Christianity

National Council of Churches Summit Issues Multifaith Principles Toward Peace

April 30, 2003

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/03news51.html

On April 30, 2003 National Council of Churches reported that "as President Bush prepared his Thursday evening address to announce 'the end of the Iraq war,' more than 75 Muslim, Christian, Jewish and other faith leaders from across the United States converged on Chicago to issue a set of principles to lead toward a peaceful future. The summit addressed the humanitarian, spiritual and civil costs of war...

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Editorial: Religion and Public Policy

April 29, 2003

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/005/27.30.html

On April 29, 2003 Christianity Today printed an editorial stating that "many critics don't understand the complexity of religious and specifically Judeo-Christian language. Through religious language, as Fuller Theological Seminary President Richard Mouw recently put it, Bush 'has reintroduced into the culture the language of morality and moral distinctions...' This is not to defend...

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More Involvement by Laypeople Urged in the Catholic Tradition

April 27, 2003

Source: World-Herald

On April 27, 2003 the World-Herald reported that "speakers at a meeting of Catholic reformists Saturday in Omaha urged more involvement by laypeople in the face of a growing shortage of priests and in the wake of the denomination's sexual-abuse crisis... Georgia Keightley, a lay theologian from Crawford, Neb., told the 50 people at the Call to Action Nebraska Conference 2003 that laypeople must become more active in their local parishes' ministries. The group met at First United Methodist Church in Omaha... The message she delivered...

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Historical Markers Placed at Three Different Religious Sites

April 26, 2003

Source: Toledo Blade

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20030426&Category=NEWS10&ArtNo=104260136&Ref=AR

On April 26, 2003 the Toledo Blade reported that "historical markers will be dedicated at three sites in northwest Ohio tomorrow as part of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission’s recognition of the state’s religious heritage... The area markers, which are among 12 in the state, are being...

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Massachusetts Catholic Shrine Bars Toronto Pilgrims

April 25, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 25, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "a Catholic religious order [the Marians of the Immaculate Conception] has decided to bar busloads of Canadian pilgrims from attending a large celebration in the Berkshires this weekend because of concern about the possible spread of SARS."

Faith-Based Environmental Activism

April 25, 2003

Source: The Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/2/038372-8262-102.html

On April 25, 2003 The Indy Star reported that "in a world in which religious identities too often divide, the Rev. Bob Edgar believes working to protect the environment might be one of the few places where faithful people can find unity... As general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ, Edgar is traveling the country promoting faith-based environmental...

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Suffolk, NY Man Creates Replica of Buddhist Temple in Backyard

April 25, 2003

Source: Daily Press

On April 25, 2003 Daily Press reported that "Samuel Glasscock, who has been a Methodist since childhood, began working on the brown and white... [replica of a Buddhist temple], made mostly from wood, about a year ago. He expects it to take another year. When it's done, it will rise about 16 feet. That's not counting the copper finial... The project caps the veteran attorney's longtime fascination with the beauty of Buddhist architecture. Yet, he says, it is more than an effort to bring home the exotic. It is his own quiet monument to...

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Editorials on Rod Paige and the Separation of Church and State

April 23, 2003

Source: The Nando Times

http://www.nandotimes.com/opinions/story/865112p-6044161c.html

On April 23, 2003 The Nando Times printed an editorial by C. Welton Gaddy and J. Brent Walker stating that "the recent uproar over remarks by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Rod Paige highlight the necessity of top education leaders to understand and applaud the religious diversity of students attending our public schools... As Baptist ministers who have served local...

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Muslims Concerned about White House Briefing with Evangelical Christians

April 22, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A7981-2003Apr21?language=printer

On April 22, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "Muslims were upset that Franklin Graham, who had condemned Islam as evil, preached at the Pentagon last week. Now comes word that the White House held a private briefing for 141 evangelical Christian leaders March 27 to discuss the Iraq war and other subjects... Those invited included Jerry...

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Editorial: Sunni Chaplains for Shia Muslims in Prison

April 22, 2003

Source: The Weekly Standard

On April 22, 2003 The Weekly Standard printed an editorial by Terry Eastland questioning "why... has New York state, in treating the religious activities of Muslim inmates within its prisons, favored one Islamic sect over another--namely, Sunni Islam over Shia Islam?" He stated, "that question is at the heart of a lawsuit filed against the state by four Shia Muslim prisoners at Fishkill Correctional Facility. The lawsuit challenges current policy under which the New York State Department of Correctional Services accommodates, as...

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Interfaith Meeting between Muslims and Christians in Sacramento

April 22, 2003

Source: Pakistan Link

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=57e63a9660ab4e863c81fe2679cf89db

On April 22, 2003 the Pakistan Link reported on "the Al Momineen Sunday School at the Downtown [Sacramento, CA] Mosque in full session as the group of about 20 members of the Woodland Presbyterian Church arrived to a reception committee comprising the Mosque President Bashir Chaudhry, Imam Mumtaz Qasmi, Mr. Shahid...

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