Interfaith

Diverse Coalition Supports American Indian Kindergartner’s Right to Freely Exercise His Religion

July 13, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WebWire

http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=99117

The ACLU’s fight to stop a Texas school district from punishing a five-year old student for wearing his long hair in braids as an expression of his American Indian heritage and beliefs has drawn support from a diverse group of American Indian tribes and scholars, religious freedom organizations and representatives of a variety of faith traditions.

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Jerusalem Mayor Navigates Sacred City’s Religious Politics

July 13, 2009

Author: Michele Chabin

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext

When Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat decided in June to open a municipal parking lot that had been closed on Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, his office said he was simply being practical.

Extra parking is needed to help ease lines of double-parked cars near the Old City that have become an impenetrable maze for emergency vehicles and “an issue of...

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Multifaith Picnic Feasts On Diversity

July 13, 2009

Author: Florence Dethy

Source: The Toledo Blade

http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090713/NEWS16/907130334

Joseph Zielinski is proud to be an American.

In America, he said, if you choose to be open to new ideas, to be open to new cultures, "we'll give you all you can handle."

And yesterday evening, in the spirit of camaraderie and brotherly love, almost 100 people of myriad faith...

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"First Time Sikh Participation At South East European Prayer Breakfast," a Commentary by Simran Singh Khalsa

July 13, 2009

Author: Simran Singh Khalsa

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/first-time-sikh-participation-south-east-european-prayer-breakfast

A group of 150 dignitaries and friends from 18 countries came together from May 22-24 in the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina for the 6th Annual South East European Prayer Gathering.

I was honored to be the first Sikh representative to attend, and...

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Religious Leaders Convene At Faith Leader Summit On Health Care

July 10, 2009

Author: Jodi Deike

Source: World Faith News/ECLA News Service

http://www.wfn.org/2009/07/msg00086.html

Representatives of nearly 30 religious organizations gathered July 7 in Washington D.C. for a "Faith Leader Summit on Health Care." The summit kicked off a collective effort to build support among Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu leaders for comprehensive reform of the U.S. health care system.

"I think the faith community has a critical role in...

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White House Advisory Council Maps Out Faith-Based Plans

July 10, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=18368

Members of a new White House advisory council mapped out plans to link government and religious groups, from interfaith service projects to regional town halls on fatherhood, during a two-day meeting that ended Thursday (July 9).

Eboo Patel, founder of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, said his task force of the Advisory Council on Faith...

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Interfaith Prayer Service Planned In Belvedere to Support Jailed Iranians

July 10, 2009

Author: Brent Ainsworth

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_12811998

Out of the estimated 150 Marin County residents who are active in local Baha'i faith groups, about one-third are of Persian descent. The political unrest and violence going on in Iran has them quaking.

On Saturday night, local Baha'is will congregate in Belvedere with members of other faiths for a prayer service for human rights and religious...

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A Christian's Journey to Judaism

July 9, 2009

Author: Jemimah Noonoo

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6522162.html

At an East Galveston beach, Mari Barkhausen is waist-deep in the cool, brown water. After repeating Hebrew blessings, she is immersed once, twice. When she emerges from the water a third time, she is a Jew.

She hugs her rabbi, looking to the shoreline at her husband and two sons who are waiting for their mikveh, the...

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Tibetan Monks, Maidu Native Americans Celebrate Similar Cultural Experiences

July 8, 2009

Author: Don Baumgart

Source: Indian Country Today

http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/living/49709412.html

For the second year, visiting Tibetan monks and members of the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe shared an evening of culture.

The monks are members of the Gaden Shartse Monastery, currently exiled to India to escape Chinese government repression in their homeland.

Six monks in red and saffron robes were joined on stage by Maidu...

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On All Things Religious, Obama Turns to DuBois

July 8, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/on_all_things_religious_obama_turns_to_dubois1/

From a sparsely adorned office building a stone’s throw from the White House, Joshua DuBois carefully navigates the delicate line between church and state.

Each morning, he sends a devotional message to President Obama’s BlackBerry. He...

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Iraq to Host Conference On Religious Tolerance

July 8, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Earth Times

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/276606,iraq-to-host-conference-on-religious-tolerance.html

Iraq will host a conference on religious tolerance and dialogue in October, a leading Baghdad daily reported Wednesday. Religious leaders of all faiths from around Iraq and the world would gather in Baghdad for a conference on religious dialogue organized by the US...

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Dr. Hathout Offers Prayer At LA Mayor's 2nd Inauguration

July 7, 2009

Author: Edina Lekovic

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=844

Last week, MPAC Senior Advisor Dr. Maher Hathout joined a dozen local religious leaders for the Interfaith Inauguration of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's second term.

Hosted by the First AME Church, the Interfaith Inauguration Ceremony featured prayers and inspiring musical performances from the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddist, and Sikh...

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