Christianity

Evangelicals Sue U.S. Navy

August 23, 2003

Source: Baptist Press

http://www.www.bpnews.net/

On August 23, 2003 the Baptist Press reported that "a federal judge recently expanded the scope of a religious discrimination lawsuit against the Navy, further whipping the tempest that threatens to force the sea service into reviewing the promotions of every evangelical in its Chaplain Corps since 1977... The decision effectively doubles the number of former and present chaplains represented in the case to about 2,000 by widening the span of...

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Botanicas and spiritual healers appeal to Latinos in Salt Lake City

August 23, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Aug/08232003/saturday/saturday.asp

On August 23, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune ran a feature article on the appeal of botanicas (shops selling herbs, oils, soaps, and candles believed to bring good luck) to Salt Lake's Latino population. Reporter Rhina Guido writes, "For about 10 years, many Latin American immigrants to Utah have come to these shops called botanicas and to their spiritual directors or...

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Erie, PA Billboards Ask God to Bless "Whole World"

August 22, 2003

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR082203.html

On August 22, 2003 the Religion News Service posted a press release about a "grassroots" peace effort in Erie, PA that is sponsoring billboards reading, "God Bless the World World." The press release stated, "The impetus for this project emerged from the sponsoring Erie Peace and Justice Center's desire to build tolerance after 9/11. The Center believes that asking God’s blessings on all...

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Pope of Coptic Orthodox Church Visits Detroit

August 22, 2003

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2003/religion/0308/22/d01-251171.htm

On August 22, 2003 The Detroit News reported that Pope Shenouda III, "the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, visited Metro Detroit for the first time in 26 years to check on the progress of the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Troy, whose cornerstone he laid 26 years ago. About 450 families attend St. Mark's, Michigan's only Coptic Church according to Dr. Anis Milad, a church...

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America Sharply Divided on Question of Gay Marriage

August 22, 2003

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week651/cover.html

On August 22, 2003 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly reported, "In recent years, the United States has grown more accepting of homosexuality, in public policy as well as in pop culture. But when it comes to the question of marriage, the nation remains sharply divided. A recent WASHINGTON POST poll found that fewer than four in 10 Americans support same-sex civil...

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Minnesota International Center Leads Workshops on Abrahamic Traditions

August 21, 2003

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/news/local/6580090.htm

On August 21, 2003 the Pioneer Press reported, "After offering a series of programs to meet that need in recent years, [the Minnesota International Center] today is bringing together 'three great world religions' to help the public learn more about Christianity, Islam and Judaism and teach area teachers how to lead classroom discussions on religion. The center, based...

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Interfaith Community to Participate in World Religion Activities

August 21, 2003

Source: Argus

On August 21, 2003 the Argus reported that "some pray to God, others to Allah. Still others worship the Brahman, the Great Spirit or the Great Truth... The names for the 'divine' vary from Christianity to Buddhism and understanding the differences and similarities among world religions can enhance the faith of all religious seekers... That's the philosophy behind a 'World Peace Village' sponsored by the Menlo Park-based Child and Family Institute and Fremont's St. James Episcopal Church today... The community is invited to participate in...

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Livermore, CA Citizens Try to Save Mosque Leader from Deportation

August 19, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/6566348.htm

On August 19, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "people of all faiths are rallying around a Livermore mosque leader who could be deported despite his lawyer's claim that a bureaucratic mix-up caused his immigration problems... Egyptian citizen Ahmad Abdalghafar Abdalla has been the calm center of a storm that has involved everyone from Amnesty International to the First...

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Reading of George Washington's Letter Blasts George Bush's Faith-Based Initiative

August 18, 2003

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/news/content/projo_20030818_touro18.789c7.html

On August 18, 2003 The Providence Journal reported that "more than 150 spectators and dignitaries packed into Touro Synagogue yesterday for a lesson on history, religion and, courtesy of Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline, a firsthand demonstration of politics... There to witness the annual...

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Minister and Bishop Defend LDS Church on ACLU Governmental Influence Lawsuit

August 17, 2003

Source: Deseret Morning News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,510047567,00.html

On August 17, 2003 the Deseret Morning News reported that a Prebyterian minister and a Catholic bishop agreed that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had gone too far in filing a suit against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that claimed the LDS Church's Salt Lake City "Main Street Plaza settlement created a potentially unconstitutional influence on city...

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Mapping the Future of Interfaith Dialogue

August 16, 2003

Source: The Wichita Eagle

http://www.kansas.com/mld/eagle/living/6543458.htm

On August 16, 2003 The Wichita Eagle reported that "informational dialogue has helped situations in which Christian and Islamic leaders differ sharply in opinions, said [Jane Smith, professor of Islamic Studies at the Hartford Seminary in Connecticut]. But confrontational conversations can't build inter-faith relationships... 'I don't know that type of conversation gets us very far,' she said. '...

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Interfaith Gatherings in Memphis, Tennessee

August 16, 2003

Source: Go Memphis

http://www.gomemphis.com/mca/faith_values/article/0,1426,MCA_4076_2184829,00.html

On August 16, 2003 Go Memphis reported that "they started talking a few weeks after Sept. 11, 2001... Memphis Christians and Jews. Memphis Muslims and Hindus. Memphis Buddhists and Baha'is... Their first gathering was on neutral ground, a local public high school. Hundreds of people came from many religious traditions. They talked about what...

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