Interfaith

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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International Summit of Pluralist Theologians Meets in England

September 19, 2003

Source: National Catholic Reporter

http://www.natcath.com/NCR_Online/archives2/2003c/091903/091903c.php

On September 19, 2003 National Catholic Reporter reported that "over four days, Sept. 6-9, 40 leading pluralist theologians gathered in Birmingham, England...Catholic luminaries such as Paul Knitter of Xavier University and Jesuit Fr. Roger Haight and Chester Gillis, both of Georgetown University, took part, as well as Protestants, Muslims, Hindus,...

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Scout Troops Represent Many Faiths

September 15, 2003

Source: The Oregonian

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On September 15, 2003 The Oregonian reported that "in their green Girl Scout vests stitched with badges, the girls of Troop 869 are the newest members of a 91-year-old tradition rooted in the American South. With their Muslim headcoverings and prayers, the girls also represent how far the Girl Scouts have gone to tailor Scouting to many faiths, or none. National Girl Scout officials don't keep track of members'...

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Hindu Temple in Tennesee Holds Open House

September 14, 2003

Source: The Tennesean

http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/03/09/39271396.shtml?Element_ID=39271396

On September 14, 2003 The Tennessean reported that "hundreds of people from different backgrounds, creeds and religions gathered yesterday at the Sri Ganesha Temple on Old Hickory Boulevard for the Indian Association of Nashville's annual Indian Festival. This was the third year members of the Hindu temple opened their doors to the...

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Habitat Homes Built by Diverse Communities

September 12, 2003

Source: NCC News

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/03buildingonfaith.html

On September 12, 2003 NCC News reported that "churches and faith groups around the world are gathering to pray and work together in order to eliminate substandard housing during Habitat for Humanity International’s "Building On Faith" week, Sept. 14-20. Throughout the year, Habitat for Humanity -- a National Council of Churches partner -- serves as a vehicle for churches and the faith community to...

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