Religious Diversity News

2004 Interfaith Calendar

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On January 2, 2004 The Dallas Morning News published a multi-faith calendar highlighting the major holidays of diverse religions. The article notes, ” As we become a more religiously varied nation, a calendar with only Christian holidays is decidedly out of date.” The article also includes links to other interfaith calendars.

22nd Annual International Peace Prayer Day Honors Interfaith Leader

Source: Sikh News Network!OpenDocument

June 16, 2007. ESPANOLA, NM. On Saturday, June 16th, the 3HO Foundation in conjunction with Peace Cereals celebrated the 22nd annual International Peace Prayer Day at the Ram Das Puri campsite in the Jemez Mountains near Espanola, New Mexico.

Over 1000 people gathered at the mountain campsite to pray, sing and share stories about peace.

International Peace Prayer Day in New Mexico was founded by the late Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga, and Chief Spiritual and Administrative Authority for Sikh Dharma International.

Yogi Bhajan, also known as the Siri Singh Sahib Bhai Sahib Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji, founded this event to bring people of different faith backgrounds and traditions together to pray for peace. He believed that prayer was the greatest power, and through the collective prayer of people together, peace would come to the earth.

25-Year Temple-Islamic Center Partnership Recognized by Interfaith Organization

Source: Canada NewsWir

On November 17, 2004 Canada NewsWir reported, “The extraordinary partnership of the Temple Har Zion and the Jaffari Islamic Centre will be recognized at special dinner organized by the Harmony Movement. The two religious centres have been close neighbours for over 25 years,
not only sharing the same parking facility but collaborating on number of programs. These include an educational initiative called Breaking the Circle of Hate which fosters a greater understanding and acceptance of other cultures and religious faiths.”

3rd Annual Youth Interfaith Camp in N.C.

Source: The Mountain Times

On June 24, 2004 The Mountain Times reported, “The third annual interfaith camp was held at Elk Shoals United Methodist Camp last week where 16 Christians, Jews and Muslims met together to learn about one another and to learn how to trust others of different faiths or beliefs. Boys from Ashe County, Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Israel, Africa, Charlotte, Greensboro, who all live in North Carolina now came to participate in the camp that group officials said went very well…
The first camp was the subject of a documentary that won the Vision Award at the RiverRun International Film Festival and will soon be shown on television networks including Showtime and possibly others.”

4 Religions Represented At Downtown Dialogue

Author: Scarlett Heydt

Source: ASU Web Devil

Students gained exposure to four religious perspectives in an open dialogue Monday night at the Downtown campus.

A panel of five people from the Arizona Interfaith Movement gave a presentation and answered questions from ASU students.

The panelists were Arizona Interfaith Movement executive director Paul Eppinger, who acted as a facilitator; Jerry Burbach, who represented Catholicism; Dilara Hafiz, who represented Islam; Joshua Porter, from the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints; and N.V. Shamasundar, who represented Hinduism.

Eppinger began by holding up a license plate that had the phrase “Live the Golden Rule” written on it.

“Our group believes in following the golden rule,” Eppinger said. “We seek to break down the walls of hatred between people and hope to develop a common understanding among all.”

After the introduction, panelists each gave a short description about their religion before turning the dialogue over to the students for a question and answer session.

41 Student Religious Groups at UNC Mirror Religious Diversity in US

Source: The Daily Tar Heel

On November 30, 2005 The Daily Tar Heel reported, “UNC’s spiritual life in many ways serves as a microcosm of greater society.

The 41 registered student religious groups mirror the variety of faith in the U.S., with groups ranging from Baha’is to Baptists.

And though there’s no sign Americans are going to church more often… several UNC religious student groups have shown significant growth during the past several years.

Campus Crusade for Christ has about 650 people attending Bible studies and has seen about a 10 percent growth per year during the past three years, says Miles O’Neill, campus director of Campus Crusade.

Jewish life on campus also has been growing each year, says Or Mars, executive director of N.C. Hillel, though Hillel does not keep membership numbers… The Muslim Students Association also has increased from about 15 students in 2003 to about 60 now, says Uzma Khan, president of the MSA… The Interfaith Alliance, which meets every other week, was started this year ‘to promote dialogue, tolerance and education,’ says Matthew Wright, a board member at the alliance and representative for the Episcopal Campus Ministry.”

51st Merdeka: ‘Interfaith Activities Will Boost Unity’

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New Straits Times

The people should organise more interfaith activities before Merdeka Day every year to strengthen national unity, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday.

The prime minister said they could also cement solidarity between leaders of the various communities and the people.

“We should all be grateful to God that we are living in a safe and peaceful country where everyone is given the freedom and opportunity to practise their own religions.

“We are living in a country that provides us with opportunities to broaden our careers and where our children can grow up without having to fear for their future.”

He was speaking at a muhibbah gathering attended by more than 300 leaders of various communities at the Seri Endon Puspanitapuri hall.

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