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New Interfaith Group in Colorado

January 1, 2003

Source: Rocky Mountain News

On January 1, 2003 Rocky Mountain News reported that "a new clergy group composed of Jews, Christians and Muslims is planning its first interfaith service Sunday dedicated to 'peace and light.' The group, which says it is nonpolitical, will travel to three different worship centers in the Denver area to pray or meditate for world peace and unity. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Rodef Shalom Synagogue, then proceeds to Aurora for a 7 p.m. gathering at Mountain View Community Church, and concludes with an 8 p.m. service at the...

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Interfaith Prayer for Peace in Seattle

January 1, 2003

Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/102361_medidate01.shtml

On January 1, 2003 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "hundreds of men, women and children gathered at Green Lake to take time out for peace... Before taking to the 2.7-mile path around the lake, the walkers gathered in a circle near the Green Lake Community Center to hear prayers, songs and chants from representatives of a variety of religious and...

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Interfaith Bonds Between Muslims and Episcopals in Atlanta

December 31, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/fayette/0103/02islam.html

On December 31, 2002 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "The Rev. Bob Hudak wants to see Muslims working alongside other religious denominations in metro Atlanta... Hudak, who leads the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville, already practices what he preaches... Hudak is working with Fayetteville's Muslim Community Center of...

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Update: Discussion of Marietta Board of Zoning's Denial of Minaret Plans

December 31, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/cobb/1202/31mosque.html

On December 31, 2002 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "a Marietta mosque that was denied permission to build a minaret plans to hold open houses in an effort to strengthen ties with neighbors before reapplying... Masjid Al-Hedaya director Amjad Taufique said Monday that the mosque will not sue the Marietta Board of Zoning Appeals over its Dec...

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Multifaith Thoughts for the New Year

December 31, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On December 31, 2002 The Plain Dealer reported that "the Plain Dealer asked Northeast Ohioans representing different faiths to share their thoughts and prayers for the new year. If there is one theme that runs through these reflections, it is a sense of hope amid despair. Religious leaders seek faith to not only be peacemakers and serve the poor and the homeless and others in need next year, but to do what they believe is God's work with a spirit of joy and peace... Ven. Shih Ying-Fa, Abbot, CloudWater Zendo, Zen Center of...

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Controversy Over Somali Muslim Immigrant Communities in Small N.E. Town

December 30, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/3562134.html

On December 30, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "a Somali advocacy group is branching out beyond the Twin Cities with its 'National Tour Against Hate,' aimed at raising awareness about the struggles of Somali communities in Seattle and Lewiston, Maine... Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center of St. Paul, will be leaving Jan. 6 for a journey on which he plans to...

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Growing Muslim Community in Southside, Georgia

December 29, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/fayette/1202/29islam.html

On December 29, 2002 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "when Soumaya Khalifa and her husband, Mohamed, moved to Peachtree City 15 years ago, they joined a small group of Muslims on Atlanta's Southside... Today, the Khalifas are part of an emerging Islamic community that has gradually helped diversify metro Atlanta's Southside -- Fayette,...

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Rhodes Scholar Eboo Patel

December 28, 2002

Source: Knight Ridder Tribune News Service

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/4827078.htm

On December 28, 2002 the Knight Ridder Tribune News Service reported on "Eboo Patel, a 27-year-old Rhodes scholar with a pierced tongue, a devout Muslim with a vision of interfaith cooperation so bold that it recently landed him on a list of 30 'Young Visionaries' under age 30 compiled by Utne Reader magazine, a digest of alternative media... Patel wants to...

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Iowa: Controversy over North Liberty City Officials Plan to Lease Land Intended for Muslim Youth Camp

December 27, 2002

Source: The Gazette

http://www.crgazette.com/go_article/0,1336,48299-11,00.html?cks=0

On December 27, 2002 The Gazette reported that "Johnson County officials Thursday formally agreed to the final wording of an 11-page report challenging the merits of a proposed Muslim youth camp near North Liberty... The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to send the document to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is gathering public comment on the project. In its...

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December: Celebrations and Dilemmas, 2002

December 25, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On December 25, 2002 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "last night, a group of Hindu children arrived at the Belani family's home in Brookfield for a party complete with gifts and a visit from Santa Claus. 'It's not something that we do for religious reasons,' said Belani, who has two daughters, ages 9 and 10. 'I just want the kids to feel like a part of it just because everyone else is doing it. I feel like kids are growing up here and it's hard for them.' With carols playing on every radio station,...

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MPAC's Annual Convention, 2002

December 24, 2002

Source: MPAC

http://www.mpac.org/home_article_display.aspx?ITEM=317

On December 24, 2002 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that the "MPAC annual convention drew over 1500 activists and speakers to Southern California this past weekend... Gasser Hathout gives a comprehensive, stark picture of the specific threats provisions within the USA PATRIOT act poses to the average American in a very informative...

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Update: Discussion of Marietta Board of Zoning's Denial of Minaret Plans

December 24, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/cobb/1202/26mosque.html

On December 24, 2002 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "more than 100 of Amjad Taufique neighbors... protest[ed] the plans before the Marietta [GA] Board of Zoning Appeals at its Dec. 16 meeting. The mosque needed the board's approval to build the minaret, which is 35 feet higher than city rules allow... when a man approached him and rudely...

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INS Detains Hundreds of Muslim and Middle Eastern Immigrants in California

December 23, 2002

Source: Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=26

On December 23, 2002 the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force issued a press release. "SMART’s Executive Director, Navtej Khalsa, questioned the effect of these actions on the relationship between immigrant communities and law enforcement officials. 'We understand the need to prevent against any potential future terrorist attacks,' said...

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