Interfaith

Breaking Bread, Breaking Down Barriers

May 12, 2007

Author: Della Pacheco

Source: Indianapolis Business Journal

http://cms.ibj.com/ASPXPages/6iframes/FrontEndArticlesDetailPage.aspx?ArticleID=01818&NoFrame=1

When a group of Iraqi editors and writers visited Indianapolis last summer as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, they learned about American journalism and Hoosier hospitality.

Florence May, a...

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National Prayer Day Marred by Divisions

May 11, 2007

Author: Peggy Fletcher

Source: Whittier Daily News

http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_5812665

Thursday's National Day of Prayer was once a symbol of American unity and faith in God that transcended boundaries. In recent years, though, the decades-old tradition has become mired in divisions.

Across the nation, most celebrations are organized by and for evangelical Christians, with others choosing to host alternative services. Believers in...

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Northern Michigan Religious Leaders Commend Faithful Who Turn In Tens of Thousands of Pharmaceuticals Weighing Over One Ton

May 11, 2007

Source: Lake Superior Interfaith

http://www.lakesuperiorinterfaith.com/

(Marquette, Michigan) - Northern Michigan Religious leaders are pleased their environmental message reached a large segment of the public who honored Earth Day by turning in tens of thousands of pills plus narcotics with an estimated street value of half a million dollars during the third annual Earth Keeper Clean Sweep.

Over one ton of medicines and personal care products were turned in by the public during...

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"An Interfaith View: Flying While Muslim," a Commentary by Lawrence Swaim

May 11, 2007

Author: Lawrence Swaim

Source: Infocus News

http://www.infocusnews.net/content/view/14705/286/

When Omar Mohammedi filed a lawsuit in defense of six Imams who were unceremoniously kicked off a US Airways flight, he thought he was engaging in straightforward civil rights litigation. Then Kevin J. Hasson, President of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, offered free legal services to John Does cited in the lawsuit. In an open letter to Nihad Awad,...

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US Based Hindu Chaplain Reads Hindu Prayer at Nevada Senate Session

May 8, 2007

Source: Punjab Newsline Network

http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/4004/38/

N[E]VADA (USA): History was created when Rajan Zed, Director of Interfaith Relations of Hindu Temple of Northern Nevada, Public Relations Officer of India Association of Northern Nevada, and a Hindu chaplain, read ancient Hindu prayer/blessing in Sanskrit at the opening of the Nevada State Senate session here Monday.

This is the first time any Hindu prayer is delivered in the Nevada...

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Interfaith Dialogue Over the Net from June

May 8, 2007

Source: Gulf News

http://www.gulfnews.com/region/Syria/10123765.html

Dubai: An interfaith dialogue between Muslim Syrian women and Christian and Jewish Americans will be launched next month by Syrian Islamic teacher and preacher Huda Habash, reports Al Arabiya.net.

Habash, who has been teaching women the Quran for over 25 years at Al Zahra mosque in Damascus, said that in the next six months, some of her veiled students will have audio visual conversations over the...

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"China's Church Crimes," a Commentary by Rosa Davis

May 8, 2007

Author: Rosa Davis

Source: The Guardian

http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/rosa_davis/2007/05/chinas_church_crimes.html

The decision by the Archbishop of Canterbury to defend China in the face of accusations of human rights abuses is not only a travesty, but could result in further occurrences as a result of his words. Dr Rowan Williams' assertion that "there is not systematic persecution of Christians, apart from certain...

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Islamic Center Planned

May 8, 2007

Author: Serdar Tumgoren

Source: Gilroy Dispatch

http://www.gilroydispatch.com/news/contentview.asp?c=213604

Gilroy - A growing Islamic organization hopes to build a mosque, school and interfaith community center on a hilltop just south of Morgan Hill.

Silicon Valley Islamic Center, now based in Morgan Hill, is in the earliest stages of planning its future Cordoba Center for Muslim Community and Religious Affairs. After five years of...

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One Flag, Many Faiths

May 7, 2007

Author: Dan Ephron

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18367802/site/newsweek/

May 7, 2007 issue - Army Chaplain Carlos C. Huerta had been a rabbi for 20 years, but when it came time to comfort a dying Iraqi boy in a field hospital in Mosul, he did what he thought an imam might do. Huerta, who was on his second tour in Iraq in 2005, clutched the boy's hand—and recited passages from the Qur'an. "To do this job right, I learned suras...

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Interfaith Group Promotes Mutual Understanding

May 7, 2007

Author: Adam Townsend

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/news/local/placentia/article_1683203.php

YORBA LINDA — The Interfaith Council of North Orange County is a group of the religious of all stripes who hold events to promote understanding and satisfy general curiosity on spiritual matters.

The roughly 20 active members – Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews and...

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U.S. Muslims Tackle Sectarian Divisions

May 7, 2007

Author: Eric Gorski

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/4780943.html

Muslim leaders are trying to strengthen Sunni-Shiite ties in the United States, hoping to head off conflicts between the faith's two major sects and get American Muslims to focus on common problems.

With sectarian divisions fueling violence in Iraq, Sunnis and Shiites in the U.S....

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India's President Abdul Kalam Says Peace and Prosperity in the World Could Only be Achieved by Following Buddhism

May 6, 2007

Author: Walter Jayawardhana

Source: To The Center

http://tothecenter.com/news.php?readmore=1776

Reminiscent of former Indian leaders like King Ashoka, Pandit Nehru and Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, India’s scientist President, Dr. Abdul Kalam, praised Buddhism, and said peace and prosperity in this world could be achieved only by following Buddhism.

“Today, several countries," the President said, “were adopting the principles...

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Student Wants to Promote Peace through Understanding

May 5, 2007

Author: Nick Pinto

Source: Newburyport News

http://www.newburyportnews.com/punews/local_story_125094001

NEWBURYPORT - Though still in high school, Keri Pennell wants to change the perceptions of religion for those much older, because they're not always wiser.

Last summer, Pennell attended the Anti-Defamation League's Camp IF, an interfaith camp for Muslim, Jewish and Christian teens.

Pennell said the camp was an eye-...

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