Christianity

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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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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Vatican Demands Explanation for Chinese Arrest of Bishops

June 23, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3833861.stm

On June 23, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The Vatican has strongly protested to China over the arrest of three Roman Catholic bishops - one of them 84 years old - in the past month. A strongly-worded statement demanded an explanation from China, which has long sought to control religious expression. Its millions of Catholics are split between followers of Pope John Paul II and members of a state-backed...

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After Court's Ruling Against Jehovah's Witnesses, Religious Minorities Concerned

June 22, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0622/p06s01-woeu.html

On June 22, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "A district court decision here to ban the Jehovah's Witnesses, upheld by the city's top appeals court last week, is either an isolated event or a chilling sign of reviving religious intolerance in Russia, depending on whom you ask. The judgment ends a six-year court battle by the Jehovah's Witnesses to maintain legal...

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"Outsourcing" Religion to India: Catholic, Hindu, Sikh Rituals

June 22, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3829161.stm

On June 22, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Is nothing sacred? The hard-nosed commercialism that has spawned a boom in international business outsourcing is catching on in the religious world. In the West, there is a growing shortage of holy men of all religions, and the costs of spiritual services are on the rise. An opportunity, then, for India, where high-quality, low-cost 'religious outsourcing'...

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Religious Leaders Protest Bush Visit

June 21, 2004

Source: online.ie

http://www.online.ie/news/viewer.adp?article=3129175

On June 21, 2004 online.ie reported, "A group of leading Irish religious representatives came out in support of protests against the forthcoming visit of U.S. President George Bush to Ireland. Christian, Buddhist and Muslim representatives, together with the NGO Peace Alliance, have planned a number of peaceful protests for this weekend. They are calling on Irish people to join their demonstrations...

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Methodist Church Publication Proposes "Ways Forward" in Interfaith Relations

June 21, 2004

Source: ekklesia

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/news_syndication/article_040621meths.shtml

On June 21, 2004 ekklesia reported, "A new publication aiming to counter fears about relating to other religions, and pave the way forward in Inter Faith relations, will be launched at the Methodist Conference next week. 'Faith Meeting Faith' is a 72-page booklet which will tackle some thorny issues including the Christendom concept of Britain as a '...

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Pope Criticizes Decision Not to Include Reference to Christianity in EU Constitution

June 20, 2004

Source: The Washington Times

Wire Service: UPI

http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20040620-092431-8102r.htm

On June 20, 2004 United Press International reported, "Pope John Paul II used his noon appearance at his window Sunday to criticize the EU's failure to include a reference to Christianity in its new constitution. Speaking in his native Polish, the pope declared, 'One does not cut the roots to one's...

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