Interfaith

Detention Of Ten Baha’is Leads to Fears for Other Prisoners

January 27, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/751

Concern is growing over the lack of information about the status of 10 Baha'is who were arrested earlier this month in Iran.

In addition to worry about their safety, there are fears that charges against these 10 will be used to create false evidence in court against the seven Baha'i leaders who have been held since 2008 and whose trial is set to resume on 7 February.

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Bangladesh Moves to Ban Religion-Based Parties

January 26, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: RTTNews

http://www.rttnews.com/ArticleView.aspx?Id=1189421&SMap=1

The Election Commission of Bangladesh has begun the process to ban religion-based political parties in that South Asian country by issuing a directive to three Islamic parties to amend their charters found to be in conflict with the country's Constitution.

It wrote to the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh Khelataf Andolan...

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Obama's Man Of Faith Hails Hindu Americans

January 26, 2010

Author: mynews.in

Source: mynews.in

http://www.mynews.in/News/Obama's_man_of_faith_hails_Hindu_Americans_N36313.html

Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White HouseOffice of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships and Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, has lauded Hindu Americans for promoting inter-faith dialogue and cooperation through service in the United States.

In an...

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Shreveport Hears About World Religions

January 25, 2010

Author: Icess Fernandez

Source: Shreveport Times

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20100125/NEWS06/1250320/Shreveport-hears-about-world-religions

In an effort to educate her students about the religions of the world, Betty McCollum rounded them up in a van and drove from Magnolia, Ark., to Shreveport.

McCollum, an instructor at Southern Arkansas University, brought 17 students to the...

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Egypt's Anxious Copts 'Await Next Catastrophe'

January 25, 2010

Author: Yolande Knell

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8478397.stm

Worshippers arriving for mass at St Mary's Church in central Cairo say they were shocked but not surprised by a deadly attack against Coptic Christians in southern Egypt earlier this month.

"Copts have been suffering for a long time," comments Magda accompanying her teenage son to the service.

"There have been a lot of tensions between Christians...

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Churches Torched By Muslim Mob In Indonesia

January 25, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: AP

http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article94649.ece

A Muslim mob torched unlicensed churches and priest’s home in western Indonesia last week and security forces have deployed to ensure order, a government spokesman said on Monday.

No one was hurt when hundreds of villagers burned down two Protestant churches on Friday in Sibuhuan...

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Sikh Community Hosts Annual New Mexico Legislative Luncheon

January 25, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/sikh-community-hosts-annual-new-mexico-legislative-luncheon

Tuesday afternoon, January 19th, the New Mexico Sikh Community hosted its 16th annual New Mexico Legislative Luncheon to thank and honor the dedicated public servants of New Mexico for their hard work and service. Following Governor Bill Richardson’s address to a joint session of the...

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Haitians In the US Turn to Religion for Answers

January 24, 2010

Author: Dana Chivvis

Source: AOL News

http://www.sphere.com/nation/article/after-earthquake-haitians-in-the-us-turn-to-religion-for-answers/19328395

Since last week's earthquake, the Rev. Donelson Thevenin, a priest at the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, where many of New York's Haitians live, has been helping his congregation deal with the tragedy. He has prayed with them,...

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Family Opens Its Home to Spiritual Unity

January 24, 2010

Author: Niyaz Pirani

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/news/baha-230733-yazdi-people.html

Heads down and eyes closed, the people gathered in the Yazdi family living room are listening intently.

"These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of thy glad-tidings," a woman reads from a small prayer book. "Oh, God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees, even as it has...

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Church Council Duties Defined

January 24, 2010

Author: Bronislaus B. Kush

Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

http://www.telegram.com/article/20100124/NEWS/1240408/1101

Delegate members of the Massachusetts Council of Churches were challenged this weekend to continue to seek common ground in addressing the social, economic, and environmental problems racking the world. 

Additionally, they were urged to take a hard look at their own commitments to the ecumenical movement...

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Interfaith Prayer Service Held for Haiti

January 23, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: KCRG

http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/82524542.html

“Disaster comes and comes again, we dare not turn and walk away.”

The words, sung to the tune of the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” served as the theme of an interfaith prayer service for Haiti Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church, 220 40th St. NE, in Cedar Rapids.

The service was meant to “give a message to people that...

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Proposal Would Add Muslim Meals to Prison Fare

January 22, 2010

Author: E.J. Schultz

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/1792504.html

James Fredrick Menefield lost his freedom eight years ago when he was sent to prison for murdering his girlfriend. But the Pleasant Valley State Prison inmate says he should not lose the right to follow dietary rules that come with his strict Muslim faith.

The state of California is on the verge of agreeing with him.

In proposed regulations,...

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Keller Pastor's Multifaith Initiative Includes 'Trialogue' With Muslims, Jews

January 21, 2010

Author: Sam Hodges

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/fortworth/stories/012210dnmetinterfaith.3dfad3e.html

For some evangelical pastors, pushing the envelope means preaching without a tie, or having the congregation sing praise music instead of hymns.

But the Rev. Bob Roberts Jr., pastor of 3,000-member NorthWood Church in...

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