Interfaith

Buddhist Thai Govt Says Fails to Win Muslims' Hearts

January 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Original Source: Reuters

The Thai government said on Friday it was failing to win over the ethnic Malays of the predominantly Muslim far south, where more than 2,800 people have been killed in four years of separatist insurgency.

"We made great progress on military operations last year, but our efforts with the people remained static," government spokesman Chaiya Yimwilai told a news conference. "We need to beef up on the arrests, searches, intelligence as well as the civil affairs...

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Ireland to Host Europe's First Tri-Religious Primary School

January 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Malaysia Sun

http://story.malaysiasun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/b8de8e630faf3631/id/319534/cs/1/

Christian, Jewish and Muslim children are to learn about each other's faiths when Ireland opens the first tri-religious primary school in Europe this September to reflect the country's changing demographics.

The so-called Intercultural Interdenominational Primary School (IIPS), which is to...

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Review Shows Busy Year for Interfaith Activities

January 17, 2008

Author: Press Release

Source: Human Rights Commission

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0801/S00118.htm

Review shows busy year for interfaith activities

A section of the 2007 Race Relations Report will be released at an Interfaith workshop hosted by Auckland City this Saturday.

The review of interfaith activities reveals a busy and significant year for cooperation and dialogue for the country’s religious communities.
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Religious Diversity Marks Prayer Service Honoring Man Behind King Week

January 17, 2008

Author: Marti Davis

Source: Knox News

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/jan/17/ecumenical-gathering/

The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister, the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, might have been surprised at the variety of prayers offered at the altar of Knoxville's First Baptist Church in an interfaith prayer service to honor his memory Wednesday.

On the other hand, the man who credited Hindu leader...

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Excommunicated from his Church, Pastor Draws Praise and Condemnation from Pagans and Christians

January 17, 2008

Author: Kristin D'Agostino

Source: The Salem Gazette

http://www.wickedlocal.com/salem/homepage/x142930176

Pastor Phil Wyman would be the first to agree that he’s a black sheep among clergy. An expert on Wicca, a well practiced interpreter of dreams, Wyman has been an avid participant in the city’s annual Halloween celebration, supporting a holiday many Christians believe to be a symbol of darkness and the occult.

A little over...

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U.S. Religious Freedom is Being Eroded, Advocates Say

January 16, 2008

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0116/p14s02-lire.html

They are heroes in a battle most Americans think has already been won. On Wednesday evening, they are to be honored for their contributions to strengthening religious freedom at home and abroad.

Although the US is home to the greatest experiment in religious freedom ever, and the great majority of Americans support that principle,...

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"Muslim-Hindu-Buddhist-Jew-Christian Religious Leaders Joined to Bless Catholic School Students," a Commentary by Rajan Zed

January 15, 2008

Author: Rajan Zed

Source: MediaForFreedom.com

http://www.mediaforfreedom.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=8810

In a remarkable interfaith gesture, faith leaders from different religions and denominations got together to pray and bless the students of prestigious Bishop Manogue Catholic High School in south Reno (Nevada).

It was wonderful to see Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jewish religious leaders...

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'Islamic Jesus' Hits Iranian Movie Screens

January 14, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AFP

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5hEJp8g5Ip07SZM6RoHz9OlRs5zBg

A director who shares the ideas of Iran's hardline president has produced what he says is the first film giving an Islamic view of Jesus Christ, in a bid to show the "common ground" between Muslims and Christians.

Nader Talebzadeh sees his movie, "Jesus, the Spirit of God," as an Islamic answer to Western productions like Mel...

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The Challenge of Living Together – a Christian Perspective

January 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Malta Independent

http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=62873

Some weeks ago, Professor Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Communita di Sant’Egidio delivered a talk at MCC

Professor Riccardi started his lecture by speaking about the particular reality of the Mediterranean Sea; a melting pot of exchange, of encounters as well as of confrontation. Malta, with its profound Christian identity...

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For Many a Follower, Sacred Ground in Colorado

January 11, 2008

Author: FINN-OLAF JONES

Source: The New York Times

http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/travel/escapes/11crestone.html?ex=1200718800&en=96b2ac57b20e37c1&ei=5070&emc=eta1

“TRUST an unknown future with a known God,” urges the sign in front of the Sangre de Cristo Christian Church on the outskirts of Crestone, Colo., which is close to a four-hour drive south of Denver off...

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Overcoming Muslim Stereotypes

January 10, 2008

Author: Shauna Staveley

Source: Arlington Advocate

http://www.wickedlocal.com/arlington/homepage/x1925658856

ARLINGTON, MASS. - Ali S. Asani, Harvard professor of the practice of Indo-Muslim languages and culture, said he knows how to end dehumanization in society — particularly of Muslims.

The solution is death of cultural and religious illiteracy, and the birth of a truly pluralistic society, he said on Nov. 5 at the Dialogue...

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Interfaith Service Offers Prayers for Peace on Philly Streets

January 10, 2008

Author: Bryan Schwartzman

Source: Jewish Exponent

http://www.jewishexponent.com/article/15030/

A cross section of the city's Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders gathered Jan. 3 in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where they offered prayers in English, Hebrew and Arabic, not for world peace but for something much closer to home: a reduction in the violent crime that has gripped this city for more than two...

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Interfaith Leaders Call for Intervention in Gaza

January 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The American Muslim

http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/interfaith_leaders_call_for_intervention_in_gaza/0015565

As the growing humanitarian crisis continues in the Gaza Strip, interfaith leaders in Southern California held a press conference and a vigil to call for an end to the collective punishment of 1.5 million residents. Interfaith...

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