Interfaith

New Jersey Muslims Educate to Dispel Misconceptions

September 30, 2002

Source: Asbury Park Press

http://www.app.com/app2001/story/0,21133,623888,00.html

On September 30, 2002 Asbury Park Press reported that "as the number of Muslim families in the Shore area increases, so have their efforts to reach out to the community and dispel misconceptions about their religion. 'We want to try to clarify the negative stereotypes,' said El Mansoury, who spoke at a church in Point Pleasant and at the Uni-tarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth...

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Religious Groups Take Up Environmentalism

September 28, 2002

Source: The Deseret News

On September 28, 2002 The Deseret News reported that "religious groups around the country are finding ecological issues hard to ignore. Clergy are speaking from the pulpit on global warming and Arctic drilling, and practicing what they preach in their own churches, synagogues, temples and mosques... Across faiths, the environmental movement has been evolving slowly over the past decade or more. Denominations have started looking into their traditions, examining how their beliefs could be applied to ecological issues and...

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Long Island Multi-Faith Forum to Expand Its Youth Constituency

September 28, 2002

Source: Newsday

On September 28, 2002 Newsday reported that "as part of a plan to expand its efforts during the next five years, the Multi-Faith Forum is focusing on children, encouraged by a growing number of requests from schools for its Building Bridges panel discussions. Forum leaders plan to expand their base of speakers, now numbering about 100, and update an educational video to appeal to the MTV sensibilities of younger audiences. Recognizing that mission, two Long Island religious groups and four forum members have granted a total of $27,500...

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Licensed Psychologist Leads Zen Meditation Group in Modesto

September 28, 2002

Source: Modesto Bee

On September 28, 2002 Modesto Bee reported on a "meditation group -- one of three now operating in Modesto -- recently started under the tutelage of [Grace] Schireson, a licensed psychologist who was ordained as a Zen priest in 1998. It emphasizes a structured format of sitting and walking meditation designed to guide members toward enlightenment. In the process -- with the help of Schireson -- they also confront issues and habits in their own personalities that could stand in the way of that. 'Zen traditionally is about revealing...

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Virginia's Nexus Proposes "Nitty Gritty" Interfaith Dialogue

September 28, 2002

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

On September 28, 2002 The Virginian-Pilot reported that "because the [Nexus] team recognizes that people are at different places in their faith walks and in their desire to learn about other faiths, we've always felt Nexus must grow to provide programs for these different levels. There are others, however - myself included - who want 'something more.' We want a life-changing encounter with people of other faiths, a real nitty gritty interfaith dialogue. We want the kind of interfaith dialogue that doesn't want or need an...

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2000 Glenmary Research Center Survey of Religious Congregations in America

September 28, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 28, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "despite the difficulties of collecting data, the numbers in the census released last week reveal the strength of religion county-by-county across America. The report said that 141.3 million people, or 50.2 percent of the U.S. population, were involved with churches, synagogues, mosques or temples. That makes the United States one of the most religious nations in the world, said Houseal, a statistician for the Church of the Nazarene. However, the number does not...

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2000 Glenmary Research Center Survey of Religious Congregations in America

September 27, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On September 27, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the [Glenmary] study estimates that Ohio has 142,255 Jews, 41,281 Muslims and 2,004 Bahais. It found 34 Buddhist, 19 Hindu, nine Sikh and seven Jain groups in the state but gave no membership estimates... This year's study included groups such as Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs for the first time. For Muslims, the 1.6 million national figure included only those who regularly attend mosques that reported figures; for Eastern religions, it included only the...

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Indian American Communities Pay Homage to 9/11 Victims

September 27, 2002

Source: India Abroad

On September 27, 2002 India Abroad reported that "Indian American community organizations across the country organized prayer meetings to pay homage to victims of the 9/11 terrorist strikes, and to offer prayers and support to their families. These included the Indian Association of North Texas, Indian American Cultural Association in Atlanta, Georgia, Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sansstha and the Indian Christian Forum."

Night of the Journey and the Ascent

September 27, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

http://www.dispatch.com/news/religion/faith-story.php?story=dispatch/news/features02/sep02/1508151.html

On September 27, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "Sundown Thursday marks the beginning of a Muslim holiday commemorating the Prophet Muhammad's ascent to heaven and return to earth on the same night. Muslims believe the stone from which Muhammad rose is in the Dome of the Rock...

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American Hindus Gather to Mourn Shootings at Swaminarayan Temple in India

September 26, 2002

Source: The Association of Indian Muslims of America

In a press release dated September 26, 2002 The Association of Indian Muslims of America stated that "We the Association of Indian Muslims of America, Washington, DC, have been shocked to learn of the horrible terrorist attack on the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. On behalf of about 150,000 Indian Muslims in US, we categorically condemn this most reprehensible and cowardly attack, in the strongest possible terms. The violent attack on civilians, especially inside a place of...

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Rochester Muslims Reach Out

September 26, 2002

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/news/0922story1_news.shtml

On September 26, 2002 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "in the year after the 9/11 tragedy, many Rochester [NY]-area Muslims join their counterparts nationwide in feeling very much under the microscope, singled out, under scrutiny -- their most cherished beliefs often misunderstood. Yet those feelings have only strengthened their conviction to reach out to...

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Hate Crimes Soar in Massachusetts

September 25, 2002

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 25, 2002 The Boston Herald reported that "the number of hate crimes in Massachusetts rose dramatically in the year of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, largely as a result of a backlash against Muslims and Arabs, according to a new state report. A total of 576 incidents were reported in 2001, up 24 percent from the 463 reported in 2000, according to the Governor's Task Force on Hate Crimes. Among them were 133 crimes motivated by religious bias, a 43 percent increase over the previous year's...

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Muslims Pray for ‘Soul Of America’ At Capitol

September 25, 2002

Author: Kevin Eckstrom

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/muslims_to_pray_for_soul_of_america_at_capitol1/

Swapping prayer rugs for massive plastic rain tarps, an estimated 3,500 Muslims gathered at the foot of the U.S. Capitol on Friday (Sept. 25) to pray for “the soul of America” in a grassroots demonstration of religious and national pride.

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An Interview with Franklin Graham

September 25, 2002

Source: Citizen-Times

http://cgi.citizen-times.com/cgi-bin/story/news/20730

On September 25, 2002 Citizen-Times reported that "Franklin Graham does not see himself picking up the mantle of his father's legacy. Nor does he consider himself a crusader against Islam, though Graham said he worries too few people realize the extent to which the country has been 'Islamized.' 'I do have experiences in my life that formulated why I believe what I believe but I am not on an...

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House and Senate to Amend Charitable Choice Legislation to Prohibit Discrimination and Proselytizing

September 25, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 25, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that a "coalition of civil rights groups and liberal House Democrats has mounted an aggressive lobbying campaign to block President Bush's faith-based initiative in the Senate unless the bill explicitly prohibits religious charities from discriminating when hiring. Representative Barney Frank, a Newton Democrat, is leading the unusually personal effort by House lawmakers to influence the language in a Senate bill that is aimed at spurring charitable giving and increasing grant...

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