Interfaith

Spiritual Leaders to Headline 'Confronting Islamophobia And Anti-Semitism' Event

November 16, 2008

Author: Michele Dargan

Source: The Palm Beach Daily News

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/content/news/2008/11/16/MONislam1117.html

Rabbi Marc Schneier attended a summit of imams and rabbis last November designed to promote better understanding between the Islam and Judaism.

The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, of which Schneier is president, hosted the summit and, from that, a Weekend of Twinning was...

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Archbishop in London Visits Temple

November 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080072848

The head of the Church of England has contrasted the "organised attacks" on Christians in Orissa with the treatment of Hindus in Britain, and said India risks losing its place as "an international beacon" if the violence is allowed to continue.

In a letter written to Indian church leaders on the eve of a...

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UN Rejects Religion’s Use to Justify Killings

November 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: DAWN

http://www.dawn.com/2008/11/15/top16.htm

A high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly has rejected the use of religion to justify the killing of innocent people and terrorist acts and voiced concern that serious instances of intolerance, discrimination and harassment persist between people of different faiths and cultures.

In a consensus declaration read out by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, at...

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Lexington Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

November 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Wicked Local Burlington

http://www.wickedlocal.com/burlington/news/x776443854/Lexington-interfaith-Thanksgiving-service

On Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m., the Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association (LICA) will hold an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 55 Coolidge Ave. in Lexington. The LICA is making a concerted effort to bring the community...

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Commentary: Different Faiths Come Together

November 14, 2008

Author: Kristina Herrndobler

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6113106.html

What does mopping the floor have to do with interfaith dialogue? A lot, when you are hosting strangers of various faiths to your home for dinner.

And so, in preparation for our Amazing Faiths Project Dinner Dialogue, one of 68 that occurred Thursday night in Houston, my husband and I cleaned the house and had...

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UK Faith Leaders Join Students on Visit to Former Nazi Death Camp in Poland

November 13, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: World Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2008/11/msg00101.html

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams with the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, invited representatives from all the religious communities to join the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz Project tomorrow on their one day visit to the former Nazi camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

The visit by the UK's faith leaders demonstrated their...

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A Rare Imam Who Juggles Fatwas, Interfaith Confabs

November 13, 2008

Author: Ilene R. Prusher

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/1113/p01s01-wome.html

Sheikh Ishaq Abdel-Jawad Taha's phone is ringing off the hook.

"You're welcome, go ahead," says Sheikh Taha, sitting behind his desk at the Palestinian Authority's Al-Fatwa Council, of which he is the director. "She's still recovering, so she doesn't have to pray," he says.

The voice on the other end of the phone is...

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U.S. Religious Groups Want Obama to Ban Torture

November 12, 2008

Author: Michael Conlon

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE4AB6VR20081112

A coalition of more than 200 religious groups urged U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday to sign an order, once he takes office, banning torture by any federal government entity.

"This is an opportunity where one official could ... with one stroke of a pen, really change history here," said Linda Gustitus,...

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Hindus Applaud Christian-Muslim Dialogue at Vatican, Calling it “Step in the Right Direction”

November 11, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Media for Freedom

http://www.mediaforfreedom.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=12378

Hindus have lauded the groundbreaking three-day dialogue between Catholics and Muslims, which concluded at Vatican City on Thursday, and called it a “step in the right direction”.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was wonderful to watch the world’s...

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Finding Similarities Among the Differences

November 10, 2008

Author: John Hanc

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/11/giving/11SERVE.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

In a circle of adolescents and adults, two heads lean toward each other in discussion. One of them, Rachel Weiss, an adult rabbinical student, wears a yarmulke; the other, Halima Bakillah, a high school student, wears a hijab, or head scarf.

They are part of a larger group meeting on a recent Sunday...

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Dinners Aim for Religious Tolerance

November 9, 2008

Author: Ron Barnett

Source: Greenville Online

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20081109/NEWS01/811090324/1001/NEWS01

Pinto beans and cornbread will be on the table but an intimate dialogue about faith will be the main item on the menu when a group of about 10 people from a variety of religious backgrounds gathers at Rosemary Bomar's home on Nov. 13.

That gathering will be one of 10 across the Greenville area...

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Iraq Gives Religious Minorities Fewer Seats Than the U.N. Suggested

November 9, 2008

Author: Katherine Zoepf and Sam Dagher

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/world/middleeast/09iraq.html

Iraq’s Executive Council ratified on Saturday a much-debated bill that gives Iraqi religious minorities fewer guaranteed seats on provincial councils than the United Nations mission in Iraq had recommended.

The Executive Council — President Jalal Talabani and the two vice presidents —...

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