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10 Years After 9/11 Interfaith Understanding Remains Elusive – Huffington Post

10 Years After 9/11 Interfaith Understanding Remains ElusiveHuffington PostNancy McCurley started an interfaith Scripture study with local Muslims, only to be told by a critic that “in a year’s time, this church will be a mosque.” In the 10 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks exposed the deep divide between America’s …Interfaith understanding remains elusive 10 years after 9/11Religion News Serviceall 2 news articles »

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12 Muslims Fined for Malaysia Hindu Temple Protest

Author: Julia Zappei

Source: Alabama Live

Wire Service: AP

http://www.al.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/international-35/1280219257311550.xml&storylist=international

A Malaysian court Tuesday fined 12 Muslims and sentenced one of them to a week in prison for illegally protesting the construction of a Hindu temple and parading a severed cow’s head.

The protest last August stoked tensions among Malaysia’s three main ethnic groups-the Malay Muslim majority and Chinese and Indian minorities, most of them Buddhists, Christians or Hindus who have complained that their religious rights are often sidelined in favor of Islam.

18 Catholic, Interfaith Leaders Call for Indonesia to Maintain Pluralism

Author: Staff Writer

Source: UCA News

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=25097

JAKARTA, Indonesia (UCAN) – Eighteen religious leaders representing Buddhism, Catholicism, Confucianism, Islam and Protestantism have issued a joint message calling for the nation to maintain pluralism.

They released the statement on Aug. 18 following their meeting held to mark the country’s 62nd Independence Day, observed a day earlier. The interreligious Indonesian Committee on Religion and Peace (IComRP) organized the meeting.

During a press conference afterward, Theophilus Bela, secretary general of IComRP and a Catholic, read the statement, “A Joint Message: 62 Years of the Republic of Indonesia.”

“We are convinced that the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia will be strong and will progress if the nation guarantees and promotes pluralism as the basis for society,” it said.

2,000 In Clearwater, Faith Communities Come Together in Prayer and Compassion

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/10/Northpinellas/Faiths_join_for_praye.shtml

On September 10, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times reported, “The Rev. Leddy Hammock held a candle and looked up at the dozens of people at an interfaith remembrance service for Hurricane Katrina victims Tuesday.

‘We gather to rebuild a levee against all human tears,’ she told them.

A few minutes later, the lights were dimmed, and each person in the octagon-shaped sanctuary held up a single lighted candle, asking God to help the evacuees and to forgive the dead of their misdeeds, if any.

The event at the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater brought together religious leaders of several faiths and traditions, including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Scientology and Jewish.

The idea for the special service came from Ahmed Bedier of the Council for American Islamic Relations.”

2,500 Indonesian Youth Pray Together for Peace in Interfaith Service

Source: catholic.org/UCA News

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=19942

On May 23, 2006 UCA News reported, “About 2,500 young people from six religions took part in an interfaith prayer service held to reinforce the climate of interreligious harmony in North Sulawesi province.

The Interfaith Youth Celebration held May 15 was organized by the recently formed Interfaith Youth Forum of North Sulawesi. It took place at the auditorium of the gubernatorial office in Manado, the provincial capital, 2,115 kilometers (about 1,310 miles) northeast of Jakarta.

Establishment of the forum, which was inaugurated March 27, was one of the recommendations from a provincial interreligious youth meeting in August 2005.

Unlike most other parts of Muslim-majority Indonesia, North Sulawesi has a Christian majority. Protestants make up 72 percent of its 2.2 million people, and the 128,000 Catholics form another 5 percent. Muslims are the second-largest community at about 21 percent. Small Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian communities account for most of the rest of the people.

Among those attending the interfaith celebration were North Sulawesi governor Sinyo Harry Sarundajang, several military officials and Nadine Chandrawinata, Miss Indonesia 2005.”

20 Senators Push Medal of Freedom for Rabbi Abraham Heschel – Breaking News – Forward.com

WASHINGTON ( JTA ) — A slate of 20 senators urged President Barack Obama to posthumously award Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the nation’s highest honors.The letter made public Wednesday, spearheaded by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, cited the role of Heschel, who fled Nazi-era Germany, in advancing the cause of civil rights through his friendship with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Source: 20 Senators Push Medal of Freedom for Rabbi Abraham Heschel – Breaking News – Forward.com

200 Attend Interfaith Vigil At Holocaust Museum

Author: Staff Writer

Source: JTA

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/06/12/1005839/200-come-to-interfaith-gathering-at-holocaust-museum

Some 200 people attended an interfaith gathering at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to mourn the death of security guard Stephen Johns.

Johns was killed Wednesday when a gunman, 88-year-old white supremacist James Von Brunn, entered the museum and opened fire.

Organized by the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, the gathering Thursday included speeches and prayers by clergy from Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu and Bahai traditions, as well as representatives of the German and Israeli embassies.

Clark Lobenstine, executive director of the InterFaith Conference, told the crowd, some of whom held candles, that the vigil was designed to show that “hate has no place in any of our community’s religious traditions.”

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