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    Mel Gibson’s “The Passion” (2004)

    Though Mel Gibson’s controversial film “The Passion of Christ” was not released in theaters until Ash Wednesday of 2003 (Feb 23), a national outcry over the film’s content began six months earlier, when leaders of Jewish congregations who had seen excerpts of the film in advance argued that it explicitly blamed Jews for the death of Jesus. Rabbis expressed particular concern over a scene (later removed by Gibson) in which the Jewish high priest Caiphas cursed the Jews, saying of the crucifixion: “His blood be on you and on all of your children.” Abraham Foxman, the director of the Anti-...

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    Indian Religious Diversity Within a U.S. Context: How Are New Immigrant Evangelical Christian Indian Communities Responding?

    Abstract

    My project analyzes how recent immigrant Christian groups within the Chicago Indian community are integrated into the larger Christian community. Using cases studies in Schaumburg, a west suburb just outside of Chicago, and two in Rogers Park, northeast Chicago, I show that most of the interviewees are Christian Indians with plans to bring other immigrants into their respective Christian community. I argue that the relationship between religion and bi-national influences create a new and distinct Christian community. This argument addresses two research...

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    Building Bridges of Understanding: An Interfaith Curriculum of the California Council of Churches (2003)

    In 2002 the California Council of Churches made a decision to respond to the episodes of violence and mistaken identity that followed 9/11. Their chosen response was a curriculum study guide on six of the world’s religions, which was funded by The California Endowment, Presbyterian Church (USA) Peacemaking Program, United Methodist Church Peace and Justice Program, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Reconciliation Fund and Southern California Ecumenical Council.

    Building Bridges of Understanding focuses on six major faith traditions found in California, and was designed...

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    Growing Religious Diversity in South Carolina: Implications for the Palmetto State (2003)

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    This paper documents the growth of religious diversity in South Carolina, drawing on interviews with members from the traditions represented, previous scholarly research on religion in South Carolina, newspaper articles, census data and interviews with religion reporters and educators across the state. After presenting basic outlines and historical sketchs of each faith in South Carolina, the paper goes on to explore the implications of this growing diversity for a Southern "Bible Belt" state like South Carolina, highlighting controversies over...

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    Muslims and Lutherans in the Twin Cities Conference (2002)

    Dr. Mark Swanson, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Islamic Studies Program at Luther Seminary, was a member of the planning committee for a conference held in St. Paul in May 2002, entitled "Muslims and Lutherans in the Twin Cities." He explained that the impetus for the conference came from the Lutheran communities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. They had noticed the presence of many Muslims in their neighborhoods, and realized that they ought to know more about their neighbors.

    The topic was broached by grassroots participants at the annual meetings of...

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    The Holy Land Experience

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Contact Information

    Address: 4655 Vineland Road , Orlando, FL 32811
    Website: http://www.theholylandexperience.com/

    Description

    The Holy Land Experience does not consider itself a theme park. According to its website, The Holy Land Experience is "a living, biblical history museum that takes you 7,000 miles away and 3,000 years back in time to the land of the Bible." Through its tours...
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    Iglesia Jesus de Nazaret

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Phone: 602-268-9224
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    Overview

    The Iglesia Jesus de Nazaret was started by Reverend Alfredo O. Serna in South Phoenix and has occupied several locations before settling into to its present structure (a remodeled home) in 1980. This church, with services exclusively in Spanish, exemplifies the dramatic growth of evangelical Protestantism among Latina and Latino...
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    North Phoenix Baptist Church

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Phone: 602-707-5757
    Website: http://www.npbc.org
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    History

    This Baptist church began in the late 1950s on donated property near downtown Phoenix. The congregation grew steadily, and in 1976 the church moved to its present forty acre site, still in the central part of the city. This mega-church is marked by its innovative ministry and full-service...
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    Living Word Bible Church

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Phone: 480-964-4463
    Website: http://www.Living-Word.com
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    History

    The dramatic population growth of the East Valley has been mirrored by the expansion of a new type of church, dubbed by some "Mega-Churches." These large, mostly Protestant churches include features and conveniences not often found in smaller-scale, traditional congregations and are a noted...
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    Tempe First United Methodist Church

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 21 May 2003.

