Interfaith

Faith And Values Organizations Form Coalition to Advance United Nations Decade for Inter-Religious Cooperation for Peace

March 11, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Council of Churches

http://www.oikoumene.org/en/news/news-management/eng/a/article/1722/faith-and-values-organiza.html

Some forty-five religious, interfaith, and value-based organizations from five continents agreed to form a coalition to advance a "United Nations Decade for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding, and Cooperation for Peace." Coalition...

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Coalition to Advance UN Decade for Inter-Religious Cooperation for Peace

March 11, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2009/03/msg00088.html

Some forty-five religious, interfaith, and value-based organizations from five continents agreed to form a coalition to advance a "United Nations Decade for Inter-religious and Intercultural Dialogue, Understanding, and Cooperation for Peace." Coalition members expressed the hope that the UN Sixty-Fourth General Assembly, which will begin its deliberations in September 2009...

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Hindus, Muslims Celebrate Lucknow's 'Holi Baraat'

March 11, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Hindus-Muslims-celebrate-Lucknows-Holi-Baraat/rssarticleshow/4252309.cms

Amid shouts of "Holi hai", a large number of Hindus and Muslims came together here on Wednesday for a 40-year-old practise of jointly celebrating the festival of colours in the old quarter.

Dancing to the beat of drums,...

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Most Religious Groups In USA Have Lost Ground, Survey Finds

March 10, 2009

Author: Cathy Lynn Grossman

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-03-09-american-religion-ARIS_N.htm

When it comes to religion, the USA is now land of the freelancers.

The percentage. of people who call themselves in some way Christian has dropped more than 11% in a generation. The faithful have scattered out of their traditional bases: The Bible Belt is less Baptist. The Rust Belt is less...

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Obama Raises Profile Of Prayer

March 10, 2009

Author: Michelle Boorstein

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/09/AR2009030903043.html

Prayer has become more common at presidential appearances under the Obama administration, including at nonreligious events such as stimulus rallies. The White House is acting in a deliberately inclusive, interfaith way that seems to limit opposition.

Church-state experts...

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Malawi Muslims Commemorate the Birth Of Prophet Alongside Christians

March 9, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Nyasa Times

http://www.nyasatimes.com/national/2938.html

Muslims in the country will on Tuesday commemorate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, with Christians from various denominations on their side to demonstrate a symbol of unity in religious diversity.

Meanwhile, thousands of Muslims from all walks of life across the country are trooping to the cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre to take part in various activities...

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Malaysia's Minority Religious Leaders Condemn 'Allah' Ban

March 9, 2009

Author: Michelle Green

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=2797

Leaders of Malaysia's minority religious groups have criticised the country's government for restricting the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims in Bibles, a Catholic newspaper and other texts.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism said in a statement made available on 6 March that...

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Courts, Jail Adjust to Religious Custom

March 8, 2009

Author: David Hench

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=243829

For many Muslim women, being seen in public with one's head uncovered is a violation of religious tenets as well as an embarrassing display of immodesty.

Head coverings also can be, to varying degrees, important to Jews, Sikhs and people of other faiths.

But that obligation has collided with security concerns and cultural...

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Hernando Baha'is Host Interfaith Devotional In Spring Hill On March 13

March 7, 2009

Author: Gail Hollenbeck

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.tampabay.com/news/religion/article981825.ece

The eyes of the world are on Iran as several countries, the European Union and Amnesty International protest the imprisonment of seven leaders of the Baha'i faith accused of spying for Israel.

The United States, England and Canada are among the governments that have condemned the treatment of the five men and two women, who have...

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HAF Joins Prominent Bangladesh Human Rights Group At United Nations Panel: Highlight Abuse Against Minority Women

March 6, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/?q=node/224

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) joined the Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM) and other prominent NGO's in addressing a panel discussion on violence against minority women and girls in Bangladesh at the United Nations on March 6. The meeting brought together NGO's in consultative relationships with the United Nations and...

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Religious Leaders Launch Push to Save Marriages

March 5, 2009

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090305/LIFESTYLE04/903050404/1041/LIFESTYLE04

An interfaith coalition of religious leaders is launching a marriage offensive in Michigan over the next 48 hours.

Convinced that stubborn rates of divorce will yield to marriage counseling and patience, a group of more than a dozen ministers, priests,...

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Nigeria: Onaiyekan, Sultan Preach Religious Tolerance

March 5, 2009

Author: Taye Obateru

Source: All Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200903050017.html

The co-chairman of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), who is also the president of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rt. Rev. John Onaiyekan has advocated sanctions for religious leaders who preach inciting messages as a way of curtailing incessant religious crisis in the country.

Similarly, the Sultan of Sokoto and co-Chairman of the same council...

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Brown's Interfaith House to Get Tolerance Award

March 5, 2009

Author: Richard C. Dujardin

Source: The Providence Journal

http://newsblog.projo.com/2009/03/browns-interfai.html

Interfaith House, a residential community created five years ago on the Brown University campus to encourage dialogue and understanding between students of different faiths, has been tapped to receive the Touro Synagogue Foundation's Teitz Award for Religious Freedom and Tolerance in a ceremony tonight at Brown's List building at 64...

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Italy: Muslim Leader Calls for Religious Tolerance

March 4, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Adnkronos International

http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Religion/?id=3.0.3069915929

The leader of Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, Hasyim Muzadi, has called for greater religious tolerance and understanding at an interfaith conference held in the Italian capital, Rome, on Wednesday. Muzadi, president of Nahdlatul Ulama, was at the conference organised by the Indonesian and Italian governments and...

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Sharing Different Faiths

March 4, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Canadian Immigrant

http://canadianimmigrant.ca/onlineexclusives/newsitems/article/3304

This March, a group of children and families are embarking on a multifaith adventure that is taking them to the places of worship of nine different faith communities in Surrey: Bahá’í, Buddhism, Christianity, First Nations, Hinduism, Islam, Mormon, Sikhism and Unitarianism. As part of the Surrey Neighbouring...

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