Hinduism

Century of Racial and Ethnic Categorizations in America

March 4, 2001

Source: The Arizona Republic

On March 4, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on the categories that have been used on census forms in the past century as America struggled to describe its ethnic and racial diversity. Among the categories that have been used is the "Hindu race."

U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

February 26, 2001

Source: Omaha World-Herald

On February 26, 2001, the Omaha World-Herald reported that "three speakers - each representing a different faith - gathered Sunday afternoon at Omaha's Hindu Temple to offer insight on how to grapple with the deep and troubling questions raised by the" recent earthquake in Gujarat. "More than 60 members of the Hindu Temple spent all or part of the weekend fasting...$13,000 has been raised to help rebuild Gujarat."

New CD-ROM Teaches Hindu Children and Non-Hindus About Hinduism

February 25, 2001

Source: The Pioneer Press

On February 25, 2001, The Pioneer Press reported that Professor Anantanand Rambachan of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN has created a CD-ROM entitled "Hinduism: Wisdom and Way" to teach about Hinduism. The CD-ROM aims to teach Hindu children growing up in the United States about their religion. Rambachan explained that "Here, Hinduism is growing in a culture in which it is not predominant. There is no reflection of Hinduism in the environment of a child. So you have to develop resources to meet that kind of need for children...

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Minneapolis Restaurant Features Aspects of Sikhism, Hinduism and Islam

February 22, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On February 22, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on a new restaurant in Minneapolis, the Natraj India Kitchen. Although the restaurant is fairly typical in other respects, "the sound system delivers a recorded satsang -- a spiritual message delivered in Hindi by Indian Sikh guru Baba Gurindar Singh. While this recording plays, a restaurant employee makes a circuit of the dining room, stopping at each of the religious images to make an offering of burning incense." In addition, the menu features halal meats, which meet Muslim...

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Mixed Reactions to Funding of Faith-Based Organizations

February 21, 2001

Source: Star Tribune

On February 21, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article that brings up one of the biggest problems with Bush's faith-based initiative. "The state cannot be in the business of deciding which faiths pass muster and which do not. If they are law-abiding and their programs are effective, it would seem you have to take them all or take none. You allow proselytizing in all or in none." For example, the Salvation Army "injects its Christian philosophy deep into its programs." If the Salvation Army can do this, the article asked...

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Minister Claims Orthodox Christians and Jews Reject Inclusive Approach

February 16, 2001

Source: Capital Times

On February 16, 2001, the Madison Capital Times published an article by Rev. Michael A.Schuler of the First Unitarian Society, in which he warns that, under the Bush administration, "conservative Christians [will] try to halt the current drift toward pluralism...Orthodox Christians and Jews reject a more inclusive and open-minded approach to religion because, for them, to be religious means to be sectarian as well." Schuler says that, globally, they have begun to "redouble their efforts to defend the old order," in response to...

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Ohio Interfaith Association Works for Peace and Human Rights

February 16, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On February 16, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported on the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, which has 350 members from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Baha'ism, Islam and Judaism. All are volunteers. "The missions of the association...are to educate its members and the public about customs of different faiths and to provide interfaith public worship and ceremonies related to local and global concerns." The association's projects, which range from peace-training programs in public schools to the creation of...

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Theological Union Plans to Increase Emphasis on Non-Christian Faiths

February 15, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/02/15/MN127988.DTL

On February 15, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the new president of the Graduate Theological Union, a network of seminaries and religious institutes in the San Francisco Bay Area, wants to broaden its focus to include more Jews, Buddhists, Muslims and other non-Christians. The president,...

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Couple Reflect on Growing up in Hare Krishna Movement

February 13, 2001

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/02/13/MN120924.DTL

On February 13, 2001, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on couple Subal Smith and Tulsi Briones, who both grew up in the Hare Krishna movement during the 1970s and who "both drifted away from the Hindu sect once they were out on their own." Briones recalls being the weirdo at her public school in Texas...

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American Chooses the Life of a Hindu Holy Woman

February 10, 2001

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On February 10, 2001, The Houston Chronicle published an article on 29-year-old Sadhavi Bhagwati, formerly Phoebe Garfield. "The Stanford University graduate was transformed into a living Hindu saint, or holy woman, in four years. In Hinduism, a saint is a person who has attained a high level of personal sanctity through meditation and good works. The individual's guru or swami bestows the rank. A male saint is known as a sadhu; a woman is called sadhavi. Bhagwati is a leading figure of Parmarth Niketan," a Hindu religious...

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U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

February 8, 2001

Source: The Boston Herald

On February 8, 2001, The Boston Herald reported that "the local Indian community plans to adopt families, villages and schools in the earthquake-ravaged Gujarat region and target donations and long-term support...The groups decided to pool their efforts in order to get the most for each dollar raised...The meeting of 22 Indian social organizations in Cambridge Sunday brought together Hindus, Moslems, Jains and Sikhs, and people from diverse Indian regions and ethnic groups." One local group, Hindu Swayansewak Sangh, has raised...

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U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

February 5, 2001

Source: The Denver Post

On February 5, 2001, The Denver Post reported that "members of Denver's growing Hindu community gathered Sunday at their suburban temple to pray and donate cash for their homeland," following the earthquake in India. The Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies has raised $3,000 for earthquake relief. "The Colorado temple, at 8375 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Jefferson County, has become a spiritual and social hub for the metro area's approximately 10,000 Hindu worshipers. Though the temple didn't exist four years ago, as many as 1...

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U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

February 4, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On February 4, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that yesterday about 200 worshippers "gathered at the Greater Baltimore Temple in Finksburg to pray and to raise money for earthquake victims" in India. By the end of the day, members of the Hindu temple had raised more than $53,000...Many families at the Hindu temple yesterday said it was days before they heard from family members in India."

U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

January 29, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On January 29, 2001, The New York Times reported that "the diaspora kicked into high gear over the weekend, as Indian-Americans, reeling from the shock of calamity back home, scrambled to deliver relief to the earthquake-ravaged western Indian state of Gujarat." All over the U.S., Gujaratis took collections to send home as soon as possible, as they waited anxiously for news of relatives and friends. "Worshipers at temples of the Swami Narayan, a predominantly Gujarati Hindu sect, contacted their sister temples in Gujarat to send...

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U.S. Responds to Earthquake in India

January 28, 2001

Source: The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/news_week.ssf?/news/oregonian/01/01/lc_12quake28.frame

On January 28, 2001, The Oregonian reported on Indian families in the Northwest who are trying to learn what happened to their relatives in the recent 7.9-magnitude earthquake in India, and who feel helpless to relieve the suffering. "Oregon and Southwest Washington are home to thousands of people from India,...

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