Interfaith

Prayer for All Faiths: Event Takes Off from Evangelical Roots

May 2, 2007

Author: DAVID CRUMM

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070502/NEWS05/705020399/1007/NEWS05

Thursday's National Day of Prayer, once mainly an annual evangelical display of political strength, is growing in metro Detroit into a showcase of religious diversity involving dozens of congregations.

In West Bloomfield, for example, the Chamber of Commerce will honor the...

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Interfaith Dialogue Happens in LA

May 2, 2007

Source: India Post

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/321/

LOS ANGELES: Proclaiming "no peace among nations without peace among religions" the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, Southern California Chapter met on Saturday April 28 for a day to explore interfaith commonality and religious differences. "Many didn't think this day would be possible, but with God all things are possible," observed one of the organizers to the gathering of assorted...

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Cultural Diversity Transforming School Days

May 1, 2007

Author: ROGER BELGRAVE

Source: The Brampton Guardian

http://www.northpeel.com/news/article/8580

Last December's inaugural meeting at the public school board began with Pundit Roopnauth Sharma chanting a prayer. The founder and spiritual leader of an area temple first offered his invocation in Hindi and then provided the largely English-speaking boardroom audience with a translation.

This particular ceremonial prayer is a departure from typical...

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Prayer Focus Turns to Peace

May 1, 2007

Author: Jessie Brunne

Source: Daily Pilot

http://www.dailypilot.com/articles/2007/05/02/religion/dpt-prayer02.txt

As Imam Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini leads congregants in a prayer for the state government during Thursday's Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council National Day of Prayer breakfast, he will also be thinking of his cousin, who was killed last week in a car bombing in Iraq.

Bringing together community members of...

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Faith Leaders in Peace Pledge

April 30, 2007

Source: The Asian News

http://www.theasiannews.co.uk/news/s/227/227143_faith_leaders_in_peace_pledge.html

The UK's most senior imam and rabbis united against religious extremism during a ground breaking inter-faith event in Manchester.

Held at the Hilton Hotel, the second Imam and Rabbis Conference brought together prominent leaders from both faiths to create dialogue between the two communities and look at ways to create better...

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"America Should Rethink That Whole 'No Religious Test' Bit," a Commentary by Stephen Prothero

April 30, 2007

Author: Stephen Prothero

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=13358

We need a religious test for the U.S. presidency.

The Constitution mandates that "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.' So I am not talking about requiring that the president be Christian or Judeo-Christian or even a believer in God.

I am talking about...

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Minorities Students Struggle with Arabic in State-Run Schools

April 30, 2007

Author: Amar Guriro

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C04%5C30%5Cstory_30-4-2007_pg12_3

KARACHI: Seven-year-old Angela finds it difficult to study Islamiyat at school. “I don’t know if I have to study it or not, but it’s really difficult to pronounce the Arabic properly,” she said.

Angela, one of many children belonging to the Hindu Maheshwari,...

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Controversy on Menu at Prayer Breakfast

April 30, 2007

Author: ALEX DOBUZINSKIS

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/santaclarita/ci_5789621

SANTA CLARITA - The keynote speaker at Thursday's Santa Clarita Mayor's Prayer Breakfast is an evangelical leader who called Catholicism a false religion and accused women legislators of abandoning their children.

While it is not sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita, the annual prayer breakfast typically draws the city's mayor, some City...

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Jewish and Muslim Organizations United to Create European Platform for Cooperation

April 29, 2007

Author: CEJI

Source: International Movement for a Just World

http://www.just-international.org/article.cfm?newsid=20002140

What is the role of the Middle East conflict in Jewish-Muslim dialogue? Is the media a positive force for change in inter-religious relations? How can local communities be successfully engaged in dialogue? These were a number of the questions tackled by representatives of Jewish and Muslim organisations at a Conference...

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Odd Couple of Comedy

April 28, 2007

Author: Ron Csillag

Source: Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/Life/article/207216

So a Muslim and a Jew walk onto a stage.

Er, that's it.

What sounds like a set-up to a punchline is actually the point of "The Laugh in Peace Tour," featuring Muslim comic Azhar Usman and Rabbi Bob Alper, who will team up this Tuesday night at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in "an evening of non-political laughter."

No rimshots, please. The...

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Akron Group Welcomes all Faiths to Prayer Event

April 28, 2007

Author: Colette M. Jenkins

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/living/religion/17148773.htm

Who should pray on National Day of Prayer?

If you ask the organizers of the two observances planned in Summit County, you get the same answer: everyone.

But the Akron Area Association of Churches isn't sure everyone feels welcome at the annual observance at the Summit County Courthouse that is sponsored by the...

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Festival Unveils Sikh Faith

April 28, 2007

Author: Rebecca Rosen Lum

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/religion/ci_5773775

What began as a harvest festival in rural Punjab has become an opportunity for Sikhs to explain their faith throughout the Diaspora -- particularly in post-Sept. 11 America.

The Vaisakhi Festival links two New Years, overlaying a religious holiday on a seasonal celebration. At a time when farmers celebrated their harvest, a Sikh guru on...

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Evangelical Pastor to Host Muslim on Radio Show

April 27, 2007

Author: JOE ORSO

Source: LaCrosse Tribune

http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2007/04/27/news/z03radio27.txt

The Rev. Dave Holt, an Evangelical Christian, will host his first non-Christian guest on his radio show Saturday: Wahhab Khandker, a Muslim.

"Too often there's misunderstanding because we don't talk face to face," said Holt, pastor at First Evangelical Free Church in Onalaska, Wis. "This is an opportunity to...

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