Interfaith

UN Expert Stresses Role Of States In Promoting Religious Tolerance

October 27, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: UN News Centre

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=32743&Cr=religion&Cr1=

Governments have a central role to play in either preventing or contributing to religious friction, an independent United Nations expert said today, noting that a State’s commitments to non-discrimination, as well as its policies and messages, can promote tolerance.

Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on...

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Interfaith Conference Promotes Conversation About Religion

October 26, 2009

Author: Lark Turner

Source: The Daily Northwestern

http://www.dailynorthwestern.com/campus/interfaith-conference-promotes-conversation-about-religion-1.2036655

Students and religious leaders from around the world gathered in Norris University Center on Sunday to discuss religious pluralism, student leadership and Obama’s faith initiatives at the Interfaith Youth Core’s sixth...

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Interfaith Group Hopes to Combat 'Islamophobia'

October 26, 2009

Author: Pat McCaughan

Source: Episcopal Life Online

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81803_116072_ENG_HTM.htm

Terry Beasley converted to Islam a short six months ago but on October 25 said she has already experienced a lifetime's worth of "hatred from people with Muslim-phobia."

Beasley joined about 100 participants at St. John's ProCathedral on October 25 for "The Intersection of Islamophobia and Torture," an event sponsored by...

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Jewish Community Reaches Out to Interfaith Families

October 25, 2009

Author: Sharon Chisvin

Source: Winnipeg Free Press

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/life/faith/jewish-community-reaches-out-to-interfaith-families-65930667.html

In recent years, Jewish communities across North America have witnessed a significant increase in the number of Jews marrying outside of their faith. The Winnipeg Jewish community has not been immune to this phenomenon, and as a...

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In Egypt, a Synagogue Renovation Elicits Complicated Feelings About Preserving Jewish History

October 24, 2009

Author: Matti Friedman and Hadeel Al-Shalchi

Source: The Star Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.startribune.com/world/65898232.html

The warren of slum alleys is called the Jews' Quarter, but no Jews live there. The ancient synagogue still stands, but its roof is gone. The government is renovating it, but is doing so at a moment when anti-Israel feeling is running especially high in Egypt.

The Ben Maimon synagogue...

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Muslims Join Hindus to Celebrate Chhath In Bihar

October 24, 2009

Author: Imran Khan

Source: IANS

http://www.samaylive.com/news/muslims-join-hindus-to-celebrate-chhath-in-bihar/664014.html

In a show of brotherhood and communal harmony, Muslims in Bihar joined Hindus in celebrating Chhath, the state's biggest religious festival. While many Muslims are observing a fast and performing the ritual, others are helping their Hindu neighbours by cleaning river banks, streets and...

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Northern Virginia Muslims, Jews Set Example for Middle East

October 23, 2009

Author: Jim Handly

Source: NBC

http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local-beat/Northern-Virginia-Muslims-Jews-Set-Example-for-Middle-East-65877707.html

An unlikely relationship between different faiths is setting an example innorthern Virginia.

The region's fast-growing Muslim population is running out of room to pray, so one Reston synagogue opens its doors to them....

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Korean Buddhist Monks, Nuns Say Conflict With Protestants 'Serious'

October 22, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel/UCAN

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=45,8630,0,0,1,0

More than 70 percent of Buddhist monks and nuns who responded to a recent survey say that antagonism between their religion and Protestantism is a serious problem.

Many also said that Protestantism is the most influential religion in the country, followed by Catholicism and Buddhism.

The Research Institute of...

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Faith Schools Warned On RE Texts

October 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/8318765.stm

Independent faith schools must ensure all resources used to teach about other religions are accurate, inspectors say.

Ofsted surveyed 51 schools in England from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu faiths, at the request of Schools Secretary Ed Balls.

Inspectors said some materials were biased or had incorrect information...

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Sikh Storyteller Grabs the Imagination At Faith Day

October 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bury Times

http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/4693795.Sikh_storyteller_grabs_the_imagination_at_faith_day/

Pupils in Bury have been given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of other faiths and cultures.

Bury CE High School staged its second annual multi-faith day which brought together speakers from the major world religions, thanks to a series of workshops and...

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Hindus Laud London Boroughs for Declaring Diwali, Eid, Guru Nanak B'day As Holidays

October 20, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Newstrack India

http://newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/129025

Hindus have applauded two east London boroughs for declaring Diwali, Eid and Guru Nanak Birthday as school holidays.

Waltham Forest and Newham councils have reportedly announced Eid, Diwali, and Guru Nanak Birthday as school closure days in all the community primary and secondary schools.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed...

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Atheists Feel Left Out, Finds Faith Surveys

October 20, 2009

Author: Patsy McGarry

Source: The Irish Times

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1020/1224257057606.html

Ireland's atheists feel discriminated against and left out of conversations with religious people, as well from the public sphere, according to new all-island faith surveys.

They have also found that 67 per cent of lay Irish people view ecumenism positively, but some complained it was too “...

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