Interfaith

Faiths May Hold the Key to Green China

October 6, 2007

Author: Stephen Scharper

Source: The Star.com

http://www.thestar.com/News/Ideas/article/264281

Can traditional Chinese religions help contemporary China clean up its environmental mess? A top Chinese official seems to think so.

Pan Yue, deputy director of China’s environmental protection agency, suggests an aggressive Western style of development, while powering China to the vaulted but smoggy heights of economic superpower, has come at...

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Interfaith Group for Women Formed

October 4, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Pakistan Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C10%5C04%5Cstory_4-10-2007_pg7_39

The Women Inter-Religious Dialogue and Ecumenism (WIDE), a women’s forum of the National Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Ecumenism (NCIDE), was launched on Wednesday.

The forum organised an iftar-dinner on its opening day, which was attended by Christians...

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Call for More Multi-Faith Schools

October 4, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/7028147.stm

A government advisor is calling for multi-faith academies to be built in the East Midlands to avoid the creation of religious and racial ghettos.

Sir Cyril Taylor, chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said non-sectarian academies should be built at "the heart of community life".

The schools would be...

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At Joyous Feast, a Spirit of Peace

October 4, 2007

Author: Michele Morgan Bolton

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/10/04/at_joyous_feast_a_spirit_of_peace/

SHARON - Richa Magan took a leap of faith this summer when she agreed to chair an event marking the unusual confluence of the Jewish holiday Sukkot and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

It happens once every 32 years, and this year, the 17-year-old's own Hindu...

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Muslims of Nepal: Becoming An Assertive Minority

October 4, 2007

Author: R. Upadhyay

Source: Madhesi

http://madhesi.wordpress.com/2007/10/13/muslims-of-nepal-becoming-an-assertive-minority/

Hindu Monarchy with Hinduism as State religion ruled Nepal for centuries. The system of governance was also based on Hindu scriptures. As Buddhism was accepted as a part of Hindu society, the followers of this religion had no problem in the kingdom. But Muslims, the third religious group in...

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Muslim Student Association Concludes Fast-A-Thon, Donates Check

October 4, 2007

Author: Sarah Neff

Source: University Daily Kansan

http://www.kansan.com/stories/2007/oct/04/Fast_A_Thon/

The Muslim Student Association concluded their fourth annual Fast-A-Thon last night by presenting a check for $1,580 to the Lawrence Community Shelter.

The association raised the money by asking local businesses to sponsor over 500 non-Muslim students who pledged to fast for one day. Loring Henderson, director of the Lawrence...

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Mosque and Catholic Univ to Train Imams

October 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: OneNews

Wire Service: Reuters

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/536641/1387808

The Paris Grand Mosque and the city's Catholic university are teaming up to offer university education for imams to promote moderate Islam and help integrate foreign-born Muslim prayer leaders in France.

The privately-run Catholic Institute of Paris will launch a two-semester course on French politics, law and...

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Shanta Premawardhana to Direct Inter-Religious Dialogue for World Council of Churches

October 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Episcopal Life

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81831_90631_ENG_HTM.htm

The Executive Committee of the World Council of Churches at its meeting in Armenia on September 28 elected the Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana as its director of inter-religious dialogue and cooperation. Premawardhana will begin his new assignment in Geneva this November.

Since 2003, Premawardhana has served the National Council of Churches...

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Religious Freedom Under Threat in Many Countries, Holy See Says at UN Debate

October 1, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: UN News Centre

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=24101&Cr=geeneral&Cr1=debate

The right to religious freedom continues to be ignored and even violated in many countries, the Holy See told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today, warning that such behaviour is often the pretext for other forms of discrimination.

Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary for the...

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