Christianity

Hillsborough Schools May Drop All Religious Holidays Rather Than Adding New Ones

October 7, 2005

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/10/07/Hillsborough/Schools_may_drop_reli.shtml

On October 7, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "There may be no day off next school year for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Also on the chopping block are vacation days for the Christian faith's Good Friday and the Monday after Easter. After considering a request to recognize a Muslim school holiday, the Hillsborough County School...

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Statewide Interfaith Group Proposed to Coordinate Hurricane Relief

October 7, 2005

Source: Disaster News Network

http://www.disasternews.net/news/news.php?articleid=2888

On October 7, 2005 Disaster News Network reported, "Representatives from more than a dozen faith groups met Tuesday to discuss forming a statewide interfaith organization aimed at coordinating Louisiana's faith-based relief efforts. After back-to-back hurricanes affected the Louisiana coast in August and September, local faith-based groups from around the state sprang into...

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"Shopping for God:" Salt Lake Journalist Visits Area Religious Groups, Writes Reports for "Seeking"

October 6, 2005

Source: Salt Lake City Weekly

http://www.slweekly.com/editorial/2005/feat_2005-10-06.cfm

On October 6, 2005 the Salt Lake City Weekly ran a feature article by Stephen Dark, a freelance writer. He provided readers with an overview of religious communities in and around Salt Lake City including Jewish, Quaker, Baptist, Mormon, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist centers. The following is part of the introduction to Dark's work: "Amidst the panoply of old and new religions,...

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Pope Appoints Providence College Professor to Committee on Christian-Muslim Relations

October 3, 2005

Source: WPRI

Wire Service: AP

http://www.wpri.com/Global/story.asp?S=3903794

On October 3, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Pope Benedict XVI [has] appoint[ed] a Providence College professor to help improve relations between Christians and Muslims. Theology professor Sandra Keating will be one of two Americans to serve on a six-person committee created to improve interfaith communication and relations. Keating participated in a Christian...

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Hurricane Evacuees and Religious Leaders Discuss Faith After the Storms

October 2, 2005

Source: The Morning News

http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2005/10/02/news/rogers/02religion.txt

On October 2, 2005 The Morning News reported, "Joseph Bell [a New Orleans Parish resident and recent evacuee] believes God protected him through [Hurricane Katrina]... Bell,33, said he believes the destruction in New Orleans was mostly caused by man. He said man built the levees that failed to hold back the water from a city that had become inhabited by...

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Pope, Dalai Lama on the Same Page in Intelligent Design Debate

October 2, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/02/weekinreview/02johnson.html

On October 2, 2005 The New York Times reported, "Except for the robes and the fact that each is addressed as "His Holiness," it would be hard to find much in common between Pope Benedict XVI and Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. Yet both have recently expressed an unhappiness with evolutionary science that would be a comfort to the Pennsylvania school board now in a...

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Government Hosts "Meeting of Civilizations," Interfaith Dialogue Among Christians, Muslims and Jews

October 1, 2005

Source: Christian Today

http://www.christiantoday.com/news/europe/turkey.holds.meeting.of.civilisations.for.religious.tolerance.amid.eubid.threat/542.htm

On October 1, 2005 Christian Today reported, "According to the Associated Press (AP), around 2,000 Jewish, Christian and Muslim delegates attended the 'Meeting of Civilisations' conference in the religiously and ethnically diverse southern...

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Valley Interfaith Event to Celebrate Long-Standing Cooperation Among Faiths

September 29, 2005

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/12770721.htm

On September 29, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "Rabbi Dan Goldblatt has his views on cooperation between the religious faiths, how it has often traditionally worked in the past, and how he thinks it's happening in the Tri-Valley now. Goldblatt, of Beth Chaim Congregation in Danville, said a 'Holy Convergence' event planned for Sunday will be more than members of...

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Open Letter from Religious Leaders to Governor Romney

September 27, 2005

Source: Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action

http://jewishalliance.org/issues/wiretap_mosques.htm

On September 27, 2005 the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action issued an open letter to Governor Romney urging him to reconsider his remarks on wiretapping Islamic centers. The letter was signed by over 80 religious and academic leaders of various faiths, including Christians, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs. "As representatives of faith communities and organizations...

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Interfaith Events Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Dayton Peace Accords

September 27, 2005

Source: Dayton Daily News

http://www.daytondailynews.com/localnews/content/localnews/daily/0927breakfast.html

On September 27, 2005 the Dayton Daily News reported, "Gary Percesepe, coordinating director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, ...is helping to organize the 10th anniversary celebration surrounding the Dayton Peace Accords. Percesepe, a Springfield resident, also heads the Interfaith Planning Committee of Dayton:...

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Witness Claims Anti-Evolution Bias in Dover School Board

September 27, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/175/story_17592_1.html

On September 27, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A rural school board showed a clear bias against teaching evolution before it pushed through a plan to introduce 'intelligent design' to students, a former board member testified Tuesday in a trial over whether the concept has a place in public schools. Aralene 'Barrie' Callahan, who was once on...

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40 Years After "Nostra Aetate," Catholics Say Interreligious Dialogue Has Changed Faith Communities

September 27, 2005

Source: Catholic News Service

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0505452.htm

On September 27, 2005 the Catholic News Service reported, "Forty years of official engagement in interreligious dialogue have changed not only the individuals involved in dialogue, but have caused their faith communities to change somewhat as well, said speakers at a conference in Rome. Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious...

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New Research Looks at Worship Statistics

September 26, 2005

Source: The Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2005/0926.shtml

On September 26, 2005 The Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago reported, "C. Kirk Hadaway and Penny Long Marler [released new data on worship in America in their report entitled:] 'How Many Americans Attend Worship Each Week? An Alternative Approach to Measurement' (Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, September 2005)... The two authors...

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Interfaith Event in Corvallis Focuses on Healing

September 24, 2005

Source: Gazette Times

http://www.gazettetimes.com/articles/2005/09/25/news/religion/satrel03.txt

On September 24, 2005 the Gazette Times reported, "In light of the destruction and loss monopolizing the news recently, the theme of Corvallis' fourth annual Interfaith Conference on Oct. 1 couldn't be more appropriate. 'Healing Ourselves and Our World — An Interfaith Sharing,' was the topic chosen months ago by the Interfaith Community of Corvallis...

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Baptist Church Opens its Doors to Muslim Evacuees

September 24, 2005

Source: The Waco Tribune-Herald

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/content/news/stories/2005/09/24/20050924wacstormmuslims.html

On September 24, 2005 The Waco Tribune-Herald reported, "Hurricane Rita created a divine opportunity for a local mosque and a Baptist church to put the religious edict of 'love your neighbor' into practice this weekend. When the Islamic Center of Waco started to run out of room for Muslim evacuees from the...

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