Interfaith

Nationwide Merit-Making Ceremony Begins

April 17, 2007

Source: ETNA

http://etna.mcot.net/query.php?nid=28973

BANGKOK, April 17 (TNA) - Thai people nationwide from all walks of life and different religions Tuesday morning participated in a national merit-making ceremony which will last until Sunday (April 22).

The interim government hosted the activity to honour His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the auspicious occasion of his 80th birthday on December 5 this year.

In Bangkok, thousands of Buddhists joined the alms...

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New Spirituality Shared By All Religions is Needed, Says Priest-Islamologist

April 16, 2007

Source: The Indian Catholic

http://www.theindiancatholic.com/newsread.asp?nid=7093

JAKARTA, Indonesia (UCAN): Religious believers in Indonesian need an inclusive spirituality that will foster mutual acceptance and dialogue in their pluralistic society, maintains a priest who is an expert on Islam.

In such a society, "all people, especially religious leaders, should experience a new spirituality of interfaith, perennial and universal religiosity," Father Philipus...

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Fellowship of Christians and Jews Loses Members, Trims Plans

April 15, 2007

Author: MICHELE DARGAN

Source: Palm Beach Daily News

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/news/fellowship0415.html

A decline in membership, sparse attendance at programs and a need for more financial support has led The Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews to downsize its programming and focus on young people.

The once-flourishing organization, credited with helping to remove the anti-Semitic label from...

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"Where Are Malaysia’s Religious Authorities Heading?" a Commentary by Dr. Farish A. Noor

April 15, 2007

Author: Farish A. Noor

Source: The American Muslim

http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/where_are_malaysias_religious_authorities_heading/0013689

Since 2006 Malaysia has been rocked by a number of hugely controversial cases involving the fundamental right of belief and freedom of religion. Between 2005 to 2006 the country was a virtual battleground with opposing factions...

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Professor Brings Jewish Perspective to Seminary

April 14, 2007

Author: Robin Roenker

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/158/story/42433.html

Laurence H. Kant will officially join the faculty of Lexington Theological Seminary on Tuesday as a tenured associate professor of the history of religion.

The appointment might sound routine, but one factor sets it apart: Kant is a Jew. He will be one of only a handful of Jewish scholars in the world on the faculty at a Christian seminary or...

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"Ethnic Bigots Should Be Rejected," a Commentary by Njuguna Mutonya

April 14, 2007

Author: Njuguna Mutonya

Source: All Africa/The Nation

http://allafrica.com/stories/200704140130.html

Last Sunday, Muslims celebrated Maulidi - the birth of Prophet Mohammed - with a procession along Mombasa's main streets. The same day, Catholics marked Easter Sunday - the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Commemorating the two events in such a public and peaceful manner shows the town's cosmopolitanism, its main strength.

Mombasa and,...

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Teachers Demand Ban on New Faith Schools

April 13, 2007

Author: Donald MacLeod

Source: The Guardian Unlimited

http://education.guardian.co.uk/faithschools/story/0,,2056606,00.html

Teachers have demanded a halt to the government's plans for a new generation of faith schools.

But the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) annual conference in Belfast today stopped short of calling for existing faith schools to be phased out.

The...

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Growing Detroit Community Shows its Diversity

April 13, 2007

Author: NIRAJ WARIKOO

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070413/NEWS05/704130367/1007#articlecomments

As the Indian-American population surges in metro Detroit, so does the number of Indian New Year celebrations.

A generation ago, the Detroit area had only a handful of such events. Now, dozens of Indian and Hindu groups hold special gatherings every April...

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Religious Freedom Threatened at UN

April 13, 2007

Author: Tina Ramirez

Source: Journal Chretien

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?article9080

ARLINGTON, VA — On Friday, the United Nations passed a seemingly innocuous resolution combating the “defamation of religions.” Further investigation reveals that this motion has erroneously equated legitimate discussion of religious beliefs with the incitement of religious intolerance. Under this resolution, when an individual’s...

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