Interfaith

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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Macomb Group Begins Cultural Exchange

February 16, 2007

Author: Khalil Al-Hajal

Source: The Arab American

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=7566

A group of Macomb County residents curious about Muslims and Islam met in a Mt. Clemens church on Monday for the first of a series of cultural learning sessions organized by the Interfaith Center for Racial Justice (ICRJ).

The group, about 50 people made up of mostly senior citizens, was separated into two groups...

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African Interfaith Group Calls on International Community to Honor Pledges to Sudan

February 16, 2007

Source: World Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2007/02/msg00171.html

KHARTOUM, Sudan/GENEVA, 16 February 2007 (LWI)--After a visit to Sudan which included discussions with political and religious leaders in Khartoum and Juba, an African interfaith delegation has called on the international community to honor their political and financial pledges to sustain Sudan's peace process.

"Peace in Sudan will be the base for stability and peace for the whole region and Africa," the...

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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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Forum Addresses Difficulties in Christian-Muslim Relations, Looks Toward Understanding

February 16, 2007

Author: Rebecca Marek

Source: Dayton Flyer

http://www.flyernews.com/article.php?section=News&volume=54&issue=27&artnum=04

The Greater Dayton Interfaith Trialogue presented the public forum “Christians and Muslims: How Do We See the ‘Other?’” Sunday in Sears Recital Hall.

The Greater Dayton Interfaith Trialogue is dedicated to exploring the relationships among Jews, Muslims and Christians...

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Interfaith Dialogue Aims to Erase Barriers Between Islam and Christianity

February 16, 2007

Author: Pamela J. Podger

Source: The Roanoke Times

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/wb/xp-103733

Omar Rabb stood Sunday morning in the parish hall at Christ Episcopal Church and raised his hands to his ears before singing out in Arabic that Allah is the greatest.

Ordinarily, the muezzin, or the man appointed to call the faithful to prayer, would stand in the courtyard of the mosque or in a minaret, a type of tower used in Islamic...

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New Bishop in Northeast Makes Interreligious Dialogue a Priority

February 15, 2007

Source: Indian Catholic/UCAN

http://www.theindiancatholic.com/newsread.asp?nid=6116

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (UCAN) -- The new bishop of a diocese in northeastern Thailand says he hopes to develop understanding among Thais of different faiths, not just in the northeast but throughout the kingdom.

Bishop Joseph Chusak Sirisut, 50, was ordained bishop of Nakhon Ratchasima on Feb. 10 at Marie Witthaya School, 250 kilometers northeast of Bangkok.

About...

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"Core Curriculum as Rubbery as ‘Core Promises’?" a Commentary by Cathy Byrne

February 15, 2007

Author: Cathy Byrne

Source: On Line Opinion

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=5499

With both parties bidding for the Christian vote, and Muslims stepping up to the New South Wales political plate, it will be interesting to see how Religion Education will be included - or not.

Will Australia follow the over-simplified US debates where “our” religion is better - or of positioning religion as a choice between...

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Women of Vision Conference Slated

February 15, 2007

Author: Shant Morgan Durisseau

Source: Ventura County Star

http://www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/community/article/0,1375,VCS_1796_5353397,00.html

Temple Beth Torah's Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller didn't think that she and a Japanese-American woman and member of the Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Church had much in common. But when the rabbi began a dialogue with the woman during the Women of Vision Conference two years...

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Interfaith Panel Tackles Modesty, Modernity

February 14, 2007

Author: Michah Rynor

Source: University of Toronto Campus News

http://www.news.utoronto.ca/bin6/070214-2928.asp

European governments are currently debating whether or not to ban certain Islamic garb worn by Muslim women due to their concerns that veils and hijabs cause civil strife, discourage assimilation and help disguise terrorists and lawbreakers.

The Canadian debate has been far less dramatic but it continues to be a topic of discussion,...

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