Christianity

Kansas City Celebrates Pluralism

December 12, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.cres.org

On December 12, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "since Sept. 11, leaders in government - like those in schools, hospitals, media and business - want to be sure they are discharging their duties with particular sensitivity to religious concerns... As part of a recognition of pluralism in the [Kansas City] area, Jackson County Executive Katheryn J. Shields is developing a six-month calendar of community open houses scheduled by ethnic and faith...

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Rochester Interfaith Group to Visit "Ground Zero"

December 11, 2001

Source: The Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesternews.com/1211story5.html

On December 11, 2001, The Democrat and Chronicle reported "Diverse area delegation on visit to ground zero." The article noted, "An interfaith delegation from Rochester will journey to New York City today. Approximately 50 participants -- representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities -- will make the trip, hoping to reflect on the events of Sept. 11 and to solidify their...

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Conversion to Islam at Time of Crisis

December 11, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 11, 2001, the Los Angeles Times featured an article on Dia Richardson, a recent convert to Islam. "Richardson personifies the majority [of converts]: African American, urban, in search of answers and a more disciplined form of worship... Like many new converts of any faith, Richardson came to Islam at a time of crisis. A few weeks ago, she lost her latest job, her apartment in Acton, and then her father broke his hip and slipped into a coma during surgery... She [now] enjoys reading the Koran in English and has been...

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Multifaith Service for Unity on Long Island

December 10, 2001

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/longisland/ny-liisla102503970dec10.story?coll=ny%2Dlinews%2Darchive

On December 10, 2001, Newsday featured the article "Religious leaders reach out with unity service at LI mosque." It reported, "In an unprecedented act, the leader of Long Island's Catholic Church visited the Island's largest mosque yesterday, attending a multifaith service aimed at...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

December 10, 2001

Source: United Press International

On December 10, 2001, The United Press International reported that "the 'real story' of the blaze at the Gobind Sadan shrine actually developed into a rather marvelous one, recounts Ralph Singh, the center's spokesman... Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists came out to express their solidarity, Singh recalled. And then there were individual acts of kindness... With a trembling voice, Ralph Singh spoke of the 'outpouring of love' the 100-strong congregation at the former farmstead received from neighbors and...

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New York Halal Shops Appeal to Non-Muslim Immigrants

December 10, 2001

Source: Newsday

On December 10, 2001, Newsday reported that "in the 1970s in New York, halal butcher shops were so small in number 'you could count them on one hand,' said Louis Abdellatif Cristillo, field director of a Columbia University research project on Muslim communities in New York. But now, he said, there are at least 30 halal meat preparation businesses in the city which are keeping pace with the growth of New York's Muslim community. Where a mosque would spring up in the city, a halal shop would soon follow, he said... But meat prepared in the...

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Hanukkah Embraces "Spirit of Religious Freedom"

December 9, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 9, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "with the country at war and violence raging in the Holy Land, the lights of Hanukkah must burn brighter than ever, some Jews say, to help dispel the darkness. The menorah, a symbol of freedom and religious tolerance, must continue to inspire hope... For the congregation of Chabad of Westborough, [MA] tonight's public lighting of a 9-foot menorah at the town rotary captures, in a small but meaningful way, the holiday's message of faith and resolve... One year ago, the town denied...

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Muslim Women Speak at Interfaith Program

December 9, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 9, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that wearing hijab, a head scarf, is a "religious practice [that] singles a woman out in America, but the Muslim women who took part in the clergy-sponsored interfaith program [in Plymouth, MA] said they welcomed the increased attention Americans have paid to their religion after the September terrorist attacks... organizers [of the program] focused the final session of 'Exploring Islam: An Interfaith Conversation' on the role of women. Three women from the UMass-Dartmouth Islamic...

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Interfaith Marriage in a Diverse America

December 9, 2001

Source: The Gainesville Sun

http://www.gainesvillesun.com/DAYBREAK/articles/2001-12-09interfaith.shtml

On December 9, 2001, The Gainesville Sun featured the article "Marriage of faiths." The article profiles interfaith families: "In the Kellerman household, the union is not only one of faith, it is also one of cultures." The article notes that the Unitarian father, Ed, and Sikh mother, Sarjit, are raising their son in the Sikh faith. "But the...

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Changing Demographics at Los Angeles Church

December 8, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 8, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the Rev. Ken Fong is doing what he and many other church leaders once thought was impossible: making a historically Japanese American church look more like multiethnic Los Angeles in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. Since March 1997 when the third-generation Chinese American became the senior pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles in Rosemead, Fong has been working toward a church model that reflects the wider community... The result is a thriving congregation...

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Columbus Religious Communities React to NY Rabbi's Proposal to Join in Hannukah Celebration

December 7, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On December 7, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that a "New York rabbi wants all Americans to celebrate Hanukkah this year as a show of unity against terrorism... [he thinks] this year's Hanukkah should reaffirm all Americans' commitment to the sanctity of life, the power of communities to support their members through difficulties and the desire to build and move on." Not everyone agrees however. Ohio Christians with "Vietnamese heritage said they have participated in candlelight vigils and other expressions of unity in...

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The Pew Research Center: Post-September 11 Attitudes About Religion

December 6, 2001

Source: The Pew Research Center

http://www.people-press.org/120601rpt.htm

On December 6, 2001, The Pew Research Center for People and the Press released its report on Post-September 11 attitudes. The report indicated: "The Sept. 11 attacks have increased the prominence of religion in the United States to an extraordinary degree, but not at the expense of acceptance of religious minorities. Fully 78% now say religion's influence in American life is growing -- up from 37% eight months ago...

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Atlanta Area Police Force Holds Interfaith Blessing for its Cars

December 6, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On December 6, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "religious leaders, including Buddhists, Roman Catholics, Hindus and Muslims, lined up side by side one day last week while uniformed police officers stood inside the open doors of their cars, engines roaring, blue lights flashing. Taking turns, each cleric approached a podium and offered a special prayer during the first interfaith blessing of the fleet for the Morrow Police Department... A Buddhist monk concluded the ceremony by splashing...

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Boston Muslims Speak to Christian Community in Marion, MA

December 6, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 6, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Muslims from the Islamic Society of Boston traveled to St. Gabriel's Church [in Marion, MA] last week to talk about the differences and similarities between their faith and Christianity... The session was organized by St. Gabriel's and two other town congregations, the First Congregational Church and St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, and supported by the other three churches in Marion: the Community Baptist, the South Coast Community, and Marion United Methodist... Since Sept. 11...

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