Interfaith

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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Unity Walk Aims At Interfaith Cohesiveness

October 19, 2009

Author: Michael Lipin

Source: Voice of America News

http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-10-19-voa16.cfm

Members of Washington's interfaith community gathered Sunday for a unity walk - an annual event aimed at promoting tolerance. Hundreds of people of different faiths visited houses of worship along a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue to learn about other religions. They also joined forces to sign up for community service. 

A Jewish...

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South Asian Students Team to Celebrate Diwali

October 19, 2009

Author: Amy Julia Harris

Source: The Stanford Daily

http://www.stanforddaily.com/cgi-bin/?p=1034540

The Old Union courtyard was awash in saris, food, candlelight and music Sunday night as hundreds of students celebrated the Hindu holiday of Diwali.

This year, four of Stanford’s most prominent South Asian organizations — the Hindu Student Council, Sanskriti, the Stanford India Association and the dance team Basmati Raas — pooled...

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In Mideast, Interfaith Couples Travel to Cyprus to Wed

October 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: USA TODAY

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2009-10-18-cyprus-weddings_N.htm

The two couples had never met each other, and probably never would. They had come from opposite sides of a border between longtime enemies.

But Elie Wakim and Nada Ghamloush from Lebanon, and Dimitri Stafeev and Olga Zaytseva from Israel, had a problem in common: Belonging to different religions, neither couple...

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Germantown Mural a Result Of Common Effort to Honor Uncommon Spirituality

October 19, 2009

Author: Jessica Yu

Source: Philadelphia Daily News

http://www.philly.com/philly/living/64718182.html

A large mural depicting doves, trees, a lotus flower and the phrase "Service Faith Justice" in six languages was unveiled yesterday at the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement's headquarters in Germantown, where residents gathered before the neighborhood's first piece of art invoking multiple congregations.

Inspired by an evolving spiritual...

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GTA Hindus Let Lights Shine

October 18, 2009

Author: Tom Godfrey

Source: The Toronto Sun

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2009/10/18/11438616-sun.html

Hindus across the GTA are celebrating Diwali, a festival of lights, that marks the beginning of a new year for believers of the world's oldest religion.

Toronto-area temples were filled last night as worshippers celebrated an end of the old and beginning today of a new year in the Hindu calendar.

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Muslims Join Hindus In Kali Puja Festivities

October 18, 2009

Author: Manoj Kar

Source: Kalinga Times

http://www.kalingatimes.com/odisha_news/news2009/20091018_Muslims_join_Hindus_in_Kali_Puja_festivities.htm#

In a refreshing break from religious fanaticism that has become the order of the day, Muslims from a sleepy hamlet downstream the Brahmani river have joined hands with Hindu villagers in observing the week long Kali Puja festivities.

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CU-Boulder Junior Launching Pagan Student Alliance

October 18, 2009

Author: Melanie Asmar

Source: Colorado Daily

http://www.coloradodaily.com/cu-boulder/ci_13590243

When University of Colorado junior Emma Lee transferred to the state's flagship university this fall from the much smaller Mesa State College, she noticed there was one big thing missing: a Pagan Student Alliance. 

So she's doing the same thing at CU she did in Grand Junction -- starting one from scratch.

"I was shocked and appalled...

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Row Over School Closures for Muslim, Hindu And Sikh Holidays

October 17, 2009

Author: Jonathan Wynne-Jones and Ian Johnston

Source: Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/6358886/Row-over-school-closures-for-Muslim-Hindu-and-Sikh-holidays.html

Two councils have instructed all schools under their control to shut for the annual celebrations of Eid-Ul-Fitr, Diwali and Guru Nanak's Birthday, in addition to the Christian festivals of...

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