Christianity

Report on Pastoral Concerns over Church and State Relations

June 28, 2004

Source: Crosswalk/Agape Press

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/1270690.html

On June 28, 2004 Crosswalk/Agape Press reported, "A newly released study shows that the vast majority of Protestant clergy in the U.S. believe the so-called separation of church and state in America has been carried too far. The results of the study are being made public for the first time in the July/August edition of Facts and Trends magazine... Proportionally, only a handful...

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Teens from Areas of Religious Conflict Meet for Multifaith Youth Leadership Program

June 28, 2004

Source: Religion News Service/Auburn Theological Seminary

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR062904.html

On June 28, 2004 Religion News Service posted a press release from Auburn Theological Seminary that reported, "On June 27, more than 50 teens from the Middle East, Northern Ireland, South Africa and the United States-Muslims, Christians, and Jews-will gather in upstate New York for the fourth year of Face to Face/Faith to Faith, an international, multifaith youth...

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Interfaith Habitat for Humanity Build

June 28, 2004

Source: Thw Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2004/metro/0406/28/b01-196473.htm

On June 28, 2004 Thw Detroit News reported, "Side by side, more than 35 Muslims, Jews and Christians worked as one, climbing ladders to nail siding, slicing wood to frame windows and doors and offering a hand of support during the third annual 'Interfaith build,' organized by the National Conference for Community Justice. Victor Begg, who is Muslim, said different faiths need to do...

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Institute Established to Monitor Representation of Religion in School Textbooks

June 27, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/ArtCulture/2004/06/article07.shtml

On June 27, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "Distortion of Islam in French school syllabi can be seen as a reflection of the mutual misunderstanding between Islam and the West, yet a reflection with its own significance, which can also be viewed in the light of the American attempts to change the religious curricula in some Islamic countries. Dr. Mustafa Al-...

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Religious, Ethnic Diversity Increasing With Growing Presence of Immigrants

June 27, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/27/travel/27nabe.html

On June 27, 2004 The New York Times ran a travel piece by novelist Michael Mewshaw in which he reflects on the increasing religious diversity of Rome: "I used to entertain the antic notion that I could walk from one end of Rome to the other by ducking in and out of the city's hundreds of churches. I imagined myself strolling beneath an almost continuous canopy of frescoed ceilings swarming...

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For Europeans and Americans, "Symbolic" God-Language Matters

June 27, 2004

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=13564

On June 27, 2004 the First Amendment Center posted a commentary by Charles Haynes, senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, comparing the issues raised by the U.S. case over whether to remove "Under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance and the decision not to include any references to God, Christianity, or "Christian heritage" in the European Union constitution....

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Unity Found for Jews and Moderate Bapists at Alabama Convention

June 26, 2004

Source: The Birmingham News

http://www.al.com/news/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/news/1088241397144570.xml

On June 26, 2004 The Birmingham News reported, "Moderate Baptists celebrated interfaith ties on Friday in a joint luncheon with Jewish leaders... Baptists and Jews met during the annual meeting of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a group of moderates that formed in 1991 in reaction against a conservative turn by the 16.3-million-...

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Controversy Between Jews and Presbyterian Over Community Boundaries

June 26, 2004

Source: Beliefnet/ RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/148/story_14825_1.html

On June 26, 2004 Beliefnet/RNS reported, "When the Presbyterian Church (USA) gathers this week for its General Assembly meeting in Richmond, Va., perennial fights over homosexuality are likely to be overshadowed by the future of a controversial messianic Jewish congregation outside Philadelphia. Avodat Yisrael, a fledgling Presbyterian congregation that looks and feels like a Jewish...

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Church State Relations Becoming More Intimate

June 25, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0625/p03s01-uspo.html?s=hns

On June 25, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor traced recent developments that show how this years election appears to be reshaping the boundaries of church state relations. Some of the events included in this report are: A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week launched a 'faith-based caucus' of House members who back efforts to make it easier for federal grants to...

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Growth of Interfaith Marriage

June 24, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/145/story_14584_1.html

On June 24, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "As Hindus marry those of other faiths, the ceremonies are often vibrant examples of mix and match. If someone had told Steven Fleming, an Irish Catholic, that one day he'd be wearing a bright pink turban and silken kurta pajamas while dancing a Punjabi folk dance at his wedding, he would have said, 'You must be joking!' And if someone had told Gurpreet Bajaj...

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Bush Campaign Continues to Gain Strength from the Religious Right

June 24, 2004

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0406240355jun24,1,139

On June 24, 2004 Chicago Tribune reported, "The smiling face of President Bush is on prominent display in Rev. David Johnston's office at King of Kings Church, superimposed on a thank-you letter for a $2,000 campaign contribution. Rev. David Johnston's 120-member evangelical congregation [King of Kings], backs the president wholeheartedly on social...

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3rd Annual Youth Interfaith Camp in N.C.

June 24, 2004

Source: The Mountain Times

http://www.mountaintimes.com/mtweekly/2004/0624/interfaithcamp.php3

On June 24, 2004 The Mountain Times reported, "The third annual interfaith camp was held at Elk Shoals United Methodist Camp last week where 16 Christians, Jews and Muslims met together to learn about one another and to learn how to trust others of different faiths or beliefs. Boys from Ashe County, Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Israel, Africa, Charlotte...

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