Interfaith

Boston Mosque Rises Above the Fray

July 12, 2007

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0712/p13s03-lire.html

More than 2,000 people gathered in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood last month for a highly symbolic moment – the capping of the minaret on a new mosque. A joyous occasion, the event sparked greater emotion than usual because construction of the Islamic Society of Boston's Mosque and Cultural Center had been stalled for more than two...

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New Online Database Documents Resurgence of Progressive Faith Organizing

July 11, 2007

Source: Faith in Public Life

http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/content/press/2007/06/new_online_database_documents_1.html

(Washington, DC) – Amidst a political season riddled with religious references, Faith in Public Life, joined by religious leaders from across the country, today launched Mapping Faith -- a new online database documenting a nationwide resurgence in progressive faith organizing.

This Google Maps-powered...

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Nigeria Muslim Leader Denies Calling for Jihad, Says 'I Love Christians'

July 11, 2007

Author: Ethan Cole

Source: Christian Today

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/nigeria.muslim.leader.denies.calling.for.jihad.says.i.love.christians/11522.htm

Nigeria’s top Muslim leader said that he meant no harm against Christians when he urged a Muslim group last week to counter Christian evangelism by spreading Islam.

Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto...

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Jordan Takes Part in Islamic-Christian Dialogue Conference in Khartoum

July 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Jordan News Agency

http://www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2007/Jul/10/13000.htm

A conference on Islamic-Christian dialogue concluded in Khartoum recently with the participation of a Jordanian delegation led by head of Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center (JICRC) Father Nabil Haddad.

The conference held under the title "Sustaining Peace and Promoting National Unity" discussed a host of working papers and...

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Buddhist Temple Expecting 3,000 to Celebrate Buddha's Birthday

July 10, 2007

Author: Maureen Walsh

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=25,1229,0,0,1,0

New England, USA -- As many as 3,000 Buddhist members and 50 venerable monks from throughout the northeast are expected to celebrate the 2549th birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha this Sunday at the Samantabhadra (Pho-Hien) Buddhist Center in Braintree.

"We have 120 other Buddhist organizations in the New England area," said...

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Muslim Hostility Remains, but Evangelicals Hopeful in Bangladesh

July 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Mission Network News

http://www.mnnonline.org/article/10109

Muslims in northwest Bangladesh have been reacting violently to Christian converts from Islam in their region.

Following a public baptismal service in the village of Durbachari Bhatiapara, mosque authorities reacted by banning Christians from using the village well, the area's only source of potable water.

Tensions came to a head three weeks ago when a...

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Charlottesville Mosque to Facilitate Unity

July 9, 2007

Author: Seth Rosen

Source: The Richmond Times-Dispatch

http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2007-07-09-0082.html

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Inside an aging white house on 10½ Street, Khalid Mohammad chants a mellifluous incantation of the salat al-jumu'ah, the Friday afternoon prayer.

Behind him, more than 70 men and boys, kneeling on the green carpet, bow their heads to the ground in unison...

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Religious Bonds Divide Some Parents, Kids

July 9, 2007

Author: Cathy Lynn Grossman

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2007-07-08-kids-parents-religion_N.htm

Pamela Moss worships every Sunday at Messiah Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., where they preach the Bible straight up, sing the old hymns "and then let me get on with my day." But her son, George, 24, is a fervent Evangelical, witnessing to strangers and praying "in a church that looks like a gym. To...

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Conference Confronts Islamic Stereotyping

July 9, 2007

Author: David A. Brensilver

Source: Islamic Circle of North America

http://www.icna.org/icna/icna-press-clippings/conference-confronts-islamic-stereotyping-5.html

Hartford — East Lyme resident Imran Ahmed recently received an e-mail in response to comments he posted on the Internet about terrorism and the war in Iraq. The e-mail, Ahmed said, came from a former U.S. serviceman who opined that Islam was a...

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Spiritual Leaders Denounce Violence in Religion's Name

July 7, 2007

Author: K. Connie Kang

Source: HeraldNet / the Los Angeles Times

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20070707/LIVING/707070301

In a historic action, top leaders of five major religions met in June in Indonesia - home to 200 million Muslims - to condemn violence inflicted in the name of religion.

The leaders representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim traditions came from five countries and included former Indonesian...

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