Interfaith

War on Guns Pitched to City's Clerics

May 23, 2008

Author: SARAH GREEN

Source: Toronto Sun

http://torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2008/05/23/5646436-sun.html

Mayor David Miller reached out to the city's faith leaders yesterday, urging them to join in his call for a national handgun ban.

"I'm asking you to help us, to reach out to the members of your mosque, or your synagogue, or your temple or your church and ask them to get involved," Miller told more than 200 religious...

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Buddhist Head Temple Consecrated

May 19, 2008

Author: Christine Morente

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/religion/ci_9308551

Her Holiness Shinso Ito was the picture of quiet dignity as her followers cheered - and gleefully took her picture at a respectful distance.

When she walked past, they bowed - a sign of reverence for Shinnyo-en's first female leader.

The 66-year-old's task Sunday morning was to consecrate the Japanese Buddhist order's new U.S. Head Temple...

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Japanese Priest Speaks on Dialogue Between Shintoism and Christianity

May 19, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Independent Catholic News/Fides

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/shinto435.html

Japanese priest Fr Yuji Sugawara SJ, professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University, outlined the relationship between Shintoism and Christianity in Japan, in an interview with Agenzia Fides.

Fr Yuji said that Shintoism is the oldest traditional religion in Japan, begun by the pre-historic peoples living in central Asia, and has been left...

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"Overturning Same-Sex Marriage Ban was Interfaith Triumph," a Commentary by Rev. Mike Young

May 17, 2008

Author: The Rev. Mike Young

Source: Star Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2008/05/17/features/onfaith.html

On Thursday, the California Supreme Court overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

I couldn't be more delighted. I've been marrying same-sex couples without benefit of legal documents for more than 30 years. I'm looking forward to the day when I can do it with marriage license in hand.

The California court held...

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Hull Cemetery Section Reserved for Couples with Jewish and Non-Jewish Partners

May 17, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Patriot Ledger

http://www.wickedlocal.com/hull/news/x1192322062/Hull-cemetery-section-reserved-for-couples-with-Jewish-and-non-Jewish-partners

An area of land at Hull Village Cemetery with space for 50 graves will be reserved for use by mixed faith couples involving a Jewish and non-Jewish partner.

Selectmen this week voted to...

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USC Makes Historic Appointment of Hindu as Dean of Religious Life

May 16, 2008

Author: University of Southern California, Press Release

Source: Fox Business News/PR Newswire

http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/usc-makes-historic-appointment-hindu-dean-religious-life/

The University of Southern California has named religious leader and scholar Varun Soni as Dean of Religious Life, marking the first appointment of a member of the Hindu faith as primary spiritual leader of an American university...

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'Blessing of the Hands'

May 16, 2008

Author: Jessica Ravitz

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://origin.sltrib.com/faith/ci_9287123

They lined up in their scrubs, beckoned by the sound of an eagle bone whistle and the scent of burning sage and cedar. Some had scrambled down from the emergency room, others from behind desks or sterilization processors. On a small green lawn, their hands were purified with water and their work blessed by interfaith chaplains, Buddhist and Episcopal priests, a...

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New York Imam Forges Close Ties with City's Jews

May 16, 2008

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSL1319001520080516

New York's largest mosque, the Islamic Cultural Center (ICC) on East 96th Street in Manhattan, is getting applause from an unexpected quarter -- the city's influential Jewish community.

Rabbis who've spoken there call it an open and welcoming community. The Jewish Theological Seminary and the ICC are planning a joint soup...

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An Innovative Approach to Hindu-Muslim Dialogue

May 16, 2008

Author: Mudassir Rizwan

Source: Two Circles

http://www.twocircles.net/2008may15/innovative_approach_hindu_muslim_dialogue.html

55 year-old Syed Abdullah Tariq runs an Islamic group based in Rampur, a town in western Uttar Pradesh, that focuses on dialogue with Hindus. An engineer by training, he was one of the chief disciples of the late Maulana Shams Naved Usmani, a noted Islamic scholar who had also a deep knowledge of...

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First Hindu-Jewish Summit Report Available

May 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2008/5/14.shtml#3

The World Council of Religious Leaders has released the final report of the first Hindu leadership summit and meeting with Jewish leaders in Delhi last year. The report (18MB in size) can be downloaded at the URL above until May 21, 2008.

[http://www.yousendit.com/transfer.php?action=batch_download&batch_id=TDJaZ281bWdlcEkwTVE9PQ]

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Imagery in Bastrop School Mural Stirs Controversy

May 15, 2008

Author: Andrea Lorenz

Source: American-Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/05/15/0515bastropisd.html

A mural meant to bring people together is causing a rift in the Bastrop community.

The painting in question, a student project completed in 2003, adorns a wall in the corridor leading to the Bastrop High School gym. It depicts the sometimes unpleasant history of the town, showing...

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