Interfaith

College Experience Tests Students' Faith

April 26, 2009

Author: Nicole Frail and Andrew Seaman

Source: The Beacon

http://www.wilkesbeacon.com/news/college-experience-tests-students-faith-1.1733046

As a practicing Muslim, Silvia Silvi is expected to pray five specific times each day and fast during certain times of the year. However, since beginning college at Wilkes University in 2006, Silvi has admitted to skipping prayers due to classes and other school-related obligations...

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Interfaith 'FestivALL' Offers Assistance, Entertainment

April 25, 2009

Author: John A. Torres

Source: Florida Today

http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20090425/NEWS01/904250319/1006

Organizers of a festival Sunday said they can't remember an event that showcased Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Baptists, Catholics and other faiths working together for one cause.

Organized by the Brevard Interfaith Coalition and sponsored by the Brevard County Department of Housing and Human Services and the United Way of...

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A Spiritual Journey: Connecticut Christian Embraces Bahai

April 24, 2009

Author: Peggy Fletcher Stack

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_12209648

Jordan Dez loved worshipping at her big, white-steepled Connecticut church. She felt embraced by the liberal United Church of Christ congregation of her youth. It felt natural and right and fit in with her sense of God's love. She was baptized at 13 because, as she says, everyone around was a Christian.

That was her religious cocoon.

Yet, like...

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Malaysia Tackles Child Conversion

April 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8014025.stm

Malaysia has banned the religious conversion of children without both parents' consent, local media reports.

The announcement by new Prime Minister Najib Razak is being seen as a major step in easing ethnic tensions in the predominately Muslim country.

It follows a string of legal rows in which converts to Islam changed their children's...

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Jews And Muslims Succeed In Bid to Avoid Post-Mortems

April 22, 2009

Author: Jerome Taylor

Source: The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/jews-and-muslims-succeed-in-bid-to-avoid-postmortems-1672110.html

Bereaved families will be allowed to pay for pathologists to perform body scans on their loved ones to establish cause of death if they object to post-mortems for religious reasons, the Government announced yesterday.

Jewish...

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Sikh Community Celebrates 20 Years Of Its Involvement With Interfaith Conference In Washington

April 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/sikh-community-celebrates-20-years-its-involvement-interfaith-conference-washington

On March 29th, 2009 Guru Gobind Singh foundation based in Rockville, MD celebrated 20 years of its Inter Faith journey by being involved in the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC). Many faith leaders came to share their...

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ELCA Presiding Bishop, Other U.S. Religion Leaders Meet With King Of Jordan

April 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2009/04/msg00127.html

Four U.S. religious leaders -- two Christian and two Muslim -- met with King Abdullah II of Jordan here April 20 to discuss specific topics about the Middle East. The topics included the current conflict between Israelis and Palestinians with a focus on concerns for Jerusalem, deepening Muslim-Christian relationships and the future of Arab Christianity in the Middle East, said...

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Religious Groups Join Forces to Advocate Care Of Creation

April 21, 2009

Author: Kristen Moulton

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_12160107

Before she left St. Mark's Cathedral, where she was canon pastor for more than five years before retiring in February, the Rev. Diana Johnson helped her parish take a few small, green steps.

The St. Mark's Episcopal community traded its incandescent light bulbs for compact flourescent bulbs and swapped out an old refrigerator and a boiler for new, energy-...

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Rochester Community Seeks More Interfaith Dialogue

April 20, 2009

Author: Mark Hare

Source: Democratandchronicle.com

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20090420/NEWS01/904200322/1002/NEWS

Had liberation come two weeks later, "I wouldn't be here," said Holocaust survivor Steven Hess. Survival, he said, was a matter of chance.

Hess was among several survivors who told their stories for a first-of-its-kind joint Jewish-Christian program called "The Two Thousand Year Road...

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National Day Of Prayer Events Overshadowed By Politics

April 20, 2009

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17939

Every year between 2001 and 2008, former President Bush's calendar was cleared on the first Thursday in May to mark the National Day of Prayer in the White House East Room with prominent evangelicals.

Now the Obama White House is facing questions of inside-the-Beltway etiquette: Should Obama maintain the open door to conservative critics...

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Hindu Baccalaureate Service Revives Ancient Traditions

April 20, 2009

Author: Jane Tors

Source: Nevada News

http://www.unr.edu/nevadanews/templates/details.aspx?articleid=4998&zoneid=15

A unique Hindu Baccalaureate Service was held at the University of Nevada, Reno on April 11. A Tilak or religious mark was applied on students’ foreheads and the graduating students touched the feet of a Swami or monk to seek his blessings.

Swami Vedananda, a well-known Hindu monk from...

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Ukrainian Jewish, Muslim Leaders Meet

April 19, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: JTA

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/04/19/1004462/ukrainian-jewish-muslim-leaders-meet

Jewish and Muslim leaders in Ukraine agreed to hold an interfaith conference later this year.

The leaders met Thursday to discuss having more interfaith contact and joint efforts to counteract religious extremism and hate crimes in Ukraine.

Ukrainian lawmaker Alexander Feldman,...

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India's All-Important Muslim Vote

April 19, 2009

Author: Suvojit Bagchi

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7998819.stm

The Indian government's "war against terror" may cost the Congress party dearly in the election.

Arrests and alleged extrajudicial killings of Muslim youths have angered many in the Islamic community.

"People in power have branded us as terrorists and used us as a vote bank, this cannot go on," said the all-powerful cleric of Delhi's Jama...

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Egypt Officially Changes Rules for ID Cards

April 17, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/707

Egypt’s Ministry of Interior this week published a decree that allows individuals to obtain government documents without identifying themselves as belonging to a particular religion.

The decree is the result of a recent Egyptian Supreme Administrative Court ruling – in a case involving Baha’is – that on government ID cards and...

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