Interfaith

Rockford's Religious Diversity Shown on Tour

April 13, 2008

Author: Sarah Roberts

Source: Rockford Register Star

http://www.rrstar.com/communities/x1148172987

Earlier this year, Trent Emory visited a handful of local houses of worship on a field trip organized by his religion class at Rock Valley College. The experience so intrigued him that when a similar opportunity presented itself Sunday he didn’t hesitate to sign up.

Emory joined about 50 other participants on the annual Open Houses of Worship...

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Religous Diversity New Test for Catholic Colleges

April 13, 2008

Author: KARLA SCHUSTER

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/ny-liedu0414,0,4171059.story

On Mohammed O. Sheikh's first weekend on campus at St. John's University, he did what most new freshmen do. He went to Mass.

The Sunday night service is an annual tradition to welcome students, and for Sheikh, a Muslim whose choice of a Catholic college initially set his parents on edge, the event was fraught with uncertainty....

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Muslim Leaders Eager to Hear What Pope Has to Say in U.S. Visit

April 12, 2008

Author: GARY STERN

Source: The Journal News

http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080412/NEWS02/804120347

The new pope could hardly have gotten off to a rockier start with the Muslim world.

It was September 2006. Regensburg, Germany. Pope Benedict XVI was giving a speech about the need for balance between faith and reason, a talk that would likely have attracted little worldwide attention.

But...

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New Malaysia Rule on Islamic Conversion

April 11, 2008

Author: JULIA ZAPPEI

Source: Herald-Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kentucky.com/524/story/373138.html

Malaysia will soon require non-Muslims to inform their family before converting to Islam, a move welcomed Friday by minority religious groups who said it will help ease ethnic and interfaith tensions.

The planned rule is aimed at preventing the kind of religious disputes that have frequently erupted in this...

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Series Promotes Interfaith Dialogue

April 11, 2008

Author: Melanie M. Sidwell

Source: The Longmont Times-Call

http://www.timescall.com/faith/Faith-Story.asp?id=7884

A Sufi master will speak in Denver this weekend during a free interfaith event about how religion is a source of peace, not conflict.

Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, before he presents in Denver, is also scheduled to visit the home of a Longmont Muslim on Saturday.

Kabbani is the keynote speaker during this weekend...

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"We've Seen This Movie Before," a Commentary by Eboo Patel

April 10, 2008

Author: Eboo Patel

Source: Washington Post/Asia Society

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/09/AR2008040903110.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Here we go again: Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders has finally released his controversial film "Fitna" ("Strife"), which shows bloody scenes of terrorist attacks to support claims that the Koran inspires violence.

Supporters insist...

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Earth Healing Initiative: Faith Groups Face Tipping Point; Learn Native American Respect for Planet

April 9, 2008

Author: Greg Peterson

Source: Gather

http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.jsp?articleId=281474977305742

The new non-profit Earth Healing Initiative, based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is honoring faith-based and Native American environmental projects across the Great Lakes.

The interfaith Earth Healing Initiative (EHI) is currently collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote the Great Lakes 2008 Earth...

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What's Behind the Saudi Monotheism Summit?

April 8, 2008

Author: Caryle Murphy

Source: The Pew Forum/Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15348

A group of visiting Japanese scholars was making a routine courtesy call recently on King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz when the monarch raised a subject that, as he put it, had "obsessed me since two years ago."

Distressed by what he described as disintegrating family ties, a rise in atheism and "an imbalance of reason, ethics and...

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Annual Bullock Lecture Makes the Case for Pluralism

April 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Sharon Advocate

http://www.wickedlocal.com/sharon/homepage/x681523918

In the past thirty years the religious landscape of the United States has changed radically. Churches, temples and mosques exist alongside each other in nearly every major American city -- and most certainly in Sharon. This development has spawned interfaith councils and networks, new theological and pastoral questions, and a recasting of traditional...

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Austin-Area Religious Leaders Ask Officials to Help Detained Imam

April 8, 2008

Author: Eileen E. Flynn

Source: American-Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/04/08/0408razi.html

Members of Austin's religious community are rallying around a Muslim cleric who is being detained in West Texas and may be deported to Pakistan.

Imam Safdar Razi, who led a Northwest Austin mosque for six years before taking a job in Dearborn, Mich., in 2006, was arrested on immigration...

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