Interfaith

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

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).

The objective of the retreat was for the Catholic and Sikh communities to further deepen...

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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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Jewish, Muslim Women Live Together to Seek Peace, Understanding

October 9, 2006

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/09/america/NA_GEN_US_Peace_Dorm.php

About a dozen women students, including a handful of Muslims and Jews, are living together at Rutgers University as they work toward ideals that have seemed out of reach for years in the Middle East: peace and understanding.

Rutgers was to hold a dedication ceremony Monday evening for...

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Jerusalem Women Speak, RI Woman Answers

October 8, 2006

Author: Reza Corinne Clifton

Source: Rezaritesri

http://www.rezaritesri.com/blog/

[Nada] Samih spent the majority of her childhood in Johnston, RI, where she graduated from Johnston Public High School. But Samih and her mother were both born in Kuwait, moving to the US—to RI—when Samih was six years old. But Samih’s family roots are not Kuwaiti; they are Palestinian. All of Samih’s family is from Palestine; her maternal and paternal grandparents...

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UN Forum Sees Interfaith Dialogue as Essential to Peace

October 8, 2006

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=484

Last month some 33 governments sent delegations to a special conference here on how religions and governments can work together for peace.

"The High-Level Conference on Interfaith Cooperation for Peace" was sponsored by a unique coalition of governments, United Nations agencies and religious non-governmental organizations, including Baha'i representatives.

Participants said the 21...

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Defusing the Clash of Civilizations

October 7, 2006

Author: John Colson

Source: Aspen Times Weekly

http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20061007/ASPENWEEKLY/110080065

As tensions rise between the Islamic and non-Islamic countries of the world, fed largely by an ever-growing fear and hatred of the United States among some international Muslims, a past mayor of Aspen continues to do what he can to defuse the situation.

Former Mayor John Bennett admitted this week that a recent high-...

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Ford Motor Hosts Iftar Dinner

October 5, 2006

Source: The Arab American News

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=6495

Ford Motor Company hosted its 6th annual Ramadan fast breaking Wednesday, an event attended by around 150 Muslim and non-Muslim guests.

The evening program took place in the Ford Credit building's cafeteria and was themed, "Ramadan: The Month of Forgiveness and Reconciliation."

Speakers included Mike Bannister, CEO of Ford Credit; Paul Nussbaum,...

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