Interfaith

A Marine, a Mosque, a Question

June 18, 2010

Author: Jim Dwyer

Source: New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/nyregion/20about.html?ref=religion_and_belief

A few hours after the town hall meeting began, deep into the question-and-answer portion, Bill Finnegan lined up for a turn at the microphone. He had not come with any intention to speak, but as the evening dragged on, he changed his mind.

A Muslim group had made a deal to buy an empty convent...

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Embracing the Love Of Amma, 'the Hugging Saint'

June 18, 2010

Author: Kurt Streeter

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/me-amma-20100618,0,6096819.story

Globalization is good and necessary, whispers the guru, her arms circling yet another stranger, her words translated into English by an attendee. "But at the same time, families are disintegrating, people are becoming isolated islands, there is no communication… there is no love."

So says Amma, the Indian-...

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Pagans to Pray for Earth's Healing From Oil Spill

June 18, 2010

Author: Nicole Neroulias

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/06/pagans-to-pray-for-earths-heal.php

Bonfires, drum circles, dancing, candlelit meditation and other ceremonial rituals help usher in the summer solstice at the annual Pagan Spirit Gathering, now in its 30th year in the United States.

Along with celebrating the longest day of the year on Monday (June 21), this...

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A College Fires Its Chaplains To Save Money, and Students Move On

June 18, 2010

Author: Mark Oppenheimer

Source: New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/19/us/19beliefs.html?ref=religion_and_belief

When a chaplaincy dies, there is nobody to preside over the funeral. But if there were a funeral, would anyone show up?

In May 2009, Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life at Smith College, closed a budget gap by laying off her only three practicing chaplains, representatives of the...

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Minorities Tell Congress Of Racial Profiling

June 17, 2010

Author: Niraj Warikoo

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/article/20100617/NEWS06/100617097/Minorities-tell-Congress-of-racial-profiling

The stories of minorities being racially profiled in Michigan and other states were heard today at a Congressional hearing held by U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

The hearing featured testimony...

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Singapore Christian Church Apologizes for Comparing Taoist Beliefs to Protection Racket

June 16, 2010

Author: Alex Kennedy

Source: CJAD

Wire Service: AP

http://www.cjad.com/news/56/1154374

A Christian church in Singapore has apologized for a sermon by one of its pastors that mocked Taoist beliefs, the second such incident this year in the city-state where religious speech is closely controlled.

New Creation Church, which says it has a congregation of 20,000 worshippers, said it apologized for a sermon by Mark Ng in 2008 that...

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Sikhs, Muslims Lobby Against Racial Profiling

June 16, 2010

Author: Fernando Alfonso III

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2010/06/sikhs-muslims-lobby-against-ra.php

Sikh and Muslim groups are pushing Congress to pass a bill prohibiting racial profiling that's been languishing for more than nine years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Two groups, Muslim Advocates and the Sikh Coalition, are seeking passage of the End Racial Profiling...

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Obama Names Cook Religious Freedom Ambassador

June 15, 2010

Author: William Wan and Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2010/06/obama_names_cook_religious_freedom_ambassador.html

The White House just announced that they're filling the long awaited position of ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. The appointee is Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook, whose experience includes...

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South Bay Muslims Deliver Meals From Mobile Soup Kitchen

June 15, 2010

Author: Lisa Fernandez

Source: The San Jose Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_15303293?nclick_check=1

This summer, a group of Silicon Valley-based Muslims will serve all-halal meals to the hungry from a roving food truck — an effort that's the first of its kind in the Bay Area, perhaps in the nation.

The Bay Area chapter of the Islamic Circle of North America, or ICNA, will officially debut its...

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Hindus Want World Council Of Churches to Organize Global Interfaith Summit

June 15, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: One India/ANI

http://news.oneindia.in/2010/06/15/hinduswant-world-council-of-churches-to-organizegl.html

Hindus have welcomed "inter-religious dialogue and cooperation" program of World Council of Churches (WCC). "In our increasingly pluralistic societies, more inter-religious dialogue and cooperation are needed if conflict fueled by religion is to be constructively addressed...

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