Interfaith

Christians and Jews Unite for "Mitzvah Day"

May 24, 2003

Source: The Beacon Journal

http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/news/local/states/ohio/counties/summit_county/5935946.htm

On May 24, 2003 The Beacon Journal reported that "more than 400 volunteers from Temple Israel and First Congregational Church of Akron will be planting seeds of kindness on June 1... The two congregations -- one Christian, the other Jewish -- will join forces to complete about 25 projects in the Akron [OH...

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Christians, Muslims, and Jews Come Together for "Celebration of Abraham"

May 24, 2003

Source: Lodi News-Sentinel

On May 24, 2003 the Lodi News-Sentinel reported that "the Celebration of Abraham, a movement that started a year ago among several religious leaders and lay people in the Lodi area to spread cultural respect and world peace, has spread to Stockton and other Northern California communities... Last year's celebration was held before a packed house at the Lodi Boys and Girls Club in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy. The event focused on the common belief in the patriarch Abraham and his sons, Isaac and Ishmael, among the...

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Florida Muslims and Christians Unite to Encourage Dialogue

May 23, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On May 23, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) and the Florida Council of Churches (FCC) announced a statewide partnership Thursday to encourage dialogue between Christians and Muslims... The FCC and CAIR-FL will host public dialogues around the state beginning Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church... A panel of speakers from different faiths will share their perspectives and answer questions. The sessions are intended to...

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Muslim Solidarity Day for Justice and Peace Marches to Washington D.C.

May 23, 2003

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://www.usnewswire.com/topnews/qtr2_2003/0523-111.html

On May 23, 2003 the U.S. Newswire reported that "thousands are expected to assemble in the nation's capital on Saturday, May 24, to protest what is viewed by many in the Muslim and civil rights community as the erosion of civil rights and civil liberties under the Bush-Ashcroft administration. The march and rally, called Muslim Solidarity Day for Justice and Peace, sponsored by...

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Interfaith Group Gathers for Peace Conference

May 23, 2003

Source: The York Dispatch

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On May 23, 2003 The York Dispatch reported that "close to 50 people attended the third annual peace conference sponsored by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Central Pennsylvania, including Noor Mosque of York City... Also speaking at the event were Susan Savia, a member of the Kalpa...

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Interfaith Partnership to Host Refugee Resettlement Programs

May 23, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

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On May 23, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "the Sudanese family's arrival in Tampa [FL] late Wednesday marks a milestone for faith groups that help refugees settle here. For the first time, Christians and Muslims have formed a partnership to sponsor the newcomers... 'It's a true interfaith project,' says Danielle Kearney, director of the refugee resettlement program for Lutheran Services Florida. 'And it has so much more of an impact in this...

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Washington Muslim Leader Brings Together Interfaith Group

May 22, 2003

Source: King County Journal

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On May 22, 2003 the King County Journal reported that "against a background of war and terrorism, Jawad Khaki stepped into the spotlight... Already a leader in an Eastside [WA] Shi'ite Muslim community, Khaki felt the need to educate people of other faiths about the peaceful side of Islam... As part of his outreach, Khaki brought his community, the Ithnasheri Muslim Association of the Northwest or IMAN, together with four other congregations --...

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Update: Benke Case Reveals Simmering Tension

May 21, 2003

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/120/31.0.html

On May 21, 2003 Christianity Today reported that "An appeals panel of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) has overturned the suspension of pastor David Benke for praying at an interfaith September 11 memorial event at Yankee Stadium. Despite the conclusion of the case, tensions run high in the 2.6 million-member denomination. Synod leaders expect a showdown at next year's synod...

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Interfaith Program Brings Together Jews and Muslims to Discuss Similarities

May 21, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On May 21, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "two prayer books --- one written in Arabic, the other in Hebrew and English --- brought Huma Faruqi and Jason Burn together, each struck at that moment more by the similarities in their religions than the differences... The Muslim and Jewish metro Atlantans were among those gathered in a hallway at Congregation B'nai Israel in Jonesboro, surrounded by others from their faiths, as they pored over the prayer books --- the air punctuated by...

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Interfaith Celebration for Ma Jaya Bhagavati's Birthday

May 20, 2003

Source: Florida Today

http://www.floridatoday.com/!NEWSROOM/localstoryA53181A.htm

On May 20, 2003 Florida Today reported that "a humanitarian award, interfaith peace walk, open house and vegetarian sit-down dinner for 500 are planned at the Kashi Ashram in Roseland on Saturday and Sunday. Most events are open to the community... The weekend will celebrate [Ma Jaya] Bhagavati's birthday with a theme "A Time for Peace." More than 800 people are expected... An...

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Rajdhani Mandir Temple to Include Lord Buddha

May 18, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

On May 18, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the dozen or so deities at the Rajdhani Mandir, a Hindu temple in Chantilly, draw hundreds of devotees each week who stand or kneel before the various incarnations of God to seek blessings. But this weekend, Hindus found themselves praying alongside newcomers of a different faith... In a three-day ceremony where smoky tendrils of incense swirled and wafted as monks chanted, the temple inaugurated Lord Buddha into the ranks of its deities. In doing so, the Hindu temple became the...

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St. Louis Mennonite Community Plans to Form Interfaith Mediation Group

May 17, 2003

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On May 17, 2003 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "a group of St. Louis regional religious and community leaders is taking to heart a line from the song 'Let There Be Peace on Earth.' The line that grabs them is 'And, let it begin with me...' This month, they are seeking like-minded people to form a corps of volunteer peacemakers... The volunteers will work in the front lines of peacemaking, helping forge truces between neighbors... In September, her church and another Mennonite congregation, Bethesda Fellowship...

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