On February 15, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "for the world's 30,000 Swedenborgians who wish more
people were familiar with their beliefs, the Swedenborg Chapel's presence at
Harvard University often has seemed a blessing... That coveted spot within a stone's throw of Harvard Square, however, comes
with the curse of skyrocketing real estate prices. Now, the cash-strapped House
of Studies is selling its neogothic stone temple, and unless the congregation
comes up with $2 million by March 30, the flagship site of...
On February 14, 2003 The Houston Chronicle reported that "members of a north Houston family that practices Santeria rituals said they
were praying for a relative in a coma when authorities barged into their home,
seizing 12 goats, 11 chickens and two pigeons about to be sacrificed... No charges were immediately filed against the five participants in the
religious ritual in the 300 block of Coach near Imperial Valley, but the
SPCA seized all of the animals in the family's back yard Wednesday... The five residents,...
On February 14, 2003 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Scott McWilliams didn't believe that God had chosen one woman for him --
until he met and married the woman of his dreams through Equally Yoked, a club
for Christian singles... Susan Jacobs, 26, an Orthodox Jew from Squirrel Hill, met her boyfriend at a
conference on modern Orthodoxy... Before then, Jacobs had tried matchmakers, singles events, and even two
Jewish Internet dating services... for Orthodox Jews... The Internet, where the greatest growth in faith-...
On February 12, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "once a month the ancient language is heard by a slice of metro Atlanta's
Armenian community, which meets at the Epiphany Byzantine Catholic Church in
Roswell. The congregation is a mission parish of the Armenian Church of
one of a handful in the South. The Armenian Church is an ancient branch of
Christianity with distinctive traditions... Armenians have been in metro Atlanta for decades, often finding each other by
On February 11, 2003 the Daily News reported that "community and religious leaders in Brooklyn are praying for peace - but
bracing for war... Hoping to prevent a possible backlash that a war in Iraq might incite against
certain ethnic communities in the borough, city officials and activists
yesterday for a forum dubbed 'We Are All Brooklyn...' Leaders from Brooklyn's Jewish, Muslim, South Asian and African-American
communities were joined by staffers from Mayor Bloomberg's office and the NYPD.
The event was organized by the...
On February 11, 2003 the Omaha World-Herald reported that "whether the sweat lodge in the Brookhaven neighborhood in southwest Omaha is
a religious practice protected under the U.S. Constitution or a threat to
public health and safety will be determined in the next 30 days. Monday, the
City of Omaha said Rose could continue using her sweat lodge while it sorts out
legal issues in the conflict... 'This is my way of life,' said Rose, a spiritual leader in the Northern
Ponca Tribe. 'A lot of people rely on this...' Boyd Bell,...
On February 9, 2003 The Oregonian reported that "during his seven years as a Medford [OR] resident, motel owner Nick Patel has always bragged to friends that he could leave his doors unlocked... But following a half dozen recent hate crimes, including a brash attack last week on a motel clerk from India who was mistaken for an...
On February 9, 2003 NBC 4 News reported that "the Los Angeles Police Department's terrorism hotline is up, running and busy, a police sergeant said Sunday... In addition, the center received several hundred calls during its first day of operation Saturday, and all the calls were 'positive,' meaning there were no prank phone calls... John Miller, who is head of the LAPD's Homeland Security Bureau... cautioned against...
On February 9, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "schools that don't allow students to pray outside the classroom or teachers to hold religious meetings among themselves could face the loss of federal money, the Education Department said Friday... The guidelines reflect the Bush administration's push to ensure that schools give teachers and students as much...
On February 9, 2003 The Leader-Herald reported that "locally, Wiccan worshippers aren't making their religious practices known because of their fear of persecution, they say. Some are open about it, but the majority of them practice in solitude... Jessica Henry, a Johnstown [NY] resident and Fulton-Montgomery Community College [NY] student, said she began...
On February 8, 2003 The Boston Globe printed an editorial that stated, "the latest FBI order comes on the heels of revelations that the bureau has
been secretly enlisting campus police officers at the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst and elsewhere to 'keep tabs' on faculty, staff, and
students studying in Massachusetts and around the United States... Some Justice Department officials have dubbed these tactics 'community
outreach' - a chance for the FBI to alert Iraqis to civil rights matters and to
assist them if they...
On February 8, 2003 The Olympian reported that "Jody Rush was raised a Christian. His wife, Hilari Hauptmann, grew up in a Conservative Jewish household. Their son, Gabe, attends Hebrew school at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, where Hauptmann recently became a member... As a family, they also belong to the Community for Interfaith Celebration (CIC), a small spiritual community in...
On February 8, 2003 The New York Times reported that "last fall, officials with Aspen Elementary School, a public school with
about 500 students in kindergarten through fourth grade, and the Aspen Country
Day School, a private school with about 180 students in kindergarten through
ninth grade, invited yoga instructors to conduct classes as part of a pilot
program... But some
parents and religious leaders here are objecting, saying that teaching yoga in
school violates the separation of church and state... Opposition was...
On February 7, 2003 the Star-Telegram reported that "employment discrimination complaints climbed more than 4 percent last year to 84,442 filings, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported Thursday... The biggest increases for the 2002 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, came from allegations of religious discrimination. They were up 21 percent from 2001, to almost 2,600 complaints... 'While...