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Eid al-Adha, 2003

February 12, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limusl123127973feb12,0,7375710.story

On February 12, 2003 Newsday reported that "for most members of Sharaara Rahman's family, Eid ul-Adha was a day begun with morning prayer at a mosque, then celebrated with feasting on dishes of korma and curried meats... Sharaara, however, like many Muslim students enrolled in public schools, felt obliged to spend most of yesterday in...

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Armenian Services in Atlanta

February 12, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 12, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "once a month the ancient language is heard by a slice of metro Atlanta's Armenian community, which meets at the Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church in Roswell. The congregation is a mission parish of the Armenian Church of America, one of a handful in the South. The Armenian Church is an ancient branch of Christianity with distinctive traditions... Armenians have been in metro Atlanta for decades, often finding each other by searching...

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National Religious Broadcasters Chairman Defames Islam

February 10, 2003

Source: Oklahoma's News Channel 8

http://www.ktul.com/news/stories/0203/73477.html

On February 10, 2003 Oklahoma's News Channel 8 reported that at the "National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee, chairman Glenn Plummer declared that the Bible says the only way people can reach God is through Jesus, 'not Muhammad' and 'not Allah'... Plummer added that people can't get to God through Buddha, the Dalai Lama or Sun Myung Moon either... [He also] called...

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Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 10, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On February 10, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "Pawan K. Rattan looked around the Hindu temple during an interfaith memorial service Sunday for the crew of space shuttle Columbia and noticed Jews, Indians and Christians in the crowd...The crew of Columbia's last mission, which included an Israeli, an Indian and five American-born astronauts, was a 'flight of a rainbow of cultures...' More than 100 people went to the Hindu Temple of Florida on Lynn Road to celebrate that diversity... For Rabbi Eric Lazar, the...

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Celebrations of Saraswati Puja

February 9, 2003

Source: The Morning Call

On February 9, 2003 The Morning Call reported that "n India, the celebration of the Saraswati Puja is so widely marked that schools close for the day and Hindu families gather at temple for hours of worship and feasting... Indian-Americans relegate the celebration to a Saturday, when schools are already closed. But as festivities at the Hindu Temple Society in [New Jersey's] Hanover Township, Lehigh County, this weekend showed, the customs still observed on this continent manage to preserve the day as something special... In Hindu...

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Illinois and Missouri Orthodox Churches to Organize Conference

February 8, 2003

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On February 8, 2003 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "Orthodox Witness, a two-year-old St. Louis-based, pan-Orthodox organization backed by the region's 13 Missouri and Illinois Orthodox churches, is organizing its second annual 'A Faith for All People' conference Feb. 22... at St. Louis Community College... Hatzidakis, Orthodox Witness founder, finds that many Christians know little church history. 'They draw a big blank between the apostles and Martin Luther,' he said... 'When I say I am Orthodox, strangers...

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Yogic Curriculum Draws Criticism

February 8, 2003

Source: The New York Times

On February 8, 2003 The New York Times reported that "last fall, officials with Aspen Elementary School, a public school with about 500 students in kindergarten through fourth grade, and the Aspen Country Day School, a private school with about 180 students in kindergarten through ninth grade, invited yoga instructors to conduct classes as part of a pilot program... But some parents and religious leaders here are objecting, saying that teaching yoga in school violates the separation of church and state... Opposition was...

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Yogi Divine Society Buys Healing Waters Cathedral

February 7, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On February 7, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "a Hindu temple yesterday closed its deal to buy evangelist Leroy Jenkins' Healing Waters Cathedral for $1.3 million... The purchase will give the Yogi Divine Society, based in New Jersey, room for up to 800 followers in central Ohio and adjacent states... The deal includes 9 acres on S. Sandusky Street on Delaware's south side that has been owned by the Leroy Jenkins Evangelical Association for 33 years, said Gloria Rose, a real-estate agent with the Gilbert Group, a...

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Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 3, 2003

Source: Sun and Weekly Hearld

http://www.sun-herald.com/NewsArchive2/020303/tp1ch11.htm?date=020303&story=tp1ch11.htm

On February 3, 2003 the Sun and Weekly Hearld reported that "across Florida and around the world, people of many faiths offered prayers Sunday for the victims of a space tragedy that transcends doctrines... It would be hard to assemble a more diverse group: five men, two women; five white, one black, one East Indian;...

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Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 3, 2003

Source: Palm Beach Post

http://www.gopbi.com/partners/pbpost/epaper/editions/today/news_e3d3af3f

On February 3, 2003 the Palm Beach Post reported that "as the pictures of the space shuttle, its crew and Indian-American astronaut Kalpana Chawla flashed on a screen at a [Palm Beach, FL] Hindu temple, 27-year-old Priti Patel had such mixed feelings... Although many Indians knew before the accident that Chawla was the first astronaut born in India,...

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Hartford Ecumenical Coalition to Tackle Social Problems

February 1, 2003

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.ctnow.com/news/local/hc-interfaith_coalition_.artfeb01,0,7658

On February 1, 2003 The Hartford Courant reported that "more than 30 churches, synagogues and mosques have joined together to create a faith-based coalition that aims to tackle problems related to poverty, race, economics and development in the Hartford [CT] area... The Greater Hartford Interfaith Coalition for Equity and Justice is the culmination...

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First Presbyterian Church of Newtown, NY

February 1, 2003

Source: Newsday

On February 1, 2003 Newsday reported that the "First Presbyterian Church of Newtown is alive with the sights and sounds of an infant baptism this Sunday morning... At the baptismal font, a few feet from the church altar, stands Nnenna Ogbonnaya, 38, wearing the colorful dress of her Nigerian homeland and holding Kelechi, her swaddled 2-month-old daughter, in her arms... The church has survived war, fire and even a slide out of the path of progress. With a history of welcoming immigrants that has been renewed in recent times, First...

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