Interfaith Efforts

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On June 23, 1999, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on
a conference taking place at Stanford University of 100 religious
leaders from 30 nations who are part of the on-going United Religions
Initiative, which attempts to resolve religious conflict and promote
dialogue among people of different faiths. Episcopal Bishop William
Swing of San Francisco, who conceived of the United Religions
Initiative, stated that “We’re starting a network so we won’t have
other Kosovos.” He believes that the religious roots of the war need
attention. “Nobody talks about ‘religious cleansing’ and how we need
to cross the borders between religions. We’re not addressing the
fundamental issues by dropping bombs, imposing an end on this, and
chasing people back and forth across the borders of Kosovo.” This
conference is the last major gathering of the religious leaders
before the United Religions charter is scheduled to be signed in June
2000.


Interfaith Efforts

Source: The Boston Herald

On June 18, 1999, The Boston Herald published an article
on the nonprofit Boston Justice Ministries, which is a coalition of
eleven area churches and synagogues who have worked over the past
year to help free women from violent domestic situations while
honoring their beliefs. Rev. Anne Marie Hunter, a United Methodist
minister who founded Boston Justice Ministries, stated: “There were
too many women of faith that I was hearing from that were staying in
abusive relationships because of their faith. Also, I was hearing
about people’s faith being used as a club against them.” Sermons,
workshops, and even meetings with local law-enforcement agencies have
taken place in the eleven congregations to help with the problem.
Donna Cabey, a lay participant from Berea Seventh Day Adventist
Church in Dorchester, stated: “God does not call any of us to live in
violent situations. And we all have the responsibility to make our
homes peaceful, healthy homes.”


Interfaith Efforts

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On June 13, 1999, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported
that the Racine Interfaith Coalition in Racine, Wisconsin collected
107 guns in a weekend “buy-back” on June 5-6, which was designed to
make streets safer. The Coalition raised close to $20,000 for the
buy-back to provide $50 and $100 gift certificates for the Regency
Mall in Wisconsin to those who returned the guns. The persons
returning the guns were asked no questions; seven illegal weapons
were among the 107.


Interfaith Efforts

Source: Sacramento Bee

On June 9, 1999, the Sacramento Bee reported that a
coalition of religious leaders in the Northern California
Interreligious Conference and the California Council of Churches have
produced a report entitled, “Welfare Reform: Public Policy and
Theological Reflections,” which aims to spell out needed changes in
CalWORKS, the California program that seeks to trim the welfare load
by 80 percent. The report contains findings based on conversations of
clergy and public policy specialists with social service providers,
religious leaders, welfare recipients, and others who are taking part
in the welfare-to-work program.