Interfaith

Housing Tenents Get Festive

December 18, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Asian News

http://www.theasiannews.co.uk/news/s/1086119_housing_tenents_get_festive

Residents of Space New Living and Ashiana Housing Association, part of Great Places Housing Group, have been celebrating Christmas, Eid and Diwali together at multi-faith festive parties.

Tenants and staff have been joining together at Café Lahore in Union Street, Oldham, at four lunchtime get-togethers....

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Religious Abuse Continues In Iraq, Report Says

December 17, 2008

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17182

Iraq should be designated as a "country of particular concern" because its government tolerates the abuse of religious communities, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

The federal commission said many Iraqi religious minorities, including Christians, Yazidis and Sabean Mandaeans have fled, threatening their...

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Across Differing Faiths, Shared Holidays

December 17, 2008

Author: Michael Winerip

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/nyregion/long-island/21Rparenting.html?scp=2&sq=religion&st=nyt

Pam Gawley is Jewish, her husband, Steven, is Catholic, and from the time they started dating, they celebrated each other’s holidays together. Christmas and Easter, they went to his parents’ home; Rosh Hashana, Hanukkah and Passover, to her parents...

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Nigeria: Sultan, Onaiyekan In Jos to Broker Peace

December 17, 2008

Author: Mahmud Lalo

Source: All Africa

http://allafrica.com/stories/200812170410.html

Abbas Jimoh & Ahmed Mohammed — Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar and Most Reverend John Onaiyekan, both co-chairmen of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), yesterday kicked off peace and reconci-liatory process between Mus-lim and Christian communi-ties in Plateau State following the recent crisis in Jos over local government council elections...

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Rome: Annual Muslim-Catholic Talks Open

December 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Independent Catholic News

http://www.indcatholicnews.com/muscthl321.html

Yesterday, the XI talks between the Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue and the World Islamic Call Society, based in Tripoli, Libya began at the Vatican.

A spokesman said these are the latest in a long series of meetings that have taken place in various venues and regular intervals since 1989 to now.

Hindus Rally for Muslim Charity

December 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7786495.stm

Hundreds of members of Pakistan's Hindu community have turned out to protest on behalf of a Muslim charity accused by India over the deadly Mumbai attacks.

The protesters in the city of Hyderabad in Sindh province complained that Jamaat-ud-Dawa was not a terrorist organisation and should not be banned.

They said it was a "saviour" in providing...

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Op-Ed: "God and Man at Yale" By: Eboo Patel

December 15, 2008

Author: Eboo Patel

Source: Middle East Times

http://www.metimes.com/Opinion/2008/12/15/god_and_man_at_yale/6027/

The commons at Yale University looked like a cross between Hogwarts and Medina. Over 500 students, staff and faculty had gathered for a university-wide iftar, the meal where Muslims break their dawn-to-dusk fast during the month of Ramadan. Linda Lorimer, Yale's vice president, gave an opening talk, expressing the university...

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Faith Groups Sign Human Rights Statement

December 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Bahá’í World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/

Groups and individuals around the world this month have been commemorating the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which occurred on 10 December 1948. The United Nations has designated the anniversary each year as Human Rights Day.

Last week the Baha’i International Community was one of 11 faith groups whose...

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Anglicans Add Hindu Snowmen, Chinese Dragon to Christmas Displays

December 15, 2008

Author: Ethan Cole

Source: The Christian Post

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20081215/anglicans-add-hindu-snowmen-chinese-dragon-to-christmas-displays.htm

Some Anglican clergy have added a multicultural twist to Christmas decorations, adding Hindu snowmen, a Chinese dragon and a Jewish temple to the lawn where the traditional scene of a baby Jesus, angels, and the three wise men used...

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Schools Use Holidays to Teach, Not Preach, Religions

December 14, 2008

Author: Amy Crawford

Source: Tribune-Review

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/cityregion/s_602938.html

At Penn-Trafford's Harrison Park Elementary School last week, students could buy gifts for friends and family at the Secret Santa Shop, a fundraiser run by the Parent Teacher Organization. A decorated tree stood near the front door, and plans were in the works for a party on Dec. 23, the last day before...

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Dallas Rabbi Emerges as Leader in Muslim-Jewish Dialogue

December 13, 2008

Author: Sam Hodges

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/121308dnmetrabbi.39cd99f.html

Rabbi Jeremy Schneider spends a lot of time talking to Muslims, and wants other Jews to do the same.

At age 32, the assistant rabbi at Dallas' Temple Shalom has emerged as a national leader in Jewish-Muslim dialogue.

"He has been in the forefront...

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Interfaith Studies Program Set for ’09

December 13, 2008

Author: Sarah Sutschek

Source: Northwest Herald

http://www.nwherald.com/articles/2008/12/13/56516246/index.xml

Why are Pagan symbols allowed on military tombstones? What do American Indians mean by “medicine”? What is the relationship between faith and eating?

A coalition of McHenry County faith communities has developed a two-year certification program to respond to questions such as these.

“Our area...

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Gurudwara Holds Interfaith Meet In Chicago

December 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/4794/

Gurudwara Sahib of Chicago took initiative in organizing an interfaith meeting to remember and pay homage to the victims of Mumbai attacks. It was attended by over 200 from the cross section of society including local politicians and community leaders. Congresswoman Jan Schakowski, Alderman Joe Moor, Assistant State attorney Ketki Shroff, Sikh community leaders...

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