    Phone: 480-967-3376
    Email: aker4@earthlink.net
    Website: http://www.gbgm-umc.org/tfumc/
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    History

    Methodism reached the Arizona territory in 1868, with the itinerant preaching and revival activities of John L. Dyer of Colorado. The Church community grew slowly in the post-Civil War years, with only 33 members in the entire region by 1879. After a...
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    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 28 August 2015.

    Phone: 480-892-7072
    Website: http://www.lds.org
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    History

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) has a long history in Arizona and in the Valley. The East Valley city of Mesa was established by LDS missionaries in 1883, and a major early temple was dedicated there in 1927. Mesa, the third largest city in the state, has a population estimated to be...
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    East Valley Assembly of God (Tempe First Assembly of God)

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 25 October 2006.

    Phone: 480-831-7524
    Email: kerux@myexcel.com
    Website: http://www.azag.org
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    History

    The East Valley Assembly of God (also known as the Tempe First Assembly of God) is one of the older Assemblies of God organizations in the Valley. The church was founded Pastors Cox and Eaton in the early 1960s and has grown to match the expanding suburbs and...
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    Vineyard Church North Phoenix

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Phone: 623-934-4000
    Email: djohnson@vcfnp.com
    Website: http://www.vcfnp.com
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    History

    Started in a private home in 1985, the original nucleus of the church was a small group called Our Father's House Fellowship. In 1987 the group affiliated with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship and in that same year grew enough to rent space in a retail...
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    Harrisburg Chinese Alliance Church

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Phone: 717-541-1141
    Email: harrisburgcac@yahoo.com
    Website: http://home.earthlink.net/~harrisburgcac

    Activities and Schedule

    Sundays:
    Worship: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Sunday School/Bible Study: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Lunch: 12:30 p.m. B 1:30 p.m.
    Weekdays: Evening Bible Studies at various locations in the greater Harrisburg area (...
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    Emmanuel Spanish United Methodist Church (Iglesia Metodista Unida Emmanuel)

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Contact Information

    Address: 912 South 21st Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104

    Activities and Schedule

    Sunday school and services are held every Sunday, beginning at 10:45 a.m. and lasting until approximately 2:00 p.m. Bible Study and Youth Night are held on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
    Children are very important to the congregation. In addition to Bible study...
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    First Baptist Church of Garden Lakes

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Phone: 623-936-7148
    Email: fbcgl@earthlink.com
    Website: http://www.fbcgardenlakes.org
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    History

    The First Baptist Church of Garden Lakes has its origins in the small, largely rural community of Cashion (in the northwest Valley) in 1953. At the start, the church consisted of nine members -- today, fifty years later, church membership is over 900....
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    All Saints Catholic Newman Center

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Phone: 480-967-7823
    Website: http://www.newman-asu.org
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    History

    The oldest church in the Phoenix area is Saint Mary's Church/ Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, located now with the All Saints Catholic Newman Center in Tempe. In February, 2003, the community celebrated its centennial.
    The original brick church was...
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    Alleluia Lutheran Student Ministry

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Phone: 480-894-2610
    Email: alleluia@asu.edu
    Website: http://www.azalleluia.com
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    Overview

    The Alleluia Lutheran Student Ministry, located just west of the Arizona State University (ASU) campus in Tempe, is a small religious community that primarily serves ASU and local community college students. Reaching college students -- often-times considered...
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    Community of Joy

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

    Phone: 623-561-0500
    Website: http://www.joyonline.org
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    History

    The Community of Joy is one the fastest growing churches in the entire nation, expanding from 200 members in 1978 to over 10,000 today. Started in Glendale in 1974, the church moved to its current 127 acre site in 1996. Noted for its innovative prayer and worship services, this "mega-church" has...
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