Interfaith

Lawsuits Over Governmental Funding of Faith Works Milwaukee

November 30, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 30, 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "the American Jewish Committee has filed a legal brief urging a federal appeals court to maintain separation of church and state as it decides a Milwaukee-based case. The organization, a Jewish interest group concerned with religious pluralism, filed the brief along with the Anti-Defamation League and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. The filing opposes government funding of Faith Works Milwaukee, a residential treatment program...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 29, 2002

Source: Rocky Mountain News

On November 29, 2002 Rocky Mountain News reported that "held in a different worship center every year, Denver's oldest Thanksgiving interfaith service was begun in the 1880s by two churches and a synagogue. The event has expanded to include three more Christian and Jewish groups and the Buddhist Temple, which has participated for almost 30 years. The one-hour service was capped by a bread-sharing ritual and closed with America the Beautiful. The service will be held next year at Central Christian Church in Denver."

Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 28, 2002

Source: Austin American Statesman

On November 28, 2002 Austin American Statesman reported that "at Barsana Dham [in Texas], a Hindu temple, there were gathered a Roman Catholic bishop, an Episcopalian priest, Protestant ministers of various stripes (Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Unitarian and Baptist), a Jewish rabbi, Buddhist monks, a Muslim imam -- and more. That's not all. There were about 1,000 black people, brown people, yellow people and white people, men, women and children, and everybody took off their shoes in respect for Hindu ways."

Christians and Muslims Unite to Help Homeless

November 27, 2002

Source: USA TODAY

On November 27, 2002 USA TODAY reported that "the volunteers who serve meals at the First Congregational Church in Washington, D.C., also give sustenance to another ideal -- this is a country where Muslims and Christians live and work together. Imam Johari Abdel-Malik and the Rev. Graylan Hagler conceived the idea of a Muslim-Christian volunteer effort early this fall. 'We are a community under siege after Sept. 11,' says Abdel-Malik, who is a Muslim chaplain at Howard University. 'We need to come out of our bubble. This is a good...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 27, 2002

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

On November 27, 2002 the Chicago Daily Herald reported that "a smorgasbord of religions will emphasize the spiritual side of Thanksgiving next week. Participants in the DuPage Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will include Muslims, Catholics, Jews, Zoroastrians, Hindus, Sikhs, Bahais and theosophists. The annual service began in the early 1990s after members of the DuPage Interfaith Resource Network decided they could find common ground in recognizing that Thanksgiving goes deeper than turkey and football. The ceremony will...

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Eugene City Councilors Vote Unanimously to Seek Reform or Repeal of the USA Patriot Act

November 26, 2002

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2002/11/26/1a.patriotact.1126.html

On November 26, 2002 The Register-Guard reported that "Eugene [OR] city councilors gave in to a stampede of constituents Monday night, surprising even themselves by voting unanimously at an impassioned meeting to make Eugene the 15th city in the United States and the first in Oregon to formally seek reform or repeal of the USA Patriot Act. More than 200...

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FBI Reports Rise of Hate Crimes against Muslims Post 9/11

November 25, 2002

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HatCR_51/4197_51.asp

On November 25, 2002 The Anti-Defamation League issued a press release stating that "the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called for increased education and training for police agencies and bipartisan efforts to expand federal authority to investigate and prosecute hate crimes. The 2001 FBI hate crime data, released today and collected under the mandate of the 1990 Hate Crime Statistics...

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Interfaith Iftaar 2002

November 25, 2002

Source: Post-Gazette

On November 25, 2002 the Post-Gazette reported that "followers of Islam welcomed guests of all faiths to the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh last night with hospitality, prayer and a dinner that broke a daily fast during the month of Ramadan. Muslims believe that during Ramadan, the lunar month of peace, God revealed the Quran to the Prophet Mohammed. This year, Ramadan began Nov. 6 and will end Dec. 5. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset as a way to develop patience, self-control and a deeper connection with God. Last...

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Habitat for Humanity to Use Interfaith Coalition to Build Home

November 25, 2002

Source: Connecticut Post

On November 25, 2002 the Connecticut Post reported that "Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bridgeport [CT], using for the first time, an interfaith coalition of support, will have a two-story, four-bedroom house for Sundus, her parents and five siblings sitting on the property. Salem Lutheran will be teamed with members of Al-Aziz Islamic Center, Congregations B'nai Israel and Rodelph Sholom and Shiloh Baptist Church, all of Bridgeport, and Congregation Beth El of Fairfield. Habitat executive director Bob Knebel said the organization...

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FBI Reports Rise of Hate Crimes against Muslims Post 9/11

November 25, 2002

Source: FBI National Press Office

http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel02/2001hc.htm

On November 25, 2002 FBI National Press Office issued a press release stating that "The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program today released the final hate crime data for 2001 in its annual publication, Hate Crime Statistics. During 2001, state and local law enforcement agencies reported to the FBI 9,730 incidents which involved 11,451 separate...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 24, 2002

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83%257E1971%257E1010917,00.html

On November 24, 2002 The Argus reported that "more than 40 years ago, three Protestant churches of different denominations came together in the name of unity for a Thanksgiving service. It was a progressive step at the time, said Don Anderson, former pastor of First Christian Church, one of the churches that met in 1961. During the 1960s, more churches...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 23, 2002

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/23/national/23BELI.html

On November 23, 2002 The New York Times reported that "Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard University, where she is director of the Pluralism Project, has enjoyed many an interfaith Thanksgiving with Christian, Jewish and Muslim friends, 'all comfortable with prayer and thanksgiving,' she said, 'since we have had many holidays together,...

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Interfaith Soup Kitchen

November 23, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28312-2002Nov22.html

On November 23, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "the chaplain, Imam Johari Abdel-Malik, challenged the Rev. Graylan Hagler to work with him on an interfaith charity project in Washington. Abdel-Malik said he could provide food and volunteers for an effort to feed the needy. Could Hagler provide a place for them to serve the meals? This week, as a result...

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