Christianity

St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Reach out Across Ethnic Lines

May 24, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

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On May 24, 2003 The Plain Dealer reported that "growing up in a Russian Orthodox Church in Lakewood [OH], where the Church Slavonic language and ethnic customs were integral to parish life, the Rev. Andrew Clements was taken aback his first few days at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary... Everything was in English... As early as the 1970s when Clements was a student, St. Vladimir's Seminary was the living...

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The Interfaith Resource Center in Delaware Engaged in Outreach

May 24, 2003

Source: The News Journal

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On May 24, 2003 The News Journal reported that "With a new director and new location set for the Interfaith Resource Center after June 13, the board of directors is interested in how this 30-year-old religious lending library can broaden its reach on the Delmarva Peninsula... 'We think it is worth exploring how we can be more multicultural in our outreach to African-American, Asian and Hispanic congregations,' said the Rev. Kit...

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Christians and Jews Unite for "Mitzvah Day"

May 24, 2003

Source: The Beacon Journal

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On May 24, 2003 The Beacon Journal reported that "more than 400 volunteers from Temple Israel and First Congregational Church of Akron will be planting seeds of kindness on June 1... The two congregations -- one Christian, the other Jewish -- will join forces to complete about 25 projects in the Akron [OH...

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Religious Ceremonies that Mark Milestones in Life

May 24, 2003

Source: The Buffalo News

On May 24, 2003 The Buffalo News reported on "the first of a four-part series, published on consecutive Saturdays, describing some of the religious ceremonies practiced by different faiths to mark four major milestones in life -- birth, coming of age, marriage and death... Phil Stevens, an associate professor in the anthropology department of the University at Buffalo says that rituals welcoming newborns are 'extremely widespread" worldwide...'" The article then provides examples for a bris, a baptism, and a Muslim aqiqa.

Editorial: Separation of Church and State

May 24, 2003

Source: The American Prospect

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On May 24, 2003 The American Prospect published an editorial by Chris Mooney stating that "though not originally the favored candidate of the religious right -- John Ashcroft was -- Bush has played the part well. Virtually his first presidential act was to proclaim a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving; soon he appointed Ashcroft to serve as attorney general. Since then the stream of religiosity from the White House has been continuous... How much...

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Christians, Muslims, and Jews Come Together for "Celebration of Abraham"

May 24, 2003

Source: Lodi News-Sentinel

On May 24, 2003 the Lodi News-Sentinel reported that "the Celebration of Abraham, a movement that started a year ago among several religious leaders and lay people in the Lodi area to spread cultural respect and world peace, has spread to Stockton and other Northern California communities... Last year's celebration was held before a packed house at the Lodi Boys and Girls Club in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy. The event focused on the common belief in the patriarch Abraham and his sons, Isaac and Ishmael, among the...

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Florida Muslims and Christians Unite to Encourage Dialogue

May 23, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On May 23, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) and the Florida Council of Churches (FCC) announced a statewide partnership Thursday to encourage dialogue between Christians and Muslims... The FCC and CAIR-FL will host public dialogues around the state beginning Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church... A panel of speakers from different faiths will share their perspectives and answer questions. The sessions are intended to...

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Interfaith Group Gathers for Peace Conference

May 23, 2003

Source: The York Dispatch

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On May 23, 2003 The York Dispatch reported that "close to 50 people attended the third annual peace conference sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Central Pennsylvania, including Noor Mosque of York City... Also speaking at the event were Susan Savia, a member of the Kalpa...

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Interfaith Partnership to Host Refugee Resettlement Programs

May 23, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

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On May 23, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "the Sudanese family's arrival in Tampa [FL] late Wednesday marks a milestone for faith groups that help refugees settle here. For the first time, Christians and Muslims have formed a partnership to sponsor the newcomers... 'It's a true interfaith project,' says Danielle Kearney, director of the refugee resettlement program for Lutheran Services Florida. 'And it has so much more of an impact in this...

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Washington Muslim Leader Brings Together Interfaith Group

May 22, 2003

Source: King County Journal

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On May 22, 2003 the King County Journal reported that "against a background of war and terrorism, Jawad Khaki stepped into the spotlight... Already a leader in an Eastside [WA] Shi'ite Muslim community, Khaki felt the need to educate people of other faiths about the peaceful side of Islam... As part of his outreach, Khaki brought his community, the Ithnasheri Muslim Association of the Northwest or IMAN, together with four other congregations --...

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Allison Park Assembly of God Expansion Plans Meet Resistance from Neighbors

May 22, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On May 22, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Allison Park Assembly of God wants to expand. Some of its neighbors aren't pleased... Residents packed Hampton council's agenda meeting May 14 for a public hearing on the Duncan Avenue church's conditional use application... The church bought a vacant lot east of its complex with plans to expand its sanctuary to 1,000 seats from 452 and expand its fellowship area, children's ministry area and parking lot... The original facility was built with approval as a...

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Rise of Peace Studies Programs

May 22, 2003

Source: In These Times

On May 22, 2003 In These Times reported that "undergraduate and graduate peace studies programs have seen a threefold increase since 1995, according to Simona Sharoni, executive director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), which tracks the major and assists schools setting up new programs. There are now 381 peace studies programs at U.S. colleges and universities, according to Sharoni... While the field got its start in the so-called peace churches -- Quaker, Mennonite and Church of the Brethren -- it has expanded...

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Update: Benke Case Reveals Simmering Tension

May 21, 2003

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/120/31.0.html

On May 21, 2003 Christianity Today reported that "An appeals panel of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) has overturned the suspension of pastor David Benke for praying at an interfaith September 11 memorial event at Yankee Stadium. Despite the conclusion of the case, tensions run high in the 2.6 million-member denomination. Synod leaders expect a showdown at next year's synod...

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