Interfaith

Encouraging Dialogue

August 16, 2008

Author: Brent Davis

Source: GuelphMercury.com

http://news.guelphmercury.com/Life/article/368611

Darrol Bryant was born into a time of conflict, a time when the world was at war.

And growing up in the United States in the years following the Second World War, he became acutely aware of the unspeakable horrors that had defined this period in history.

"What happened to the Jews of Europe in the Second World War . . . has haunted me...

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Under Half of Weddings Religious

August 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/7562915.stm

Fewer than half of all marriages in 2007 were religious ceremonies, according to annual figures from the Registrar General.

About 48% of couples opted for religious weddings and about 52% had civil ceremonies, compared with 55% and 45% respectively in 1997.

Almost 8,000 civil marriages were conducted at places other than register...

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Inter-Religious Youth Group Celebrates Open Debate

August 13, 2008

Author: Henrik Hansson

Source: World Council of Churches

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1722/inter-religious-youth-gro.html

During a youth interfaith seminar outside Geneva last month some participants realized the religious differences are usually smaller than imagined and cultural differences are often more significant than expected.

During three weeks in July...

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Interfaith Marriages Fairly Common in United States

August 13, 2008

Author: Sonya Weakley

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20080813101051tsop.nb/topstory.html

Mark and Meris Steele gave little thought to the role of religion in their marriage until three years after their first child was born. It was then that Mark, a Catholic, and Meris, born Jewish, started sending their son Spencer to Jewish Sunday school.

They now realize it was at that point they decided to raise their children...

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McNeil Island Prison Inmates Keep the Faiths

August 13, 2008

Author: Ian Demsky

Source: The News Tribune

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008110913_apwamultiplefaiths.html

Arlen Lopez grew up Catholic but came to question some of the tenets of that faith, such as the emphasis on the Virgin Mary and the ability of confession to wash away sin. Although he now thinks of himself simply as a Christian, he says he's still Catholic at heart.

"It's in the blood...

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Nigeria: Govt Moves to Avert Religious Crisis

August 12, 2008

Author: Imam Imam

Source: All Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200808120296.html

Zamfara State government has moved in swiftly to avert a possible clash between Christians and Muslims in the state.

It has therefore sent a warning to all its citizens not to take part in any street demonstration to protest an alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad by some Dutch nationals.

Similar protests in the past had led to confrontation...

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Ohio Promotes State-Religion Partnerships to Help Needy

August 12, 2008

Author: Marilyn H. Karfeld

Source: Cleveland Jewish News

http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2008/08/08/news/local/bcover0808.txt

Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau in Shaker Heights will receive $219,000 in taxpayer funds to mentor at-risk teens in foster care.

It is the only Jewish nonprofit to obtain funding this year through the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives...

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"A Common Word" Letter Sparks a Series of Dialogues Among Christians and Muslims

August 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Council of Churches

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1722/quota-common-wordquot.html

A recent dialogue held in late July at Yale University in the United States brought together Muslim and Christian scholars, intellectuals, academics and religious leaders from the United States and around the world. The event was one of a series of dialogues...

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Interfaith Dialogue Unites Groups

August 10, 2008

Author: Nikki Patrick

Source: The Morning Sun

http://www.morningsun.net/news/x282403726/Interfaith-dialogue-unites-groups

Christians and Muslims are getting to know each other a little better through an interfaith dialogue that started in June.

“Khamis Siam and I have been discussing this possibility for at least four years,” said Charles Peterson, a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of...

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Interfaith Meeting Discusses Stress Tolerance

August 10, 2008

Author: Mujeeb Osman

Source: India Post News Service

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/3509/

Urdu Caucus of North America hosted a dinner event in Lindenhurst, last week. Lake County and Chicago area officials besides representatives of different faiths attended the meeting the purpose of which was to get people of diverse faith to have an exchange of ideas and a frank discussion. Participants in the event spoke of the importance of maintaining...

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