Christianity

Textbook Aims to Teach the Bible from a Neutral Standpoint

October 24, 2005

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05297/593949.stm

On October 24, 2005 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported "'The Bible and Its Influence,' [a new textbook] is intended to introduce high school students to the Bible and show its impact on literature, art and social movements. It delves into biblical references in Shakespeare and 'promised land' imagery in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech. It can be used for an elective...

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Interfaith Icebreakers Bring Together Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Teens

October 24, 2005

Source: Daily Breeze

http://www.dailybreeze.com/today/articles/1821616.html

On October 24, 2005 the Daily Breeze reported, "[Over 50] teenage Jews, Christians and Muslims [began an interfaith gathering in the community room of Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach by playing games such as] Mingle-Mingle-Mingle, the object being to shake hands with as many people as possible. The occasion was the Interfaith Youth Icebreaker sponsored by the South Coast Interfaith Council,...

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New Gurdwara Inaugurated in Rockville

October 24, 2005

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/B60340F73C893B4D872570A600617B6F!OpenDocument

On October 24, 2005 SikhNet News reported, "[This past Sunday], Sikhs of the Washington area thronged the newly built gurdwara in the outskirts of nation’s capital in the city of Rockville, Maryland. [An audience of] 1000... Sikh men, women and children participated very proudly in the...

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Buddhist Festival Takes Place in Nashville

October 23, 2005

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=2,1853,0,0,1,0

On October 23, 2005 The Buddhist Channel reported, "Without a code to live by, Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano believes, humans drift along on the winds of desire and satisfaction but have no peace. The Theravada monk said this thirst for enlightenment and a code to live by is the force that would bring more than a hundred people, Buddhists and otherwise, to a Buddhist festival on a...

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Edinburgh University Considering Banning Bibles from Residence Halls

October 21, 2005

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,2703-1835674,00.html

On October 21, 2005 The Times reported, "Edinburgh University is set to ban Bibles from its student halls of residence amid concern that the Holy Book is 'discriminatory' and makes students of other faiths feel unwelcome. The move is the result of protests from the students’ association and is being considered in an effort to pursue a policy of 'evenly supporting all...

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Americans United to Challenge Faith Based Prison Program

October 21, 2005

Source: Americans United

http://www.au.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=7613&news_iv_ctrl=1241&abbr=pr

On October 21, 2005 Americans United reported, "An important legal challenge that will test the boundaries of government involvement in 'faith-based' initiatives gets under way in federal district court in Iowa next week. Americans United for Separation of Church and State is suing officials in...

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Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship Will Train Women to Promote Interfaith Relations

October 20, 2005

Source: Catholic News

http://www.cathnews.com/news/510/104.php

On October 20, 2005 Catholic News reported, "The Commission for Australian Catholic Women (CACW) and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) have launched their new partnership in promoting interfaith relations with the prayer that 'the peace that we long for will take root in our hearts'. The CACW and ACU officially launched the Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship on Tuesday. The project is aimed at...

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"Coffee Conversations" Bring Together Muslims, Christians, Baha'is, Buddhists and Jews in Charlotte

October 19, 2005

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/states/north_carolina/counties/mecklenburg/12938157.htm

On October 19, 2005 The Charlotte Observer reported, "Coffee Conversations, a new Mecklenburg Ministries program geared for young professionals, will kick off at 6 p.m. next Wednesday at the Dowd YMCA. The program will consist of a series of informal dialogues about the role of...

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Convergence of Christian, Jewish, Muslim Holy Days Creates Context for Interfaith Collaboration

October 18, 2005

Source: U.S. Department of State

http://usinfo.state.gov/mena/Archive/2005/Oct/19-878982.html

On October 18, 2005 U.S. Department of State reported, "The rare confluence of Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy holidays during October and November this year is encouraging interfaith gatherings across the United States... American Muslims and Jews are taking advantage of this coincidence of their holy months to arrange interfaith gatherings across the United States...

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Jewish Air Force Academy Graduate Will Drop Suit if Academy Agrees to No-Conversion Pledge

October 18, 2005

Source: The Albuquerque Journal

Wire Service: AP

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/18103140aqmikey10-18-05.htm

On October 18, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A Jewish graduate of the Air Force Academy who contends senior officers and cadets illegally imposed Christianity on others at the school has offered to settle his lawsuit if the Air Force will agree none of its members will attempt to convert other members. Micheal 'Mikey...

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“Running the Show” by Martin Marty

October 17, 2005

Source: The Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2005/1017.shtml

On October 17, 2005 The Martin Marty Center ran an editorial by Martin Marty, head of The Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion at the University of Chicago regarding religion and politics. "This is not a column about who should be on the U. S. Supreme Court. It is about how various religious groups in pluralist America, this time particularly the...

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Religious Relief Agencies Aid Earthquake Victims

October 17, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/176/story_17662_1.html

On October 17, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Religious relief agencies, already faced with numerous disasters in the last year, have begun assisting survivors of a massive earthquake in South Asia. After a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Saturday (Oct. 8), Catholic Relief Services staffers already based in...

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Vatican Pledges to Further Relationship with Muslims

October 14, 2005

Source: The Mercury News

Wire Service: AP

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On October 14, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The Vatican sent a message to Muslims on Friday for the end of Ramadan, pledging to keep up momentum for closer relations begun by the late Pope John Paul II and to work for 'greater justice and enduring peace.' The traditional message, signed by the head of the office for interreligious relations, Archbishop Michael...

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