Interfaith

Jewish Leaders Make Statement on Christianity

September 8, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On September 8, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that a "group of Jewish religious leaders is about to release a provocative statement that challenges widely held views within the Jewish community about God, the Bible and the relationship between Christianity and Nazism...The statement, which is being released by the Baltimore-based Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies," was published on September 10th, in the local Baltimore paper and in the New York Times. "Titled 'Dabru Emet' (Hebrew for 'Seek the Truth'), the statement...

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Yoga Practiced by Many in America

September 2, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 2, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported on the increasing popularity of yoga in America. RK Panditi, president of Eagle Technical Systems in Plano, Texas, explains that in addition to providing health benefits, what "meditation and yoga aims at is the highest spiritual goal of total liberation and full enlightenment." For Panditi, the "practice of yoga helps break down a false distinction between mind and body...It helps him empty his mind of impurities, and leads to a sense of peace and harmony...'I think yoga...

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Millennial World Peace Summit Meets in New York

August 28, 2000

Source: The Associated Press

On August 28, 2000, The Associated Press reported that "songs, cries and calls for prayer opened the Millennium World Peace Summit of religious leaders at the United Nations Monday, a gathering as much about private talks between adversaries as formal resolutions passed in public...Participants say they hope the summit, which runs through Thursday, will result in a declaration on peace, poverty and the environment, as well as the formation of a council of religious leaders to advise the United Nations on preventing and settling...

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Millennial World Peace Summit Meets in New York

August 27, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On August 27, 2000, The Plain Dealer reported on the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. In it, readers are asked to "imagine a meeting that puts Israel's chief rabbi, an emissary of Iran's top ayatollah, the head of the World Council of Churches and a granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi together in the same room. An unexpected grouping, to be sure. But it would have only a few of the spiritual figures due to begin meeting at the United Nations tomorrow, when 2,000 people from 90 nations and a wide spectrum...

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Religion and Globalization

August 21, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On August 21, 2000, The Denver Post reported that religion "can't be left out of international discussions, although people have tried to do just that for centuries, a Catholic scholar said here Sunday...Hardly any national or international debate, turmoil, movement or issue is without a religious angle, said the Rev. Bryan Hehir, dean of the Harvard Divinity School... 'Religion is often the absent element' in political discussions, Hehir said, noting that the practice dates back centuries to when governmental leaders viewed...

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Faithful Diversity Displayed in Boston's Immigrants

August 19, 2000

Source: Patriot-Ledger

On August 19, 2000 the Patriot-Ledger reported, "If you want to learn about a community, visit the place where people worship. But most of us don't do that. We feel like an intrusive outsider and don't understand the religious service unless we're accompanied by a congregation member. So it's a treat to find a new exhibit that introduces us to Buddhists and their temple in Quincy, as well as to five other religious groups in the Boston area. 'Faithful Boston: The Religion of Boston Immigrants' is on view in the changing gallery of...

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Religious Leaders Present Similar Themes at DNC

August 19, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 19, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported on religious leaders from "three faiths who offered prayers at the Democratic National Convention this week presented similar themes of compassion, the common good, justice and peace." While the "entreaties stuck to generalities" for the most part, "Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, made a point against abortion and called for politics focused on moral values, not political expediency." In addition to Mahony, prayers were offered by Rabbi...

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Teens Overcome Differences

August 18, 2000

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On August 18, 2000, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article entitled, "Black and Jewish Teens Try to Overcome Their Differences by Acknowledging Their Similarities."

Diverse Delegation from Texas

August 18, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On August 18, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported on the "Texas delegation to the Democratic National Convention, which prided itself on its diversity, included five Muslims who were either delegates or alternates. Four were from the Houston area, and one was from Dallas. One of the delegates, Houston businessman Zafar Tahir, made history on Thursday at a breakfast meeting of Texas convention delegates, when he delivered a Muslim prayer - the first ever at such a gathering. Tahir, a native of Pakistan who lives in Houston,...

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Mass Announcements End at Denver Airport

August 17, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On August 17, 2000, The Denver Post reported that "Catholic Masses are no longer announced over the public address system at Denver International Airport because a traveler complained that the reminders were a violation of the separation of church and state...No other religious group that shares the two-room chapel - Protestants, Jews or Muslims - has regular service," although Muslim "employees and passengers stop in to pray if they're at DIA at one of the five times a day they are required to pray." Denver Catholic Archbishop...

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