Interfaith

Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

September 25, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On September 25, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "approximately 200 people gathered at the first Greater Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day on Sunday at 100 Acre House on 100 Acre Drive. Some women at the Pagan picnic proudly identified themselves as witches. Others said they practiced Wicca, the 'Old Religion' based on pre-Christian religious practices of the Irish, English, French or Italians. Some Pagans base their beliefs on the practices of Druids and ancient Celtic-...

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Religious Groups Lobby for Environmental Causes

September 25, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 25, 2002 The Associated Press 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 last 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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After Sharing Kidney Donation Experience, New Friends Reach Out to Help

September 24, 2002

Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles

On September 24, 2002 The Daily News of Los Angeles reported that "Patricia Abdullah... [a] white Muslim woman from Sherman Oaks donated a life-saving kidney to... Mike Jones... [an] African-American Christian man in a Sept. 25 [2001] operation performed by two surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - one Jewish, the other German. A year later, Abdullah wants us to know this: The quality of her life has not diminished after donating a kidney to Jones. It's gotten better... from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, at the Sizzler...

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San Francisco Film Series: Real to Real: Buddhism and Film

September 24, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 24, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "Michael Wenger... Dean of Buddhist Studies at the San Francisco Zen Center... has booked the Castro Theatre for three days, starting today, for a series of films with Buddhist sensibilities, including Doris Dorrie's "Naked," which is getting its North American premiere. Called Real to Real: Buddhism and Film, the festival features nine movies and a cross-section of speakers... Real to Real may be the only festival in San Francisco that features...

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Chicago's Growing Religious Diversity

September 23, 2002

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

On September 23, 2002 the Chicago Daily Herald reported that "the growing diversity in the Streamwood, Bartlett and Hanover Park area is reflected in the variety of places of worship. Swami Narayan Temple - the largest Hindu temple in the Northwest suburbs - is in Bartlett. So is the only Jain temple in Illinois... and a Lutheran Christian Church that caters primarily to Chinese and Taiwanese members opened in Streamwood about five years ago... True Light Lutheran Christian Church draws from the greater Chicago area, where...

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Book Review: In Search of Grace

September 22, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 22, 2002 The Boston Globe printed a book review that stated, "the religious quest for a 'divine power' with 'cosmic answers' is the engine propelling Kristin Hahn's uplifting road narrative In Search of Grace. Hahn, a Los Angeles-based film producer and coauthor of the acclaimed travelogue Anthem, recently crisscrossed our land participating in the worship practices of over a dozen religions."

Public Forum Addresses Impact of 9/11 on Immigrant Communities

September 22, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134540244_townhall22m.html

On September 22, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that "about 1,000 people from the local Muslim, Arab, Sikh, Cambodian, Somali and other communities attended the forum, organized by the nonprofit Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington. The goal: to let attending officials know that 'the impacts of Sept. 11 policies have been disproportionately...

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2000 Glenmary Research Center Survey of Religious Congregations in America

September 21, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On September 21, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on the Glenmary study. "Nationally, the study reflected growing spiritual diversity in the United States by including such once-exotic faiths as Islam, Buddhism and Zorastrianism for the first time...     But the way the study counted American Muslims - and did not include millions of African American Christians - has sparked a statistical brouhaha... Researchers estimated Friday that the report, titled 'Religious Congregations and Membership in the...

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Virginia's Nexus Proposes "Nitty Gritty" Interfaith Dialogue

September 21, 2002

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

On September 21, 2002 The Virginian-Pilot reported that "in... two weeks, the 2002-03 season of the Nexus interfaith dialogue program begins... [E]ach of these public forums will showcase one faith group at a time. Five to seven panelists representing one local congregation will tell... about their faith. Within the month following each presentation, the Nexus audience will visit a worship service of the featured faith group... Recently, PBS's 'Frontline' did an online interview with [Diana] Eck, who is a Harvard professor...

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Update: Virginia Mosque Vandalized

September 19, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 19, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "local Muslim leaders said that weekend vandalism in which racial obscenities and swastikas were spray-painted on a wall of a new mosque in Sterling [Virginia] would not delay its opening in October. Adams Center leaders had increased security at the nearly completed mosque... around Sept. 11[2002]... [but] when nothing had happened by Friday, they relaxed security measures. On Sept. 11, 2001, vandals spray-painted violent messages on walls, carpets and doors of another...

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Maine Families to Sue State for School Vouchers

September 19, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16986

On September 19, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "six Maine families joined yesterday in a lawsuit that seeks to force the state to pay for their children's tuition at religious schools. The lawsuit, filed in Cumberland County Superior Court, is the first of three planned by a Washington, D.C., legal advocacy group that hopes to use a recent U.S....

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Muslims Protest Against Adult Film Sex Life of the Prophet Muhammad

September 18, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 18, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "about 100 Houston-area Muslims peacefully protested an adult cinema Wednesday, upset over a film advertised as Sex Life of the Prophet Muhammad in a weekly newspaper. Several of the protesters acknowledged they had not seen the film, citing religious beliefs that prevented them from entering the building. The theater's manager, who declined to give his name, said the owner contracted an exclusive run of the film. Some protesters agreed the theater had a right to...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi Remembered

September 16, 2002

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/local/9_16_02mesa.html

On September 16, 2002, The Arizona Republic reported that "the family of Balbir Singh Sodhi held a memorial program Saturday to honor the slain Sikh and other backlash victims stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks... About 500 attended the Balbir Singh Sodhi Embrace Diversity Memorial Event at Mesa's Red Mountain Park... Since Sodhi's death, 16 other backlash deaths have been...

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Connecticut Sikhs Gather to Remember 9/11 Victims of Terror and Backlash

September 16, 2002

Source: The Stamford Advocate

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-sikh1sep16.story?coll=stam%2Dnews%2Dlocal%2Dheadlines

On September 16, 2002 The Stamford Advocate reported that "about 200 Sikhs from Fairfield County [CT] gathered to remember victims of terrorism and hate crimes. Across the country, several Sikhs have been attacked or killed in the past year... Mayor Alex Knopp thanked the Sikh community...

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