Interfaith

Bridging Cultures, and Taking Arabic to Iowa

January 2, 2008

Author: SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/02/education/02education.html

Zahra Al-Attar drove down the two-lane highway from Iowa City to her morning classes here. As she entered Kalona, population 2,200 and change, she rolled past the harness shop and the veterinary clinic, those reminders of her dislocation. She noticed, too, a horse-drawn buggy on the shoulder, an unexpected cue for memory.
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Diocese Liaison Seeks to Link Catholics, Jews and Muslims

January 1, 2008

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.wdbj7.com/Global/story.asp?S=7564032&nav=S6aK

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Barbara Hughes has spent years gathering Hampton Roads faith leaders to discuss their similarities and plot ways to mend differences.

Hughes will spread the concept of unity among these divergent faiths as the new liaison to the Jewish and Muslim communities, under the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. She was named to the post in October.

Nonprofit Promotes Religious Tolerance and Cultural Inclusivity

December 30, 2007

Source: PR.com

http://www.pr.com/press-release/65900

Denver, CO, December 30, 2007 --(PR.com)-- It’s the time of year when many individuals create their list of things they intend to do in the New Year to improve their minds, bodies, and/or spirits. For those who resolve to be more tolerant of others or who seek to become better educated about other cultures, Common Tables, a Colorado-based non-profit organization has the key to turn a well-meaning New Year’s resolution into...

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Curriculum Will Educate on Differences, Common Ground

December 29, 2007

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/faith/12/29/1229muslimjew.html

Two major Jewish and Muslim organizations unveiled an interfaith dialogue curriculum this month and are urging their hundreds of thousands of members to use it. Both sides say it is the broadest Jewish-Muslim interfaith effort in the continent's history.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie,...

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Charities Enjoy Muslim Holy Day Tradition of Sacrifice

December 29, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071229/LIFESTYLE04/712290334/1041/LIFESTYLE04

At a time of acute need, local food banks and soup kitchens say the tradition of Muslims donating meat from sheep or lambs sacrificed for the holy day Eid al-Adha -- the Feast of Sacrifice -- is particularly welcome this year.

Muslims in Metro Detroit...

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Evangelicals Fund Jews Departing Iran

December 26, 2007

Author: Joshua Mitnick

Source: The Washington Times

http://washingtontimes.com/article/20071226/FOREIGN/553402321

About 40 Jews who left Iran in secret arrived in Israel yesterday — one of the largest such defections — and got a Christmas present of $10,000 per person from U.S. evangelicals.

The number of Iranian-Jewish emigrants to Israel more than tripled to 200 in 2007, according to officials from the Jewish Agency...

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Muslims Warm to Christmas Spirit

December 24, 2007

Author: Catherine Jun

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071224/LIFESTYLE04/712240346/1041/LIFESTYLE04

NORTHVILLE -- For years, Malik Ankouny's parents took great pains to make it look as if Santa had descended on their house on Christmas Eve. They took bites out of carrots set out for Santa's reindeer and drew sleigh tracks in the snow with a hockey stick. In this...

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"Treating Christmas with Respect," a Commentary by Abdul Malik Mujahid

December 24, 2007

Author: Abdul Malik Mujahid

Source: The American Muslim

http://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/treating_christmas_with_respect1/0015318

Christmas is an annual Christian religious holiday commemorating the birth of Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him. For many Muslims who even do not celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, it becomes an issue of what stand they...

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U.S. Jews and Muslims Seek Paths to Harmony

December 24, 2007

Author: Michael Conlon

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1431156020071224

Muslims and Jews, a tiny slice of the U.S. population, are looking for new ways to get along that could set a worldwide example for two ancient but often alienated faiths, religious leaders and experts say.

"I've encountered (among Muslims) a more centrist, a more moderate voice that is looking to the Jewish community to help project...

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U.S. Troops Turn to Faith Amid Realities of War

December 23, 2007

Author: Alphonso Van Marsh

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/12/23/faith.base/index.html

In the waning sunlight hour of a chilly winter afternoon, a chorus of Hebrew prayer rises from a small, fluorescent lit room on the outskirts of Baghdad.

Friday sunset marks Sabbath, or Shabbat, for observant Jews at U.S. Army Camp Striker, Iraq.

Leading the Shabbat service is Chaplain Andrew Shulman, one of just...

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Questions About Allah? Billboard May Help

December 23, 2007

Author: ANN MARIE SOMMA

Source: The Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-ctislam1223.artdec23,0,929090.story

Drivers traveling west on I-84 are invited to turn east — toward Mecca.

A billboard promoting Islam near the Cheshire exit, and only a short distance from the construction of what will be the largest mosque in the state, encourages drivers to call a toll-free number to learn about the world's second...

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Mapping the World Religions in the Hudson Valley Discussed on December 21

December 21, 2007

Author: Emily Darrow

Source: www.bard.edu

http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=1385

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Religion Program at Bard College presents the seminar “Mapping the World Religions in the Hudson Valley” on Friday, December 21. The free program is held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Preston Hall.

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