American Indian Teaches Keetowah Faith to Others

June 17, 2001

Source: Newsday

On June 17, 2001, Newsday reported on Frank "White Eagle" Schaefer, a registered member of the Onondaga nation and holy man. "He is...deeply steeped in his culture and works to educate others of the ways of his people. Schaefer is a much revered elder among those following the Keetowah faith, which teaches reverence for family and nature and [has been] practiced in diverse forms by American Indian tribes" for centuries. Schaefer is also devoted to Catholocism. He "weaves American Indian headbands out of 12 colorful pieces of yarn,...

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Descendants of Salem Witches Push for their Exoneration

June 17, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On June 17, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported that "Massachusetts has exonerated by name 14 of the 19 men and women" who were convicted for witchcraft and hanged in Salem in 1692. The Massachusetts Legislature is considering "a bill to erase the [remaining five] of the 309-year-old convictions. Descendants [scattered from Maine to Utah] and historians...insist it's time to set the record straight: These were not witches. They were heroic Christian martyrs who refused to renounce their faith."

Cancellation of Polish-Language Masses Ignites Protest

June 17, 2001

Source: The Record

On June 17, 2001, The Record reported that 150 people "stood outside Our Lady of Czestochowa in protest...after [their] pastor, the Rev. Thomas Iwanoski, announced the [Polish-language] Mass would be canceled at the Roman Catholic church, saying the attendance had dwindled to 55 for the service...Polish immigrants...said the cancellation is the latest indignity in an effort to remove their traditions from a church that is now catering to wealthy urban professionals...Polish families founded Our Lady of Czestochowa in 1911."

Woman Estranged from Family after Conversion from Catholicism to Islam

June 17, 2001

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

On June 17, 2001, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Linda Hauber, 29, who has become an observant Muslim. "Her rejection of Catholocism; the head scarf; her avoidance of church weddings and funerals...Christmas and Easter gatherings -- all have distanced her from family and old friends...The lingering estrangement arose not simply because [of] her conversion, but also because of her devout observances of Islamic convention."

Man Single-Handedly Constructs Replica of Norwegian Stave Church

June 17, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On June 17, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Guy Paulson, who "built a full-sized replica of a 13th-century stave church -- one of those uniquely Norwegian wooden structures with soaring spires, hand-carved beasts and a heavily shingled roof" -- with his own hands and his own money. "He built the church to honor his Norwegian and Christian heritage...But really, 'I just wanted to,' he said...The Hopperstad Replica Stave Church stands on...the Red River."

Indian Father Comes Around to Daughter's Interfaith Marriage

June 17, 2001

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On June 17, 2001, St. Petersburg Times reported on Dr. Kiran Patel, "a champion of Indian culture in Tampa." One of the Indian traditions that he espouses is "for Indian fathers to help arrange the marriages of their daughters to worthy Indians," but his 27-year-old daughter decided to marry an American Methodist from New Jersey. Dr. Patel opposed the marriage at first, but eventually relented.

Houses of Worship Offer Relief to Flood Victims

June 16, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On June 16, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "as the water from Tropical Storm Allison began to recede...a flood of donations and volunteers rushed into the fellowship hall of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church [in Houston] to help a trained troupe of parishioners activate a shelter for the American Red Cross...This 'miracle' was repeated throughout the Houston area last week as houses of worship became sanctuaries for residents fleeing the floods...Organizations such as churches, mosques and synagogues are...

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Orthodox Church Creates Presence in Public Policy Matters

June 16, 2001

Source: The Plain Dealer

On June 16, 2001, The Plain Dealer reported that "in a sign of a more comfortable Orthodox presence in public policy matters, religious leaders are meeting next week in Canton [Ohio] to form a North American chapter of the Holland-based international Orthodox Peace Fellowship...The first Conference of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship in North America will feature public lectures by prominent social justice voices in the Orthodox Church...In more private meetings, Orthodox activists throughout North America will talk about forming their...

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Panel Discusses Interfaith Marriages

June 16, 2001

Source: Newsday

On June 16, 2001, Newsday reported on an interfaith marriage panel, "which brought together four interfaith couples and four clergy members earlier this month at Huntington Congregational Church in Centerport [New York]." Among other things, the panelists discussed wedding ceremonies, raising children, cultural differences, and all that interfaith marriages can teach a couple.

Church-Affiliated Group Creates Controversy with Aid to Mexicans

June 16, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On June 16, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on "the belief-driven and politically motivated Humane Borders, a Tucson-based, non-profit group made up of church and civic groups...Humane Borders set up four water stations along the Arizona border" to help dehydrated migrants crossing the desert from Mexico into Arizona in search of work...Providing the water is a simple act of faith and conviction, but [is it] slapping U.S. authorities in the face?"

Latino Pentecostal Minister in National Spotlight

June 16, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 16, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported on Jesse Miranda, a Southern California Pentecostal minister. "President Bush's faith-based initiatives proposal and the rise of Latino Protestantism have pushed Miranda into the national spotlight...Miranda, winning respect for his ability to turn isolated Latino churches into a social force ...Latino Protestantism is attracting a growing number of members from Catholicism."

Radha Krishna Temple Celebrates Opening in Utah

June 15, 2001

Source: India Abroad

On June 15, 2001, India Abroad reported that "a 15,000-square-foot high-domed Dradha Krishna temple...has been Spanish Fork, Utah, by the Utah chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness...Among the guests invited for the celebration [of its opening] are...local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS)...In 1999 the LDS Foundation donated $25,000 toward construction and more than 800 local Mormons voluntered their time in the construction at various times."

Wedding Ceremony Combines Hindu and American Traditions

June 15, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On June 15, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the wedding ceremony of an Indian-American Hindu bride and groom. "The bride says her wedding day was perfect because it combined her Indian background and her American upbringing into one beautifully unique ceremony."

Colorado City Resist ACLU's Demand for Removal of Ten Commandments

June 15, 2001

Source: The Rocky Mountain News

On June 15, 2001, The Rocky Mountain News reported that "the city of Grand Junction [Colorado] will fight an injunction being sought by the American Civil Liberties Union that demands immediate removal of the Ten Commandments tablet from City Hall...An injunction is necessary, the ACLU argued...because the city is moving toward construction of its 'Cornerstones of Law and Liberty,' of which the Ten Commandments is to be part."

Council Denies Pagan Group the Right to Tell Fortunes

June 14, 2001

Source: The State Journal-Register

On June 14, 2001, The State Journal-Register reported that "a decades-old law that prohibits anyone from being paid to tell fortunes was reaffirmed by unanimous vote of Hillsboro [Illinois] City Council. The issue came up...when [the Coven of the] Mystic Moon [asked to] hold a fund-raising festival on city property at Lake Hillsboro. Among the games and activities to be offered would be readings of Tarot cards and fortune-telling...The practice of divination, or fortune-telling, is part of their religion, [a member of the...

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