Interfaith

Pastor Presses On Toward Potential Partnership with Moderate Muslims

October 18, 2006

Source: WDC Media

http://www.wdcmedia.com/newsArticle.php?ID=2075

A Florida pastor who was dropped from political appointments by Governor Jeb Bush and Attorney General Charlie Crist for statements against Islam now says he wants to work together with peace-loving Muslims to oppose Islamic extremism. Dr. O'Neal Dozier says clarifying his beliefs about Muslims is an important step in the proposed alliance.

Dozier, pastor of Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach,...

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Hindu American Foundation Campaigns for Diwali Recognition

October 17, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_deepavali_2006.htm

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) initiated a coordinated plan this week to raise awareness about the upcoming celebrations of Diwali; perhaps the most widely recognized Hindu festival. Celebrated around the world this year on October 21, Diwali, or Deepavali in the original Sanskrit, refers to the rows of earthen lamps celebrants place...

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MAS Leads Muslim Involvement on World Food Day

October 16, 2006

Source: Muslim American Society Press Release

http://www.masnet.org/takeaction.asp?id=3842

On the weekend of October 14-15, 2006 more than 5,000 people attended the Green Festival in Washington, D.C. This conference and expo, one of several major events scheduled over the next six months, connected social activists, environmentally-friendly "green" businesses, policy advocates, and consumers concerned with a spectrum of issues ranging from organic farming to addressing the global...

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Ecumenical Conference will Explore Women in Religion, Leadership Roles

October 16, 2006

Author: Daphne Mack

Source: Episcopal News Service

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_78663_ENG_HTM.htm

More than 60 female religion educators, leaders, activists and scholars representing various faiths from around the world are set to make their voices heard at the "Women in Religion in the 21st Century" conference, held October 17-19 in New York City.

Speakers, presenters and moderators from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, Buddhist...

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Fla. Senate Race Rekindles Debate on Religion, Politics

October 16, 2006

Author: William E. Gibson

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.florida16oct16,0,1852550.story

U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris brought a combustible mix of religion and politics to South Florida last week, reaching out to Jewish and Christian groups while preaching the cause of civic action imbued with Judeo-Christian values.

To Jewish leaders and voters in Palm...

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Pope to Visit Turkey Despite Row

October 16, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6054958.stm

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Turkey in November, his first visit to a predominantly Muslim country.

The Pontiff will visit Ankara, Izmir, Istanbul and ancient Ephesus during the trip, which will begin on 28 November.

The trip has been overshadowed by a row over remarks he made about Islam.

The visit, which will run until 1 December, is the result of an...

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Meal, Prayers Shared by Faith Groups

October 11, 2006

Author: Geoffrey D. Brown

Source: The Frederick News-Post

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?storyid=53008

An interfaith dialogue among Muslims, Christians and Jews is gaining momentum almost two months after the Frederick County Islamic community's spiritual leader called for increased religious tolerance.

The Islamic Society of Frederick welcomed people of all faiths Monday at a community...

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World: Dalai Lama Says Extremism Not Representative Of Faith

October 11, 2006

Author: Joyce Davis

Source: Radio Free Europe

http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2006/10/03C4775C-C7FA-4043-88CD-1B53D44E87A6.html

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, spiritual leader of Tibet and the man millions call "His Holiness," spoke in Prague this week at the Forum 2000 session on "The Risks of Globalization: Do Religions Offer a Solution or Are they Part of the Problem?"

The "simple Buddhist...

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God's Green Earth: Faith-Based Interest in Environment Spreads

October 11, 2006

Author: ANN PEPPER

Source: Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/homepage/abox/article_1308603.php

Margaret Henke and a couple of committed friends have grown their faith-based environmental group from a seedling effort that mostly preached to the converted into a force rooted in hundreds of members from a spectrum of faith communities.

And this year an October conference sponsored by the group, the...

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Christians and Muslims Work Together for Indonesian Development

October 10, 2006

Source: Ekklesia

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/news_syndication/article_061010indo.shtml

Four months after an earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Java, Indonesian Mennonites and Muslims are rebuilding homes and forging new relationships across religious lines, says Jeanne Jantzi a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) country representative for Indonesia.

Mennonites are Christians in the Anabaptist peace church tradition. MCC is a North...

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George Joins Muslim-Christian Gathering in Orland

October 10, 2006

Author: Isaac Wolf

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/90355,1ND8-10.article

Cardinal Francis George feasted on Middle Eastern delicacies Monday night, conspicuously participating in an annual Muslim celebration when he has canceled many recent public appearances.

After cancer surgery in July, George scrapped much of his schedule, but he attended the 10th annual community iftar designed to bring together Muslims...

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Catholic-Sikh National Retreat

October 9, 2006

Author: Manmohan Singh

Source: World Sikh Council

http://www.worldsikhcouncil.org/

Representatives of the World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR) and the US Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) met October 5-7, 2006 in Long Island, New York for a three-day Catholic-Sikh bilateral national interreligious retreat.

The retreat was held at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (Huntington, NY) and the nearby Mata Sahib Kaur Gurdwara (Glen Cove, NY)....

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Pope Adds Apologetic Footnote to Official Text of Islam Speech

October 9, 2006

Author: Stacy Meichtry

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/201/story_20104_1.html

In his latest bid to clarify remarks that enraged the Muslim world, Pope Benedict XVI has added a cautiously worded footnote to the official text of the address he delivered at the University of Regensburg in Germany.

The footnote aimed to further assuage anger over Benedict's use of a quote by a...

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Local Muslims & Christians Come Together to End Barriers

October 9, 2006

Source: WLNS

http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=5513506

Two mid-Michigan religious groups are using their differences to understand each other. Muslims and Christians from neighboring congregations gathered to help break down some religious barriers.

It's a narrow strip of land that separates two faith communities- the Islamic Center of Lansing on one side and University Lutheran Church on the other, but instead of dividing the two congregations, the piece of...

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Beliefwatch: Fast Friends

October 9, 2006

Author: Dilshad D. Ali and Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Source: Newsweek

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15079909/site/newsweek/

The Roman Catholic peace group Pax Christi USA has decided to fast, but it's not waiting for Lent. After Pope Benedict XVI quoted a Byzantine emperor's statement that Islam is "evil and inhuman," the group said that, to soothe tensions, thousands of its members are fasting for Ramadan. (For the 30 days of the Islamic holy month,...

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