Interfaith

Conference: Religion Joins With Science to Address Environment Issues

September 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://news.bahai.org/story/728

People’s spiritual beliefs affect their attitude toward climate change, with religious groups increasingly helping to frame humanity’s response to environmental issues.

That was one of the messages from a session at the 33rd annual conference of the Association for Baha’i Studies, held in mid-August in Washington, D.C. The gathering drew nearly 1,000...

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A Temple Where Hindus Welcome Muslims for Prayers

September 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

http://despardes.com/?p=7176

A small village in the Uttar Pradesh State is setting an example of religious amity, with its Hindu residents hosting iftar for their fellow Muslim villagers.

“Serving Muslims during the holy month gives us a unique sense of satisfaction,” Indrajeet Pandey, a 48-year-old resident of Naubatpur village, told Indo Asian News Service (IANS) on Thursday, September 17.

In Ramadan, the holiest month in Islamic calendar, the...

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Palestinians, Israelis Broke Bread to Commemorate 9/11 Together

September 17, 2009

Author: Judith Sudilovsky

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3369

Indicating a loaf of sweet braided bread on the table, the Muslim man, asked a group of Jews sharing the meal with him: "Why do you eat only this type of bread at the Sabbath meal?" 

Haysam Pakir, a 30-year-old Muslim from Nablus, a Palestinian city in the northern part of the West Bank, was speaking at a dinner...

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Imam Urges Muslims to Sign Organ Donor Cards

September 17, 2009

Author: Stuart Laidlaw

Source: The Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/living/religion/article/696581

With Ramadan ending in the coming days, Imam Habeeb Alli is making a special point of what he calls the greatest act of charity a Muslim can make during this holy month – signing an organ donor card.

"We cannot ignore this duty to donate our organs," says Alli, secretary of the Canadian Council of Imams.

Throughout the year,...

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Pakistan Rights Groups Seek Answers On Christian’s Death

September 16, 2009

Author: Waqar Gillani and Sabrina Tavernise

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/world/asia/17pstan.html

A Christian man detained on blasphemy charges was found dead in his jail cell on Tuesday in eastern Pakistan. Human rights groups here said he appeared to have been killed, perhaps in collusion with the authorities.

The death of the Christian, Robert Fanish, 20, is part of a rising trend of violence against...

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Bewitched, Without Incident

September 13, 2009

Author: Mandy Stoltzfus

Source: Lancaster Online

http://articles.lancasteronline.com/local/4/242200

Witches and pagans who traveled to Adamstown on Saturday for a festival "Celebrating Earth Spirituality" were greeted by a steady rain and praying Christians in a silent protest.

The gathering held at Stoudtburg Village and hosted by Reading Pagans & Witches proved to far less controversial than the debate that brewed in the days...

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Muslims Hold 9/11 Vigil At White House

September 11, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: American Muslim Voice

http://www.amuslimvoice.org/index.html

To pay homage to the 9/11 terrorist attack victims, the American Muslim Voice Foundation along with Multifaith groups and community organizations held a candle light vigil, on Sept. 11, at Lafayette Park, SE Quadrant (in front of the White House) in Washington DC.

The event included an Iftar (breaking of the Ramadan fast) as the...

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Some Pa. Shops Close Doors to Pagan Festival

September 11, 2009

Author: Ron Todt

Source: Google News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j4n1LLmQm_9M6UcVQdozlNOd0JAAD9ALB34O0

In the rolling hills of deeply religious rural Pennsylvania sits Stoudtburg Village, a tiny hamlet modeled on a German town. On weekends, tourists come here to visit shops on the ground floors of closely set three-story houses painted bright...

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4 Militants Held In Fatal Attack On Christians In Pakistani Town

September 9, 2009

Author: Salman Masood and Waqar Gillani

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/10/world/asia/10pstan.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Police officials said Wednesday that four militants belonging to two banned groups had been arrested and accused of involvement in the killings of Christians and riots in a Punjabi town on Aug. 1.

At least seven people were killed when armed mobs of...

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Proposed Cultural Center Invites Diverse Religions

September 9, 2009

Author: Priya Saxena

Source: Collegiate Times

http://www.collegiatetimes.com/stories/14152

Plans to build a cultural center and apartments at 102 Mountain Breeze Dr. in Blacksburg have been resubmitted to town officials and will be considered at meetings beginning next week.

The cultural center will function as a religious center, but it will not focus on one religion. Rather, the center will provide a place to practice Hinduism, Sikhism and...

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Survey: Americans Learning More About Islam, But Say Anti-Muslim Discrimination Persists

September 9, 2009

Author: Jay Lindsay

Source: The Chicago Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-rel-survey-religious-differences,0,6772534.story

Americans are learning more about Islam, and familiarity with the faith makes people more likely to view Muslims favorably and less likely to believe Islam encourages violence, according to a new...

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