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Young Muslims, Jews Work Toward Peace

February 17, 2009

Author: Bob Smietana

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090217/NEWS06/902170343/1017/NEWS03

Shoshana Jaffa sums up the conflict in the Middle East like this: "Everybody wants to meet halfway, but no one knows where halfway is."

Jaffa was one of about 45 Jewish and Muslim teens and young adults who met Sunday at Congregation Micah in Brentwood to discuss the recent fighting in Gaza.

It's...

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Hindus Urge Russian Orthodox Church to Promote Interfaith Talk

February 14, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: NI Wire

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/67676

Congratulating Metropolitan Kirill on his election as the 16th Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Hindus hope that he would promote interfaith dialogue in the world.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, lauded declaration of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, after his enthronement, “......

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Anglicans Called On to Convert Non-Christian Believers

February 12, 2009

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article5711595.ece

Anglicans were commanded to “go forth and evangelise” yesterday in a dramatic assertion of missionary fervour that could jeopardise carefully built-up relations with Muslims, Jews and other faiths.

The established Church of England put decades of liberal-inspired political correctness behind it in a move...

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Catholic Symbols Stir Diverse Feelings At BC

February 12, 2009

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/02/12/catholic_symbols_stir_diverse_feelings_at_bc/

On the plaza in front of Higgins Hall at Boston College, there is a new oversized statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola, robes flowing and his hand over his heart. For the university's nearby Newton campus, a large statue of St. Thomas...

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Muslim Assembly Row Head Resigns

February 10, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/south_yorkshire/7880690.stm

A Sheffield head teacher who resigned after complaints over her plan to scrap separate assemblies for Muslim pupils has called for a "constructive debate".

Julia Robinson had wanted to hold one assembly for pupils of all faiths at Meersbrook Bank Primary School.

Her replacement said the school...

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For the First Time, Christians In Qatar Worship In Church

February 9, 2009

Author: Caryle Murphy

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0209/p01s01-wome.html

When the Rev. Tomasito Veneracion arrived in this Muslim nation seven years ago, his Roman Catholic parishioners prayed in small groups scattered in apartments, schools, and one tiny makeshift chapel. At Easter, Indian Catholics gathered in one place, Filipinos in another, Arabs in yet another.

But with last year's opening of Our...

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Separation Of Church And State at a Crossroads In Spain

February 8, 2009

Author: Christine Spolar

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.courant.com/news/nationworld/chi-spain-religion_spolar_bdfeb08,0,3820009.story

For a country steeped in Catholic tradition, these are alarming times.

Public schools are being told by judicial order to pull crucifixes from their walls. City buses with billboards espousing atheism have been rumbling through the streets here, prompting yowls...

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Ancient Religious Calling Unites An Unlikely Pair

February 8, 2009

Author: Duke Helfand

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2008719838_journey08.html

Who could have foreseen what would happen between the Mormon filmmaker and the lesbian priest?

Not Douglas Hunter, even after he trained his camera on the Rev. Susan Russell.

Maybe not even Russell, who had undergone a transformation from one-time suburban soccer mom to priest and...

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Christians Post Faith Messages On London Buses

February 6, 2009

Author: Meera Selva

Source: The Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/6250142.html

Christians are soldiering on in the battle over God's existence by putting ads on London's famous red buses urging people to have faith.

The posters are a response to an atheist campaign that told people to stop worrying about religion because God probably doesn't exist.
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Methodists Seek to Break 'Stained-Glass Ceiling'

February 6, 2009

Author: Rose French

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_11637034

The United Methodist Church, which boasts a history of ordaining women clergy, is seeking to shatter the so-called "stained-glass ceiling" blocking female pastors from its largest pulpits.

The nation's second largest Protestant denomination has launched a new initiative, the Lead Women Pastor Project, to examine barriers to women being appointed pastors to...

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Pentecostal Woman Wins Fight to Not Wear Pants In Uniform

February 5, 2009

Author: Karin Hamilton

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17497

A Pentecostal woman who refused to wear pants as part of her bus driver uniform has prompted the region's transit system to implement new policies to accommodate employees' religious practices.

The woman, Gloria Jones, filed a complaint last September, claiming that she was not hired as a Metro bus operator due to religious discrimination,...

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Police Chaplain Prayer Bill Passes Va. House

February 4, 2009

Author: Bob Lewis

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/virginia/dp-va--xgr-policeprayers0204feb04,0,2774634.story

A bill reversing an administrative order that State Police chaplains offer ecumenical, non-denominational prayers at official events has won House passage.

The legislation passed the House 66-30 Wednesday with 14 Democrats and both independents joining 50...

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UN Report Slams Violation Of Indian Minorities’ Religious Rights

February 4, 2009

Author: Jawed Naqvi

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2009/02/05/top8.htm

A UN report has slammed the pervasive climate of fear and intolerance perpetuated by religious mobs in many parts of India, and asked the government to provide effective protection to the minorities of whom Christians and Muslims in particular were vulnerable, often helpless and increasingly ghettoised.

“Even though a comprehensive legal framework to protect freedom of...

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