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Christianity vs. the Old Gods of Nigeria

September 4, 2007

Author: DULUE MBACHU

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070904/ap_on_re_af/new_religion_vs_old_gods

ACHINA, Nigeria - Born to a family of traditional priests, Ibe Nwigwe converted to Christianity as a boy. Under the sway of born-again fervor as a man, he gathered the paraphernalia of ancestral worship — a centuries-old stool, a metal staff with a wooden handle and...

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K-12 Teachers Seek Out Lesson in African-Latin American Links

October 9, 2006

Author: David Arriaza

Source: UCLA International Institute

http://www.international.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=54785

This summer, 17 Los Angeles–area schoolteachers in a ten-day training workshop at UCLA learned about Haitian Vodou customs, African influences in Mexican music, and challenges faced by their colleagues at various levels of K-12 instruction. The July 22–Aug. 3 workshop on "Africa-Latin American Intersections:...

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Interfaith Service in Western New York Attended by Over 6,000

September 21, 2006

Source: University of Buffalo Reporter

http://www.buffalo.edu/reporter/vol38/vol38n4/articles/HHDL_Interfaith.html

On September 21, 2006 University of Buffalo Reporter reported, "In the first appearance of his three-day visit to [the University of Buffalo], His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama participated in an interfaith service on Monday in Alumni Arena that showcased the religious diversity of Western New York, featuring spiritual...

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Educators Struggle to Uphold Dress Codes in Light of Religious Accommodations

September 19, 2006

Source: Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nb/fortbend/news/4191316.html

On September 19, 2006 the Houston Chronicle reported, "When Principal James May took over I.H. Kempner High School, a pecan-tree-lined campus named after the Imperial Sugar founder, the 35-year public school veteran found himself facing a new sort of quandary. Although the Sugar Land school has a dress code barring goatees and short skirts alike, a number of...

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"In Gandhi's Footsteps": Conference on Non-Violence Precedes 9/11 Unity Walk

September 11, 2006

Source: Rediff

http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/sep/11aziz.htm

On September 11, 2006 Rediff reported, "A group of Gandhians will hold a rally at the Lincoln Memorial grounds in Washington, DC to commemorate two ideologically opposed events: the fifth anniversary of 9/11, and the 100th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's first-ever use of satyagraha. The Memphis, Tennessee-based MK Gandhi Institute, which is organising the rally, will also participate in an inter-faith...

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Op/ed: "From Many Faiths Grows Greater Understanding"

August 27, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2006/08/27/editorial/special2.html

On August 27, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin published an opinion piece by Saleem Ahmed, a Muslim, and president of the All Believers Network, and by Joan Chatfield, a Christian, board chairwoman of the Network, "The continuing death and destruction in the Middle East reflect the limitless extent to which individuals and political entities will go to defend...

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New Interfaith Commission to Work for Peace

June 27, 2006

Source: Worldwide Faith News

On June 27, 2006 Worldwide Faith News reported, "The inaugural meeting of the Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA) Commission ended in Kigali, Rwanda, on 22 June with Africa's religious leaders agreeing to use the instrument for a peaceful future for the continent and all its people. 'We have begun the task of working together for peace. We have already gained considerable experience in responding to the challenges of conflict and poverty through our respective interfaith networks and...

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Chechnya Becomes Home to Sufi Revival

May 24, 2006

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/24/world/europe/24grozny.html

On May 24, 2006 The New York Times reported, "Three circles of barefoot men, one ring inside another, sway to the cadence of chant. The men stamp in time as they sway, and grunt from the abdomen and throat, filling the room with a primal sound. One voice rises over the rest, singing variants of the names of God. The men stop, face right and walk counterclockwise, slowly at...

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Malaysia's Multi-Faith Credentials Called into Question

May 16, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4965580.stm

On May 16, 2006 BBC News reported, "Malaysia is considering its multi-cultural credentials after a crowd of Muslims on Sunday broke up a meeting called to defend the rights of religious minorities.

The country's leaders condemned the disturbances, but the BBC's Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur says non-Muslims feel increasingly beleaguered.

'I'm becoming an alien in...

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Ruling on Hallucinogenic Tea Paves the Way for Other Minority Religious Groups

February 22, 2006

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0222/p03s04-usju.html?s=hns

On February 22, 2006 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "American adherents of a Brazilian religious sect have won their battle to use hallucinogenic tea in their worship services. In a unanimous ruling with major implications for minority religious groups in America, the US Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the right of religious organizations to claim exemption...

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New Book Maps Spiritual Landscape of Maine

December 17, 2005

Source: Bangor Daily News

http://www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=125338

On December 17, 2005 the Bangor Daily News reported, "Ever feel tempted to consult a shaman? Or learn how to be a shaman? Interested in finding out about solstice celebrations conducted by local pagans? Wondering what Swedenborgianism is all about? Curious about the much-persecuted Baha'i Faith? Looking to find a compatible meditation group? Information on these topics and many, many more can...

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Native Americans Host “Unthanksgiving” Ceremony at Alcatraz

November 24, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051124/lf_afp/afplifestyleus_051124232013

On November 24, 2005 Agence France-Presse reported, "A tribal chant rose from a thousands-strong prayer circle on San Francisco's Alcatraz Island, as Native Americans held a sunrise 'Unthanksgiving Day' ceremony. 'What we call it, is Unthanksgiving,' Bear Lincoln of the Wailikie Tribe told AFP as he waved...

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Representative of Nine Religions Attend Baha’i Peace Event in Dar Es Salaam

November 9, 2005

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story.cfm?storyid=398

On November 9, 2005 the Baha'i World News Service reported, "Representatives of nine religious communities offered prayers on the International Day of Peace at a gathering organized by the Baha'i community of Tanzania. 'This is an historic day,' said keynote speaker, United Nations representative Eshila Maravanyika. Ms. Maravanyika expressed her delight at witnessing representatives of the various...

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Supreme Court to Rule on Sacramental Tea Use

October 31, 2005

Source: UDV USA

http://www.udvusa.com/

On October 31, 2005 UDV USA reported, "On November 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a major case, Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente União do Vegetal, which goes to the very foundation of the free exercise of religion in the United States. For the past six years, the federal government has attempted to prohibit a small religious organization and its members from practicing their religion, which involves the use of a sacramental tea,...

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