Interfaith

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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Visit the Temple of Universal Light to Feel Chistian-Hindu Harmony

February 4, 2007

Source: Daily India

http://www.dailyindia.com/show/110776.php/Visit-the-temple-of-universal-light-to-feel-Chistian-Hindu-harmony

Parimanam (Kerala), Feb.4 (ANI): A maiden visit to a chapel in Kerala can leave you with the impression that you have entered a Hindu temple.

It is because the chapel's architecture is so Indian, with a stone lamp, found in all Hindu temples, catching one's eye in the courtyard....

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Religions Meet in the Middle

February 4, 2007

Author: Elizabeth Kalfsbeek

Source: Daily Democrat

http://www.dailydemocrat.com/news/ci_5101611

During a time of global religious divide, members of Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths are gathering together to find and explore commonalties in their beliefs, rather than focusing on their differences. "Strangers in Our Midst" is the theme for the fourth-annual Celebration of Abraham, which will be held in St. James Catholic Church, 1275 B St., Davis from 3...

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Engage Our Youth in Promoting Non-Violence

February 4, 2007

Author: Shakila T. Ahmad

Source: The Enquirer

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070204/EDIT02/702040348/1021/EDIT

In a world of ever-increasing violence, Muslim Mothers Against Violence (MMAV) was founded at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati to stand up for and to collaborate with others in not just condemning but also taking action against violence through sponsorship of peaceful methods...

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Amish School Tragedy Inspires Interfaith Program

February 3, 2007

Author: Geralda Miller

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070203/NEWS03/702030315/1002/NEWS

The killing of five Amish girls in Pennsylvania last year inspired Joseph Galata to create an ecumenical theatrical program based on the writings of Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran.

About 30 musicians, dancers, singers and readers will present excerpts from Gibran's "Jesus, The Son...

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Hindu Temple in Pakistan to Come Alive after 59 Years

February 3, 2007

Source: EarthTimes.org/Indo Asian News Service

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/26832.html

Lahore, Feb 3-- Katas Raj, the ancient temple complex in Pakistan that finds mention in Hindu and Sikh scriptures, will reverberate to 'bhajans' (devotional songs) for the first time since partition of the subcontinent 59 years ago.

A three-day festival, Jigrattan, beginning Feb 14, is being organized in consultation with India after former deputy prime minister...

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