On November 5, 2003 Beliefnet.com posted an Associated Press article that reported, "Denmark said...it will let a group that worships Thor, Odin and other Norse gods conduct legally-recognized marriages. 'To me, it would be wrong if the indigenous religion of this country wasn't recognized,' Tove Fergo, the minister for Ecclesiastic Affairs and a Lutheran priest, told The Associated...
On February 22, 2003 The New York Times reported that "on a bright, tropical Sunday, the pews at Kawaiahao Church are filled with
the faithful: locals in suits or flowered muumuus, tourists in shorts,
conspicuous with their name tags and camera bags... The Hawaiian rendering of the Lord's Prayer, with the soft, round vowels of
the native language, tumble over the crowd like a wave coming in to shore. 'E
makou makua iloko o ka lani...' But the tourists, many reading along from a program, are not the only ones
who do not...
On December 15, 2002 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "for Racine's [WI] Hispanic Catholic community -- particularly for people of
Mexican heritage -- Dec. 12 is no ordinary day... It is a celebration for the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, known as Our
Lady of Guadalupe for her apparition in 1531 near Mexico City to a Christian
named Juan Diego at which she declared her love for the people of Mexico,
according to Catholic Church teachings... On Dec. 12, Mary is said to have performed miracles --...
On October 28, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "through silence and song, sermons and witness, halting voices and tears,
Minnesotans of all denominations mourned the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone on
Sunday... Commemorations weren't confined to churches. Outside the State Capitol,
nearly 300 people, most of them Hmong, gathered to praise the Wellstones...
The nearly two-hour-long service began with a traditional Hmong mourning
procession. Hundreds marched from the Veterans Memorial to the Capitol steps,
accompanied by music...
On April 21, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that one of South Korea's most famous shamans, Kim Kumhwa,...travels the world with a group of performers to re-create
selected rituals known as kut (pronounced coot)... [These] rituals are part of the country's folk religion and central to its music and dance
traditions... Kim was initiated at the age of 17 into her role as a mudang, or shaman, by
her grandmother, also a mudang. Her path to shamanism began, she says, when she
was 11 and came down with a serious illness that she...
On February 9, 2002, The Seattle Times featured an article on the Women of Wisdom conference, whose participants are practitioners of "everything from earth-centered and goddess spirituality to Incan shamanic practices... About 2,000 people are expected to attend parts of the eight-day women's
spirituality conference at Seattle Unity Church, a
nondenominational metaphysical church. More than 90 events are planned,