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"Coffee Conversations" Bring Together Muslims, Christians, Baha'is, Buddhists and Jews in Charlotte

October 19, 2005

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/states/north_carolina/counties/mecklenburg/12938157.htm

On October 19, 2005 The Charlotte Observer reported, "Coffee Conversations, a new Mecklenburg Ministries program geared for young professionals, will kick off at 6 p.m. next Wednesday at the Dowd YMCA. The program will consist of a series of informal dialogues about the role of...

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Forum Held in Bradenton on Muslims in Southwest Florida

October 19, 2005

Source: The Herald Tribune

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051019/NEWS/510190641/1006/SPORTS

On October 19, 2005 The Herald Tribune reported, "With the war in Iraq growing bloodier and terrorists attacking in Europe and Asia, the growing population of Muslim residents [in Southwest Florida] worry they will be stereotyped as terrorists. Anonymous callers have threatened the Islamic Society of Sarasota and...

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Muslim Students' Association at UW Raises Quake Aid and Awareness

October 19, 2005

Source: The Badger Herald

http://badgerherald.com/news/2005/10/19/muslim_association_u.php

On October 19, 2005 The Badger Herald reported, "University of Wisconsin students and members of the Muslim Students’ Association congregated in the Humanities building Tuesday to raise aid and awareness for victims of the catastrophic earthquake that struck near Pakistan’s capitol, Islamabad, less than two weeks ago.

While many efforts have...

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Convergence of Christian, Jewish, Muslim Holy Days Creates Context for Interfaith Collaboration

October 18, 2005

Source: U.S. Department of State

http://usinfo.state.gov/mena/Archive/2005/Oct/19-878982.html

On October 18, 2005 U.S. Department of State reported, "The rare confluence of Muslim, Jewish and Christian holy holidays during October and November this year is encouraging interfaith gatherings across the United States... American Muslims and Jews are taking advantage of this coincidence of their holy months to arrange interfaith gatherings across the United States...

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Ministry of Defense Appoints First Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist Chaplains

October 18, 2005

Source: Ministry of Defence press release

http://news.mod.uk/news/press/news_press_notice.asp?newsItem_id=3652

On October 18, 2005 a Ministry of Defence press release reported, "The first Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Sikh chaplains to the Armed Forces have been appointed, the Under Secretary of State for Defence, Don Touhig announced today. The appointments reflect the diverse nature of personnel serving in the Armed Forces and represent the largest of...

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President Hosts Iftar at the White House

October 18, 2005

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20051018080359nnnn.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Story.html

On October 18, 2005 News Blaze reported, "Hosting his fifth Iftar dinner October 17 at the White House, President Bush spoke of the spirit and compassion of Islam and thanked the Muslim nations that have joined the coalition in the War on Terror... Bush, addressing American Muslim leaders as well as members of the diplomatic corps in the...

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University of Miami Raises Funds for Disaster Response as Part of National Ramadan Fast-A-Thon

October 18, 2005

Source: The Miami Herald

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On October 18, 2005 The Miami Herald reported, "Just before the sun rose Monday, Amy Cohen chomped on some gummy worms, knowing it would be her last meal for 14 hours. 'You're restraining yourself for a good cause,' she told herself as the sun grew strong.

Cohen, 21, a senior at the University of Miami, joined some 400 other non-Muslim students in refusing food for a day as part of 'Fast-a-Thon,' a fund- and awareness-raising Ramadan event...

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British Muslims Face New Challenges

October 18, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/10/18/british_muslims_face_new_hurdles/

On October 18, 2005 The Boston Globe ran an opinion piece by Globe columnist H.D.S. Greenway, in which he describes his conversation with a British Muslim man about the new challenges facing Muslims in the UK. Greenway writes, "[Sher] Khan and other British Muslims I have talked...

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Religious Relief Agencies Aid Earthquake Victims

October 17, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/176/story_17662_1.html

On October 17, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Religious relief agencies, already faced with numerous disasters in the last year, have begun assisting survivors of a massive earthquake in South Asia. After a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Saturday (Oct. 8), Catholic Relief Services staffers already based in...

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Jews, Muslims Gather to Celebrate Ramadan and Rosh Hashana

October 17, 2005

Source: The News Observer

http://newsobserver.com/news/story/2818700p-9266404c.html

On October 17, 2005 The News Observer reported, "Ten years ago, Khalilah Sabra could not imagine herself participating in interfaith activities with Jews. 'Although I am not Palestinian, the occupation was like a sore that would not heal,' said Sabra, a Muslim woman living in Raleigh. In a classic leap of faith, Sabra organized such a gathering Sunday when about 50 Muslims and...

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Prime Minister Urges Calm After Buddhist Murders

October 17, 2005

Source: Reuters

http://today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=BKK206284

On October 17, 2005 Reuters reported, "Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra called for calm in the restive Muslim south on Monday after the murders of a monk and two teenage boys at a Buddhist temple stoked fears of growing religious tension.

'Even Muslim leaders cannot stand this. It was an act human beings would not dare to do,' Thaksin told reporters when...

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Tour Guides Educated About Country’s Religious Diversity

October 16, 2005

Source: Bernama

http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v3/news.php?id=160815

On October 16, 2005 Bernama reported, "When was the first Thaipusam festival held at Batu Caves? When were the steps into the temple -- perched high up in the limestone caves -- built? Who built the Hindu place of worship that yearly attracts millions of devotees and tourists from the world over? The answers to these and other questions are facts that the 7,000 or so tourist guides in the...

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Religious Makeup Shifts with Growing Number of Pagans, Immigrant Religious Traditions

October 16, 2005

Source: The Age

On October 16, 2005 The Age reported, "[Caroline] Tully [a witch in Melbourne] is part of an Australian trend in which witches and charismatic Christians are leading religious growth. Many women are turning to witchcraft or paganism as a reaction to the patriarchal nature of traditional Christianity. Academic Dr Philip Hughes, of the Christian Research Association, told a Melbourne seminar on spirituality that 'nature' religions rose by 140 per cent between 1996 and 2001. Agnostics are on the rise, too. For many, the nature religions were...

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