Christianity

December: Celebrations and Dilemmas, 2002

November 18, 2002

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/Education_01/4194_01.asp

On November 18, 2002 the Anti-Defamation League reported that "the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has reached out to public schools and public institutions nationwide with materials and information to help foster constitutionally permissible recognitions of the December holidays. A letter is being disseminated through...

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Discussion on Health and Spirituality Continues

November 17, 2002

Source: San Antonio Express-News

On November 17, 2002 the San Antonio Express-News reported that "the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health began exploring links between spirituality and health in the South Texas Medical Center. Today, the nonprofit center remains a guiding force for families and individuals seeking faith-based counseling, clergy members needing direction on modern health and social issues, and doctors trying to grasp ethical dilemmas. A group of clergy that included Episcopal, Jewish, Methodist and Catholic leaders founded the...

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Religious Diversity in Northern Virginia

November 17, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On November 17, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the wooded acres near Shirley Gate and Braddock roads in central Fairfax County are already populated with a diverse mixture of religious institutions: a mosque and Pentecostal and Korean churches. Now crammed into classrooms in two Annandale locations, Gesher -- the only Jewish day school in Northern Virginia -- purchased 28 acres on the west side of Shirley Gate this year for $ 1.25 million. School officials received approval from the county to build a $ 12 million...

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Parent Complains of Secularizing Holy Days

November 16, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/epaper/editions/saturday/faith_values_d35d4e12f062908500fe.html

On November 16, 2002 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "Meg Uhlman was thrilled last month that her daughter's sixth-grade class planned to attend a local production of 'A Christmas Carol.' But her joy turned to rage when the trip was abruptly replaced with one to see 'The...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 16, 2002

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/02news97.html

On November 16, 2002 the National Council of Churches reported that "the National Council of Churches General Assembly today (Nov. 16) unanimously urged President Bush and the U.S. Congress... to 'Do all possible, without going to war,' to resolve the Iraq crisis... the delegates from the NCC’s 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican member communions, which comprise 50 million U.S. Christians, also...

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Arson and Religious Centers

November 16, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 16, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "the national alarm over church burnings, prompted by dozens of fires set at churches in the South and Midwest in the mid-1990s, subsided several years ago after Congress gave federal authorities greater power to investigate and prosecute church arsons... The registry lists arsons and bombings at 21 synagogues and nine mosques. Most of the targets of attack were churches."

Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

November 15, 2002

Source: PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week611/cover.html

On November 15, 2002 PBS reported that "Muslim immigrants from war-torn Somalia, searching for a little peace and happiness... went on a search for a smaller, safer place to raise their families, and about a thousand ended up in Lewiston, Maine... at the Lewiston Adult Education Center, English as a second language classes are busting at the seams with students 'from away,' as Mainers...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 15, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On November 15, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "a protest Sunday in downtown Portland against a possible war in Iraq is drawing support from Palestinians, Jews, Catholics, Buddhists, Quakers and Scientologists, among others. Frank Fromherz, director of the Portland Catholic Archdiocese Office of Justice and Peace, said the peace activists will call on the U.S. government to find nonviolent solutions to threats such as terrorist attacks."

Children's Museum of Houston Celebrates Religious Diversity

November 14, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On November 14, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "the Children's Museum of Houston celebrates this diversity with the return of its annual Festivals of Light exhibit, which is open today through Jan. 20. The exhibit showcases eight religious and cultural observances. They are Diwali, Ramadan, Santa Lucia, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the Lunar New Year during its free Thursday Family Nights - starting this evening - and as WonderWeekend festivities through Feb. 2. Children can see how the...

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Pagans Emphasize Similarity of Experiences

November 13, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On November 13, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "[Grant] Pontius began to study paganism as a teenager living in Osceola [FL]. A few years later, while attending a 'drumming circle' with some friends, Pontius felt an explosive 'presence of energy.' Pontius' experience mirrors that of Katrina Jones, a 1987 Memorial High School graduate and self-proclaimed Wiccan witch... As a girl, Jones attended a conservative Christian church until the church insisted the friend she brought along to youth group had to join. 'Well, I...

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Controversy Over Land for Native American Medicine Wheel

November 13, 2002

Source: The Becket Fund

http://www.becketfund.org/litigate/MedicineWheel.html

On November 13, 2002 The Becket Fund reported that "in November 2002, The Becket Fund filed an amicus curiae brief [Wyoming Sawmills Inc. v. U.S. Forest Service, et al] with the 10th Circuit, on behalf of itself and a wide variety of Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations, including the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, the General...

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Hanukkah and Christmas

November 10, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 10, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "the 'Hanukkah Bunny' is coming early this year. Laden with presents and sneaking into the house as quietly as, well, a famed rodent, the bunny will be hopping by close on the tail of the Thanksgiving turkey, making its first appearance on the evening of November 29... for Jews all through our Christmas-centric country, the timing of the holiday this year accentuates a cultural and religious divide.  Hanukkah isn't Christmas - despite the cultural efforts to align the two...

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Romney Win is Sign that Massachusetts is Now More Accepting of Mormons

November 9, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 9, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "The election of Mitt Romney-- an adherent of a faith shared by less than half of a percent of his fellow Massachusetts residents-- demonstrates an increasing acceptance of Mormons in the United States, as well as the increasing willingness of Americans to elect members minority faiths... Romney's aides say his faith has no public significance. "It's absolutely irrelevant," said his spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom. "People here didn't even think about it. It wasn't even a topic of...

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Walter Cardinal Kasper Speaks on Christian-Jewish Relations at Brandeis University

November 7, 2002

Source: The Boston Herald

On November 7, 2002 The Boston Herald reported that "the Vatican's top liaison to the worldwide Jewish community called yesterday for cooperation among Jews and Christians - for their own good and for the good of the wider world. 'The common voice of Jews and Christians is needed. We can give hope,' Walter Cardinal Kasper said during a talk at Brandeis University in Waltham. Anti-Semitism is 'a wound that is still open,' he said. But 'there cannot be peace in the world without peace among religions.' He also, according to an...

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