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Jain Marriage Mixes Worlds

Source: The New York Times

On July 20, 1998, the New York Times ran an article which reported on the arranged union of a Jain native New Yorker (an investment banker) with a Jain woman of India. “In modern immigrant families — where the bindings between new land and homeland are stronger than ever before — the children almost inevitably find themselves pushed and pulled between the culture and values of their parents and those of the larger American society. Such ambiguities are perhaps never more acute than when a decision about marriage — the arc of one’s life — is at ahand. But what emerges at defining moments like Vinit Sethi’s wedding is the way many of these children search for, and find solace and grounding in, their connections to the world back home.”

Sikh Summer Camp: Passing on Religion, Heritage and Pride

Source: The New York Times

On July 18, 1998, the New York Times ran an article about a Sikh summer camp in the hills of Pennsylvania. Sikh youth come to Lohgarh Retreat to learn more about their religion, and to share with counselors and peers the issues and concerns faced by Sikh youth. Wearing a turban, a very visible sign of being a Sikh, can attract attention and even name-calling; at camp the turban is discussed as a reminder of identity.

Increase in Anti-Muslim Discrimination Reported

Source: No source given.

“(WASHINGTON, DC – 7/15/98) – An annual report released today by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) showed a decrease in acts of violence against American Muslims, but indicated a 18 percent increase in total incidents and a 60 percent rise in discrimination cases.”

Muslim Home-Schooling Convention Held

Source: Syracuse (New York) Herald American

On July 12, 1998, the Syracuse (New York) Herald American ran an article entited “Muslims Embrace Schooling at Home,” about a “convention launched two years ago in Syracuse by Abdul-Malik to fill a void for what she and others say is a growing number of Muslims choosing to teach their children at home.”

Reverend Peter Gomes Reviews Thurman’s Inner Revolution

Source: The New York Times

On July 12, 1998, the New York Times Sunday Book Review section included an article about Robert Thurman’s book, Inner Revolution: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Real Happiness. Thurman is a professor in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. Rev. Gomes writes that in this book, Thurman asserts that “America is the place and that this is the time in which the Buddha’s vision may have its most opportune moment” for an “exhausted culture eager to go from “me” to meaning.”

World Tibet Day Celebrated

Source: Press Journal

World Tibet Day, founded by Ma Jaya Bhagavati, the spiritual leader of Kashi Ashram, was celebrated in religious services across the world, and at Central Park in New York City. The effort is part of an Interfaith Call for Freedom of Worship in Tibet and Universal Religious Freedom. The intention is to raise awareness of human rights abuses and religious freedom abuses in Tibet, and to eventually convince the Chinese to respect the Tibetan people, the Tibetan religion, and the Dalai Lama.