later as the Past-President of FEZANA (Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America) she has been a leader in the community for decades. Her current involvements include being the Chair of the Academic Scholarship Committee of FEZANA and as the Chief Editor of the FEZANA Journal, the flagship publication of FEZANA. The upcoming FEZANA Journal Summer 2016 issue will incidentally be Dolly’s 10th Anniversary issue as its Chief Editor.

Dolly was part of FEZANA’s contingent to the last Parliament of World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah in October 2015.

Besides her community involvement, Dolly is a widely published research clinical psychologist and an authority on psychogeriatrics, most recently at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal. She received her doctorate from Concordia University. Before coming to Canada, she was a Senior Research Fellow in Psychiatry and coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO) Project on Schizophrenia at the University of Ibadan. She has been active in women’s organizations, especially ZONTA International.

About the Parliament of World’s Religions.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions seeks to promote interreligious harmony, rather than unity. The problem with seeking unity among religions is the risk of loss of the unique and precious character of each individual religious and spiritual tradition; this understanding is key to our framework.

Interreligious harmony, on the other hand, is an attainable and highly desirable goal. Such an approach respects, and is enriched by, the particularities of each tradition. Moreover, within each tradition are the resources (philosophical, theological and spiritual teachings and perspectives) that enable each to enter into respectful, appreciative and cooperative relationships with persons and communities of other traditions.

Courtesy : FEZANA


Rustom M. Ghadiali the President of the Parsi Zoroastrian Association of Singapore has been elected as the incoming President of the Inter-Religions Organization (IRO) of Singapore. Russi (as he is affectionately called by one and all) has been a champion of the interfaith movement in Singapore and has represented the Zoroastrian faith at all levels, not only in Singapore but all over the world.

russiThe Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) Singapore….

The Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO) was founded in 1949. The date of registration is 18 March 1949. Since its humble beginnings, IRO has worked quietly to promote peace and religious harmony in Singapore.

With the passage of time IRO organized more activities in line with its objectives and participated in local and international forums to learn more about what is being done in the region to promote religious harmony. It networked with organizations like the World Council on Religion and Peace (WCRP) and the Asian Council on Religion and Peace (ACRP).

We congratulate Russi on this fantastic achievement.

Below are two pictures of Russi, in a dagli; participating in interfaith activities…

In Singapore at the Marina Bay Circuit…



At the 2015 Parliament of World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah; USA


World Alliance of Religions Peace

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Greetings from Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (“HWPL”), a peace organization with an international presence spread throughout more than 100 countries. HWPL is proceeding to achieve world peace by co-operating with political, religious, women and youth leaders around the world.

It is with great excitement to write to you in regards to the WARP(World Alliance of Religions Peace Summit) that was held for three days from the 17th to the 19th of September 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. This summit is different from any gatherings in the world. There are all levels of the society from 127countries: Former and current President, Prime Minister, Heads of states, Chief Justices, UN representatives, political and religious, youth and women leaders and the press. Surprisingly, most of them came to South Korea with their own expense with sincere hearts to get advice for solution of peace from the chairman of HWPL.


-To watch the highlight video of the WARP summit

The WARP summit was a small seed of HWPL’s peace movements. After the summit, HWPL has been harvesting the fruits from each field.

Plus, I am much privileged to inform you that we held the 1st and 2nd WARP(World Alliance of Religions’ Peace) Office meeting in Stockholm successfully.



We are working with political,women, youth leaders and media to achieve world peace.  Moreover, we have put lots of efforts on resolution of religious conflicts and misunderstanding as well with religious leader. As seeing lots of severe religious conflicts and wars in the world, we would like to ask your participation for resolution of religious conflicts.

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[About WARP Office]


The main goal of the WARP Office is to find the answers for peace from the holy book of each religion, and the speakers need to prepare their speech based on the scriptures for the topic given. This same topic is discussed by different religious representatives at the WARP Offices around the world and their speech will be collected by the head office of HWPL so that their script could be used to find the common ground of religions and answers for peace. 


We have publicized a HWPL World Alliance of Religions’ Peace (WARP) Office Journal which shares the results from the WARP Offices that are being operated throughout the world. In this month’s journal, some of the active WARP Offices were selected and the corresponding speeches from those meetings have been reported. Also, there are the photos of all the WARP Offices that were held during the month of October.


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To see inside of Journal on October


As you can see, good script which is based on the scriptures will be put in the journal to be distributed to all the members of HWPL. Recently, more and more religious leaders around the world are joining to build WARP Office and finding the fundamental teaching from religious scriptures to achieve peace. We strongly believe your efforts would be crucial impact on not only resolving religious conflicts but also leading people to the right way according to its teaching.

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We hope to bring you more upbeat news through the HWPL WARP Office Journal by introducing the results from the active Scripture Dialogues among various religions.

If you may have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Moreover I’d like to suggest skype meeting with you for next WARP Office and find way can achieve peace together.

Please tell me your available time within 11th(Wed)~12th(Thu).

Thank you.



