Interfaith Community Remembers the Holocaust

April 25, 2003

Source: The News-Times

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On April 25, 2003 The News-Times reported that "on Sunday at 7 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church [in CT], the interfaith community will remember the Holocaust... and its meaning to all of humanity... The event, which will include a talk by United Jewish Center congregant and Holocaust survivor William Kaiser, is being sponsored by St. Gregory’s, the UJC, First Congregational Church,...

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Suffolk, NY Man Creates Replica of Buddhist Temple in Backyard

April 25, 2003

Source: Daily Press

On April 25, 2003 Daily Press reported that "Samuel Glasscock, who has been a Methodist since childhood, began working on the brown and white... [replica of a Buddhist temple], made mostly from wood, about a year ago. He expects it to take another year. When it's done, it will rise about 16 feet. That's not counting the copper finial... The project caps the veteran attorney's longtime fascination with the beauty of Buddhist architecture. Yet, he says, it is more than an effort to bring home the exotic. It is his own quiet monument to...

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Californian Laotian Buddhists Celebrate New Years

April 21, 2003

Source: Visalia Times-Delta


On April 21, 2003 the Visalia Times-Delta reported that "to remember and celebrate Lao culture, hundreds of Laotians from throughout the [CA] state, including Khounpaseuth, made their way to the Lao Buddhist Temple in Visalia Saturday to celebrate the Lao New Year... The New Year is considered the most important annual celebration for the Lao...

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Minnesota's Northfield Buddhist Meditation

April 20, 2003

Source: Star Tribune

On April 20, 2003 the Star Tribune reported on "the Northfield Buddhist Meditation Center -- a plain, handsome room above a jewelry store on the main street in town... There, about two dozen people gather every Sunday to meditate, to reflect on the direction of their life, to focus on injustice in the world and to be silent, peaceful. They sit or kneel on black cushions in a stark white room... Two private colleges in this town of 17,000 people, about 45 minutes south of the Twin Cities...

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Editorial: Buddhism's Tradition of Peace and Joy Relative to War

April 20, 2003

Source: The Denver Post

On April 20, 2003 The Denver Post printed an editorial by Judith Simmer-Brown stating that "the word 'hope' isn't used much in the Buddhist tradition, but the words peace and joy are used a lot. We believe that only by looking into the heart of suffering can one find peace and joy... In the most difficult environment, we can also find the most precious qualities. I'm confident in our ability to transform the real circumstances by working with the mind... The more enraged or despairing we are about war, the more we contribute to...

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The Sun Mission in Hawaii

April 19, 2003

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser


On April 19, 2003 The Honolulu Advertiser reported on the Sun Mission in Hawaii... "The [Buddhist] sect is related to the Tendai sect of Mount Hiei, Kyoto, Japan... 'By making pure heart, we can become one with everyone and the universe. Together we can pray to change humanity thereby creating peace on this earth...' [Bishop] Lorraine Yamauchi...

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Religious Celebrations Rich in Food

April 18, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On April 18, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "last weekend, members of a small East Side congregation blended Jewish and Christian practices into a Holy Week/Passover worship ceremony that ended with a feast -- a springtime tradition of both faiths... The Church of God and Saints of Christ began with evening worship on Palm Sunday, followed by a Passover Seder, or festive meal... Celebrations in many other faiths are festivals rich in food, but not just at springtime... Bahais hold communal meetings every 19 days....

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Cambodian Buddhists Celebrate New Year in Florida

April 18, 2003

Source: River City News


On April 18, 2003 the River City News reported that "the Wat Khanteyaram [in FL] celebrated the Cambodian New Year last weekend with chanting, dancing, blessings and messy fun... Stephanie Galloway, a World Religions teacher at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, gives her students the opportunity to take part in the celebration for class credit....

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An interview with Warren Nord Regarding Rod Paige's Comments

April 16, 2003

Source: News Observer


On April 16, 2003 the News Observer printed an interview with Warren A. Nord, director of the humanities program at UNC-Chapel Hill, relative to U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige's recent remarks. Nord stated, "it's extremely important to get into a discussion of Christian values. But people are worried that Christian values will be taught in a privileged way. Many of the values...

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Mapping the Religious Pluralism in Rochester, NY

April 16, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle


On April 16, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "sprinkled among Rochester’s [NY] numerous Christian churches and Jewish synagogues are signs of Rochester’s growing religious diversity -- Tibetan, Laotian and Vietnamese Buddhist temples, a Sikh Gurdwara and a handful of botanicas, or shops, catering to, among others, followers of voodoo and...

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Bright Dawn Home: Buddhist Retreat Center

April 11, 2003

Source: The Sheboygan Press


On April 11, 2003 The Sheboygan Press reported that "Bright Dawn Home, a new Buddhist retreat center near Plymouth, [Wisconsin] is opening its doors to the community with an activity-filled open house Saturday, April 26... The center is the realization of a dream for Chicago resident Richard Brandon. Raised Christian but later becoming Unitarian, he was...

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First Unitarian Universalist Church in Louisiana

April 10, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On April 10, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "members of First Unitarian Universalist Church are celebrating their congregation's 170th year in New Orleans as a small bastion of spiritual liberalism embedded in conservative New Orleans... Continuing a recent tradition, members of the congregation of 100 or so ended a regular Sunday service March 23 by laying a wreath on the grave of the Rev. Theodore Clapp, a robust, colorful figure who in 1833 founded what would become First Unitarian Universalist after being expelled as a...

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The Vairocana Buddhist Monastery in Mount Pocono, PA

April 9, 2003

Source: Pocono Record

On April 9, 2003 the Pocono Record reported that "The [Vairocana Monastery], a few miles east of Mount Pocono [PA] on Route 940, is run by Venerable Ta-Yu, a Buddhist nun from Taiwan. Since 2000, she's been teaching the fundamentals of Mahayana Buddhism through lectures, meditation, chanting and overnight retreats where speach is forsaken in favor of silence and contemplation."

Prayer Flags Removed by City Officers

April 9, 2003

Source: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

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On April 9, 2003 the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported that "city code enforcement officers forced a store owner to remove prayer flags with words of peace from in front of her business because they violated city code regulating business signs... The owners of Kindred Spirits... were forced to take down prayer flags that hung outside their store because in Claremont [CA], under the sign codes, businesses cannot...

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