U.S. Culture Tests Faith of Worshippers

July 20, 1998

Source: Los Angeles Times

On July 20, 1998, the Los Angeles Times published a story concerning how "America's individualist culture is reshaping both the ways people worship and the institutions in which they do so." Maher Hathout, a physician and spokesman for the Islamic Center of California, stated "Here [U.S.], it is an open market of ideas and it makes people think again and again about themselves, what they believe in and what they stand for." This has resulted in a change of mission for many temples, churches, mosques, and synagogues to meet the...

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World Tibet Day Celebrated

July 6, 1998

Source: Press Journal

World Tibet Day, founded by Ma Jaya Bhagavati, the spiritual leader of Kashi Ashram, was celebrated in religious services across the world, and at Central Park in New York City. The effort is part of an Interfaith Call for Freedom of Worship in Tibet and Universal Religious Freedom. The intention is to raise awareness of human rights abuses and religious freedom abuses in Tibet, and to eventually convince the Chinese to respect the Tibetan people, the Tibetan religion, and the Dalai Lama.

Los Angeles World's Leading City in Religious Diversity

June 27, 1998

Source: The Washington Post

On June 27, 1998, the Washington Post ran an Associated Press article that states "When it comes to religious diversity, Los Angeles beats every city in the world, according to a report by J. Gordon Melton of the Institute for the Study of American Religion. The Santa Barbara organization found 600 distinct religious groups in Los Angeles and the rest of Southern California. The London and New York areas have about 500 religions each."

Redefining Religion in America

June 21, 1998

Source: Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles Times article on June 21, 1998 reports on the "dramatic religious transformation" the United States is currently experiencing. Paul Griffiths, professor of philosophy of religion at the University of Chicago, states that "more religions are being practiced in the United States than anyplace else." Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion at Harvard University, asserts that "cultural pluralism is changing America's religious life. It is making our spiritual tradition much richer and broader."

Los Angeles World's Leading City in Religious Diversity

June 21, 1998

Source: Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times ran a two-part article June 21-22, 1998. The first part documents the growing religious pluralism in America, new "hybrid" forms, and changes within in the Christian religion. The second part documents change and the extensive religious diversity in Los Angeles.

Diversity Enriches Scouting

June 21, 1998

Source: Orange County Register

On June 21, 1998, the Orange County Register ran an article entitled "New Eagle Scouts are a Diverse Troop."

Successful Interfaith Sharing Program

June 19, 1998

Source: Chicago Tribune

On June 19, 1998, the Chicago Tribune reported that "In the fall of 1996, McNamara and other religious leaders in Palatine and the south suburb of Hazel Crest embarked on an ambitious yearlong initiatative to bring 12 different faiths closer together. Under the auspices of the Chicago-based Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, the dozen congregations paired up and shared sacred holidays, weekly services, potluck dinners, spiritual traditions and even weddings. The 200 or so participants hoped to find common...

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National Conference of Christians and Jews Changes Its Name to Better Reflect Its Work and Inclusivity

June 14, 1998

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 14, 1998, The Boston Globe reported that The National Conference of Christians and Jews is celebrating its 70th anniversary by changing its name to the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). This new name more clearly reflects their work for entire communities, which includes interfaith work and also work on issues of gender, class, race, gay and lesbian issues, and disabilities. In Boston, the NCCJ works on leadership development with a variety of programs that connect people, and they have recently...

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Gwinnett Interfaith Coalition Promotes Religious Tolerance

May 30, 1998

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On May 30, 1998, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article on the activities on the Gwinnett Interfaith Alliance, which began in 1996 as a chapter of the national organization to promote the First Amendment right of religious freedom. John D. Elliott of Duluth, GA, new president of the Gwinnett Interfaith Alliance, wants to spur more activity from the 40-member organization to "provide a bridge of love and understanding across the faiths."

The Orange County Register Offers a House-of-Worship Tour

May 20, 1998

Source: Orange County Register

Throughout 1997 and into 1998 the Orange County Register has run monthly articles on different houses of worship. These correspond to actual tours set up by the Interfaith Council in Garden Grove to promote understanding across religious difference. The first stop was the Hacienda Heights Buddhist Temple, the second was the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Over two thousand participants were at the third stop, the Islamic Society of Orange County. The Christian Science Church, Jewish Synagogue Temple Beth Emet, the...

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