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Vietnamese New Year in Kansas

January 17, 2004

Source: Kansas.com

http://www.kansas.com/mld/kansas/living/7729787.htm

On January 17, 2004 Kansas.com reported that the Vietnamese New Year will be celebrated in Wichita by at least two congregations this week with events open to the public. The Phap Hoa Buddhist Temple will have an event to "welcome the ancestry spirits" on Wednesday. The Vietnamese Roman Catholics will also take part in a special Mass at the Church of the Magdalen.

Update: Palm Beach Officials Give Up Public Holiday Display

January 17, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=12477

On January 17, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "Palm Beach officials have decided to do away with all holiday decoration in a town park after being sued by two women who wanted to display a Nativity scene alongside a menorah and a Christmas tree. The town council voted unanimously to give a menorah back to its donor, and merchants decided to move a Christmas tree from a centrally located park. Maureen Donnell and Fern deNarvaez sued the town...

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Alliance of Christian Churches to Form

January 17, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A23788-2004Jan16.html

On January 17, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Fifty-three leaders from numerous denominations announced plans to create Christian Churches Together, an alliance of major branches of U.S. Christianity, as early as next year. The leaders, who met last week in Navasota, Tex., achieved 'consensus on all major issues related to the founding document' and 'a...

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Diversity at Pasadena Seminary

January 17, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs17jan17,0,5270711.story?coll=la-news-religion

On January 17, 2004 the Los Angeles Times published an article on the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. The article notes that "hundreds of international scholars make the small evangelical seminary campus, a stone's throw from Pasadena City Hall, at times seem like a spiritual United Nations...

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Vietnamese New Year in Mississippi

January 16, 2004

Source: The Sun Herald

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/7722724.htm

On January 16, 2004 The Sun Herald reported, "The Year 4701 is the Year of the Monkey, and for millions of Asians around the world, it will begin on Thursday. Koreans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and other Asians living in South Mississippi will celebrate privately and with special services at Vietnamese Christian churches and the Buddhist temple on Biloxi's Point Cadet. Throughout the day,...

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World Religions Day in Redlands, CA

January 15, 2004

Source: Redland Daily Facts

http ://w ww.redlandsdailyfacts.com/Stories/0,1413,209~22484~1893532,00.html

On January 15, 2004 Redland Daily Facts reported that "a local observance of World Religion Day is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 18. The program will include representatives from major world religions, including Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and the Baha'i faith. 'The aim of World Religion Day is to foster the establishment of interfaith understanding and harmony by emphasizing the common...

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Catholics Must Reach Out to Islam

January 14, 2004

Source: National Catholic Reporter

http://ncronline.org/NCR_Online/archives2/2004a/011604/011604l.php

On January 14, 2004 the National Catholic Reporter reported, "The Roman Catholic church has the opportunity to clarify the relationship among the three Abrahamic faiths by making a minor change within its administrative structure. Currently, Catholic-Jewish relations are handled by the Council for Promoting Christian Unity, while Catholic-Muslim relations...

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Catholic Church in Colorado Town Burnt and Vandalized

January 13, 2004

Source: Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%7E53%7E1887319,00.html

On January 13, 2004 the Denver Post reported that St. Catherine of Siena church in Burlington was set on fire and vandalized, causing an estimated $400,000 in damages. "The statue of St. Catherine, the patron saint of firefighters, was knocked from its stand in the rear of the church early Friday morning after vandals set fires inside the church. They also destroyed...

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Cleveland Churches Embrace Multi-Culturalism

January 11, 2004

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/religion/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1073832905160980.xml

On January 11, 2004 The Plain Dealer reported, "Amid the lamentations over the suburban exodus that has closed or left many city churches as shells of their former selves, some churches are battling back, embracing the racial diversity of the city. First Church, a bastion of predominantly white United Methodism in...

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Not All Christians Agree on Interfaith Dialogue

January 11, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/orange/la-oe-oc-hubbard11jan11,1,2426229.story?coll=la-editions-orange

On January 11, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Non-Christians might be confused by the mixed signals coming from different sectors of the Christian world about the value of interfaith dialogue and cooperation. President Bush's comment during his recent visit to England that...

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Arab-Americans and Diversity

January 11, 2004

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/11/national/11ARAB.html?th

On January 11, 2004 The New York Times reported on the diverse definitions of what it means to be "Arab American," noting that "the ethnic umbrella of Arab Americans includes generations-old long-assimilated families, as well as continuing waves of new immigrants, all with varying religious, cultural and political traditions." The article also discusses the difficulty of assessing...

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Christian-Muslim Relations Have Improved Since 9/11 in East Valley, Ariz.

January 10, 2004

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://evtribune.com/index.php?sty=15285

On January 10, 2004 the East Valley Tribune ran a feature article on Christian-Muslim relations in the East Valley area after 9/11: "Though polarization followed [9/11] and some grew wary of Muslims, some Americans — especially the faith community — rallied around Islamic communities to confront hatred. Many set about trying to better understand Islam...The Rev. David Hodgson, pastor of the Congregational Church...

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