Interfaith

Hindus Laud New Zealand Police for Launching Guide to Major Religions

March 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Web Newswire

http://www.webnewswire.com/node/450676

Hindus have commended New Zealand Police for launching a guide to practices of major religions of the country.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that this 60-page publication titled “A Practical Reference to Religious Diversity” provided a wonderful resource to the members of police force to effectively do their...

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Religious Leaders Compare And Contrast Faiths

March 28, 2009

Author: Colin McDonald

Source: San Antonio Express-News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/religion/Religious_leaders_compare_and_contrast_faiths.html

A Jew, a Catholic, a Muslim and a Sikh walk into a lecture hall at the Oblate School of Theology. They have come to compare and contrast their faiths — and the length of their beards.

Harinder Singh, with the Sikh Research Institute, points out...

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Interfaith Dialogue Urges Cooperation Among Religions

March 27, 2009

Author: Samir Salama

Source: Gulf News

http://www.gulfnews.com/nation/Society/10298954.html

An interfaith dialogue initiative called on Christians and Muslims to work for the common good on the basis of common interests.

Scholars representing the two religions urged their followers to strengthen understanding and respect of each other and to live together for love and peace.

Ali Juma'a, Egypt's Grand Mufti, said on Thursday...

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Muslim Priest And Buddhist Bishop-Elect Are Raising Questions About Syncretism

March 27, 2009

Author: George Conger

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2009/marchweb-only/112-53.0.html

Jesus saves, the Episcopal Church teaches, but a growing number of its clergy and leaders believe other faiths may lead to salvation as well. Long divided and distracted by questions of sexual ethics, the Episcopal Church (along with most mainline Protestant communities) are facing a cultural and theological shift...

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Police Launch Religious Diversity Guide

March 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Scoop Politics

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0903/S00302.htm

A new edition of the New Zealand Police’s ‘A Practical Reference to Religious Diversity’ was launched today by Police Commissioner Howard Broad and Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres at an event to mark Race Relations Day at Police National Headquarters, in Wellington.

The new edition of the guide contains updated material on...

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City's Fourth Sikh Temple Approved

March 25, 2009

Author: Joe Millican

Source: Abbotsford News

http://www.bclocalnews.com/fraser_valley/abbynews/news/41861847.html

As he translated the words of Punjabi speakers unable to communicate in English, Abbotsford city councillor Moe Gill may not have been aware he was part of a historic occasion on Monday night.

However, a public hearing to debate the merits of Abbotsford’s fourth Sikh temple was considered just that by a...

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USCIRF: Tajikistan Threatens Religion

March 24, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baptist Press

http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/BPnews.asp?ID=30128

Religious expression in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan may soon become even more restricted, according to a warning from a nonpartisan federal panel that keeps tabs on the global status of faith groups.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has reported that Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon is preparing to sign a religion...

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Druids, Rastafarians And Atheists In New Religious Studies Classes

March 24, 2009

Author: Graeme Paton

Source: Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/5039275/Druids-Rastafarians-and-atheists-in-new-religious-studies-classes.html

Lessons will also focus on Druids and Rastafarianism as part of a syllabus designed to boost understanding of religious diversity around the world.

Attitudes by different faiths towards same sex...

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Obama Walks Religious Tightrope Spanning Faithful, Nonbelievers

March 24, 2009

Author: Laura Meckler

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123785559998620329.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

In the early days of his administration, President Barack Obama has developed an unusual pattern as he talks about religion: He regularly puts nonbelievers on the same footing as religious Americans.

It is a rare gesture for a U.S. political leader. But what makes Mr. Obama's outreach...

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Survey: More Americans Say They Have No Religion

March 24, 2009

Author: Rachel Zoll

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.douglasdispatch.com/articles/2009/03/24/news/religion/doc49c96bebecaf3315509173.txt

A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.

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Coalition Plans Interfaith Campus In Omaha

March 24, 2009

Author: Ben Harris

Source: JTA

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/03/24/1003944/coalition-plans-interfaith-campus-in-omaha

An interfaith coalition in Nebraska is testing the viability of what is believed to be an American first: a joint campus to house a Jewish, Muslim and Christian house of worship.

The plan, under development by a local nonprofit called the Tri-Faith Initiative, would join a mosque, a...

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Denver Church Shows Good Faith to Iraqi Family

March 23, 2009

Author: Electa Draper

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_11974138

Call it a leap of faiths — there's a reason a committed Muslim such as Emad Hussain attends a Methodist church and why he will raise his Muslim children in its sanctuary.

Hussain fled Iraq in 2007 after he survived an attack by militants on his workplace and became a target, but he left without his wife and two young sons.

It...

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