Christianity

Some San Francisco Clergy Honor Gay Marriages

February 20, 2004

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/02/19/MNGTF53E1P25.DTL

On February 20, 2004 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "City Hall workers are not the only officiants keeping busy these days with same-sex marriages. The Rev. Karen Oliveto, pastor of Bethany United Methodist Church in San Francisco, has provided God's blessing to eight couples who were issued civil marriage licenses since the...

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American Episocpal Priest Reflects on Interfaith Cooperation to Rebuild Afghan Mosque

February 20, 2004

Source: Slate

http://slate.msn.com/id/2095536/

On February 20, 2004 the Slate ran a column by the Rev. Chloe Breyer, an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of New York, on her experience as a part of the partnership between the Diocese of New York and Masjid Hazrat-i-Abu Bakr in Flushing, N.Y. to rebuild a mosque destroyed in Afghanistan during the war of 2001. She writes, "For conservative Christians who doubt that the church should reconstruct mosques abroad while its own houses of worship...

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Catholics, Evangelicals Back Gibson's "The Passion"

February 19, 2004

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/140/story_14052_1.html

On February 19, 2004 Religion News Service published an article on the unorthodox alliance of supporters Mel Gibson has acquired for his upcoming film, "The Passion." "Gibson has virtually ignored the Catholic hierarchy and instead marketed his film almost exclusively to evangelicals, a well-organized audience of true believers that promises to turn the film into box office gold when...

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NY Interfaith Concert Celebrates a Diversity of Voices

February 19, 2004

Source: The Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/thursday/lifeentertainment/stories/li021904s2.shtml

On February 19, 2004 The Poughkeepsie Journal reported, "Last year, at the first Salaam-Shalom: Family Culture Fest, members of Vassar Temple and Masjiid al-Noor celebrated and shared their cultural and religious heritage through music, dance, food, storytelling, henna art and face painting. This year, on Saturday...

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Gibson's Film Creates Communities on Dialogue

February 19, 2004

Source: US Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=150-02192004

On February 19, 2004 US Newswire reported, "Representatives of the Jewish community and several Christian denominations in the Greater Washington Area have created a dialogue guide to Mel Gibson's new film 'The Passion of the Christ.' The guide, offering a constructive approach for Christians and Jews in discussing the film, will be sent to hundreds of clergy in area...

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Conservative Website Challenges Catholic-Muslim Studies Program

February 18, 2004

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=108-02182004

On February 18, 2004 U.S. Newswire reported, "PipeLineNews.org, the Internet's fastest growing conservative political news source, is calling for 'an immediate, thorough and unbiased review of the Bernardin School's Catholic-Muslim Studies Program, and that further 'interfaith outreach' to the Muslim community be immediately terminated pending that review.'" Editor...

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In "Unchurched" Oregon, Ecumenism Thrives

February 18, 2004

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/living/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/living/1077109020127790.xml

On February 18, 2004 The Oregonian reported, "Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, a statewide partnership of 17 Christian denominations -- Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic -- is today celebrating 30 years of talking and working together... In the 21st century, in a Western state that shares a reputation for being largely '...

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Court Bans Ten Commandments from Nebraska Park

February 18, 2004

Source: American Civil Liberties Union

http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=14995&c=38

On February 18, 2004 American Civil Liberties Union reported, "Saying that the city of Plattsmouth 'abandoned its duty to religious neutrality and acted with the intent of promoting a particular point of view in religious matters,' a federal appeals court today ruled that the town’s Ten Commandments monument violates the religious...

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Vatican Official to Discuss Issue of Proselytizing With Orthdox Church Leaders

February 17, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/140/story_14046_1.html

On February 17, 2004 Beliefnet.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "A top Vatican official arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for sensitive talks with the Russian Orthodox hierarchy, which accuses the Catholic Church of aggressive proselytizing in traditionally Orthodox lands...On Tuesday, the Moscow Patriarchate posted on its web site what it said were responses from 14...

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Cardinal Schonborn Advocates Muslim-Christian Dialogue

February 16, 2004

Source: The News-Press

http://www.news-press.com/news/local_state/040210cardinal.html

On February 16, 2004 the The News-Press reported, "The best way for Christians and Muslims to get along is by truly practicing what their faiths teach, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn said Monday in Naples, Florida. While not giving up the basic tenets of their respective religions, 'our common responsibility to God can bring us, in a certain way, together,' said Schonborn,...

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Editorial: Europeans and Americans Divided Over Religious Freedom

February 15, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=12671

On February 15, 2004 The First Amendment Center published an editorial by Charles Haynes responding to the French ban on religious symbols in the public schools. "The head-scarf issue crystallizes the European-American divide (Belgium recently followed the French lead and moved to ban head scarves in schools; Germans are debating the issue). Most Europeans I...

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San Francisco Sees First Interfaith Sacred Space Competition

February 15, 2004

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/02/15/BAG90512UG1.DTL

On February 15, 2004 The San Francisco Chronicle reported, "Christians carry crosses. Taoists take the watercourse way. Jews follow the Star of David. But how do you design a sacred space where people of all faiths can feel at home? It's not easy, but that did not stop a group of architects and idealists meeting in San Francisco this...

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