Interfaith

Presbyterians, Jews Seek to Mend Fences after Investment Split

December 5, 2006

Author: Peter Smith

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061205/NEWS01/612050344

Several top Presbyterian and Jewish leaders have pledged to work more closely together to avoid a repeat of the recent bitter fight over whether the church would pull some investments from Israel.

"We affirm that peace for Israel and the Palestinians should be built on the...

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Feds Look to Land Foreign Preachers

December 5, 2006

Author: TOM GODFREY

Source: Toronto Sun

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/12/05/pf-2637825.html

TORONTO -- Federal immigration officials are working to fast track foreign religious leaders into Canada as landed immigrants after being pressured by ethnic communities nationwide.

Immigration Minister Monte Solberg is studying ways of granting priests and monks permanent resident status since many arrive as visitors to work in...

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Race-Hate Crimes Rise 28 Percent

December 4, 2006

Source: ITN News

http://www.itn.co.uk/news/britain_be4c0e8fe9babe292c1832389709d91f.html

The number of people charged with race crimes soared by 28 per cent last year, Crown Prosecution Service figures show.

There were a total of 7,430 cases and of those 6,123 defendants were actually taken to court.

Data also showed religiously-aggravated cases rose by 26.5 per cent although actual numbers of cases remained very small with 43...

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At Bosses’ Invitation, Chaplains Come Into Workplace and Onto Payroll

December 4, 2006

Author: Neela Banerjee

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/04/business/04chaplain.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- At the Tyson poultry plant here, Fred L. Mason Jr. hangs live chickens by their feet before they move down a belt toward slaughter. A few months ago, Mr. Mason told his boss that he had a drug problem.

People urged him to see the plant’s chaplain, but he was skeptical...

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Islamic Group Awards Rabbi for Bridging Faiths

December 4, 2006

Author: Jennifer Barrios

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limusl045002044dec04,0,7252702.story

A Long Island Islamic group gave its community-service award to a Great Neck rabbi who was vocal this election season against a congressman who denounced the group as "radical Islam."

Rabbi Jerome Davidson of Temple Beth El received the third annual award from the Islamic Center of...

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Community Holds Interfaith Thanksgiving Event

December 1, 2006

Author: Kelly AlHajal

Source: The Arab American News

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=6903

Leaders, representatives, and children of various religious organizations from throughout Metro Detroit gathered on Thanksgiving Eve to give thanks and to cultivate friendships.

The 20th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration was held at University Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills, Mich.

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Indonesia as facilitator in Muslim-Western relations

December 1, 2006

Author: Mohammad Yazid

Source: Peace Journalism

http://peacejournalism.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=12417

Jakarta – Muslim-Western relations have proven to be very fragile, particularly after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. Interfaith ties across the world have become increasingly turbulent. Some in the West view all Muslims as terrorists, and anti-West movements have cropped up in many predominantly Muslim countries.
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Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, and Higher Education

December 1, 2006

Source: BRC Newsletter

http://www.brc21.org/newsletters/n12-06.html

In September, as classes resumed in colleges and universities across the nation, an extraordinary event occurred in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Over eight hundred participants, including presidents, administrators, faculty, trustees, students, alumni, and religious life staff from 250 institutions of higher learning throughout the country gathered to explore:

The impact of religious diversity on institutions...

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Pope Begins Turkish Mosque Visit

November 30, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6158811.stm

Pope Benedict XVI has visited one of Turkey's most famous mosques in what is being seen as an attempt to mend relations with the Muslim community.

During his tour of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the pontiff paused in silent prayer alongside senior Muslim clerics.

It marks only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship.

Earlier, the Pope visited the nearby Hagia Sophia...

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