Interfaith

Update: Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Dismisses Charges Against David Benke

May 12, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A47260-2003May12.html

On May 12, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod announced yesterday that it has dismissed all charges against a high-ranking pastor who had been suspended for praying with 'pagans' in an interfaith service at New York's Yankee Stadium after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001... The Rev. David Benke, 57, said the...

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Interfaith Ohio Group Continues to Pray for Peace

May 11, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 11, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "about 150 adults and children of different faiths gathered in the basement of Trinity Episcopal Church yesterday afternoon to pray, enjoy music and affirm their commitment to peace... 'Peace is more than just an end to war,' said Joe Keehner of the Grassroots Congress, speaking during the Ohio Peace Rally... One of the most troubling issues, they said, is the continued U.S. presence in Iraq... Gilly Running, a Lakota-Sioux medicine man who led a native prayer yesterday...

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Editorial: Religious Pluralism in America

May 10, 2003

Source: Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/May/10/il/il42a.html

On May 10, 2003 the Honolulu Advertiser printed an editorial by Robert Ganung stating that "it is almost impossible for me to write about spiritual matters without referring to my spiritual master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Although I am from another religious tradition (United Methodist minister), this gentle Zen monk from Vietnam has influenced my spiritual journey...

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Interfaith Group in Nebraska Gather for Mayor's Prayer Breakfast

May 8, 2003

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

http ://w ww.journalstar.com/local.php?story_id=44413

On May 8, 2003 the Lincoln Journal Star reported that "prayers by people of many faiths marked the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Thursday at The Cornhusker hotel... More than 360 people attended the event. The theme this year was 'Let There be Peace on Earth, and Let it Begin with Me...' The event included prayers and comments by Rabbi Stanley Rosenbaum of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, the Rev. Steve Ratzlaff of the Lincoln Mennonite Church,...

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Editorials: Religions in Maine

May 8, 2003

Source: Casco Bay Weekly

http://www.cascobayweekly.com/cbw2003/cover/cover05.08.03-2.stm

On May 8, 2003 the Casco Bay Weekly published an editorial by Abraham J. Peck stating that "Professor Diana Eck of Harvard University argues in her recent book, A New Religious America: How a 'Christian Country' Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation, that 'the presupposition that America is foundationally Christian' is being challenged by a new...

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Muslims and Mormons Join Forces to Deliver Personal Hygiene Kits to Iraq

May 6, 2003

Source: MPAC News

On May 6, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "the Southern California Muslim community and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also know as the Mormons or LDS) have joined forces to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits to be shipped to the families of Iraq... The initiative, called 'Project Iraqi Relief', will bring together members of the Mormon and Muslim communities to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits consisting of soaps, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and combs, among other items. The...

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Interfaith Vigil for Peace Continues in Arizona

May 5, 2003

Source: Tucson Citizen

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/local/5_5_03vigil.html

On May 5, 2003 the Tucson Citizen reported that "the interfaith vigil for peace at the Islamic Center of Tucson [AZ] continues - even after President Bush on Friday announced an end to major combat operations in Iraq... The war in Iraq may end, but the round-the-clock Interfaith Vigil to Stop Violence will not end until there is peace in the Middle East, said Moji Agha, the founder of the...

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"Building Bridges" Interfaith Dinner Links Muslims with African and Latino-Americans

May 4, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/nyc-nyarab043267911may04,0,7416986.story

On May 4, 2003 Newsday reported that "on the evening of April 24, a group of local Arabs held a special 'Building Bridges' dinner to create friendships and alliances with activists in the African-American and Latino communities... 'We have more in common and we must come together,' said Bishop Vincent Cooper, an African-American and pastor of White Rock...

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Dickinson College Students Map Religious Diversity of Pennsylvania

May 2, 2003

Source: Penn Live

http ://w ww.pennlive.com/living/patriotnews/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/living/1051781819113460.xml

On May 2, 2003 Penn Live reported that "students in a New American Religious Diversity class at Dickinson College [PA] this semester did fieldwork just a short ride from their dorms in Carlisle... The students were welcomed as Muslims prayed at a mosque in Steelton, Hindus read aloud the Ramayana at a temple in Fairview, and Buddhists drummed and chanted in a Columbia temple that used...

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