Interfaith

National Day of Prayer Celebrated with Christian Focus

April 28, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On April 28, 2001, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that "the 50th observance of the National Day of Prayer will be marked... with celebrations across the country and the recitation of a special prayer written by evangelist Billy Graham...Recently, boosted by the work of an evangelical Christian ministry called the National Day of Prayer Task Force, observances have continued to expand...The work of the task force has been criticized by church-state separationists who believe the day has become focused primarily on...

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In Greenville (S.C.), Like Rest of Bible Belt, Growing Religious Diversity

April 28, 2001

Source: National Journal

http://www.uga.edu/bahai/News/042801-2.html

On April 28, 2001 National Journal ran an article on the increasing religious diversity in Greenville, S.C. as an example of a trend across the Bible Belt: "Historically, Greenville residents' passion for churchgoing has been manifested most prominently at conservative Christian churches, particularly Baptist denominations. That is still true today in Greenville, as elsewhere in the South: Recent surveys show...

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Lutheran Church Debates Whether to Join Coalition of Protestant Churches

April 27, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On April 27, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will decide this summer whether to become an observer member of Churches Uniting in Christ, a coalition of nine Protestant churches hoping to move toward eventual full communion...As a partner, the ELCA would send a delegation to CUIC's inaugural celebration next January, work to combat racism and join dialogues on ministry."

Summit Builds Support for Faith-Based Initiative, Excludes Opposition

April 26, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 26, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "a Republican-led summit...built momentum among religious leaders for partnerships with government, but opposition groups protested that they had been excluded...'Today's invitation-only Republican faith-based summit looks like the manipulation of religion for partisan politician gain,' said the Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, executive director of Interfaith Alliance...The summit was intended to open a dialogue on ways religious groups can tap into the...

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Interfaith Coalition Holds Gathering to Raise Awareness of Diversity

April 25, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On April 25, 2001, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "the Pittsburgh North Anti-Racism Coalition hopes to raise awareness of local racial and religious diversity at its fourth annual North Hills Interfaith Gathering...at Christ Episcopal Church in Ross [Pennsylvania]. Spiritual leaders from Bahai, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Protestant, Quaker, Roman Catholic and Unitarian Universalist traditions will talk."

Minister Bars Rabbi from Giving Baccalaureate Services

April 24, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 24, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published excerpts from the Rev. Randy Mickler's most recent Sunday sermon. Mickler said, "It is a great disloyalty to Jesus Christ according to my faith for me to honor pagan religion by allowing them to preach their faith from this pulpit in His house... At no time would I ever want our Jewish friends to feel slighted, hurt or embarrassed."

Minister Bars Rabbi from Giving Baccalaureate Services

April 24, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 24, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an editorial arguing that "the pastor at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Cobb County [Georgia] was acting fully within his prerogatives in deciding that a rabbi would not be welcome to deliver a sermon during a baccalaureate service for Walton High School...That said, we also believe that the Walton High PTSA committee was absolutely correct to move its baccalaureate service to the Cobb Civic Center rather than allow any hosting facility...

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Social Scientists Dispute Claim that Faith-Based Programs Are More Effective

April 24, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On April 24, 2001, The New York Times reported on Prof. Byron R. Johnson of the University of Pennsylvania, who "is among the few social scientists who have tried to measure the influence of religion on social problems...Mr. Johnson and many other social scientists say...that there is little reliable research proving the effectiveness of religious programs. They also add that there is scant evidence showing which religious programs show the best results and how they stack up against secular programs."

Minister Bars Rabbi from Giving Baccalaureate Services

April 23, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 23, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported on the response to the Rev. Mickler's decision to bar a rabbi from giving baccalaureate services in his church. "The Rev. Randy Mickler's words earned a standing ovation from his Mount Bethel United Methodist Church congregation Sunday as he defended his refusal to permit a rabbi to speak from his pulpit...The same decision has prompted some Jewish families to cut ties to the Cobb County church's popular youth sports program."

Chicago Sets Example for Interfaith Cooperation

April 22, 2001

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On April 22, 2001, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "when it comes to diverse religious groups living and working together in relative harmony, the rest of the world is looking to Chicago...Chicago has a long history in fostering friendly relationships among diverse religious groups."

Muslim Leader to Speak at Houston Mosque

April 21, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On April 21, 2001, The Houston Chronicle reported that "Imam W. Deen Mohammed, the Muslim leader who turned from the leadership of the Nation of Islam toward orthodox Islam and a message of racial and religious harmony, will speak next week at a Houston mosque...He has encouraged African-American Muslim communities to reach out to those of other faiths and races. But he also emphasizes the need for black communities to gain economic independence and a sense of pride...Mohammed was first thrust into a leadership position in...

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Meeting in Louisiana to Discuss Faith-Based Initiative

April 21, 2001

Source: The Times-Picayune

On April 21, 2001, The Times-Picayune reported that "more than 350 religious and civic leaders from North Louisiana gathered at a Christian community center that caters to the needy, seeking answers from Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and DiIulio, who heads the newly created White House Office of Community and Faith-Based Initiatives." The group discussed various concerns about the Faith-Based Initiative program.

Unitarian Group Seeks More Spirituality in Their Church

April 21, 2001

Source: The Chicago Tribune

On April 21, 2001, The Chicago Tribune reported that two dozen dissidents have charged the Unitarian Universalist Association of being "extremely intolerant" of people who want to talk about God. They "will meet in Virginia to discuss plans for a new church body for Unitarians who want more God and less politics in church...In time, the Unitarian tradition, which has no creed, [has] shed its exclusively Christian focus and embraced other forms of religious expression, including humanism and Buddhism." The group of dissidents is "...

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Minister Bars Rabbi from Giving Baccalaureate Services

April 20, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 20, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that Rabbi Steven Lebow claimed to be "flabbergasted" when he was informed that Mount Bethel United Methodist Church would not let him give the address to Walton High School's graduating seniors there because of his Jewish beliefs. ""Our philosophy is that the doors should be open, not closed," he said. "I wouldn't expect him to compromise his faith in Christ. All I want is the same respect from him."

Origin of Easter Bunny Explored

April 14, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On April 14, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on the origin of the Easter Bunny. "No one's quite sure just how the Easter Bunny became associated with the Christian holiday...He was a symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt, a reputation that eventually spread to Europe as the rabbit became one of the featured stars of springtime pagan rituals."

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