Christianity

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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"Encyclopedia of American Religion" Documents Religious Diversity in America

February 1, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Feb/01/il/il11afaith.html

On February 1, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "Americans are proud of their freedom of religion, and the work of J. Gordon Melton shows they have a whole lot of religions to choose from...The Roman Catholic Church may be huge but it's only one among 116 Catholic denominations. Orthodox Christians have an even higher total, and Protestantism...

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U.S. Jews for Jesus Campaign in 2003

February 1, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On February 1, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "[in Houston], as in other American cities, Jews are taking steps to thwart Christian missionaries targeting them. In Houston, they also are girding for an upcoming Jews for Jesus campaign aimed at the city's Jewish community... The Jews for Jesus campaign in 2004 or 2005 will be 'an all-out intensive effort to make the Messianicship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to the Jews of Houston,' said Susan Perlman, a San Francisco-based founder of Jews for Jesus... The group...

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Interfaith Service to Rededicate Torah

January 31, 2003

Source: The Union Democrat

http://www.uniondemocrat.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=9834

On January 31, 2003 The Union Democrat reported that "thanks to three local Christian churches, The Motherlode Jewish Community [in New Jersey] can rededicate a century-old, fire-damaged Torah... The Community will hold an interfaith recognition service for the churches, which helped raise the $3,000 needed for the Torah's restoration, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at Murphys...

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Anti-Muslim Stickers at Conservative Political Action conference

January 31, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3956-2003Jan30.html

On January 31, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which featured Vice President Cheney as its opening luncheon speaker yesterday, one of the various exhibition booths hawking paraphernalia had some virulently anti-Muslim vinyl bumper stickers... including one that said: 'No Muslims -- No Terrorism...'...

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Evangelical Leaders to Create "Broadest-Ever Alliance of Christians"

January 31, 2003

Source: Charisma News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/120/story_12071_1.html

On January 31, 2003 the Charisma News Service reported that "calling it a move toward unprecedented unity in American Christendom, evangelical leaders are praising a plan to create the broadest-ever alliance of Christians. They say if it is successful, the association could help remove divisions in the body of Christ... Church leaders from 30 denominations agreed Wednesday on a...

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