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The Orange County Register Offers a House-of-Worship Tour

Source: Orange County Register

Throughout 1997 and into 1998 the Orange County Register has run monthly articles on different houses of worship. These correspond to actual tours set up by the Interfaith Council in Garden Grove to promote understanding across religious difference. The first stop was the Hacienda Heights Buddhist Temple, the second was the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Over two thousand participants were at the third stop, the Islamic Society of Orange County. The Christian Science Church, Jewish Synagogue Temple Beth Emet, the Greenville Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the Orange County Buddhist Church and others have all opened their doors to the tour.

Americans Value Diversity

Source: The Denver Rocky Mountain News

On May 4, 1998, the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, CO reported on a poll released by the National Conference for Communtiy and Justice. The “national poll that questioned 1,014 adults showed 72 percent said “more racial, ethnic, culture and religious diversity” was very or somewhat important among law enforment officers; 68 percent valued it among local, state or national government leaders; and 67 percent valued diversity in elementary and secondary public schools.”

Zarathushti Heritage and Cultural Center Opens in Houston, Texas

Source: No source given.

From April 10-12, the Zoroastrian Association of Houston held their gala opening of the Zarathushti Heritage and Cultural Center. The Association Chairman, Rustom B. Engineer, wrote the following in the Inaugural publication: “…this center will always be a tribute to our community’s commitment to the Zarathushti way of life in our new adopted land. We are at a very significant juncture in time and place. After hundreds of years of religious perseverance and migrations, the followers of Ahura Mazda have finally managed to reassemble at the dawn of the new millennium. It is our greatest hope and desire that our children, grandchildren and the future generations carry on the Zarathushti torch into yet another millennium.”

Vietnamese Christian Minister in Action

Source: Orange County Register

Rev. Bao Xuan Nguyen, a Vietnamese Christian is called “pastor to the world.” On April 4, 1998, the Orange County Register ran an article entitled “Power of Love” which profiled him and his action ministry.

Anchorage Baha’i Community Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Source: Anchorage Daily News

On March 21, 1998, the Anchorage Daily News reported that “The faces in the room varied. Native, black, white, Hispanic and Middle Eastern Baha’is gathered last month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Anchorage Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is.”

Quincy’s History Takes New Turn With Asian Immigration

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 8, 1998 The Boston Globe reported, “To measure this city’s ethnic transformation, the Francis W. Parker elementary school in North Quincy is a good place to start.

For generations, the students who filled the Parker’s classrooms reflected the overwhelmingly white neighborhood around it. But Quincy has become a different city. An Asian migration that began as a trickle in the late 1970s picked up speed in the ’80s and continues to gain momentum through the ’90s has dramatically changed the look of the city.

At the Parker School today, children of Asian descent make up almost half the student body.

Citywide, enrollment of Asian children tripled in the past 10 years, approaching 20 percent of the 9,000 students in the system.

Asians are by far the city’s fastest growing and largest minority, easily surpassing the growth in the black and Hispanic populations, which make up only a small fraction of the 88,781 residents.

By the end of this year, if the population trend continues, one in every five Quincy residents will be a person of Asian descent.

Quincy, the City of Presidents, where granite quarries and the defunct Fore River Shipyard recall the city’s blue-collar heritage, will carry a new identity into the next century. The Asians of Quincy, no longer a quirky statistic, have settled in as the white population has declined, modestly but steadily… The change is remarkable given Quincy’s reputation through the 1970s and ’80s as a white, blue-collar stronghold not known as a welcoming place for minorities.

But in the 1980s, Asian families began moving in in significant numbers and kept moving in, focused on the standard American Dream — a house, safe neighborhoods, decent schools… Buddhists pray and worship inside the Thousand Buddha Temple, built two years ago near Quincy Point… churches are tailoring part of their ministry to the various religious faiths represented by the expanding mix of Asians in Quincy, including Roman Catholics, Lutherans, and Baptists… Buddhists worship at the Thousand Buddha Temple on Massachusetts Avenue. The Rev. Samuel Chung, a Nazarene minister who came to Quincy last July from Los Angeles, is starting a ministery for Cantonese-speaking Chinese, which will be part of the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene on Elm Avenue in North Quincy.

Chung said the new congregation is set to hold its first service at the church on April 26. ‘I was directed here by the Lord, but I also wanted to come,’ said Chung, originally from Hong Kong. ‘The church will help answer a spiritual need.'”

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Source: Orange County Register

On March 1, 1998, the Orange County Register ran an article entitled “The Way of Tea: An Ancient Japanese Ceremony Becomes a Modern Refuge for Seekers of Tranquillity.”