New Religious Movements

Pluralistic Spiritual Centre Opens in Israel

May 23, 2006

Source: Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam (NSWAS)

http://nswas.org/article535.html

On May 23, 2006 Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam (NSWAS) reported, "After years of fund raising, architectural planning and construction, the building was finally ready. Last minute efforts involved the purchase of furniture, carpets for the prayer room, and landscaping, including the planting of two enormous date palms (each weighing one and a half metric tonnes). It is hard to express the excitement when on April 30...

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Progressives at Washington Conference Seek to Inspire Spiritual Activism

May 19, 2006

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/191/story_19179.html

On May 19, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "After wandering the political desert for nearly 40 years, organizers of a 'Spiritual Activism' conference here [in Washington D.C.] this week said that the religious left is taking tentative steps toward the Promised Land. 'We're talking about first, baby steps here,' said Rabbi Michael Lerner, head of the Network of Spiritual Progressives...

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Executive Director Chosen for Universism, a Religion that Opposes Moral Certainty

September 21, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/175/story_17562_1.html

On September 21, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "An upstart religion called Universism has named a new leader who hopes to spread the neo-Deist movement nationwide. Todd Stricker, 25, has been named executive director of the nonprofit organization and said he hopes to launch a new branch in Chicago. University of Alabama-Birmingham medical...

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Four-Day Meeting on Religious Tolerance to be Held in Dallas

June 15, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/localnews/columnists/all/stories/061505dnmetwade.d900ce4.html

On June 15, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "A Nigerian Yoruba priestess and two shamans – one an African Zulu spiritualist, the other an African-American spiritual healer – will add African and American black perspectives when more than 25 multiethnic...

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Gnostica Mysteriorum in CA

August 25, 2004

Source: Palo Alto Weekly

http://paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2004/2004_08_25.church25ja.shtml

On August 25, 2004 Palo Alto Weekly reported, "the run-down, two-story building next to Albertsons on Palo Alto's Alma Street seems unremarkable at first glance. An abandoned first-floor storefront displays the corny cartoon of an enthusiastic man selling donuts. Inside, the smell of incense is the first clue that something is unusual. On the second...

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Growth in Christian "Home Based Observances"

July 21, 2004

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0721/p01s01-ussc.html?s=hns

On July 21, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported that, "for many Americans, worship is no longer centered exclusively under a steeple. In an era of long commutes, overloaded schedules, and made-to-order spirituality, religious experience increasingly means venturing into someone's home for refreshments and a taste of God on far more personal terms... Though...

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Study Indicates Growing Trend Towards "Alternative" Religious Paths in AZ and Throughout US

July 18, 2004

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/families/articles/0718church18.html

On July 18, 2004 The Arizona Republic reported that there exists, "a growing group declaring their freedom from religion, churches and pastors - but not from God. The numbers are so alarming they have clergy scrambling for answers as their congregations walk out church doors looking for spiritual answers elsewhere... A new book on religion and public life calls Arizona one...

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Hawaii's Graveyards Reveal Blending Traditions

May 31, 2004

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/May/31/il/il01a.html

On May 31, 2004 The Honolulu Advertiser reported, "Nanette Napoleon has seen the strangest things left as graveyard memorabilia, or what she calls 'visitation goods.' We're not talking about people bringing lei, flowers or photos to their family's graves. We're not even talking oranges or tangerines, cans of beer, bottles of soda, incense, cups of tea,...

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Animals Seized in Santeria Sacrifice in San Francisco

May 26, 2004

Source: The San Francisco Examiner

http://www.sfexaminer.com/article/index.cfm/i/052604n_animals

On May 26, 2004 The San Francisco Examiner reported, "The Peninsula Humane Society, acting on a tip of animal stench and noise coming from an alley behind 870 Grand St., on Tuesday seized six pygmy goats, a pot-bellied pig, five rabbits and some 75 to 100 chickens, ducks and pigeons being kept in filthy conditions to be used for ritual sacrifice by a Santeria high...

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Are Immigrant Religious Practices Cultural or Criminal?

May 24, 2004

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2004-05-24-courts-culture_x.htm

On May 24, 2004 USA Today reported, "Immigrants with roots in Africa, Asia and other non-Western cultures are winding up in America's courts after being charged with crimes for acts that would not be offenses in their home countries. In recent years, U.S. courts have been asked to decide the fates of defendants involved in animal sacrifices,...

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Is Kashi a Cult? Ashram Controversy Continues in Florida

May 5, 2004

Source: Treasure Coast Palm

http://www.tcpalm.com/tcp/living/article/0,1651,TCP_1043_2843662,00.html

On May 5, 2004 Treasure Coast Palm reported, "As others who left the Kashi Ashram before him, Richard Rosenkranz now expresses amazement, sometimes horror, at things he did and allegiances he held while a member of Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati’s new-age religion congregation in Roseland. And, as those who went before him, he now believes he was in...

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Halloween 2003: Celebrations and Spirituality

October 31, 2003

Source: Forward

http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.10.31/living1.html

On October 31, 2003 Forward published an article on Jewish "witches," or individuals who "have a strong sense of Jewish identity but also practice magic, cast spells and tend to identify with 'goddess-directed' worship. Their beliefs run the gamut from strict monotheists to those who worship a pantheon of goddesses... their numbers could be in the hundreds. In September, Jewitchery.com site...

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Halloween 2003: Celebrations and Spirituality

October 31, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A44375-2003Oct30.html

On October 31, 2003 The Washington Post reported on a new book on Wiccans that applies social science techniques and unearths certain demographic patterns. "Typically, Wiccans are white, college-educated and middle class, according to 'Voices from the Pagan Census: A National Survey of Witches and Neo-Pagans in the United States,' which polled 2,000 believers...

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