Interfaith

"Congress Needs an Interfaith Caucus," a Commentary by the Rev. David Gray, Dr. Eboo Patel, the Rev. Paul Raushenbush, and Rabbi Sid Schwarz

February 9, 2007

Author: Rev. David Gray, Dr. Eboo Patel, et. al.

Source: The Washington Post

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2007/02/congress_needs_an_interfaith_c.html

The National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering of inspiring speeches and solemn moments of silence, recently drew President Bush and hundreds of lawmakers when it was held in Washington. This year, the event was unusual in that...

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Symbol of Faith, Symbol of Controversy

February 8, 2007

Source: The Roanoke Times

http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/wb/wb/xp-103573

The decision by the College of William and Mary's president to remove a cross from the college's historic Wren Chapel sent an appropriate message of inclusiveness to the campus community.

At a college with increasing religious diversity, Gene Nichol was correct in his step to make the chapel more welcoming to students of all faiths. The centuries-old chapel, which had no cross until the one...

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Multi-Faith Schools Planned to Fight Extremism

February 8, 2007

Author: Graeme Paton and Richard

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/02/07/nextreme107.xml

A new generation of controversial multi-faith academies will be built to combat extremism in England’s most segregated towns and cities, a leading Downing Street advisor said yesterday.

The new-style schools will educate children from Christian, Muslim and Jewish backgrounds...

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Faiths See Common Ground

February 8, 2007

Author: Rosanne Barrett

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,21193583-3102,00.html#

AGAINST a backdrop of growing cultural tensions focused on divisions, leaders from the three Abrahamic faiths in Queensland met this week to discuss their similarities.

Descended from the same historical roots, about 200 community members from the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths met at State...

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Hindu and Jewish Religious Leaders Sign Declaration

February 7, 2007

Author: Madhur Tankha

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hindu.com/2007/02/07/stories/2007020723530300.htm

NEW DELHI: To propagate global harmony, the World Council of Religious Leaders (WCORL) facilitated the signing of a `Protocol of Cooperation' between Hindu and Jewish religious leaders here on Tuesday.

The declaration was signed by the chief rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yona Metzger, and Swami Dayanand Saraswati, convenor of Hindu Dharma...

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Survey Finds 300m China Believers

February 7, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6337627.stm

The number of religious believers in China could be three times higher than official estimates, according to a survey reported by state media.

A poll of 4,500 people by Shanghai university professors found 31.4% of people above the age of 16 considered themselves as religious.

This suggests 300 million people nationwide could be religious, compared to the official figure of 100 million....

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Muslim Chosen to Lead Interfaith Alliance

February 7, 2007

Author: Stephanie Morris

Source: Star-Banner

http://www.ocala.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070207/NEWS/202070330/1001/NEWS01

OCALA - Larry Collins was installed recently as president of The Interfaith Alliance of Marion County. He is the first Muslim to hold the office.

Collins grew up an Army brat. He served in the Air Force and did a year in Vietnam. He has undergraduate degrees, in history and English...

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Only Good Friday Makes the Cut

February 7, 2007

Author: Letitia Stein

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/02/07/Hillsborough/Only_Good_Friday_make.shtml

TAMPA - Good Friday is the only religious holiday recognized in the latest version of Hillsborough's controversial school calendar.

But the idea of treating Christians differently from Jews and Muslims divided the committee of teachers, parents and school administrators who are making calendar...

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Israel’s Chief Rabbi Calls for ‘UN of Religious Groups’

February 7, 2007

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C02%5C07%5Cstory_7-2-2007_pg7_39

NEW DELHI: A top Jewish religious leader here on Tuesday called for the establishment of a "United Nations of religious groups" to bridge inter-faith gaps though communication and dialogue.

Israel's Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, speaking at a Hindu-Jewish leadership summit, also called for a greater role for religious leaders in...

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Hindu, Christian and Muslim Leaders Speak Out About Suicide on Reunion Island

February 7, 2007

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/2/8.shtml#2

REUNION, FRANCE, February 7, 2007: (HPI note: translated from the original French. The first paragraph is an introduction by the author.) With a suicide case every 40 minutes and more than 10,000 deaths every year, France is one of the industrialized countries largely affected by this phenomenon. A national debate this week calls for an urgent need to openly discuss the issue. Representatives of...

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Chinese And Hindu Temples Merge in Singapore

February 6, 2007

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/2/14.shtml#2

SINGAPORE, February 6, 2007: The Sri Veera Muthu Muneswarar Temple is one of a kind as it is the first temple to merge with a Chinese temple in Singapore. "Merge with" in Singapore's religious context means that due to land constraint, the authorities request that all existing smaller scale temples now in close proximity, whether Chinese or Hindu, be placed on the same property with separate sanctums. Sri...

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Diverse Faiths Heed the Call to Aid Victims

February 6, 2007

Author: Mark I. Pinsky

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/volusia/orl-stormchurch0607feb06,0,2444652.story

DeLAND -- For a while Monday afternoon, the tornado-ravaged 500 block of Beresford Road seemed like interfaith central.

A team of five members of the Islamic Society of Central Florida's disaster relief had just pulled in from Orlando and unloaded their chain saws...

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