Interfaith

Police Launch Religious Diversity Guide

March 26, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Scoop Politics

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0903/S00302.htm

A new edition of the New Zealand Police’s ‘A Practical Reference to Religious Diversity’ was launched today by Police Commissioner Howard Broad and Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres at an event to mark Race Relations Day at Police National Headquarters, in Wellington.

The new edition of the guide contains updated material on...

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City's Fourth Sikh Temple Approved

March 25, 2009

Author: Joe Millican

Source: Abbotsford News

http://www.bclocalnews.com/fraser_valley/abbynews/news/41861847.html

As he translated the words of Punjabi speakers unable to communicate in English, Abbotsford city councillor Moe Gill may not have been aware he was part of a historic occasion on Monday night.

However, a public hearing to debate the merits of Abbotsford’s fourth Sikh temple was considered just that by a...

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USCIRF: Tajikistan Threatens Religion

March 24, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baptist Press

http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/BPnews.asp?ID=30128

Religious expression in the Central Asian country of Tajikistan may soon become even more restricted, according to a warning from a nonpartisan federal panel that keeps tabs on the global status of faith groups.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has reported that Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon is preparing to sign a religion...

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Druids, Rastafarians And Atheists In New Religious Studies Classes

March 24, 2009

Author: Graeme Paton

Source: Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/5039275/Druids-Rastafarians-and-atheists-in-new-religious-studies-classes.html

Lessons will also focus on Druids and Rastafarianism as part of a syllabus designed to boost understanding of religious diversity around the world.

Attitudes by different faiths towards same sex...

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Survey: More Americans Say They Have No Religion

March 24, 2009

Author: Rachel Zoll

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.douglasdispatch.com/articles/2009/03/24/news/religion/doc49c96bebecaf3315509173.txt

A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all.

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Obama Walks Religious Tightrope Spanning Faithful, Nonbelievers

March 24, 2009

Author: Laura Meckler

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123785559998620329.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

In the early days of his administration, President Barack Obama has developed an unusual pattern as he talks about religion: He regularly puts nonbelievers on the same footing as religious Americans.

It is a rare gesture for a U.S. political leader. But what makes Mr. Obama's outreach...

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Coalition Plans Interfaith Campus In Omaha

March 24, 2009

Author: Ben Harris

Source: JTA

http://jta.org/news/article/2009/03/24/1003944/coalition-plans-interfaith-campus-in-omaha

An interfaith coalition in Nebraska is testing the viability of what is believed to be an American first: a joint campus to house a Jewish, Muslim and Christian house of worship.

The plan, under development by a local nonprofit called the Tri-Faith Initiative, would join a mosque, a...

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Institutions Trying to Be More Inclusive With Public Prayer

March 23, 2009

Author: Kathryn Kennedy

Source: The Daily Reflector

http://www.reflector.com/news/institutions-trying-to-be-more-inclusive-with-public-prayer-504837.html

One must only drive around Greenville to see how religiously diverse the community is today.

The city houses all the world's major religions, Mayor Pat Dunn pointed out: The Al-Masjid Islamic Center, Congregation Bayt Shalom, The Hindu...

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Denver Church Shows Good Faith to Iraqi Family

March 23, 2009

Author: Electa Draper

Source: The Denver Post

http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_11974138

Call it a leap of faiths — there's a reason a committed Muslim such as Emad Hussain attends a Methodist church and why he will raise his Muslim children in its sanctuary.

Hussain fled Iraq in 2007 after he survived an attack by militants on his workplace and became a target, but he left without his wife and two young sons.

It...

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Event Highlights Common Beliefs In Islam, Christianity

March 22, 2009

Author: Jill Laster

Source: The Kentucky Kernel

http://kykernel.com/2009/03/22/event-highlights-common-beliefs-in-islam-christianity/

Although Christianity and Islam have many differences, the faiths share two key beliefs: loving God and loving one’s neighbor.

On Monday, two scholars will discuss those shared beliefs during “A Common Word,” a Christian-Muslim Dialogue event at 7 p.m. in...

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College Has Faith In Its Unity Effort

March 22, 2009

Author: Connie Paige

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/03/22/college_has_faith_in_its_unity_effort/

An elderly Jewish woman who had fled Hungary during the Holocaust was taking courses at Merrimack College a couple of years ago when she encountered Padraic O'Hare, executive director of the campus Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations...

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Ad for Islam On Broward Bus May Lead to Ban

March 21, 2009

Author: Scott Wyman

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/state/epaper/2009/03/21/0321busislamad.html

In the wake of controversial bus ads saying Jesus followed the principles of Islam, Broward County inspection reports commissioners are considering a ban on advertising religious messages on public transportation and all other government property.

The new policy would still permit...

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