Interfaith

City's Melting Pot Seen in its Sacred Spaces

February 21, 2007

Author: Lucille Davie

Source: Joburg.org.za

http://www.joburg.org.za/2007/feb/feb21_churches6.stm

A TIN temple, a fortress-like building in overcrowded and rundown Hillbrow and a lovely church in old Ferreirasdorp are among the many places of worship in the multi-religious city of Johannesburg.

They show how many different cultures made up the early community of the mining town, and how it was tolerant of the varied communities. Each was...

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Spreading Peace to the Region

February 21, 2007

Author: Nazry Bahrawi

Source: Today Online

http://www.todayonline.com/articles/173091.asp

SINGAPORE could soon become an interfaith hub for the promotion of peace in the region.

A New York-based international coalition of religious organisations is keen to set up an interim office here in the next two to three months, with a possible view to turning it into a permanent Asian secretariat.

Reverend Kyoichi Sugino, assistant secretary-...

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"Religious Environmentalism: Some Good News for a Change," a Commentary by Roger S. Gottlieb

February 20, 2007

Author: Roger S. Gottlieb

Source: Cayman Net News

http://www.caymannetnews.com/cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000118/011857.htm

There are few easier ways to fish—in the (very) short run, of course—than using dynamite. However the long-term results—depletion of fish stocks, destruction of the sheltering coral reef—made the government of Tanzania forbid the practice. But local fisherman continued...

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Faiths Take New Approach to Domestic Abuse

February 20, 2007

Author: Rebecca Rosen Lum

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/living/16738987.htm

Gloria Sandoval sought the help of her pastor when she was a young mother and her then-husband frequently slapped, kicked and punched her.

"I was given the response that I should go home and be a better wife," she recalled on Friday. The beatings didn't stop, and Sandoval finally left for good.

Her...

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National Interfaith Seminar: Clerics Urged to Aid Fight HIV, AIDS

February 20, 2007

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C02%5C20%5Cstory_20-2-2007_pg11_12

ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a two-day national interfaith seminar that began here on Monday highlighted the key role the religious leaders could play in the fight against AIDS.

The National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), Ministry of Health and the Inter-Religious Council for Health (IRCH) have organised the seminar. The...

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School Kids at Inter-Faith Camp Pledge to Cooperate

February 19, 2007

Source: Pakistan Link

http://www.pakistanlink.com/Headlines/Feb07/19/13.htm

LAHORE: The Interfaith Harmony Camp for Muslim and Christian schoolchildren ended on Sunday. The students pledged to work together to achieve peace in the world through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.

Forty students of ninth and tenth grades from city schools took part in the camp held at Saint Anthony’s on Lawrence Road. The camp was organised by an NGO, Seeds of...

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Plans Unveiled for UK's First Multi-Faith Secondary School

February 19, 2007

Author: Ian Morgan

Source: 24dash.com

http://www.24dash.com/education/16750.htm

A proposal has been made to unite Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Hindu children in the country’s first multi-faith secondary school.

The plans, backed by leading figures, are aimed at transforming the image of faith-based education which has been criticised in the wake of race riots.

They hope that the 1000 pupils’ school planned for the London...

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Dominican Chapel Plan Fuels Revolt by Alums

February 18, 2007

Author: Jennifer Upshaw

Source: Marin Independent Journal

http://www.marinij.com/marin/ci_5257695

A group of angry Dominican alumni are lobbying university officials to build a commemorative Catholic chapel on campus as initially promised.

University officials last month announced plans to pursue a scaled-down, multifaith version of a chapel envisioned several years ago. The chapel is part of a master plan approved a decade ago to include a recreation...

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Thai Islamic Bank's Buddhist Chief Helps Build Trust

February 17, 2007

Source: The Buddhist Channel

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=52,3742,0,0,1,0

Bangkok, Thailand -- The boss of Thailand's only dedicated Islamic bank has a unique job description: work in one of the most dangerous corners of Asia, go to mosques to drum up business and become an expert in chicken-farming.

A knowledge of Islam is essential, but being a Muslim is not.

"I am a non-Muslim...

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Quilters Hope to Link Patchwork of Views

February 17, 2007

Author: Rich Barlow

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/02/17/quilters_hope_to_link_patchwork_of_views/

History recalls no instance of a quilting bee having changed the world. But might one nudge humanity, slightly, toward its better nature?

Hoping against hope that the answer might be yes, 30 men and women hunched over tables piled with colorful fabrics in a...

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Young Women Begin Peace Fellowship

February 16, 2007

Source: Catholic News Service

http://www.cathnews.com/news/702/95.php

The Australian bishops have selected seven women from three states for the second Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship program which promotes young women's participation in the Church.

According to a bishops' statement, the Fellowships are being offered through the Australian bishops' Office for Participation of Women and with the generous sponsorship of many religious orders, catholic agencies and...

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"What the West Can Learn From Islam," a Commentary by Tariq Ramadan

February 16, 2007

Author: Tariq Ramadan

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/errors.dir/noauthorization.php3?page=/weekly/v53/i24/24b00601.htm

In late September, I finally received a response to the question I had been asking the Bush administration for more than two years: Why was my work visa revoked in late July 2004, just days before I was to take up a position as a professor of Islamic studies and the...

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