Interfaith

Fulbright Scholars Study Religious Diversity in Utah

July 6, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.harktheherald.com/article.php?sid=88751

On July 6, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "17 Fulbright scholars from countries such as Bangladesh and Brazil, Cameroon, the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Slovakia and Spain, have come here to see U.S. religious diversity firsthand... They arrived in Utah on Saturday... It seems an odd place to study diversity, given the fact that this state has a dominant religious majority in...

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Retreat Centers in the Virginia Area

July 6, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2263-2003Jul3.html

On July 6, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the 1,000-acre Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville on the James River in Buckingham, Va., schedules yoga classes, group meditations, vegetarian meals, and 10-day silent retreats several times a year. The nondenominational Mountain Light Retreat Center in Crozet, Va., specializes in Zen-based meditation. And the...

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Diverse Celebrations of the Fourth

July 5, 2003

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/7075171p-8008034c.html

On July 5, 2003 The Fresno Bee reported that "a midmorning picnic at California State University, Fresno's J.E. O'Neill Park drew more than 300 people Friday, many eager to show that the Fourth of July is more than fireworks -- it is a time to celebrate the nation's pluralism. Chinese-Hmong dancers, Japanese Taiko drummers, Valley heartland folk players, flamenco dancers and...

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Sweat Lodges on the Grounds of St. Luke Presbyterian Church

July 5, 2003

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/3968276.html

On July 5, 2003 the Star Tribune reported that "through the trees, a small patch of blue sky lit the sacred grounds, where two empty sweat lodges stood... A mixture of smells lingered in the air -- cedar, sage and sweet grass. The grounds were prepared for the sacred drum to beat and the singing to begin. The body had to be purified before the men entered the lodges and the doors closed... For a...

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Local Muslim Pharmacist Holds Informal Seminar to Discuss Islamic Faith

July 3, 2003

Source: The Register Herald

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?brd=1706

On July 3, 2003 The Register Herald reported that "Nasir Mahmood has teamed up with the Pine Plains Council of Churches [NY] to hold seminars on Muslim awareness. The most recent seminar was held on June 12 at St. Anthony's Church in Pine Plains. Many know Mahmood as their pharmacist in Pine Plains, but not as a spokesman on the Islamic faith... Since the attacks on the World Trade Center, Mahmood has...

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Muslims and Jews Learning from Each Other in Rochester, NY

July 2, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.rochesterdandc.com/news/IM12VBM_jews02_news.shtml

On July 2, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, drove divisions between Jews and Muslims in many cities, but in Rochester [NY], the dialogue between these two communities is growing deeper and deeper... In fact, because of a series of public programs seeking greater understanding, the Commission on Jewish/Muslim...

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High School Students Participate in Interfaith Training Program

July 2, 2003

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR070203.html

On July 2, 2003 the Religion News Service reported that "fifty Christian, Muslim, and Jewish high school students from the Middle East, South Africa, Northern Ireland and the United States committed to building understanding between peoples of different faiths are spending two weeks together in a groundbreaking leadership-training program... The students, ages 16-18, are participants in the...

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Interfaith Celebration in Kentucky

July 2, 2003

Source: Herald Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/heraldleader/news/local/6215627.htm

On July 2, 2003 the Herald Leader reported that "the faces in the Kentucky Theatre last night ranged from black to white to brown... Their voices represented Jews, Muslims, Christians and Catholics... And they were all united in cheers... They were gathered for the patriotic "Faces of Faith in America' rally, hosted by The Interfaith Alliance of the Bluegrass... The event...

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Panel Discussion of Young People of Minority Religions in North Carolina

June 30, 2003

Source: The Herald-Sun

http://www.heraldsun.com/orange/10-367211.html

On June 30, 2003 The Herald-Sun reported that "the Century Center is hosting a panel discussion tonight on how young people from minority religions living in the United States can remain true to their faith in a time of war abroad and distrust at home... Tonight's dialogue, 'Keeping the Faith: Expatriate Communities,' will bring together six college and high school students, an audience from the community...

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The Yuba-Sutter Abrahamic Interfaith Dialogue Program

June 29, 2003

Source: Appeal-Democrat

On June 29, 2003 the Appeal-Democrat reported that Ali "Jensen, of Santa Cruz [CA], converted to Islam about 26 years ago after exploring transcendental meditation and Zen Buddhism, he said. According to Islamic teachings, he prays five times a day and fasts for an entire month, among other things... Jensen was speaking at the second Yuba-Sutter Abrahamic Interfaith Dialogue Program, a group involving Christian, Jewish and Muslim members... Coordinators stressed mutual understanding and peace as goals for the dialogue. They also...

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Paths to Interfaith Marriages

June 28, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/features/ny-lsfaith0628,0,4818410.story

On June 28, 2003 Newsday reported that "under a Jewish wedding canopy called a chupah, in front of a Christian unity candle and with a Cherokee prayer, Richard Goidel and Debra George were married earlier this month... It wasn't easy to find clergy willing to perform an interfaith ceremony, says George, 44, a widow. Some wouldn't return her phone calls and some admonished her, she...

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