Hinduism

Kansas City Celebrates Pluralism

December 12, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.cres.org

On December 12, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "since Sept. 11, leaders in government - like those in schools, hospitals, media and business - want to be sure they are discharging their duties with particular sensitivity to religious concerns... As part of a recognition of pluralism in the [Kansas City] area, Jackson County Executive Katheryn J. Shields is developing a six-month calendar of community open houses scheduled by ethnic and faith...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

December 10, 2001

Source: United Press International

On December 10, 2001, The United Press International reported that "the 'real story' of the blaze at the Gobind Sadan shrine actually developed into a rather marvelous one, recounts Ralph Singh, the center's spokesman... Jews, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists came out to express their solidarity, Singh recalled. And then there were individual acts of kindness... With a trembling voice, Ralph Singh spoke of the 'outpouring of love' the 100-strong congregation at the former farmstead received from neighbors and...

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Atlanta Area Police Force Holds Interfaith Blessing for its Cars

December 6, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On December 6, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "religious leaders, including Buddhists, Roman Catholics, Hindus and Muslims, lined up side by side one day last week while uniformed police officers stood inside the open doors of their cars, engines roaring, blue lights flashing. Taking turns, each cleric approached a podium and offered a special prayer during the first interfaith blessing of the fleet for the Morrow Police Department... A Buddhist monk concluded the ceremony by splashing...

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Hindu Temple in Connecticut Raises $20,000 for WTC Victims

December 1, 2001

Source: India New England News

On December 1, 2001, India New England News reported that "In the weeks following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., members of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society pulled together and raised $20,000 for World Trade Center relief." The article quoted Dina Bhatt, vice president of the society: "We are Americans, we live here and our children are growing up here. ... We love to help and everybody is interested in doing so." Temple president Prasad Srinivasan noted, "All of us have come here with our rich...

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Interfaith Services Raise Questions for Clergy Members

November 24, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 24, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "the events of Sept. 11 prompted an unprecedented number of interfaith services nationwide, featuring leaders of different religions praying for peace and remembering the more than 4,100 terrorist attack victims. But some religious leaders have questioned the appropriateness of their clergy participating in such gatherings...'The basic question is: Does my participation enhance my witness of Jesus Christ or obscure it?' said the Rev. Karl K. Schmidt, pastor of Bethany...

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Great American Hindu Leader Dies at 74

November 23, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 23, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, a California native who converted to Hinduism, founded the magazine Hinduism Today and represented his religion around the world, died Nov. 12 at his ashram home on Kauai. He was 74. The satguru, or spiritual teacher, died on the 32nd day of a self-imposed fast, which he began shortly after learning that he had incurabl intestinal cancer, said Paramacharya Palaniswami, the editor of Hinduism Today. His death followed an ancient practice...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving, 2001

November 21, 2001

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-nyseas212473093nov21.story?coll=ny%2Dnews%2Dprint

On November 21, 2001, Newsday reported that "gratitude for life is the focus this year as families celebrate Thanksgiving in the wake of terrorist attacks on the United States and a later plane crash that together took the lives of thousands...Live and let live may well be the motto of the newly formed Coalition of...

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DC Area Hindus Observe Diwali, Reflect on September 11

November 19, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

On November 19, 2001, The Washington Post reported that Hindus from the area gathered at a Temple in Beltsville, MD to celebrate Diwali. "There are more than 800 million Hindus in the world and 75,000 in the Washington area, primarily Indian Americans and Indians. Hitesh Patel, spokesman for the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, or sanctuary, in Beltsville, said the celebration is a time for those of the Hindu faith to reflect and set goals in the same way that Christians mark the New Year...'This is a time when we come together and...

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Somerville's South Asian Community Celebrates Diwali

November 19, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 19, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that the Somerville, MA South Asian Center hosted a Diwali celebration "inside a tent at the Assembly Square Mall parking lot...Though the event is a Hindu holiday commemorating the epic hero Ramas's victorious return from exile, its organizers hope it sent a message of unity...The South Asian Center, a volunteer organization founded last December, is hosting a similar festival next month for the Muslim holiday Eid." Somerville is home to a large South Asian community; "a recent survey...

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California Hindus Pray for Peace on Diwali

November 17, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 17, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that to celebrate Diwali "more than 2,000 of the faithful gathered...at Valley Hindu Temple to light ritual fires, recite prayers for peace and offer food to Lord Krishna...After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the temple hosted a candlelight vigil and peace rally, temple officials said...'Even though our origin is in India, we have adopted this country as our home,' Kadam Shodhan said before the ceremony. 'We pray that the New Year will bring peace and prosperity to this country...

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Boston Area Family Celebrates Diwali

November 14, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 14, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "Indra Prasad-Milowe is preparing for the Hindu festival of lights, called Diwali ...'Everyone opens their homes, everyone forgives and forgets,' says Prasad-Milowe. Her family gives money to charities and they "light lamps of unity and brotherhood to make the world happy'...The festival honors Lakshimi, a Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. According to the myth, on the third day of this five-day festival, Lakshimi descends to Earth to visit places that are lit and clean,...

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Muncie Interfaith Roundtable

November 14, 2001

Source: The Star Press

http://www.thestarpress.com/Local_News/1114faith.html

On November 14, 2001, The Star Press reported, "Tragedy brings varied faiths together." It reported on a gathering of local Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Hindus: "The Muncie Interfaith Roundtable event was the first time in recent years that members of such varied religions in Muncie [IN] had gathered to share their beliefs and feelings about current events. This time they had good reason to...

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Connecticut Diwali Celebration Embraces Multiculturalism

November 12, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On November 12, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported that "Indian graduate students from the University of Hartford are working with members of a Hindu temple in Middletown to share their celebration, called Diwali...Diwali represents a cross-section of the diverse elements of Indian culture...In the past, the program for Diwali has been designed to appeal to an Indian audience, but the focus has changed...This year, organizers wanted to create more of a multicultural event...Local dignitaries have been invited to attend, and...

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Connecticut Indian Americans Raise Funds

November 12, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On November 12, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported that "many Indians in the state and region are members of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society, which runs the temple on Training Hill Road [in Middletown, CT]. They have been channeling their efforts [for victims of the terror attacks] through the society. A fund-raiser last month brought in nearly $20,000. The society is coordinating its efforts with other Indian organizations in the state and plan to make a combined donation to the American Red Cross that they hope...

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Atlanta Mixed-Faith Couples Influenced by Terror Attacks

November 11, 2001

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 11, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution featured an article on "Atlanta couples where one partner is Muslim and the other is of a different faith. In interviews with four such couples, all said the events of Sept. 11 had a profound influence on their relationships. They've questioned each other about their cultures. Two couples said the attacks have brought them closer."

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