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    Immigrant Religions in Germany (2005)


    Introduction

     

    Europe has witnessed a tremendous diversification of its religious landscape in the last thirty years. Yet, Europe has never been as monolithically Christian as most historical overviews tend to tell us. Jews, Muslims in the Balkans and during Moor reign in Spain, adherents to various western esoteric traditions, and many more have been part of Europe’s multi-religious set-up.

    Nevertheless, it certainly is right to state that the various Christian denominations and confessions exercised and continue to exert a dominant influence...

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    Interfaith Efforts and Hurricane Sandy Recovery in New York City (2015)

    In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated areas in the Northeastern United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. In New York City, at least 43 people died and thousands of homes were destroyed.[1] The city experienced $19 billion in damages and it was weeks before power and train lines were restored in most parts of the city.[2] While New York was largely able to bounce back, the recovery process is not complete for many residents. Some are now frustrated, years later, with the inefficiency and lack of...

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    Parliament of the World’s Religions: “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity” (2015)

    The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions was held in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 15-20, 2015 and attracted over 10,000 people from nearly 80 countries.[1] The event theme, “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity,” came out of organizers’ hopes that the Parliament would provide the time and space for “thousands of kindred spirits” to come together “with compassion and forgiveness, with curiosity and convictions, with expansive vision and following a deeply personal call to action in response to the urgency of these times.”...

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    Interreligious Activity in San Diego Since September 11 (2002)

    Following the events of September 11, the atmosphere in San Diego was particularly tense. Three of the hijackers involved in the attacks were from the San Diego area, and San Diego has a strong military presence that includes the North Island Naval Air Station, Fort Rosencranz Military Reservation, Imperial Beach Naval Air Station, U.S. Naval Communication Center, and US Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Immediately following the events, Rev. Freeman, a minister in Chula Vista, organized an interfaith prayer service for that weekend. The next week during a regularly scheduled...

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    4th Dr. Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies Conference (2015)

    On May 8th-10th, 2015, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) hosted the 4th Dr. Jasbir Singh Saini Endowed Chair in Sikh and Punjabi Studies Conference. This year’s theme was “Living and Making Sikhi in the Diaspora: The Millennial Generation Comes of Age.” As the largest Sikh studies conference in North America, the three-day event brought together Sikh studies scholars, young Sikh activists living in the diaspora, as well as students and community members to “explore the ways in which millennial Sikhs of the diaspora are making and living Sikhi in various settings...

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    Death in Boston: Dying, Mourning, and Religious Difference (2014)

    This report explores the history and modern practices surrounding death and mourning in Boston's religious communities.

    Scholars and critics often point to an American tradition of death and mourning that dominates our culture’s funeral rites. It is at once derided and celebrated: for some, it represents a brutal scheme of extortion and abuse; for others a tasteful way to dispose of the dead.[1] For all, this tradition is a uniquely American event, one with no precedent in either American or Christian religious history.

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    Faith and Legal Work Interfaith Conference at Harvard Law School (2014)

    A network of five faith-based student organizations at Harvard Law School co-hosted the first Interfaith Conference on Faith & Legal Work on March 3, 2014. The conference brought together local practitioners, scholars, and students in the field to discuss the intersection of religious identity and professional practice. Organizers estimated that 60-70 participants, including law school students, divinity school students, and other community members, joined panel sessions and a reception at Wasserstein Hall at the Law School. Three panels comprised the event and highlighted...

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    Post 9/11 Hate Crime Trends: Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Jews in the U.S. (2013)

    This report chronicles the work of organizations like CAIR, the Sikh Coalition, SALDEF, ADL, and others who have documented a rise in hate crimes against Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Jews, and other communities in the years after 9/11. Some communities have struggled more and more each year, as in the case of the Muslim and Sikh communities, while others have risen and fell throughout, as with the Hindu and Jewish communities. Despite these variances, however, it is clear that the election of Barack Obama, increasing anti-immigrant sentiment, the rise of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups...

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    Bowling Green, KY and The Nascent Stages of Religious Diversity (2013)

    In 1979, the city of Bowling Green, Kentucky was designated a refugee resettlement site in the United States.  Since the initial beginnings of refugee resettlement, many diverse populations have established themselves and their cultures in the south central Kentucky area.  As these immigrant populations continue to grow, many form their own religious centers, while others struggle to maintain their religious traditions in a new context.  At this time, the immigrant religious communities who have formed a center in Bowling Green have done so on the geographic periphery of...

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    Houston Oasis: A New Model for Non-Faith Based Communities (2013)

    “Atheist church,” is a term more than one newspaper has used to describe Houstin Oasis, a secular community in Northwest Houston, Texas. The term (used frequently by others, along with “community” and “congregation”) no doubt disrupts many common perceptions about Atheism, which is often viewed as an individualistic worldview; a slim few might see Atheism as a catalyst for connection. But as “a community grounded in reason, celebrating the human experience,” that is exactly what Houston Oasis is: a catalyst. Oasis presents itself as both a community grounded in empiricism and a new model...

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    The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge (2013)

    The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge was launched by President Obama and the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (WHOFBNP) in 2011 as a call to higher education institutions to advance interfaith service across their campus communities. Over 400 colleges and universities from across the United States exhibited enthusiasm and interest in the initiative in the first year alone. Since then, the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Education and the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) have partnered to...

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    Interfaith Publications (2016)

    Below is a list of annotated links that represent a sampling of publications that focus on themes of inter-religious encounter and/or interfaith engagement. Inclusion of a publication does not necessarily indicate an endorsement of the views expressed therein. This list was first published in 2013 and was updated in 2016. If you have additional suggestions for this list, please e-mail staff@pluralism.org with the name of the organization and a link to its website.

    CrossCurrents Magazine (prior to 1990) – New York, NY ...

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    Presidential Candidate Endorsements by Religious Groups and Leaders (2007)

    Candidate endorsements have played an important role in American politics. They typically help voters to understand where a candidate stands in relation to the values and traditions espoused by a particular social group. In contemporary politics, endorsements provide candidates not only with an official “seal of approval,” but also with access to membership databases that can be used for targeted fundraising and “get out the vote” appeals.

    Endorsements from religious groups and their leaders have significantly affected the outcome of several presidential elections. Most...

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