Christianity

Op-Ed: "Hardship for Evangelicals in Jordan: Lessons for All Christians," by Imad Shehadeh

April 8, 2008

Author: Imad Shehadeh

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/aprilweb-only/115-22.0.html

The media in the East and West have recently been reporting the denunciation of evangelicals by the council of the Catholic and Orthodox bishops in Jordan. The bishops' denunciation was in support of the government's deportations of foreign missionaries, pastors, seminary students, and teachers. Some evangelical...

Read more about Op-Ed: "Hardship for Evangelicals in Jordan: Lessons for All Christians," by Imad Shehadeh

"The Pope on Immigration," a Commentary by Martin E. Marty

April 7, 2008

Author: Martin E. Marty

Source: The University of Chicago Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2008/0407.shtml

Pope Benedict XVI's U.S. visit next week during an election year will find him cast, willy nilly, in a political role. The chiding of Catholic voters, bishops and priests, and politicians who do not make enough of churchly anti-abortion positions will occur, but most concur in the view that...

Read more about "The Pope on Immigration," a Commentary by Martin E. Marty

Sudan Census Will Avoid Religion, Ethnicity

April 7, 2008

Author: Edmund Sanders

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-census7apr07,0,7968192.story

Census-takers will soon fan out across Sudan's vast and famously inhospitable terrain in the first nationwide head count in 25 years.

But the checklist of questions won't include two hot issues that lie at the heart of this nation's recent history of conflict: religion and...

Read more about Sudan Census Will Avoid Religion, Ethnicity

Pope Adds Meetings With Jewish Leaders to U.S. Itinerary

April 4, 2008

Author: LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/04/us/04pope.html

At 80, Pope Benedict XVI has limited his coming trip to the United States to 13 public events, but the church made a surprise announcement on Thursday that he had added two brief meetings — both with Jewish leaders.

One is a quick stopover at the Park East Synagogue in New York on April 18. It will be the first time a pope has ever...

Read more about Pope Adds Meetings With Jewish Leaders to U.S. Itinerary

Leaders Urge Obama to Make Religion Speech

April 3, 2008

Author: Andrea Useem

Source: Religion News Service/The Pew Forum

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15320

The first Muslim elected to Congress on Thursday (April 3) urged Sen. Barack Obama to show "transcendant leadership" by tackling issues of religion -- including allegations that Obama is a Muslim -- in the same way he addressed racial divisions.

"Religious pluralism is under threat," Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., said at a forum...

Read more about Leaders Urge Obama to Make Religion Speech

At CBAAC, Olupona Canvasses Inter- Faith Dialogue as Panacea to Religious Crises

April 3, 2008

Author: Mcphilips Nwachukwu

Source: All Africa/Vanguard

http://allafrica.com/stories/200804030448.html

In her continued effort to ensuring global understanding and appreciation of Black African arts, culture, history and civilization, Centre for Black African Arts and Civilization, CBAAC last week at the Banquet Hall of Excellence Hotels, Ogba, Ikeja held a very high profile lecture on the volatile subject of religion.

It came on the heel of...

Read more about At CBAAC, Olupona Canvasses Inter- Faith Dialogue as Panacea to Religious Crises

U.S. Muslims and Mormons Share Deepening Ties

April 2, 2008

Author: David Haldane

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-morlims2apr02,1,2488142.story

The Mormon Church has to be among the most outgoing on earth; in recent years its leaders have reached out to, among others, Latinos, Koreans, Catholics and Jews.

One of the most enthusiastic responses, however, has come from what some might consider a surprising source: U.S. Muslims.

"We are...

Read more about U.S. Muslims and Mormons Share Deepening Ties

Muslim Official Visits Church, Temples

April 2, 2008

Author: SEAN YOONG

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

Wire Service: AP

http://www.kentucky.com/524/story/364029.html

A lawmaker from Malaysia's Islamic opposition party said Wednesday he made rare visits to a church and temples to help assure non-Muslim minorities about their religious rights.

Khalid Abdul Samad, a Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party lawmaker, said he wanted to ease suspicions among non-Muslims that his party...

Read more about Muslim Official Visits Church, Temples

Jewish Leader Calls Hagee 'Extremist'

April 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: AP

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gMW-iUj5Lda9Ebab2CY32xy62K5QD8VQ23E80

The leader of the largest branch of American Judaism said Wednesday that synagogues in the movement shouldn't work with the Rev. John Hagee, a Christian Zionist, calling him an "extremist" on Israeli policy who disparages other faiths.

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the liberal Union for Reform Judaism, said Hagee...

Read more about Jewish Leader Calls Hagee 'Extremist'

Symposium Focuses on Women in Religion

March 31, 2008

Author: Henry L. Davis

Source: The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/buffaloerie/story/311868.html

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Buffalo Chapter took on a monumental task Sunday, conducting an interfaith conversation on the role of women in religion.

It’s a potentially controversial subject that one might spend years studying — as well as arguing over — and still not entirely grasp.
...

Read more about Symposium Focuses on Women in Religion

Vatican Sees Pope’s Visit as Chance to Soften Image

March 31, 2008

Author: LAURIE GOODSTEIN

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/31/us/31papal.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

When Pope Benedict XVI makes his first papal trip to the United States in April, he will be guided by a seasoned Vatican ambassador who sees the visit as an opportunity to introduce a little-known pope to a complex set of audiences: American Catholics, Americans in general and global opinion leaders.

“...

Read more about Vatican Sees Pope’s Visit as Chance to Soften Image

Christians, Muslims Seek Common Ground

March 28, 2008

Author: KAREN VANCE

Source: The Enquirer

http://news.nky.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20080328/NEWS0103/803280387

At first glance, Northern Kentucky doesn't appear religiously diverse, with most of the area's non-Christian residents attending worship at synagogues, Hindu temples, Buddhist adherents and other houses of worship on the Ohio side of the river.

But some Northern Kentucky residents want to make...

Read more about Christians, Muslims Seek Common Ground

Texas Board of Education Approves Elective Bible Course for High Schools

March 28, 2008

Author: TERRENCE STUTZ

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/032908dntexbiblecourse.bb4bbdd.html

Broad guidelines for a Bible course in Texas high schools were approved by the State Board of Education on Friday, but board members delayed action on specific curriculum requirements until the attorney general has ruled whether all school districts...

Read more about Texas Board of Education Approves Elective Bible Course for High Schools

Pages