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Tibetan Buddhist Community Strong in Ojai, CA

Source: Los Angeles Times

On January 9, 1999, the Los Angeles Times published an
article on the Tibetan Buddhist community in the small town of Ojai,
CA. Ojai, which is also home to the Krishnamurti Foundation, the
Krotona Institute and Meditation Mount, has been home to the Tibetan
Buddhist Dharma Center since 1989. The Tibetan Buddhist community in
Ojai consists of roughly 40 members, who have a total of 37 children.

Celebration of 300th Anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

Source: The Arizona Republic

On January 9, 1999, The Arizona Republic reported that the International
Symposium on Khalsa will be held on January 9-10, 1999 in
Phoenix. The symposium will be the U.S. celebration of the 300th
anniversary of when the Guru Gobind Singh established the current
Sikh identity. Yogi Bhajan, the Sikh leader in the Western
Hemisphere, is the featured speaker at the event.

Hindus Celebrate New Year

Source: Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times published an article on the New
Year’s celebration of the Hindu community in Northridge, CA. Despite
the fact that Hindus follow their own lunar calendar, many Hindus
worldwide have celebrated the Gregorian New Year since British
colonial rule. This Hindu celebration included the passing out of
pastries and a sacrificial fire to invoke Agni, the god of fire.

Catholic-Jewish Relations

Source: The Buffalo News

On January 2, 1999, the Buffalo News published an
article on the Catholic-Jewish Educational Enrichment Program, which
is an effort to educate students in Catholic and Jewish schools about
each other’s faith. This program is in place in Philadelphia and
similar programs exist in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San
Francisco. It involves a teacher-exchange situation, where a Rabbi
visits to a Catholic school and a Priest visits to a Jewish school. The
Catholic-Jewish Educational Enrichment Program is funded by the
Righteous Persons Foundation, which was established by Steven
Spielberg to bolster interfaith relations.

World Religion Day

Source: St. Petersburg Times

The St. Petersburg Times reported that the Interfaith
Council and Baha’is of Citrus County, Florida are sponsoring a World
Religion Day program on January 17, 1999. World Religion Day was
begun in 1950 by the national administrative body of the Baha’i
faith, the Spiritual Assembly, in the United States in order to
promote religious unity. The subject for this year’s event, which
will include speakers representing Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism,
and Baha’i faiths, is “Life After Death.”

Ramadan Reflections

Source: Star Tribune

On January 2, 1999, the Star Tribune reported that since
the U.S. air strikes against Iraq last month, there has been a
upsurge in public interest as to the meaning of Ramadan. Sayyid
Muhammed Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of America
near Indianapolis, says he’s been “barraged with phone calls about
this season of praying and fasting.”

Religious Practice in the Work Place

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On December 31, 1998, the Christian Science Monitor
published an article on the accommodation for Muslim prayer that the
city of Denver provided for Muslim taxi and airport-shuttle drivers
at Denver International Airport. Denver moved a glass shelter to the
grounds of the international airport to provide a warm and dry space
for Muslim drivers to pray at the airport. Though, the shelter is
open to use by all drivers at the airport as a shelter. Around the
country, lawsuits claiming religious discrimination in the work place
are on the rise, from 1,192 in 1991 to 1,786 in 1998. Roberto
Corrada, a law professor at the University of Denver, stated that,
“in the last decade or so, religion has been more a part of the
political landscape, and a lot more people in minority religions are
now claiming their rights and asking for accommodations.”

Plans for a New Mosque in Midtown Manhattan

Source: The New York Times

On December 27, 1998 the New York Times reported that a local Muslim community
plans to purchase a five-story building in midtown Manhattan and
convert it to one of the largest prayer halls in the city. The
congregation’s director, Mohammed Ali Abdelaal, commented, “We are
modest people — a real mix from all over the world, just like
Manhattan.” The article noted that there are over 400 mosques in the
New York City area, the first of which was opened some 45 years ago.
“Tucked among the office towers of Manhattan there are about 10
mosques, most operating out of rented quarters and serving overflow
crowds of workers at the noon prayer on Fridays.”

Stamp to Honor El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz

Source: The Boston Globe

An article in the December 27, 1998 Boston Globe reported
that the U.S. postal service will feature El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
(formerly known as Malcolm X) in their Black Heritage series. The 33
cent stamp will be available in early 1999.

Religion and the World Wide Web

Source: Star Tribune

On December 26, 1998, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis,
MN published an article on the growing use of the World Wide Web by
religious communities to help spread their message. The article
states that religions are turning to this medium in order to “remain
relevant among an increasingly fickle audience.” The Barna Research
Group, based in Ventura, CA, conducted a recent survey on religion
and the internet. The results show that one out of six teens rely on
the Internet to attempt to meet their spiritual needs. Quentin Schultze,
professor of communication at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and
author of “Internet for Christians,” stated that, “we are seeing the
beginnings of a wave of religious reformation, one as big as the one
seen after the invention of the Gutenberg Press.”