Christianity

Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Feb. 2003

February 20, 2003

Source: The Hartford Courant

On February 20, 2003 The Hartford Courant reported that "Minister Naeem Muhammad, spiritual leader of the Muhammad Mosque No. 14 in Hartford, is wondering where all the peacemakers have gone. Why aren't more people speaking out against the prospect of war in Iraq? he asks... 'There's been a great silence in the Christian religious community. There's also been a great silence in the Muslim community,' Muhammad said... As if he heard the words of Muhammad, the Rev. Stephen J. Sidorak said Christians, as well as religious leaders...

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True Light Chinese Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles

February 20, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 20, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "True Light's roots go back 126 years in Los Angeles, when the Rev. Ira M. Condit, a former missionary to China, founded it as Chinese Presbyterian Church. The ministry began with children whose parents worked in Chinatown's laundries, produce markets and restaurants, much as [Irvin] Lai's group does today... In 1996, it became Alhambra True Light Presbyterian Church after merging with a dwindling congregation in Alhambra... The True Light building in Lincoln Heights serves...

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Denver Public Buildings Required to Post "In God We Trust" Plaques

February 20, 2003

Source: The Denver Post

On February 20, 2003 The Denver Post reported that "a bill requiring public buildings in the state, including  classrooms, to post donated plaques bearing the national motto 'In  God we trust' passed the House on Wednesday morning by a vote of  36-28... Several Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Fran Coleman of  Denver, spoke out against the bill, saying it violates the  country's founding principles... 'I absolutely believe in the separation of church and state,' she  said. 'It's the very thing our country was founded on. Now we'...

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Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Sufi and Christians

February 19, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 19, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Hasan Dede is the spiritual master of the Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana Society, which he formed in 1989. He leads a group of young Semazen --- more commonly known as whirling dervishes --- who recently journeyed from Istanbul, Turkey, to Atlanta to perform a Sufi concert and Sema ceremony at several venues, Agnes Scott College and Central Congregational United Church of Christ among them... The Rev. Gilbert Friend-Jones, pastor of the...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Feb. 2003

February 18, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/atlanta/0203/18protest.html

On February 18, 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "two hundred solemn faces -- some seasoned with age, others fresh with youth -- packed the pews at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday night as leaders from various faiths took to the pulpit to pray for peace... The choice of venue for the Interfaith Prayer Meeting for Peace was...

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Los Angeles Religious Leaders Plan Broad-Based Peace Movement

February 18, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 18, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "flush from antiwar demonstrations that drew millions of participants worldwide, Los Angeles religious leaders and peace activists said Monday they are already looking beyond a possible war with Iraq to building a broad-based peace movement... Meeting at the USC Religious Center, about 20 priests, ministers, rabbis, Muslim leaders and peace activists said their first priority is to press opposition to a war in Iraq and to support those in the military who may want to...

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Multifaith Anti-War Rally in San Jose, CA

February 16, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5194938.htm

On February 16, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "awakened and alarmed by America preparing for war, thousands of chanting demonstrators gathered in San Jose and Santa Cruz on Saturday, joining an increasingly visible movement against a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq... The San Jose turnout was as deeply diverse as the city, with many of the estimated 3,000 marchers from the...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Feb. 2003

February 16, 2003

Source: The Express-Times

http://www.pennlive.com/printer/printer.ssf?/base/news-4/1045389907167740.xml

On February 16, 2003 The Express-Times reported that "the group of young and old from diverse backgrounds, lead by the Lehigh Valley Peace Coalition, chartered four buses for Manhattan's Upper East Side, where they planned to meet with other groups from the Northeastern United States... The wide-ranging protest was set to kick off Saturday in...

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Swedenborg Chapel Near Harvard University May Be Sold on Open Market

February 15, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On February 15, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "for the world's 30,000 Swedenborgians who wish more people were familiar with their beliefs, the Swedenborg Chapel's presence at Harvard University often has seemed a blessing... That coveted spot within a stone's throw of Harvard Square, however, comes with the curse of skyrocketing real estate prices. Now, the cash-strapped House of Studies is selling its neogothic stone temple, and unless the congregation comes up with $2 million by March 30, the flagship site of...

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Faith-Based Matchmaking

February 14, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On February 14, 2003 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Scott McWilliams didn't believe that God had chosen one woman for him -- until he met and married the woman of his dreams through Equally Yoked, a club for Christian singles... Susan Jacobs, 26, an Orthodox Jew from Squirrel Hill, met her boyfriend at a conference on modern Orthodoxy... Before then, Jacobs had tried matchmakers, singles events, and even two Jewish Internet dating services... for Orthodox Jews... The Internet, where the greatest growth in faith-...

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Broadway Tunes in the Crescent Heights United Methodist Church in West Hollywood, CA

February 14, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On February 14, 2003 The New York Times reported that "today, thanks to a program called the Golden Age of Broadway, the Crescent Heights United Methodist Church [in West Hollywood, CA] has regained its divine mission. [The Rev. John Griffin] endured six months of empty pews before turning to Laurie Franks, his music director and a veteran of 14 Broadway shows... Mr. Griffin said he was taking a direction taught in the seminary: find out what music people listen to... 'The music people love, to my mind, is sacred,' he said, 'I don...

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U.S. Muslims Repudiate Latest Bin Laden Message

February 13, 2003

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/5168265.htm

On February 13, 2003 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "in a tape aired worldwide Tuesday by the Al-Jazeera television station, a man believed to be the terrorist mastermind urged Muslims to fight with Iraq against the United States and its allies... Although most Muslims repudiate bin Laden, they have not been able to escape his taint since the Sept. 11 attacks, noted Osman bin Bakar, a...

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Faith-Based Rehabilitation Programs and Federal Funding

February 12, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On February 12, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "to the 100 or so people who assemble at Healing Place Church every Friday night seeking help for their struggles with addictions, compulsions and cravings that have overtaken their lives, Darren Myles dispenses common-sense advice... Although the suggestions may seem obvious, Myles adds one more thing: The key to embracing this change of lifestyle, he says, is developing a relationship with God... The emphasis on adopting Christianity is not unusual for a church service...

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