Religious Diversity News

8 Mosques to Host ‘Meet Your Muslim Neighbor’ Open House

Author: Oralandar Brand-Williams

Source: The Detroit News–Meet-Your-Muslim-Neighbor–open-house

Eight metro Detroit mosques are encouraging non-Muslims to visit their houses of worship Saturday as part of a coordinated open house to promote better understanding of the Quran holy book and Islam.

Members of the sponsoring Council of Islamic Organizations say the open house aims to promote peace, understanding, friendship and tolerance among people of all faiths and “to convey the correct understanding of Islam and Muslims.”

Imam Aly Lela, of the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit in Rochester Hills, said he is inviting non-Muslims to his mosque because he sees it as a “first step toward mutual understanding to get to know each other and take a close look into this culture.”

“The open house is a wonderful opportunity to come and ask questions they have on their minds in a friendly environment,” Lela said of the event, called “Meet your Muslim Neighbor: Sharing our Common Heritage.”

80+ Long Island Faith Leaders Call on Rep. Peter King to Cancel Muslim Hearings

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Faith In Public Life

Over 80 people of faith from Long Island, including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and interfaith leaders, sent a letter today to Representative Peter King (R-NY), urging him to cancel his planned Congressional hearings to investigate claims of “radicalization” in the American Muslim community. These diverse faith leaders believe the singling out of the Muslim community undermines fundamental American values and is counterproductive to improving national security.

9/11 Interfaith Service Set for Area –

9/11 Interfaith Service Set for AreaPatch.comWhat is it about increments of five that causes memorials? Why not nine years after 9/11, or 11? Anyway, whatever year, it is certain that the horror of Sept. 11, 2001, is etched in the minds of Americans. So on Wednesday, six area …

9/11: Local ceremonies and services for the 10th anniversary – MetroWest Daily News

9/11: Local ceremonies and services for the 10th anniversaryMetroWest Daily NewsINTERFAITH SERVICE: On Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 pm, the Framingham Interfaith Clergy Association will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with an interfaith worship service at First Methodist Church, Brook and Water streets. …and more »

9/11 Memorials and Interfaith Services in Southern California

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 9, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that “hundreds [of 9/11 memorials] will be
held in places of worship and in public places across Southern California in
next few days to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary. The largest inter-religious gathering in Orange County will be A Prayer
Service for Peace at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Columban Church in Garden
Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist leaders will join bishops and other local heads of
major Christian denominations for an interfaith service.

9/11 ‘Opened Doors’ with Other Faiths

Source: The Dallas Morning News

Roy Harrell is in his 60th year as a Baptist minister, but he’s best known around Dallas for his interfaith work.

There’s probably nobody in the area with a Rolodex like his, which includes numbers for local leaders of nearly every organized religion.

Mr. Harrell grew up in San Angelo. As a teen, during World War II, his education in world religions began when he met Chinese Buddhist pilots training at a local base.

He began pastoring small Baptist churches in his late teens, and continued while at Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

As campus minister at Texas Wesleyan and Baylor University, he worked with foreign students of other faiths. Later he pastored Ross Avenue Baptist in Dallas, whose membership included Asians and Hispanics.

9/11 Remembrance Events Scheduled –

9/11 Remembrance Events ScheduledPatch.com11, 2001, attacks by donating blood, attending a performance at the Portsmouth Public Library and an Interfaith service at Strawbery Banke on Sunday. By Robert Cook On Sunday, Strawbery Banke Museum will host a 9/11 remembrance interfaith service at 6 …Prayers for PeaceSeacoastonline.comall 2 news articles »

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