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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.”

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

Source: Jain Digest

“Jain Center of New Jersey (JCNJ) has signed a
contract for the purchase of a property in Edison, New
Jersey. The property is an existing 26,000 sq. ft. single
story building located on 8 acres of land. Site plans
have been submitted to the Edison Township for approval.
… The existing building will be improved and expanded
to house temples in Shwetamber and Digamber traditions,
prayer halls for Sthanakvasi and Srimad Rajchandra
traditions, an Assembly Hall and a Dining Hall.”

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

Source: Jain Digest

“The Jain Center of Greater Detroit celebrated a brick
laying ceremony at their temple site on Saturday,
September 27, 1997. The Detroit temple is under
construction and the society wanted all of their members’
participation in giving a symbolic hand in building the
“Jinalaya.” … During the ceremony, over 160 families
(more than 400 individuals) had an opportnity to place a
brick on the northwest corner wall of the temple in

Pagans Establish Fund to Assist African-American Congregations

Source: Pagan Educational Network

On August 17, 1996 the Pagan Educational Network released a press release stating that “In response to the burning of African-American churches across the South, the Pagan Community Fund (PCF) and the Pagan Educational Network (PEN) announce the birth of the Yemaya Fund… The birth of this fund springs from PCF’s mission to assist those in need regardless of their faith and PEN’s commitment to build community and religious freedom for all.”

Pagan Education Network Announces E-mail List for Alternative Community

Source: Pagan Education Network

On July 31, 1997 Pagan Education Network released a press release stating “The Pagan Educational Network is proud to announce the launch of the Sacred Action e-mail list. The list grew out of PEN’s April 1997 conference of the same name. It is dedicated to furthering Pagan networking, facilitating joint action on issues of importance to the Pagan community, and building an alternative community. Topics include spirituality, human rights, the environment, sexuality, Earth-friendly technologies, sustainable economics, right livelihood, community-building, Pagan parenting, and politics. The list grew out of PEN’s belief that the Pagan movement can encompass the best of alternative communities and create a better world for all.”