Interfaith

Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Jan. 2003

January 23, 2003

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/03news3.html

On January 23, 2003 the National Council of Churches reported that "Dr. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, today (Jan. 23) called on people of faith to fast and pray for peace on Monday - 'the first of three days of events that will help determine history,' he said... On Monday, the United Nations Security Council is to receive a progress report on weapons inspections in...

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Celebrations in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 2003

January 20, 2003

Source: WKYC-TV

http://www.wkyc.com/news/news_fullstory.asp?id=2090

On January 20, 2003 WKYC-TV reported that "Ohioans observed Martin Luther King Day with marches in sub-freezing weather and programs honoring the slain civil rights leader... In Dayton, thousands of people met at different points of the city and marched to downtown... Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist group, brought about 20 whites and Asian-Americans, the third year they've marched... More than...

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CAIR Calls for Religious Leaders to Repudiate Baptist Marquee

January 20, 2003

Source: CAIR

http://www.cair-florida.org/church.htm

On January 20, 2003 CAIR reported that "Florida's office of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) today called on religious leaders in that state to repudiate a Jacksonville Baptist church road-side display that says, 'Jesus Forbade Murder, Matthew 26 52, Muhammad Approved Murder, Surah 8 65.' 'All Americans must band together to condemn hate speech designed to divide our nation along religious...

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The Interfaith Alliance Calls Legislators to Defend Religious Liberty

January 16, 2003

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

http://www.interfaithalliance.org/press/index.htm

On January 16, 2003 The Interfaith Alliance reported that "on the heels of remarks made this past weekend by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, urging Congress to determine religious freedom through legislation, The Interfaith Alliance (TIA) today brought together members of the progressive community to call upon legislators to defend religious liberty in the 108th Congress... 'Today, on...

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Muslim Coalition Receives Federal Funding to Fight Substance-Abuse

January 15, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizon

On January 15, 2003 the Islamic Horizon reported that "the coalition for Human Development (CHD), a broad based coalition established in 2001 under the auspices of the MPSGP (Muslim Physicians Society of Greater Pittsburgh), has received a $100,000 government grant to organize programs to help reduce and prevent substance-abuse in Monroeville, PA."

Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade

January 15, 2003

Source: East Bay Express

On January 15, 2003 the East Bay Express reported that "the mission statement of the Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade defines 'pagans' as: 'Those who follow indigenous, tribal, polytheistic, Nature-based, and Earth-based beliefs.' For anyone who enjoys world music and other international folk arts -- especially from the undeveloped world -- and the spirituality that comes from nature, the 'interfaith pagan' belief system might not be that much of a leap, says Berkeley's Micha Dunston... There are many other pagan orgs around...

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President of the Unitarian Universalist Association Considers Inclusion of "God" in Statement of Principles

January 13, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/4934945.htm

On January 13, 2003 the Star-Telegram reported that "a former atheist who is now president of the Unitarian Universalist Association will push to put the word 'God' into a new statement of principles of the Boston-based, liberal church group, he said Sunday... 'God' was not mentioned in a statement of principles approved in 1984, the Rev. William Sinkford said at First Jefferson...

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Opening Prayers in Maryland Senate Spark Debate

January 13, 2003

Source: Sun Spot

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.prayer18jan18,0,3783858.story?coll=bal%2Dlocal%2Dheadlines

On January 13, 2003 the Sun Spot reported that "three of the five opening prayers in the [Maryland] Senate this week ended with a reference to Jesus Christ, which some members of the assembly believed to be inappropriate... 'On this question of religion, I think it's important to recognize and to remember...

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Buddhists and Jews Discuss The Jew in the Lotus

January 11, 2003

Source: The Times Union

On January 11, 2003 The Times Union reported that "as leaders of a Buddhist center in the Capital District, my husband, Will, and I often are asked to participate in interfaith activities. The most recent was a program with Congregation Ohav Shalom in Albany on a discussion of the book The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz, which is about a group of rabbis and scholars who visited the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, to engage in a dialogue and especially to share their experience with diaspora... The fact that...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

January 10, 2003

Source: The Times Record

http://www.timesrecord.com/website/main.nsf/news.nsf/0/823BED2182298D4B05256CAA0056BD89?Opendocument

On January 10, 2003 The Times Record reported that "groups with widely diverse backgrounds plan to come together this evening and Saturday in support of diversity... For example, members of the Beth Israel Congregation here will be lighting candles tonight after their regular Sabbath service. At...

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The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program

January 6, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/4883450.htm

On January 6, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, a coalition of churches, synagogues and mosques [in CA]... has led the way to feed, shelter and otherwise care for the region's homeless population... 'We get together and don't worry about the differences,' said [Elisabeth] Miller, a member of Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond. 'We're...

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Jewish and Muslim Dinner to Promote Dialogue and Peace

January 3, 2003

Source: Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/nsheik3_20030103.htm

On January 3, 2003 the Free Press reported that "for the first Sabbath of 2003, a Jewish congregation hopes to start a new tradition to promote peace... Tonight, Congregation Chaye Olam will invite members of the Arab community for a Middle Eastern meal at the Sheik restaurant in Orchard Lake... The dinner, said Cantor Stephen Dubov, will be a chance for people of opposing viewpoints to agree...

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Pagans Protest School of Americas

January 1, 2003

Source: Reclaiming Quarterly

In the Winter, 2003 edition of the Reclaiming Quarterly reported that "Witches from Florida, North Carolina and New York participated in this year's School of the Americas protest at Ft. Benning, in Columbus, Georgia, November 15-17. The cluster sought to bear spiritual witness for the continuing murders, disappearances, and massacres perpetrated by graduates of the School of the Americas (now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation).

Life Enrichment Center in Michigan

January 1, 2003

Source: The Flint Journal

http://www.mlive.com/news/fljournal/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news-9/1041436261225710.xml

On January 1, 2003 The Flint Journal reported that "C. K. Venkateswaran, a Sunday school teacher at the local Hindu Temple and Chinmaya Mission, began the readings with a peace prayer in Hindu... The Rev. Deborah Kohler, pastor of Woodside Church of Flint, read a Christian...

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