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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.”

Muslim Schools Win Zoning Battles in Virginia and California

Source: The Washington Post

On February 12, 1998, The Washington Post reported that the Loudon
County Planning Commission voted unanimously on February
11 to recommend approval of a Muslim school project in
Virginia. The Post reports that the project had
“drawn fierce opposition from some residents who say they
fear it will attract terrorists. Members of the
commission said they had considered residents’ concerns
about the proposed school, but had to base their decision
on land-use issues. “I wouldn’t do anything that
jeopardizes anybody’s safety,” said commission member
Robert F. DuPree Jr. “I’ve looked at this one, and I just
don’t see it as a threat. It’s a school.”
In California’s Silicon Valley, after a four-year
legal struggle with LSI Logic Corporation, the city
council of Santa Clara granted a use permit to Granada
Islamic School. The school is affiliated with the Muslim
Community Association of the San Francisco Bay Area
(MCA), and is adjacent to the community’s large and
active masjid.

Controversy Over All-Faiths Chapel at Chapman University

Source: Orange County Register

On February 27, 1998, Chapman University will hold a
“ground blessing” for the planned $5 million Wallace All
Faith Chapel. An article from the Orange County
on February 9, 1998, entitled
“All-faiths Chapel Coming to Chapman,” describes the
innovative design plans which will make the worship space
equally suitable for use by all of the thirteen faith
groups on campus. However, as the February 27, 1998
article in the same newspaper, “New
Chapel No Blessing to Some” describes, within yards
of the ground-blessing for the chapel will be a protest
by some local Christian Churches to protest the inclusion
of non-Christians.

All Faith Service at University of San Diego

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported in their
February 7, 1998 edition on the fifth annual celebration
of religious pluralism at the University of San Diego’s
“All Faith Service.” The service, which was started in
1993 by Monsignor I. Brent Eagen as a way of honoring the
city’s diversity, took place at the Immaculata Church on
the campus of the Roman Catholic University.

Tustin Marine Facility Serves a Prayer Hall for Eid al-Fitr in Orange County, California

Source: Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County
reported on the use of the Tustin Marine Corps Hangar
on January 29, 1998 by Orange County Area Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr.
This creative solution to the problem of finding a place for some 11,000 local Muslims to pray was the result of an interfaith effort. The Register‘s article from January 30 is entitled “Hangar Has Plenty of Room for Prayer.” The February 7th L.A. TImes article, “Rite at Base May Bring New Respect for Islam,” details how the interfaith effort came together and suggests that, despite many acts of religious bigotry against Muslims in America in recent years, this event “may signal the start of an era of greater tolerance and respect for Islam in America.”

New Jain Temple Projects in California, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York

Source: Jain Digest

“The Jain Center of
Northern California
(JCNC) celebrated the Bhumi Pujan
ceremony on a rainy morning of November 15, 1997, with
great devotion, splendor, and gaiety. The event marked an
auspicious beginning of the construction of the first
Jain Bhawan in the San Francisco Bay Area. … The JCNC
intend to build a unique landmark for Jains across the
United States, Canada, and the rest of the world.”