Interfaith

Austinite Anchored By Two Traditions: Judaism And Buddhism

September 26, 2009

Author: Eileen Flynn

Source: The Austin-American Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/faith/2009/09/26/0926flynn.html

Jordana Raiskin traveled from the Jewish faith of her father to Zen Buddhism and back, not an uncommon journey. There's such a well-worn path between Judaism and Buddhism, people came up with the shorthand Jew-Bu.

But Raiskin's story is not just another example of that...

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AMV Hosts Eid-ul-Fitr Dinner for San Francisco Bay Area’s Diverse Community

September 26, 2009

Author: Adeel Iqbal

Source: American Muslim Voice

http://www.amuslimvoice.org/index.html

Old friends and new friends from all around the San Francisco Bay Area’s diverse communities came together for an Eid-ul-Fitr dinner celebration with American Muslim Voice this weekend.

"As always, you have fed my spirit even as you have fed (overfed?) my body," wrote Derrick Kikuchi of Daly City s Reach and Teach in the guestbook that floated around the room...

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Lomita, CA Mosque Gets Mosque Expansion Plans Approved

September 25, 2009

Author: Saadia Khan

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=912

Members of the Islamic Center of the South Bay (ICSB) located in Lomita, CA have exemplified leadership through their persistence and direct engagement with the Planning Commission of Lomita regarding renovations they are planning to make for their center.

Recently, certain members of the broader Lomita community expressed concern with renovations ICSB wanted...

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One In 5 Americans May Be Secular By 2030

September 25, 2009

Author: Angela Abbamonte

Source: Religion News Service/Pew Forum Religion News

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18769

The number of American adults who do not identify with a particular religion is growing and may comprise more than 20 percent of the population in two decades, according to a new study.

Conducted by researchers at Trinity College, the study, entitled "American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population,"...

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Catholic University In Philippines Holds Inter-Faith Week

September 24, 2009

Author: Maurice Malanes

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3388

A northern Philippines Roman Catholic university has again set aside a week to teach all of its students about other faiths. 

Religion studies professor Reynaldo Dumpayan said the project aims to provide, "building blocks for world peace and understanding". 

"Many hostilities and conflicts in our...

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30+ Prominent Religious Leaders Send Letter Of Support to Obama for Comprehensive Middle East Peace

September 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=910

MPAC leaders joined more than 30 of the nation's most prominent and diverse religious leaders in signing onto a public letter in support of "strong U.S. leadership to achieve a negotiated sustainable resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In the letter, which was coordinated by Churches for Middle East Peace, the leaders said that the opportunity for a two...

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Jews And Muslims Celebrate Holidays Together

September 22, 2009

Author: Neal Simpson

Source: Wicked Local Newton

http://www.wickedlocal.com/newton/news/lifestyle/religion/x2023999912/Jews-and-Muslims-celebrate-holidays-together

Laden with bundles of kugel, challah and koshari, several dozen twenty-somethings filed into a Beacon Street brownstone in Brookline last Monday for an unusual feast.

They weren’t necessarily celebrating the same...

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A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul

September 19, 2009

Author: Patricia Leigh Brown

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/20/us/20shaman.html

The patient in Room 328 had diabetes and hypertension. But when Va Meng Lee, a Hmong shaman, began the healing process by looping a coiled thread around the patient’s wrist, Mr. Lee’s chief concern was summoning the ailing man’s runaway soul.

“Doctors are good at disease,” Mr. Lee...

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Board Decides to Keep Christmas In Textbooks

September 18, 2009

Author: Gary Scharrer

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/6624521.html

Christmas will stay in Texas textbooks, State Board of Education members said Thursday while reviewing early recommendations for new social studies standards.

The board will not approve the new curriculum standards for public schools until next year, but wanted to assure constituents they will not accept a...

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Groups Push to End Hiring Bias Legalized for Religious Charities

September 18, 2009

Author: Carrie Johnson

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/17/AR2009091702530.html?wprss=rss_politics/fedpage

Nearly 60 groups concerned with civil rights, labor, health and education urged Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday to renounce a Bush-era memo allowing religious charities that receive federal grant money to...

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Imam Urges Muslims to Sign Organ Donor Cards

September 17, 2009

Author: Stuart Laidlaw

Source: The Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/living/religion/article/696581

With Ramadan ending in the coming days, Imam Habeeb Alli is making a special point of what he calls the greatest act of charity a Muslim can make during this holy month – signing an organ donor card.

"We cannot ignore this duty to donate our organs," says Alli, secretary of the Canadian Council of Imams.

Throughout the year,...

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Palestinians, Israelis Broke Bread to Commemorate 9/11 Together

September 17, 2009

Author: Judith Sudilovsky

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3369

Indicating a loaf of sweet braided bread on the table, the Muslim man, asked a group of Jews sharing the meal with him: "Why do you eat only this type of bread at the Sabbath meal?" 

Haysam Pakir, a 30-year-old Muslim from Nablus, a Palestinian city in the northern part of the West Bank, was speaking at a dinner...

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