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Religious, Political Debates Changing

February 1, 2009

Author: Jacqueline L. Salmon and Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/story/684398.html

With a president they view as more sympathetic to their causes, progressive religious activists are pushing the new Obama administration for aggressive action -- on poverty, the environment and social justice issues -- that would mark a significant shift in the faith agenda that dominated the Bush years....

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Fremont's Story Hits the Big Screen

February 1, 2009

Author: Matthew Artz

Source: The Argus

http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_11599566?source=most_emailed

To some, Fremont might be just another pool in California's sea of subdivisions and strip malls.

But not to Harvard researchers.

They first visited the city nearly 20 years ago and returned in 2006 for the city's 50th birthday to make a movie that will be premiered next week: "Fremont USA."

The 57-minute...

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Interfaith Week Promotes Harmony, Understanding

January 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Deseret News

http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,705281465,00.html

Commemorating the Olympic Spirit every February, Interfaith Week in Utah returns Feb. 1-8 for its seventh year, renewing a vision of religious, intercultural and global goodwill.

It is sponsored by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable (founded in 1999 for the 2002 Olympics).

Interfaith Week is the group's annual signature event....

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Survey Finds God Big In Mississippi, Not So Much In Vermont

January 29, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/poll_shows_mississippi_is_the_heart_of_the_bible_belt/

Want to be almost certain you’ll have religious neighbors? Move to Mississippi.

Prefer to be in the least religious state? Venture to Vermont.

A new Gallup Poll, based on more than 350,000 interviews, finds that the...

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AU Says Proposed Berkley Ordinance Favors Religious Groups

January 29, 2009

Author: Trina Hoaks

Source: Atheism Examiner

http://www.examiner.com/x-2044-Atheism-Examiner~y2009m1d29-AU-says-proposed-Berkley-ordinance-favors-religious-groups

Americans United (AU) issued a press release yesterday in which they said that Berkley, California is proposing an ordinance that will unconstitutionally favor religious groups over non-religious groups.

Following...

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Workplace Discrimination Claims On the Rise

January 28, 2009

Author: G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17425

Complaints of religious discrimination in the workplace are on the rise, but civil rights advocates say that may not be such a bad thing.

That's because a likely reason for a steady rise in reported incidents has nothing to do with intolerant corporate cultures but rather religious minorities who are more aware of their rights and more...

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Interfaith Dialogue At the Grass Roots

January 28, 2009

Author: Bob Todd

Source: The Dialogue Institute

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/pressreleases/interfaith_dialogue_at_the_grass_roots/

As the United States looks forward to a new year filled with collaborative efforts for change for the betterment of our world, The Dialogue Institute at Temple University is happy to announce the release of Interfaith Dialogue at the Grass Roots.

A wonderful...

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Religious Faiths Join to Fight Drug Abuse

January 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Seychelles Nation Online

http://www.nation.sc/index.php?art=14775

Representatives of the different religions in Seychelles have met to talk about how they will work together to fight drug abuse.

They held a meeting on Friday at Care House in Victoria, the headquarters of the Campaign for Awareness, Resilience and Education against substance abuse.

Care had invited leaders of all the different faiths in...

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"Inaugural Jesus," a Commentary by Martin E. Marty

January 26, 2009

Author: Martin E. Marty

Source: Ponderings On a Faith Journey

http://pastorbobcornwall.blogspot.com/2009/01/inaugural-jesus-sightings.html

The apostle Paul claimed that Jesus, in the form of "Christ crucified," was "a stumbling block [skandalon=scandal=offence] to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles." (I Corinthians 1:23) Jews+Gentiles=pretty much everybody. You may ask, "What is Jesus doing in Sightings," given this column's...

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Sacramento-Area Interfaith Group Holds Annual Service

January 26, 2009

Author: Robert Lewis

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/ourregion/story/1572710.html

People of all faiths from the Sacramento area gathered in Davis on Sunday afternoon to look past their differences in an effort to foster understanding – and they had to look past plenty.

Attacks in Mumbai, India, and strife in Gaza; the seemingly endless conflict in Iraq, and Afghanistan threatening to get worse.

They were...

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Interfaith Group Works to End Death Penalty

January 24, 2009

Author: Ron Cassie

Source: The Frederick News-Post

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/art_life/display.htm?StoryID=85588

Clergy representing more than 1,000 congregations across Maryland, have signed and sent a letter to the General Assembly and Gov. Martin O'Malley, urging the repeal of "the law allowing for the state execution of men and women."

As part of the Interfaith Coalition to End the Death Penalty's...

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