Interfaith

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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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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Promoting Mutual Understanding

November 30, 2006

Source: Kuensel online

http://www.kuenselonline.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=7787

The Dharma Sanskriti Sangam (religion based cultures’ meet) in Varanasi, India, was a successful exercise in promoting harmony, peace and progress in the region and the world, according to delegates from 13 Asian countries.

A large number religious leaders of different religions like Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Sanatan agreed that such a...

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Pope Shifts Focus to Christian Rights

November 30, 2006

Author: Scott Rank and Stacy Meichtry

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/205/story_20503.html

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Pope Benedict XVI joined an Islamic cleric in prayers under the towering dome of Istanbul's most famous mosque Thursday in a powerful gesture seeking to transform his image among Muslims from adversary to peacemaker.

The pope's minute of prayer was carried out in...

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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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Aussie Soul Alive and Kicking, Academic Discovers

November 29, 2006

Source: Catholic News Service

http://www.cathnews.com/news/611/166.php

In a newly published book analysing Australia's spiritual and religious trends, Monash University Professor Gary Bouma argues that, contrary to assumptions that the nation is becoming increasingly secular, religion is in fact growing and increasingly popular.

In the book described by the publishers as "the most comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of Australian religion available", Professor Bouman says...

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City Council Debating Proposed Changes to 40-year Prayer Tradition

November 29, 2006

Author: Michael Lafleur

Source: Lowell Sun

http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_4739880

LOWELL -- City councilors last night again considered proposed changes to their 40-year tradition of reciting the Lord's Prayer prior to their regular meetings but tabled the issue for further discussion.

Representatives of the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance (GLILA) gave members of the council's rules subcommittee a formal proposal to begin each...

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