Christianity

Bus Tour Highlights Chicago's Religious Diversity

March 30, 2006

Source: The Star

http://www.starnewspapers.com/star/spnews/news/30-sp9.htm

On March 30, 2006 The Star reported, "Historical landmarks, life-size biblical murals and a temple styled from the first century B.C. Kalinga dynasty — and all right here in the South Suburbs. They were among the highlights of 'Steeples, Temples, Domes and Shrines,' a recent bus tour of religious sites that served as the 19th annual South Suburban Cultural History Conference sponsored by...

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Interfaith Sanctuary at University of Chicago Set to Open

March 30, 2006

Source: University of Chicago Chronicle

http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/060330/sanctuary.shtml

On March 30, 2006 the University of Chicago Chronicle reported, "To meet the needs of a community becoming increasingly diverse and mirroring the religious complexion of the world, the underground floor of [Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, built on the University's campus in 1928] has been transformed from a basement into the new Interreligious Center... The new space provides a...

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Italy Grants Asylum to Afghani Christian Convert

March 29, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/188/story_18843_1.html

On March 29, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Italy granted asylum Wednesday to an Afghan man who faced the death penalty and threats for converting from Islam to Christianity, and Italian premier said the man had arrived in Italy earlier in the day. Abdul Rahman was in the care of Italy's Interior Ministry, Premier Silvio Berlusconi said. 'He...

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Bill Before Georgia Senate Would Bring the Bible into Classrooms

March 28, 2006

Source: Grand Forks Herald

http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/news/nation/14204361.htm

On March 28, 2006 the Grand Forks Herald reported, "In the blur of politics and prayer, Georgia is poised to become the first state in the nation to put legislative muscle behind teaching the Bible in public schools - a move expected to recharge the debate between church and state separation. A bill that would sanction state-funded elective courses in Georgia...

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Pope to Make Historic Visit to China

March 28, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/188/story_18841_1.html

On March 28, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Pope Benedict XVI told a delegation from Hong Kong he will visit China in what would be an extraordinary papal visit to the communist nation, but he said the trip's timing depends on 'God's wish,' media reports said Tuesday. One of the Vatican's goals is to restart official relations with China,...

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Dr. Eck Speaks to Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews About Pluralism

March 28, 2006

Source: Palm Beach Daily News

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/news/Fellowship_0328.html

On March 28, 2006 the Palm Beach Daily News reported, "America as the great Melting Pot � where cultural differences are minimized for the sake of assimilation � is a flawed model, according to Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard University's School of Arts and Sciences.

Though the United States has the most...

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Conference Explores Alledged "War on Christians"

March 28, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/28/AR2006032801632.html?referrer=emailarticle

On March 28, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The 'War on Christmas' has morphed into a 'War on Christians.' Last December, some evangelical Christian groups declared that the religious celebration of Christmas -- and even the phrase 'Merry Christmas' -- was under attack by the...

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Brown’s First Muslim Chaplain Builds Community, Network of Muslim Chaplains

March 27, 2006

Source: ISNA

Wire Service: AP

http://www.isna.net/index.php?id=35&backPID=1&tt_news=695

On March 27, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "[Rumee] Ahmed is Brown [University]'s first Muslim chaplain and joined four other associate chaplains at the school when he started last month... Ahmed has focused on developing programs since he started the job. His efforts include: a biweekly dinner that combines chanting and a short talk; a...

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Iranian Christians in Sunnyvale Reach Out to Homeland Via Satellite

March 27, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-convert27mar27,1,4845138.story?coll=la-headlines-california

On March 27, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "As Afghan officials considered last week whether a medical aid worker should be executed for converting from Islam to Christianity, an alliance of small Christian congregations in the San Francisco Bay Area was working to spread the Gospel to more...

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Iowa State Legislature Opens with Hindu Prayer

March 25, 2006

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060325/LIFE05/603250317/1045

On March 25, 2006 The Des Moines Register reported, "Although it didn't receive a lot of fanfare, something historic happened this month at the capitol. For the first time, a Hindu priest offered the opening prayer at the legislative session in the Iowa House and Senate. Pandit Krishna Pandey prayed in Sanskrit and...

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Easter Display Removed from St. Paul City Hall

March 24, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/188/story_18830_1.html

On March 24, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "A small Easter display was removed from the [St. Paul] City Hall lobby on Wednesday out of concern that it would offend non-Christians. The display - a cloth Easter bunny, pastel-colored eggs and a sign with the words 'Happy Easter' - was put up by a city council secretary. They were not purchased...

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Hindu American Foundation Signs Interfaith Statement on Immigration Reform

March 24, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_immigration.htm

On March 24, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation Press Release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation today joined numerous faith-based groups in urging President George W. Bush and elected leaders in congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform legislation that establishes a safe and humane immigration system consistent with American...

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Final Edits Underway in Contested Textbooks

March 24, 2006

Source: The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/localnews/ci_3634817

On March 24, 2006 The Argus reported, "Members of the California Board of Education began meetings with publishers Thursday for final editing sessions of sixth-grade history textbooks. The Sacramento meeting comes despite lawsuits filed against the state by two Hindu groups, who challenge the way Hinduism is presented in the books and who say they take issue with the way the state went about...

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Researcher Goes on Scene to Interfaith Meeting

March 23, 2006

Source: Athens News

http://www.athensnews.com/issue/article.php3?story_id=23845

On March 23, 2006 the Athens News reported, "Tim Pappa, 23, an Ohio University graduate student in the Southeast Asia Studies Department, is in Indonesia researching communication of progressive Islamic ideas among Islamic boarding school communities. He is filing a series of dispatches about his experiences for The NEWS. He writes, '[Marzuki] Rais [the Islam...

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