Interfaith

Arab and Israeli Peace, at Least for Children

May 3, 2008

Author: FELICIA R. LEE

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/03/arts/television/03glob.html?scp=28&sq=religion&st=nyt

“Bridge Over the Wadi” begins with the small and familiar to examine the big and complex. The first scene in this documentary, scheduled to have its television premiere in this country Sunday night on the PBS World channel, shows two sleepy-eyed little boys and their...

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City United by Desire to Believe

May 2, 2008

Author: Janice Peterson

Source: Daily Herald

http://www.heraldextra.com/content/view/264836/17/

People of all faiths gathered Thursday night to pray and learn about one another's faiths in the Provo Tabernacle for Utah Valley's National Day of Prayer celebration.

The keynote speaker for the night was Mona Heern, who spoke of her experiences with religious intolerance in Iran.

"My family experienced a lot of persecution there, and...

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Interfaith Group Lauds Ong’s Remarks on Conversion

May 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/5/2/nation/21131427&sec=nation

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism has commended MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting’s remarks about Muslim converts in Parliament on Wednesday.

Its president Datuk A. Vaithilingam described Ong’s sentiments as that shared by right...

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U.S. Ignores Religious Oppression, Federal Panel Says

May 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/05/02/religious.freedom/index.html

China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are among 11 countries that practice religious oppression, a federal commission says.

Nevertheless, the U.S. State Department hasn't designated or re-designated those nations as "countries of particular concern," the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedoms said Friday.

The other...

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Troy Interfaith Group Hosts Day of Prayer

May 1, 2008

Author: Catherine Jun

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080501/LIFESTYLE04/805010321/1041

About 100 T-shirts ordered last week and expected to arrive today will display 13 religious symbols, among them a cross, Star of David, Buddha and the Muslim crescent moon and star.

The shirt design represents the diversity promoted by the Troy Interfaith Group, said Padma...

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Bush Marks National Day of Prayer Amid Controversy

May 1, 2008

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: The Pew Forum/Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15522

President Bush marked the National Day of Prayer at the White House on Thursday (May 1), noting Americans' equality across their diverse faiths even as critics charged that the widespread prayer observances have been "hijacked" by evangelicals.

"On this day, we celebrate our freedoms, particularly the freedom to pray in public...

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National US Interfaith Organization Names Hindu Leader Zed as its Advisor

May 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20080501190217tsop.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Stories.html

The National Association of Interchurch and Interfaith Families has named acclaimed Hindu and Indo-American leader Rajan Zed as one of its spiritual advisors.

The purpose of this Association is to educate couples and families who are in "mixed" relationships, enabling all to grow in...

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Autry Includes Jews, Muslims

May 1, 2008

Author: Ron Orozco

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/263/story/570354.html

"It's not just a Christian event," Mayor Alan Autry said, and people of several faiths had their chance to pray -- and talk -- at Thursday's National Day of Prayer event at Fresno City Hall.

Autry, one of the speakers at the event, invited people in the audience, particularly Jews and Muslims, to speak. It was the first time in the event's 16 years that...

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Pope, Iranian Scholars Discuss Christianity, Islam

April 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Fox News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,353421,00.html

Pope Benedict XVI met Wednesday with a group of Islamic scholars from Iran following their talks with a Catholic delegation on issues apparently related to recent tensions between Muslims and Christians.

The Vatican said the pope received the Iranians after his weekly public audience, describing Benedict...

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How Inclusive is the National Day of Prayer?

April 30, 2008

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0430/p01s02-usgn.html

On Thursday, several million Americans will gather in special observances across the country to mark the National Day of Prayer, first inaugurated by Congress in 1952.

Under the energetic sponsorship of a national task force, the events have mushroomed into the thousands in recent years. They are held at houses of worship but also...

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You Might Want to Pray Thursday

April 29, 2008

Author: Brian Bethel

Source: Reporter News

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2008/apr/29/you-might-want-to-pray-thursday/

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, and once again Abilene residents will have two noontime choices -- as well as one all-day venue -- to offer up prayers of thanks and consolation.

Since 1775, when the first call to prayer was enacted by the Continental Congress asking the colonies to pray...

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