Christianity

New Life for Nepal

August 1, 2006

Author: Anto Akkara

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/august/1.17.html

Christians in Nepal are exulting over the national parliament's dramatic decision on May 18 to abolish the monarchy and declare the state secular, wiping out its tag as a Hindu kingdom.

"Our joy is beyond words," Simon Pandey, general secretary of National Churches Fellowship of Nepal (NCFN), told CT. The House of Representatives'...

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Op/Ed: "Standing Up to Prejudice" by H.D.S. Greenway

August 1, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2006/08/01/standing_up_to_prejudice/

On August 1, 2006 The Boston Globe published a piece by its columnist, H.D.S. Greenway, "After his arrest, Brent Matthews, a 33-year-old trouble maker, said that rolling a pig's head into a mosque full of worshipers here last month was meant as a joke. However, this old mill town's 2,000 Somali...

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Employers Increasingly Accommodate Religion in the Workplace

July 31, 2006

Source: The News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060731/BUSINESS/607310319/1003

On July 31, 2006 The News Journal reported, "Lunchtime Bible study groups, flexible hours that allow Jewish employees to leave early Friday in time to light Sabbath candles and Muslim employees to leave work for Friday afternoon prayers and on-site meditation rooms: These days more employers are accommodating religious...

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Graduates of Interfaith Seminary to Host Regular Multi-Faith Services

July 31, 2006

Source: Edinburgh News

http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1110122006

On July 31, 2006 Edinburgh News reported, "Multi-faith religious services for people who do not go to church are to be held in Edinburgh for the first time. Four interfaith ministers are to run a fortnightly 'universal service of worship' in a Newington community centre. They expect the congregation to consist mainly of people who believe in God but have become disillusioned with...

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Op-ed: "India's Conversion Laws"

July 30, 2006

Source: The New Nation

http://nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_29561.shtml

On July 30, 2006 The New Nation reported, "An alliance of Indian groups representing various faiths and castes has raised alarm over 'anti-conversion laws' and condemned the move of banning religious conversions in several Hindu nationalists' government-run states of India. Last week a statement from the alliance of groups that included over 100 Muslim, Buddhist and Christian...

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Schools Struggle to Accommodate Myriad Religious Holidays

July 29, 2006

Source: The Free Lance-Star

Wire Service: AP

http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2006/072006/07292006/208825

On July 29, 2006 The Free Lance-Star reported, "Growing religious diversity has public schools around the country re-examining how they accommodate the holy days of different faiths. The Virginia Department of Education allows each locality to determine its own academic calendar, said Julie Grimes, a department...

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Flap Over Cross at Vietnam Memorial in San Diego on its Way to High Court

July 25, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/07/25/flap_over_a_san_diego_cross_wends_its_way_to_high_court/

On July 25, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Ronald Reagan had just left office, the Christian Coalition was new, 'values' had yet to become a buzzword of American politics, and six of the current U.S. Supreme Court justices...

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Tyson Among Few Companies Now Employing Workplace Chaplains

July 25, 2006

Source: Arkansas Catholic

http://www.catholic.org/diocese/diocese_story.php?id=20663

On July 25, 2006 the Arkansas Catholic reported, "Across the United States and overseas there is a growing trend in large corporations and smaller businesses to offer a program called workplace chaplaincy. While the idea of chaplains in hospitals, prisons and police departments has been around for a while, having interfaith ministers in the corporate world is a relatively new...

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Church-State Lines Not Always Drawn in Faith Based Initiatives, Review Finds

July 24, 2006

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/196/story_19627_1.html

On July 24, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "An examination of the White House's faith-based initiative has found that some organizations are not separating religious activities from federally funded services. At the request of two members of Congress, the U.S. General Accountability Office spent more than a year conducting a review of federal and state agencies related to the...

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Government Leader Says Religions Can Play a Role in Creating a Harmonious Society

July 22, 2006

Source: China Daily

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/home/2006-07/22/content_646970.htm

On July 22, 2006 the China Daily reported, "China's religions, as an important part of the social force, may play an active role in helping build a harmonious society if they are properly guided, a top official who is in charge of the country's religious affairs said on Friday in Beijing. Ye Xiaowen, director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, made the remarks...

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Boston Muslims and Christians Protest Attacks on Lebanon

July 22, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society/The Boston Globe

http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=3522

On July 22, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Hundreds of people, including Muslims and Christians, turned out for a rally yesterday afternoon at Boston City Hall Plaza to protest Israel's bombing of Lebanon and the treatment of Palestinians. Participants carried signs such as 'Free All Palestinian and Lebanese Political Prisoners,' 'End the Israeli Occupation,' and 'Stop Aid and Weapons.' At...

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Schools Struggle to Accommodate Religious Holidays

July 21, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2006-07-21-schools-holidays_x.htm

On July 21, 2006 USA Today reported, "Sikh, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, and Christian � each faith has its holy days. Schools across the country are asking how to respect them all.

Consider the University at Albany, which canceled classes on major Muslim holidays. Faculty wanted the move out of concern for Muslim students after the Sept. 11...

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Opinion: "Our Motto Risks Becoming 'Over God We Fight'" by Charles Haynes

July 20, 2006

Source: North County Gazette

http://www.northcountrygazette.org/articles/072006OurMotto.html

On July 20, 2006 North County Gazette published an opinion piece by Charles Haynes, a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center: "Lest we forget, our first national motto (adopted by the Founders in 1782) was E pluribus unum - out of many, one. But look around America these days and you'll see plenty of 'pluribus' but very little 'unum.' Divided and angry, many...

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Dearborn Interfaith Leaders Group Presses on Despite Tensions

July 19, 2006

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060719/LIFESTYLE04/607190358

On July 19, 2006 The Detroit News reported, "As Muslims, Jews and Christians traveled to an interfaith meeting at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Tuesday, some stopped at a demonstration by 7,000 mostly Arab-American and Muslim residents, protesting the Israeli incursion into Lebanon. 'We're just stopping by to see what is being said, to...

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