Christianity

Dallas Hosts New Multi-Faith Radio Show

December 26, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/122703dnrelconnect.ed78.html

On December 26, 2003 The Dallas Morning News published a profile on Mike Ghouse, the host of Dallas' new "The Multi-Faith Radio Program," weekdays at 6 a.m. on KBIS-AM (1150) and KYNG-AM (950). Each day, Gouse "interviews a guest from a local religious community, with the goal of helping his listeners learn to 'cherish and respect every which way...

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Christians Host "Open House" During Christmas Services

December 25, 2003

Source: The New Straits Times

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Friday/Frontpage/20031226072221/Article/

On December 25, 2003 The New Straits Times reported, "True to the tradition of Malaysians who hold open house during festivals, the Yuletide cheer was felt not only by Christians of all denominations, but also others in our multi-ethnic society. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took time off to join the open house...

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Clergy Leadership Network Formed

December 25, 2003

Source: The Centre Daily Times

http://www.centredaily.com/mld/centredaily/news/7571701.htm

On December 25, 2003 The Centre Daily Times reported on the Clergy Leadership Network, a new organization that hopes to mobilize thousands of moderate and liberal religious leaders before the Nov. 2 election to vote Democratic. The group "will focus on issues such as peace, justice, poverty, civil rights, health care and housing. It will steer clear of abortion and gay...

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Kurdish Christians Celebrate Christmas

December 25, 2003

Source: KurdishMedia News

http://www.kurdmedia.com/news.asp?id=4557

On December 25, 2003 KurdishMedia News reported, "Kurdish Christians filled the streets Thursday and held midnight mass without fear, unlike their counterparts hundreds of kilometres to the south in Baghdad...Baghdad’s churches canceled Christmas Eve midnight mass, citing fears of violence in the capital where insurgents launched a series of Christmas Day rocket and bomb attacks. Churches in the capital...

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Lieberman Calls for Greater Role of Religion in Public Life

December 24, 2003

Source: The Portsmouth Herald

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/12242003/news/67089.htm

On December 24, 2003 The Portsmouth Herald reported that U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman visited the Seacoast Community Church to help serve meals to homeless people and others in need. He made Tuesday’s visit to the church to meet with voters and "to reflect on the role faith plays in the lives of ordinary citizens and the U.S. government. During a brief speech before...

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Christians, Jews, and Christmas

December 24, 2003

Source: San Antonio Express-News

On December 24, 2003 San Antonio Express-News reported that "for a third consecutive year, [members of Wellspring Presbyterian Church in Texas] will use Congregation Agudus Achim, a synagogue, for their Christmas Eve service... Father David Garcia, rector of San Fernando Cathedral, believes... Jews, Muslims and Christians have a common bond in their belief in Abraham, and he sees many opportunities for those of different faiths to interact."

Commercial Side of Christmas Thrives While "Unofficial" Churches Persecuted

December 23, 2003

Source: ABCNews.com

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20031223_189.html

On December 23, 2003 ABCNews.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "Chinese, few of whom are Christians, [have] adopt[ed] the holiday as a festive time to shop. But for members of China's unofficial Christian congregations, this is a season of fear as communist authorities crack down on unauthorized worship, detaining activists and bulldozing churches. 'Everyone is scared...

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Ohio Students Sing in the Season with a Ramadan Rap

December 23, 2003

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/12/17/loc_ramadanrap.html

On December 23, 2003 The Cincinnati Enquirer reported, "More than 1,500 students, parents and guests crowded into Mason Intermediate School's gym Tuesday for a musical celebration of international holidays including, for the first time, Muslim students from a local Islamic center. The annual school musical event this year celebrated religious, racial...

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Office Disagreements on the Reason for the Season

December 23, 2003

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3320237.stm

On December 23, 2003 BBC News reported on the ongoing controversy among Americans of how to navigate the "December dilemma" in the pluralistic workplace. The article notes: "Any school, public library, university or government building which at this time of year crosses the constitutional boundary between church and state - be it simply through singing Silent Night or erecting a nativity scene on the lawn -...

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Lieberman Calls for Greater Role of Religion in Public Life

December 23, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/24/politics/campaigns/24TRAI.html

On December 23, 2003 The New York Times reported, "Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut called on Tuesday for strengthening the role of religion in public life and took a veiled swipe at Howard Dean, who has run a steadfastly secular campaign. 'I know that some people believe that faith has no place in the so-called public square,' said Mr. Lieberman, an...

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Las Posadas Brings Latinos Into Dialogue with New Neighbors

December 23, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/137/story_13724_1.html

On December 23, 2003 Beliefnet reported on the increasing popularity in America of celebrating Las Posadas, the Advent tradition of re-enacting in the days before Christmas the journey of Joseph and his pregnant wife, Mary, seeking a place to rest. For American towns experiencing new immigration, Las Posadas is creating a dialogue between Latinos and Anglos as they seek to learn about different...

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