Immigration, Pluralism Bring New Faiths to Fox Valley

March 30, 2008

Source: Courier News


The building retains its classically American-Protestant design outside, right up to the steeple pointing heavenward. Inside, the pews have been removed to accommodate Eastern worshippers, and the former pulpit focal point has given way to a 6-foot-tall white marble statue of Sai Baba.

This is the Shirdi Sai Temple, a...

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Call to Offer Faith Class Choice

March 24, 2008

Author: Hannah Goff

Source: BBC News


Head teachers should allow imams, rabbis and priests to offer religious instruction to pupils in all state schools, teachers' leaders have said.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said the move would be a way to reunite divided communities.

The NUT said parents had a right to have specific schooling in their own faith, if that was what they...

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Interfaith Seder in Germany

March 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: JTA


The U.S. ambassador to Germany hosted an interfaith seder.

The model seder hosted by William R. Timken Jr. and his wife, Sue, was held March 19 - one month before the Passover holiday begins.

The event, which the American Jewish Committee office in Berlin helped coordinate, was led by Berlin Rabbi Chaim Rozwaski. Berlin Chabad Rabbi Yehudah...

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Protestants, Jews, African-Influenced Faiths Among Non-Catholic Religions Represented in Cuba

March 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AOL News

Wire Service: AP


Although 85 percent of Cubans were nominally Roman Catholic before the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power, church experts say fewer than half of Cubans identify themselves as Catholics today, with a very small percentage ever...

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Ohio ACLU Warns CH-UH Library About Alleged Censoring of its Programs

March 12, 2008

Author: Kim Wendel

Source: WKYC


The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio warned the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library that recent censorship of public educational programs could stifle free speech.

Recently, the CH-UH library [canceled] the first program in a series on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, amid complaints that the presentation would be biased....

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Jewish Groups Want Hate Crimes Squad

March 11, 2008

Author: Richard Kerbaj

Source: The Australian


VICTORIAN police are resisting calls by powerful Melbourne Jewish figures to set up a hate crimes squad to tackle the growing number of anti-Semitic attacks.

Police opposed to the idea have accused Jewish groups such as the Anti-Defamation Commission - which keeps tabs on anti-Semitic violence -...

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Faith Groups 'Contribute £100m'

March 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News


Religious and faith organisations contribute more than £100m in economic benefits to Wales, a report says.

But the groups have little in return, with barely a quarter of faith communities getting public funding, the research found.

According to the study, around 40,000 unpaid volunteers do 80,000 hours of community work a week...

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Jews Tackle Intermarriage Debate

March 10, 2008

Author: Michael Paulson

Source: The Boston Globe


The statistic was startling: A study of the Jewish community in Greater Boston asserted that 60 percent of the children in interfaith families are being raised as Jews. more stories like this

The recent Brandeis University study's number was so significantly higher than...

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Rabbi Praises Interfaith Mobility

March 8, 2008

Author: Rich Barlow

Source: The Boston Globe


If Rabbi David Gordis is right, when it comes to improving relations among Christians, Jews, and Muslims, the words of the prophets are written not on church or temple or mosque walls, but in the hearts of the congregants.

In a talk at Merrimack College this week, Gordis,...

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