1st WARP Office and 2nd WARP Office in Stockholm, Sweden




Min-woo Kang

Staff Liaison

Mob +82 10- 6600 – 0203


WARP website:



Preview YouTube video About WARP Office

About WARP Office


Rhythms of One World International Festival – 2016

The 2016
 Rhythms of One World International Festival         
  • New York City, USA – June 20 to 26, 2016
  • Geneva, Switzerland – June 27 to July 3, 2016
  • Sydney, Australia – July 3 to 10, 2016
In 2016, come join us in a global celebration commemorating the signing of the UN Charter, “We the Peoples”.
Since 2012, the festival has brought together choral groups from around the world to share, celebrate, and participate in a life-changing music experience.
This year’s festival was held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall  and Lincoln Center in New York City and celebrated the signing of the UN Charter, “We the Peoples”, in honor of its 70th anniversary.
With the festival becoming an international spectacle, choristers and aficionados across the globe highly anticipate the event every year. If you are a music director, a choral, orchestral, band or dance ensemble who share our mission, we’d love to hear from you!
Application deadline: October 16, 2015
To apply, please contact Festival Founder, Yin-Chu Jou at 1-800-526-2908 or


Dorab Mistry OBE Elected to the European Council of Religious Leaders

Members of the European Council of Religious Leaders ECRL met in Frankfurt, Germany between 11th and 13th May 2015, to debate on the future of the inter religious dialogue platform, bringing together European religious leaders from Judaism, Christianity and Islam together with Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Zoroastrians.

More than 40 religious leaders who were gathered at this meeting unanimously welcomed ZTFE past President and Honorary Treasurer of the Inter Faith Network for the UK Mr Dorab Mistry OBE, as a Council Member to represent the Zoroastrian Community. Jehangir Sarosh OBE, the former Zoroastrian representative to the Council suspended his membership to take on the position of Secretary General of the Council.

On behalf of the ZTFE Managing Committee and Trustees, I congratulate our Dorab for being elected as Zoroastrian representative to the ECRL and as Religions for Peace International representative. Dorab’s contribution to the interfaith movement in the UK on behalf of the Zoroastrian community has been legendary so this is a natural stepping stone for him to the larger European body. The ZTFE is further delighted that our veteran on inter faith matters Jehangir Sarosh OBE is the Secretary General.

During its Frankfurt meeting, hosted at Frankfurt’s Jesuit university (Philosophisch–Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen), ECRL members discussed an action plan on tackling violent religious extremism. The action plan is intended to be implemented in conjunction with Religions for Peace International, ECRL’s umbrella organization and the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition, bringing together religious leaders and grassroots representatives, academics and activists from more than 100 countries.

“Religion is a sublime ethical and spiritual force that aims to heal human society, provide security and peace among people and ensure human dignity and the rights that flow from it. However, some extremists abuse their religion, distorting its image and using it to achieve non-religious objectives. They project violent images that contradict and violate the essence of their religion”, ECRL moderator Thomas Wipf quoted an important statement recently released in Abu Dhabi, calling violent religious extremism “a plague to the entire world”. Wipf described a multi-religious response to be “a concrete and effective religious demonstration against violent religious extremism”.

Katharina Von Schnurbein, European Commission Adviser for the Dialogue with Churches, Religions and Non-confessional Organisations and equally present at the meeting, stressed that since the Paris attacks, the EU commission has recognized the vital role ECRL will play in the future of a safer Europe. The ECRL welcomed representatives of the Interreligious Youth Forum. They expressed their disappointment that the deadline for achieving the millennium development goals has not been met, and called for a new focus on sustainable goals in the years ahead. ECRL supported their statement addressed to the G 7 Summit in June 2015 in Germany.

More information: contact

The European Council of Religious Leaders was founded in Oslo in 2002. ECRL brings together senior representatives of Europe’s historic religions Christianity, Judaism and Islam, together with Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Zoroastrians. Together they address concerns affecting the wider community, including poverty, AIDS, interreligious co-existence, disarmament and the environment. ECRL answers to the call for action to promote peace and fruitful coexistence in the midst of an increasingly multi-cultural and multi-religious Europe.

Yours sincerely
Malcolm M Deboo

Opportunity for Zoroastrian Youth to attend Paris meeting in December 2015

Dear Friends,

Here is an opportunity for a Zoroastrian Youth to participate in Paris meeting; please see the attachment. The selection will be made from the Interreligious Youth Teach-in, July 23-26 in Hyde Park, NY. As the program participation is limited, candidates are advised to register ASAP. For registration cost, scholarship may be available for the rightly qualified candidate. Travel to/from Hyde Park is the candidate’s responsibility or the local organization may subsidize. For Paris meeting, all expenses will be paid from the grants received by Religion for Peace-USA.

Please publicize this information to your local youth and encourage and support them to attend the event. For any questions/clarifications, please email me. Thanks.


Homi D. Gandhi
Vice President, FEZANA




Religions for Peace

Calling all young Climate Leaders!

We’re facing a climate crisis like never before.  To confront this crisis, young people of all faiths need to be connected with other young faith leaders working on climate.
You can be a part of a new movement, by signing up if you’re a young adult, or sending this email on to any other young people of faith and goodwill wanting to help end our climate crisis.
But wait! A small group of participants of the Teach-in will be sent to Paris, France during the Conference of Parties meetings of the UN in December of 2015. All expenses paid!
Help us pass a strong climate treaty in Paris, by signing up or sending a youth representative to the teach-in.
Thank you for all the work you do to end climate change, to make peace in the world. We’re stronger because of you.
Religions For Peace USA
777 United Nations Plaza, New York City, NY 10017

Science and Religion – Evolution week-end Feb 15th, 2015

Science and Religion –  Science, Story and Scripture:
Living Together with Understanding
Evolution Week-End Feb 15th, 2015
For those unable to participate in person, the entire event will be livestreamed on the internet, so you can organize a local discussion group in your church or private home, and also have the capability to send in questions to the four panelists.
For instructions:
go to and register for the event.

 If you have any questions, please get back to us.


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