Zoroastrianism

Jainism Joins National Inter-Faith Organization

March 5, 2006

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1438478.cms

On March 5, 2006 The Times of India reported, "Jainism, an ancient faith with roots in India, has become the 10th religion to join Singapore's Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), the group said. It has been a four-year process, during which the IRO checked to be sure that Jainism was not a sect or an offshoot of one. The city-state has about 1,000 followers of the faith. By...

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Religious Leaders from Asia and Australia Issue "Ten Commitments"

February 21, 2006

Source: UCA News

On February 21, 2006 UCA News reported, "Religious representatives from Asia and Australia have committed to use the "peaceful" elements in religion to counter violence and terrorism. The 200 participants from 17 countries, who met Feb. 12-13 in Jakarta, also said at the end of their meeting that they are committed to uprooting 'all kinds of corruption by upholding moral legitimacy.' The Bahai, Buddhist, Catholic, Confucian, Hindu, Muslim, Protestant, Sikh, Taoist and Zoroastrian representatives issued 'Ten...

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Zoroastrians Hold Community Event On Site of Planned Temple

February 8, 2006

Source: The Mississauga News

http://www.mississauganews.com/mi/people/story/3308632p-3830855c.html

On February 8, 2006 The Mississauga News reported, "It's a housewarming, only without the house. Members of Mississauga's Zoroastrian community will gather Feb. 12 on a 10-acre parcel of land they have purchased as the future site of their church. A fun day of ice skating, treasure hunts and hot chocolate is planned as the newly-formed Ontario...

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Fertility Clinics and Internet Dating Attempt to Boost Zoroastrian Population

February 6, 2006

Source: Post Gazette/The Wall Street Journal

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06037/651082.stm

On February 6, 2006 The Wall Street Journal reported, "After trying for four years to have a baby, Khorshed Bulsara called on her fellow Zoroastrians for help. She tapped into a new fertility clinic whose mission is to save one of the world's oldest religions... There are fewer than 200,000 Zoroastrians in the world, experts say. Most are in India and Iran, the religion's birthplace...

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Government Hoping to Keep Parsi Students at Indian Universities with Quota System

January 17, 2006

Source: The Indian Express

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=165966

On January 17, 2006 The Indian Express reported, "Concerned over the number of Parsi students leaving the country to pursue higher studies abroad, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is trying to find ways to check the trend. Accordingly, it is thinking of allocating seats in colleges to members of the 69,000 strong close-knit Parsi community in the country. As per...

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Irani Zoroastrians Different from Parsi Zoroastrians

January 9, 2006

Source: Persian Journal

http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_12134.shtml

On January 9, 2006 the Persian Journal reported, "'Irani Zoroastrians? Never knew they were a separate community?' said a colleague. He is not the only one. For, most people use the terms 'Parsi' and 'Zoroastrian' inter-changeably. The fact is that all Parsis are Zoroastrian, but not all Zorastrians are Parsis. Some of them are just Irani Zoroastrians, sometimes simply called...

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"Parzania" Film on Gujarat Riots Focuses on Connection Between Parsi Family and American Student

December 16, 2005

Source: Rediff

http://inhome.rediff.com/movies/2005/dec/16par.htm

On December 16, 2005 Rediff ran a review of a forthcoming film, "Parzania," on the 2002 Gujarat riots in India. The reviewer writes, "Based on a true story, Parzania revolves around a Parsi family in Ahmedabad... Allan Webbings (Corin Nemec) is a disillusioned American, comfortably late with his dissertation and not giving a damn about most things... Fascinated by an neighbour's Gandhian preachings (an old...

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Zoroastrian Wedding Marks Presence of Ancient Faith

November 29, 2005

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/kiss-seals-a-union-in-an-ancient-faith/2005/11/28/1133026404732.html

On November 29, 2005 The Sydney Morning Herald reported, "The bride wore a delicate sari made of white Indian silk, the groom the ceremonial dress of the dagli or overcoat, also in white. As per the rites of their ancient religion, one of Australia's smallest, a white sheet, a...

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Reorganized Kansas City Interfaith Group Draws Diverse Crowd

November 11, 2005

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/13137514.htm

On November 11, 2005 The Kansas City Star reported, "[Reverend Wallace Hartsfield], a longtime area Baptist minister, looked out from a podium Thursday at the more than 600 people who gathered for the [Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council's] inaugural luncheon at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.

Represented were American Indian spirituality, Bahai, Buddhism,...

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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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New Gurdwara Inaugurated in Rockville

October 24, 2005

Source: SikhNet News

http://www.sikhnet.com/Sikhnet/news.nsf/RecentNewsHTML/B60340F73C893B4D872570A600617B6F!OpenDocument

On October 24, 2005 SikhNet News reported, "[This past Sunday], Sikhs of the Washington area thronged the newly built gurdwara in the outskirts of nation’s capital in the city of Rockville, Maryland. [An audience of] 1000... Sikh men, women and children participated very proudly in the...

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