Interfaith Conference Discusses Thought-Provoking Questions

December 7, 2002

Source: Suburban Chicago News


On December 7, 2002 the Suburban Chicago News questioned "why would a loving God permit human suffering? What is the surest path to spiritual enlightenment? How can both doubt and belief spring from the same insurmountable questions?" Then suggested that "these and other weighty matters will be broached during some thought-provoking discussions being offered by faith...

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Equal Stature for Religious Holidays in the Schools

December 5, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 5, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "growing up in Philadelphia in the mid-1970s, Rona Gugliemino had the day off from school on Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana. Now she is raising her family in Berlin [MA], where the regional school district closes on Good Friday but not on the two holiest days in the Jewish faith. Along with another mother in the district, she is asking school officials to reconsider their policy, citing many other towns in the area that have moved in that direction. The School Committee has agreed...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Dec. 2002

December 4, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 4, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "seven Buddhists from Leverett, Mass., have been beating drums and chanting this week in a demonstration across from the White House to promote peace between the United States and Iraq."

Survey on Religious Diversity in Marin County, California

December 2, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On December 2, 2002 The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "a recently released survey by San Francisco's Institute of Jewish and Community Research shows that a far higher percentage of people in Marin County [CA] than in the rest of the country embrace alternative religions or no religion at all. The findings, gathered from random telephone interviews of 604 people in April and May of 2000, do not mean the famously wealthy and liberal suburban county is full of barefoot pagans wearing robes and worshiping in the...

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December: Celebrations and Dilemmas, 2002

November 30, 2002

Source: The Gazette


On November 30, 2002 The Gazette reported that "Jews will celebrate Hanukkah through Dec. 7. Buddhists will then sit in meditation to honor Rohatsu on Dec. 8, the day that commemorates the enlightenment of Buddha. Next comes the end of Ramadan, Yule, Christmas and finally, at the end of the month, Kwanzaa. These are important days within several religious...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 29, 2002

Source: Rocky Mountain News

On November 29, 2002 Rocky Mountain News reported that "held in a different worship center every year, Denver's oldest Thanksgiving interfaith service was begun in the 1880s by two churches and a synagogue. The event has expanded to include three more Christian and Jewish groups and the Buddhist Temple, which has participated for almost 30 years. The one-hour service was capped by a bread-sharing ritual and closed with America the Beautiful. The service will be held next year at Central Christian Church in Denver."

Pra Thatlouang Festival in California

November 29, 2002

Source: The Fresno Bee

On November 29, 2002 The Fresno Bee reported that "there isn't much built yet at Wat Phouthapathan Lao, the Lao Buddhist temple complex on Walnut, north of Jensen in southwest Fresno [in CA]. But what's there is a start on an ambitious plan to preserve the centuries-old Lao culture and religion in the central San Joaquin Valley. And Thursday, as many Americans gorged on turkey and trimmings, Fresno's Lao community began a four-day celebration of music, dancing, food, handiworks and religion. The Pra Thatlouang Festival is the...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 28, 2002

Source: Austin American Statesman

On November 28, 2002 Austin American Statesman reported that "at Barsana Dham [in Texas], a Hindu temple, there were gathered a Roman Catholic bishop, an Episcopalian priest, Protestant ministers of various stripes (Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Unitarian and Baptist), a Jewish rabbi, Buddhist monks, a Muslim imam -- and more. That's not all. There were about 1,000 black people, brown people, yellow people and white people, men, women and children, and everybody took off their shoes in respect for Hindu ways."

Symbolic Cleansing of Courthouse Steps after Ku Klux Klan Rally

November 25, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 25, 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "a crowd of white, black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist Milwaukeeans joined forces for a symbolic cleansing of the federal courthouse steps where white supremacists had rallied the day before. The Sunday ceremony followed a Saturday rally by about 50 members of the Ku Klux Klan, the National Socialist Movement and the World Church of the Creator, whose message of white separatism was jeered by hundreds of protesters...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 25, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On November 25, 2002 The Plain Dealer reported that "Zoroastrians celebrated bountiful harvests in Persia long before the storied fall gala the Pilgrims put on near Plymouth Rock in 1621. Ditto for the Jewish faithful, who call their harvest festival Sukkot, and for followers of many of the world's other religions. So last night, four days before the Thanksgiving holiday, John Lecky brought together Buddhists and Christians, Hindus and Jews, Muslims and Zoroastrians to reflect on the thanks they all give in one way or another....

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