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Interfaith Cooperation And New Beginnings Marked California's Religion News In 2008

December 29, 2008

Author: Steve Padilla

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs29-2008dec29,0,3094121.story

When religion made news in California this year -- and it did frequently -- much of that news involved conflict.

Religious leaders of various faiths squared off on Proposition 8, the successful statewide initiative to ban gay marriage. Rifts also continued in the Episcopal...

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How a Multi-Faith City Marks Christmas

December 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7765456.stm

While Christians in London will spend Christmas Day going to church to celebrate the birth of Christ, others will spend the day eating, drinking, watching TV and playing games with family and friends.

But how will Londoners of other faiths and beliefs spend 25 December?

BBC London's Tom Bishop and Colette Hibbert found...

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Hindus Urge Religious Solidarity On Poverty Front

December 23, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Track India

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/52114

Lauding Pope's call on fighting poverty, Hindus have urged all religions to come together on this issue and make poverty eradication a moral priority.

US based Hindu religious leader Rajan Zed, in a statement, said that poverty was a monumental crisis and biggest challenge facing world today and it shoulbe dealt at an emergency level.

All...

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MPAC Continues Bridge-Building Tradition During Historic Convention

December 22, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=755

A star-studded line up of speakers joined the Muslim Public Affairs Council for its 8th annual convention, celebrating 20 years of work for Muslim American political and civic participation. Attended by more than 1,000 people from around the country, the convention headliners included Dr. Rick Warren, musicians Salman Ahmad and Melissa Etheridge alongside Dr. Deepak...

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Pastor Rick Warren Addresses Muslim Group, Emphasizes Need to Find Common Ground

December 21, 2008

Author: Raja Abdulrahim

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-warren21-2008dec21,0,7004420.story

Fresh from being tapped to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, Orange County Pastor Rick Warren spoke Saturday night to about 800 members of the Muslim Public Affairs Council at its convention in Long Beach.

Warren's theme was about people...

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Multi-Faith Event Opens Section of Mumbai Hotel After Attacks

December 21, 2008

Author: Narendra Joshi

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freep.com/article/20081221/NEWS07/81221019/1009/NEWS07

A Hindu priest chanted prayers and a Muslim cleric read from the Quran as the Trident Hotel at the Oberoi complex reopened amid tight security today, three weeks after it was targeted in a rampage by suspected militants.

Sniffer dogs patrolled the grounds outside, police officers stood behind sandbag bunkers...

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Muslim Couples Tie Knot In Hindu Temple

December 21, 2008

Author: Nayan Dave

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Muslim_couples_tie_knot_in_Hindu_temple/rssarticleshow/3868262.cms

In perhaps the first-of-its-kind nikah solemnised before Lord Ram in the communally sensitive Gujarat, two Muslim couples tied the knot in a Junagadh temple with a maulvi reciting Koranic verses in the backdrop of Ram dhun. Members of both...

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Hindus Greet Jews On Hanukkah

December 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: News Track India

http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/51651

Hindus have sent greetings to Jewish community world over on Hanukkah (Chanukah), eight-day Festival of Lights beginning December 21.

Acclaimed Hindu and Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a release in Nevada (USA) today, expressed warmest greetings on Hanukkah festival, wishing happiness, peace and j to all the Jews.

Zed, who is the...

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Families Face 'December Dilemma'

December 21, 2008

Author: Kim Mulford

Source: The Courier Post

http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20081221/NEWS01/812210328/1006

Claudia and David Tung are an interfaith couple who are raising their two children in the Jewish faith. The Atco family observes all the Jewish holidays and are active in the synagogue.

But in December, their holiday celebration has evolved into a blend of family traditions and decorations. The kids each...

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Interfaith Group Convenes to Address Climate Change

December 20, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Manila Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2008/dec/20/yehey/prov/20081220pro3.html

The interfaith group in Albay led by Bishop Lucilo Quiambao of the Diocese of Legazpi convened for the first time to intensify the campaign on climate change.

The leaders of all religious groups in Albay gathered at the Albay Astrodome yesterday to come up with a common and collective action...

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Iraq: A Christian Party to Celebrate Religious Diversity

December 20, 2008

Author: Kimi Yoshino

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2008/12/iraq-draft-from.html

Trying to prove just how much safer Baghdad is these days, Iraqi officials threw a party for Christians on Saturday, complete with huge event posters featuring pictures of Jesus Christ.

A skinny Santa Claus draped in an Iraqi flag also made an appearance, waving and posing for photos.
...

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Congress Has Grown More Religiously Diverse

December 20, 2008

Author: Brian C. Mooney

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2008/articles/2008/12/20/congress_has_grown_more_religiously_diverse/

Protestants still constitute a majority of the Congress of the United States, but in terms of religious beliefs, the House and Senate, just like the constituencies they represent, are more diverse than they were nearly a half-century ago,...

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UN General Assembly Expresses “Deep Concern” About Human Rights In Iran

December 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/681

The United Nations General Assembly today adopted a resolution expressing “deep concern at serious human rights violations” in Iran.

The resolution, which passed by a vote of 69 to 54, specifically criticized Iran’s use of torture, the high incidence of executions, the “violent repression” of women, and “increasing...

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Attitudes, Respect for Others Themes At Interfaith Lunch

December 18, 2008

Author: Mirko Petricevic

Source: The Record

http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/460448

The prayers recited at most banquets where politicians and dignitaries are gathered -- if any prayers are recited at all -- are usually said quickly before food arrives.

Not yesterday during an annual gathering at the Islamic Humanitarian Service office in Kitchener.

As local mayors and MPPs listened, one speaker after another offered...

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