Interfaith

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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Religious Tolerance In Iraq Waning

December 12, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Middle East Times

http://www.metimes.com/Security/2008/12/12/religious_tolerance_in_iraq_waning/bcd1/

Iraq is turning into a hostile region for religious minorities as the country moves closer to becoming a Muslim nation, Christian leaders said.

Attacks in northern Iraq attributed to various agents hit the Christian minority community in early October, forcing nearly half of its...

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Navigating the Waters of Interfaith Activity

December 11, 2008

Author: Matthew Weiner and Matthew Dunbar

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://religionblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/12/should-interfaith-efforts-be-f.html

When liberal religious groups work together, it is assured that they agree on one thing: proselytizing is against the rules. The history of Christian evangelism has led to extreme sensitivity on this issue, especially amongst Jews, Buddhists, and Hindus. A...

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Harrow's Multi-Faith Community Unites In Grief

December 10, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=2481

Harrow's Interfaith Council has led a multi-faith Prayer Vigil for the victims in Mumbai at Harrow Civic Centre.

A two-minute silence was held in the main council chamber as representatives of nine different religions gathered to pay their respects to those killed by terrorist attacks in India.

At least 170 people were killed after terrorists...

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Pope Cautions Against Blurring Lines of Religious Differences

December 9, 2008

Author: Francis X. Rocca

Source: Religion News Service

http://blog.beliefnet.com/news/2008/12/pope-cautions-against-blurring.php

Pope Benedict XVI praised collaboration with other faiths in pursuit of common social goals but cautioned against dialogue that could lead to blurring of religious differences.

Benedict's statement, released on Tuesday (Dec. 9), was addressed to participants in a Vatican-sponsored academic...

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Multi Faith Communities Join Sikh Celebrations of Guru Maneyo Granth

December 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Times

http://www.emgonline.co.uk/news.php?news=2468

Over a thousand people joined Sikhs to celebrate, the three hundredth anniversary of Guru Maneyo Granth – Believe in the Granth (Holy Sikh Scriptures) as your Guru.

In 1708 Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru, bestowed all spiritual power to the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Scriptures and said “This is now your Guru, you will not worship or pay...

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Dartmouth's Interfaith Floor Creates a New Kind of Community

December 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~news/releases/2008/12/09.html

Like many people, Sarah M. Harris ’11 is in search of deeper spiritual meaning. So when the opportunity to live in an environment surrounded by other students also looking for a faith-based connection, she jumped at the chance to be included.

The Interfaith Living and Learning Community debuted this term...

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Muslims, Christians Hold Interfaith Rights Rally

December 9, 2008

Author: Al Jacinto

Source: GMA News

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/138459/Muslims-Christians-hold-interfaith-rights-rally

Muslim and Christian religious leaders held an interfaith prayer rally in Zamboanga City on Tuesday, the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The organizers of the prayer rally also displayed several photographs of political activists and civilians, who...

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Interfaith Meet Mourns Mumbai Victims

December 9, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/4748/

A memorial [s]ervice for victims of terrorist attack in Mumbai was held at American University here on December 4. This was organized by [the] Jewish Community of Greater Washington in collaboration with several Indian American sponsors. Rabbi Levi Shemtov was the key note speaker.

He expressed, in a very emotional manner, the agony over the loss of lives...

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Religious Prayers in UK for Mumbai Victims

December 8, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Prayers_in_UK_for_Mumbai_victims/articleshow/3807051.cms

Multi-religious prayers were held in different parts of the UK in memory of the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks, which killed nearly 200 people.

"Our prayers go out to family members of those who were caught up in these attacks and either died or...

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Muslim Groups Urge Interfaith Dialogue in the Wake of Mumbai Attacks

December 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=749

Today, the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Council on American-Islamic Relations urged interfaith dialogue between Indian Muslims and Hindus in the wake of last week's Mumbai attacks.

The call for an interfaith effort came on the heels of a two-day initiative in New York, where local Muslims and Jews joined in offering condolences and prayers for...

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