Interfaith

Clergy Gather to Protest Iran's Persecution Of the Bahai Faith

April 9, 2009

Author: John Darling

Source: Mail Tribune

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090409/NEWS/904090321

Leaders of several faiths are gathering Saturday in Medford to protest the persecution of members of the Bahai Faith under the Iranian government and to show support for a resolution by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., calling for the release of prisoners being held in Iraq for their faith.

The...

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Learning Opportunity for Interfaith Couple

April 8, 2009

Author: Richard C. Dujardin

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/news/content/mothers_circle_04-08-09_BHDV7N1_v26.3862d44.html

“Why is this night different from all other nights?” the youngest asks as the family gathers around the table for the Passover Seder.

But at the home of Franklin and Mary Beth Schneider, a more fitting question might be, “Why is this Passover different...

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Egypt: Bahai Minority Group Under Attack

April 8, 2009

Author: Noha El-Hennawy

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2009/04/egypt-bahais-under-attack.html

The homes of some members of Egypt's Bahai minority came under violent attack by Muslims this week in a rural area in southern Egypt.

The attacks erupted in the village of al-Shuraniya in the upper Egyptian province of Sohag where Muslim residents gathered outside the...

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A Map Of Faith In Malta

April 8, 2009

Author: Harry Vassallo

Source: Malta Today

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/2009/04/08/t5.html

Although Catholicism is the declared religion of 98% of the population, virtually every other form of religious faith is also represented in Malta. On the one hand we have the kaleidoscopic variety provided by the world’s most organized religion, in the world’s most Catholic country and on the other we have the kaleidoscope made of minute fragments of...

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Government Supports Muslim Youth Projects

April 8, 2009

Author: Josephine Lim

Source: Canadianimmigrant.ca

http://canadianimmigrant.ca/onlineexclusives/newsitems/article/3612

The Canadian government is supporting two new projects aimed at helping Muslim youth address discrimination and promote cross-cultural understanding.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will provide $441,000 dollars for My Canada, a project that provides access to multi-faith sessions for both Muslim and non-...

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U-Md. Senate Votes to Eliminate Invocation

April 8, 2009

Author: Martin Weil and Susan Kinzie

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/07/AR2009040704634.html

The senate at the University of Maryland at College Park has voted to eliminate the invocation from the school's commencement ceremony.

The recommendation, which must be approved by the university's president to take effect, was intended to be more sensitive...

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Army Chaplain Criticized for Fasting Call On Passover

April 7, 2009

Author: Karin Hamilton

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17858

The Army's top chaplain has come under fire from some Jews for issuing a call for a day of prayer and fasting that falls on the first day of Passover.

Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, a Southern Baptist and Army Chief of Chaplains, had issued the prayer call in response to the rising suicide rates among soldiers. Last year, the Army reported the...

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Obama Names Final Names to Faith-Based Council

April 6, 2009

Author: Daniel Burke

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17845

President Obama named nine advisers to the White House office for religious and community groups on Monday (April 6), adding a gay rights leader, an Orthodox Jew, a black bishop and others to an eclectic 25-person council.

The bulk of the council, which will advise Obama on certain domestic and foreign policy issues, was appointed last month...

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Catholic Students Learn About Passover

April 6, 2009

Author: Jeff Gottlieb

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs6-2009apr06,0,5830365.story

It wasn't so much that about 85 high school kids were in a synagogue for a Passover Seder; it was that there was hardly a Jew in sight.

But that was the idea for this gathering, to teach Catholic high school students about the holiday that commemorates Moses' leading the Jews out of Egypt and...

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Atheists' "De-Baptism" Popular In Britain

April 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today/Religion News Service

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2009/4/5.shtml#1

A secular organization in Britain that backs an atheist ad campaign on London's buses is now producing "certificates of de-baptism" for people wishing to renounce their Christian faith -- and claims it is getting thousands of takers. The National Secular Society says more than 100,000 ex-worshippers have downloaded the de-baptism...

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Hindu Baccalaureate Service In a Prestigious American University

April 4, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/hindu-baccalaureate-service-in-a-prestigious-american-university_100175610.html

Hindu Baccalaureate Service (Dikshant Utsav), held for the first time in Western USA at prestigious University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) in May last, will be held again on April eleven next.

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Interfaith Togetherness: More Than 150 Gather As SW Temple Receives New Torah

April 4, 2009

Author: Robert D. Muirhead

Source: Journal Inquirer

http://www.journalinquirer.com/articles/2009/04/03/towns/south_windsor/doc49d6aa060a774309202331.txt

A Jewish ceremony became an event to celebrate interfaith togetherness Friday night when Temple Beth Hillel received a new Torah for the first time in 50 years.

More than 150 people gathered to celebrate the marriage of Temple Beth Hillel and...

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