Christianity

Update: Jewish War Veterans Sue Federal Government to Remove Soledad Cross

August 25, 2006

Source: KNSD-TV

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14513744/

On August 25, 2006 KNSD-TV reported, "A group of Jewish war veterans is joining the long-running battle Thursday over a 29-foot cross standing on public parkland. The Jewish War Veterans, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, sued the federal government in San Diego Federal Court 10 days after President George W. Bush signed legislation designed to shield the monument from legal challenges. The bill transferred...

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Dalai Lama Initiates Mongolian Monks, Helps Re-Establish Buddhism

August 25, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: AP

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=47,3079,0,0,1,0

On August 25, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Dalai Lama elevated a group of Mongolian monks into the Buddhist priesthood's higher ranks Friday, bolstering the country's traditional faith as it struggles to re-establish itself following decades of communist persecution. With hundreds of onlookers gathered outside, the...

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Film Documents Dialogue Between Muslims and Christians in Metro Manila, Aims to Stimulate More Conversations

August 22, 2006

Source: Islam Online

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2006-08/22/01.shtml

On August 22, 2006 Islam Online reported, "Two Christian artists who have witnessed how Muslims survive marginalization in this largely Catholic state have lent their voices to Filipino Muslims through a new documentary. 'Muslims have struggled to live their lives in dignity despite experiences of prejudice and discrimination against them by their non-Muslim neighbors, colleagues...

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White, Female Priest to Lead Primarily Japanese-American Visalia Buddhist Church

August 22, 2006

Source: Visalia Times-Delta

http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060822/NEWS01/608220302

On August 22, 2006 Visalia Times-Delta reported, "The Visalia Buddhist Church now has something no other temple has — a white woman priest as the head of the temple. Jo-Ren MacDonald, who transferred from the Fresno Betzerine Temple, accepted the position as head of the Visalia and Hanford temples and on Aug. 12 had her...

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To Fight AIDS, Interfaith Collaboration Needed

August 22, 2006

Source: Zenit News Agency

On August 22, 2006 the Zenit News Agency reported, "A 'road map' for interfaith collaboration is necessary to address the AIDS pandemic, says an adviser to Caritas Internationalis. People of faith can no longer allow themselves the luxury of segmented and separated responses to AIDS, said Father Robert Vitillo during an interreligious conference on the topic, held Aug. 12. The conference was a prelude to the 16th International Conference on AIDS, held in Toronto from Aug. 13-18. As Caritas' special adviser...

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Poway Interfaith Council Working to Increase Understanding

August 20, 2006

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/08/21/news/inland/82006203506.txt

On August 20, 2006 the North County Times reported, "Although still in its infancy, the Poway Interfaith Council is taking big steps forward, and Sunday marked the celebratory end of its first project: Interfaith Summer Nights, where over the course of seven weekly seminars, each of the group's member religions taught the others what their...

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West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Unites Arabs and Israelis; Declaration Against War Stirs Debate

August 20, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00D1EF63C5A0C738EDDA10894DE404482

On August 20, 2006 The New York Times reported, "It was an immensely appealing experiment, both in its idealism and in its simplicity: Let young Israeli and Arab musicians play together in an orchestra to show that communication and cooperation were possible between peoples who had long fought each other. The two men behind the...

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Our Lady of La Vang Church Aims to Bring Together Vietnamese and Latino Catholics

August 20, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-parish20aug20,1,3168969.story

On August 20, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The sanctuary of Santa Ana's new Our Lady of La Vang Church was designed to give worshipers a transcendent experience by mixing influences from East and West. In the center of the four-cornered building, a sleek altar sits under a large dome. Surrounding it are blond oak pews that seat more...

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Archbishop Encourages Lebanese Maronite Christians to Stay

August 20, 2006

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2006-08-20-lebanon-christian_x.htm?csp=N0

On August 20, 2006 USA Today reported, "Chucrallah Nabil Hage, the Maronite Christian archbishop of Tyre, added a twist to his Sunday sermon here: hold your ground. 'Wherever you are — in Hajji or Tyre or Marjayoun — if you're patient and believe, you'll make it through this,' Hage told a standing-room congregation at St. George's Church in this...

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Donor Helps to Create a Multi-Faith Center in Empty Edinburgh Church

August 18, 2006

Source: The Buddhist Channel/BBC

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,3054,0,0,1,0

On August 18, 2006 BBC reported, "Businessman Sir Tom Farmer is providing funds to help create a multi-faith centre in Edinburgh. The millionaire Kwik-Fit owner is planning to contribute hundreds of thousands of pounds for the venture. It will see Buddhist Monks and Mother Teresa nuns move into a disused church in Blackfriars Street, which is owned by the Italian government...

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Op/ed: "Does Tolerance Disarm Religious Liberals?"

August 15, 2006

Source: UU World

http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/samharrischallengesliberalreligioustolerance5817.shtml

On August 15, 2006 the UU World published an opinion piece by Warren R. Ross, "In his best-selling book, The End of Faith, Sam Harris takes a dim view of the consequences of religious belief. 'As long as it is acceptable for a person to believe that he knows how God wants everyone on earth to live,' he writes, 'we...

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