Interfaith

Diverse Passengers Aboard Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride

October 2, 2003

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2003/1002/p02s01-uspo.html

On October 2, 2003 The Christian Science Monitor reported that "some 900 travelers are criss-crossing the country in 18 buses advocating for reforms, including the controversial legalization of workers in the US illegally." Calling themselves the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, the workers' journey includes rallies and prayer vigils, and comes as the nation continues to grapple...

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Arab-American Muslims and Christians Grill San Francisco Candidates on Civil Rights

October 1, 2003

Source: An-Nahar

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=e622f4bef4e1

On October 1, 2003 An-Nahar reported that mayoral candidates in San Francisco held the first ever candidate forum to focus on the concerns of Arab Americans at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Local Arab Muslim and Christian participants on the Arab American Leadership Council grilled mayoral candidates on civil rights, the Patriot Act, and their commitment to...

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Diversity Tour Highlights Religious Life in Houston

October 1, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://pennlive.com/newsflash/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1065051252142820.xml

On October 1, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "diversity tours" highlighting the religious patchwork of Houston neighborhoods have been drawing large crowds. Organized by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors' Bureau, among the $30 tour's highlights are a Buddhist temple, mariachi church services, and the city's oldest Jewish...

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President and Pastor of Valparaiso University "Repent" for Interfaith Service

September 30, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2003/09/30/local.20030930-sbt-LOCL-D4-Valparaiso_leaders_r.sto

On September 30, 2003 Associated Press reported that "the president and pastor of Valparaiso University have "repented" to members of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for hosting an interfaith service in which Muslim and Jewish leaders offered prayers. The independent Lutheran university in...

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Column: Faiths Work Together for Memphis Living Wage Ordinance

September 27, 2003

Source: The Commercial Appeal (TN)

http://www.gomemphis.com/mca/faith_values/article/0,1426,MCA_4076_2300955,00.html

On September 27, 2003, religion columnist David Waters of Memphis's The Commercial Appeal wrote about an interfaith effort to establish a "living wage" ordinance in Memphis. He writes, "Thirty-five years ago here in Memphis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other religious leaders teamed up with labor leaders to help local...

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NJ Interfaith Vigil to Address Violence

September 27, 2003

Source: Courier News (NJ)

http://www.c-n.com/news/c-n/story/0,2111,818512,00.html

On September 27, 2003 Courier News (NJ) reported that "an interfaith dialogue and anti-violence vigil will bring people of several faiths together at Raritan Valley Community College next week. The program...is the continuation of an effort that began several years ago to foster understanding and diversity in the community. The evening will include a 'Stop the Violence'...

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Many Faiths Are Centered On Different Calendar Systems

September 26, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/religion/stories/092703dnrelcalendar.bf358.html

On September 26, 2003 The Dallas Morning News ran a feature article on the different calendar systems of various faiths, using the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, celebrating the beginning of the Jewish year 5764, to jump-start the calendric comparisons. Susan Hogan writes, "At least 50,000 North Texans are waking up to a new year: 5764. And...

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Christian Ecumenical Group Withdraws from Thanksgiving Interfaith Service in MI

September 26, 2003

Source: The Grand Rapids Press

http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-10/1064587500100790.xml

On September 26, 2003 The Grand Rapids Press reported that the 2002 Thanksgiving interfaith worship service held in Grand Rapids, MI, had caused some controversy among Christians who said worshipping with members of other faiths compromised their beliefs. "Now, Grand Rapids' leading ecumenical organization has dropped out as principal...

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Interfaith Meeting Discusses Being Non-Christian in the Bible Belt

September 26, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/living/religion/6869652.htm?template=contentModules/printstory.jsp

On September 26, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported on an interfaith luncheon held by Mecklenburg Ministries that focused on the question, "What is it like not being Christian in Charlotte?" Religion reporter Ken Garfield writes, "We batted around the Billy Graham Parkway issue for...

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MA Interfaith Group Plans to Reach Out to Non-Western Traditions

September 26, 2003

Source: The Daily News Transcript (MA)

http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/news/local_regional/wstw_interfaith09262003.htm

On September 26, 2003 The Daily News Transcript (MA) reported that "for more than 20 years, the Westwood [MA] Interfaith Council has focused on building a strong relationship between Christians and Jews, said Rev. Stephen Smith, the new president of the Interfaith Council. After Sept. 11, he said the group has been...

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Jews and Latinos Celebrate "Common Spiritual Values" in Washington

September 25, 2003

Source: The American Jewish Committee

http://www.ajc.org/InTheMedia/PressReleases.asp?did=935

On September 25, 2003 The American Jewish Committee reported that the American Jewish Committee joined members of the Latino community for an interfaith service to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Dina Siegel Vann, AJC’s director of Latino and Latin American Affairs, said that the event was aimed at highlighting the "common spiritual values" between Jews...

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Lilly Endowment Funds New Study of Religion and Public Life

September 25, 2003

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/article.cfm?objectID=5EEB5BE0-52B6-4EE7-92530C2BD

On September 25, 2003 Voice of America reported "backed by a $3.3 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, investigators will embark on a long-term study of religious beliefs and behaviors among various ethnic groups...In the Rice/Notre Dame study, researchers will begin by interviewing 2,500 people across the nation. They will then follow up by...

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Bay Area South Asians Gather to Discuss Patriot Act, Sept. 11 Backlash

September 25, 2003

Source: NCM

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=ce475792c28cdd2135a2163926b8c8a6

On September 25, 2003 NCM reported that "in a rare show of solidarity, some 100 members of the South Asian American community of the Bay Area gathered Sept. 14 at the India Community Center to discuss the backlash felt over two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the effects of the USA Patriot Act. The community forum...

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Executive Order on Faith-Based Initiatives and Some Responses

September 22, 2003

Source: CNN.com

http://www.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/09/22/faith.initiative/index.html

On September 22, 2003, CNN reported that The White House "has eased barriers that have kept faith-based organizations from receiving federal money for programs that help needy Americans. Four regulatory actions announced last December were finalized, and six new regulatory or policy changes were proposed, said Jim Towey, director of President Bush's Office of Faith-...

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