Interfaith

Christian Video To Be Distributed In California Neighborhoods

December 6, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 6, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "whether they want it or not, most residents of San Juan Capistrano will receive an early Christmas gift in the mail next week--an 83-minute movie on the life of Jesus. San Juan Capistrano residents will be among the 1.1-million households in 10 cities across the U.S. who will get the 'Jesus' video this holiday season from local churches and Christian leaders. The campaign is run by the San Bernardino-based Jesus Video Project, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. In...

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Anti-Jewish Attacks On The Rise

December 6, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 6, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that "the Palestinian-Israeli battles that have convulsed the Middle East since late September have sparked the most intense wave of assaults on Jews and Jewish institutions worldwide since World War II, Jewish leaders say. In France, more than 50 synagogues have been attacked, some more than once, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, one of several organizations monitoring the events. Most assaults were fire bombings, but there also have been numerous stonings, targeting students...

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Native Americans Want Church Recognition for Mission Work

December 4, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 4, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "with its Moorish domes and bell towers, the splendid Mission San Carlos Borromeo in Carmel is the jewel of the California mission system. The small cell where Father Junipero Serra lived and worked has been meticulously preserved. When he died on Aug. 28, 1784, the remains of California's apostle were buried at the foot of the main altar. Now, however, a displaced tribe of Indians is trying to stake a claim in what Serra called the 'Garden of God,' south of San Francisco....

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Interfaith Gathering Promotes Forgiveness andLove in New York

December 3, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On December 3, 2000, The New York Times reported that "Muslims, Catholics, Jews, Protestants, Buddhists and Bahais prayed together. An American Indian dance troupe shared the stage with a lesbian and gay men's gospel choir. And a former New York City police officer, Steven McDonald, a paraplegic since he was shot by a teenager in 1986, talked about learning to forgive. It was a lovefest at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, at 145th Street and Convent Avenue, last Monday night, as hundreds of people gathered for a service to help New...

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Community Meeting to Be Held in Los Angeles Regarding Mideast

December 3, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On December 3, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Biola University in La Mirada is set to hold the region's first major town hall meeting on the crisis Monday with Jews, Muslims and Christians. The Christian university's forum--expected to draw 3,000 people under the eyes of extra security guards--will attempt to move beyond finger-pointing to discuss concrete peacekeeping ideas. It reflects what organizers say is the small beginning of a return to dialogue, two months after the outbreak of violence that froze the peace...

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Houston Children's Museum Celebrates Diverse Seasonal Holidays

December 2, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On December 2, 2000, The Houson Chronicle reported that "six-year-old Alie Oshkoohi raced to a Santa Claus costume and quickly draped himself in the seasonal red cap and long white-trimmed coat. He gazed at his St. Nick-self in a mirror...It was Alie's first glimpse of the Children's Museum of Houston's Festivals of Light, an exhibit of seven seasonal religious and cultural holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan and Diwali. All seven holidays feature lights in some form, from the star marking Jesus' birthplace and the...

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Jewish Groups Issues Warning To Schools

December 2, 2000

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On December 2, 2000, the St. Petersburg Times reported that "the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish group that advocates strict separation of church and state, has issued a 'December Dilemma' pamphlet warning public schools about observing Christmas and other religious holidays. Pamphlets are being sent to schools, and the league posted the text on its Web page. The U.S. Constitution, it says, prohibits 'school-sponsored endorsement or promotion of religious beliefs of any kind.' Because the U.S. Supreme Court has not ruled on...

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Buddhist Monk Encourages the Use of Mindfulness in Fight Against AIDS

December 2, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On December 2, 2000, The New York Times reported that "among Buddhist teachers well known in the West, the Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh holds a special prominence. Living in France as an exile from his native Vietnam, he is the author of many books and a regular visitor to the United States, where he lectures and holds retreats. His central mission is to encourage people to work toward 'mindfulness' -- that is, a process of personal and social transformation through the development of self-understanding and compassion. As he teaches...

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Atlanta Quakers Contemplate the Significance of Silence

December 2, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On December 2, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "it is Sunday morning at Atlanta Friends Meeting House on Howard Street in Decatur. The Friends, better known as Quakers, gather here each week for their special form of worship, a comfortable togetherness interrupted only if the Spirit moves someone to talk. Some weeks no one speaks at all. As churches across the country begin the almost constant activity of Advent and Christmas from musical programs to pageants to parties, the Quaker...

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December in Minneapolis Is An Interfaith Celebration

December 1, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On December 1, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that "Christmas is so big that at times it's hard to see around it. With effort, though, it's possible to glimpse a wealth of activity beyond the boom and bustle of real and virtual card-sending, gift-shopping and feast-planning. Hundreds of thousands of people in the Twin Cities area do not celebrate Christmas. They revel instead in the joys of such observances as Hanukkah, Eid ul-Fitr, Kwanzaa and Hmong New Year. Corresponding events are frequently open to the public, and all the...

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Muslim Woman Educates Others About Her Faith

December 1, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On December 1, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "Dr. Salma Ahmad serves on the emergency room staff of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and on the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine. Despite a busy life as an emergency room physician, university professor and president of a small company, Dr. Salma Ahmad takes time to share facts and dispel myths about her Islamic faith. Ahmad is chairwoman of the organizational committee of the Women's Interfaith Conference in St. Louis-an annual...

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ACLU Does Not Support Plans to Build Chapels At State Prisons

November 30, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On November 30, 2000, The Times-Picayune reported that "Gov. Foster and the American Civil Liberties Union are at odds again, this time over plans to build chapels at state prisons. Foster and his wife, Alice, held a news conference Wednesday as honorary co-chairs of the Louisiana Prison Chapel Foundation, an organization that has raised $1 million to build chapels at penitentiaries around the state. The Fosters announced that construction will begin soon on new interfaith chapels at Avoyelles Correctional Center in Cottonport, C...

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American Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

November 28, 2000

Source: The Denver Rocky Mountain News

On November 28, 2000, The Denver Rocky Mountain News reported that "Ramadan began Monday for the 1.1 billion followers of Islam - 15,000 of whom who live in Colorado. But Ramadan has another side - after dusk. That's when Muslims break each day's fast with a feast. The Jodehs decided to end the first day of Ramadan with four special friends, all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 'The first night of Ramadan is special, and the tradition is to invite your most dear family and friends. I can't...

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Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Group Falls Apart Over Mideast Conflict

November 27, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 27, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "in a heartfelt letter to his congregation at Temple Israel of Hollywood, Rabbi John L. Rosove described the first stage of the breakdown. One of the members of the Jewish Muslim peacemakers group he belongs to had just resigned. He spoke of being deeply disappointed about prospects for peace in the Middle East and recognized that many in his congregation felt the same way. He wondered what the future can possibly hold for Israeli-Palestinian relations and feared that years...

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