Interfaith

Muslim Leaders Say Faith Gaining Ground in U.S.

July 5, 2008

Author: Richard Vara

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/5873419.html

Despite the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, acceptance of Islam politically and socially is on the increase in the U.S., [n]ational Muslim leaders gathered in Houston said Saturday.

"American Muslims have become an important global force," said Sayyid M. Syeed, director of the Islamic Society of North America's...

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Non-Hindus Take Part in Odisha Rath Yatra

July 4, 2008

Author: Kalinga Times

Source: Manoj Kar

http://www.kalingatimes.com/orissa_news/news3/20080704-Non-Hindus-take-part-in-Odisha-Rath-Yatra.htm#

In a show of communal amity, non-Hindus joined hands with Hindu devotees to observe the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Paradip Port town on Friday.

Car festival of the Lord got off to a colourful start here with religious fervour. But the major...

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Obama Would Overhaul Bush's Faith-Based Initiatives

July 2, 2008

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0702/p25s10-uspo.html

In a campaign already strongly emphasizing faith, Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama Tuesday announced his intent to make federal funding of religiously based organizations a key part of his push to help the needy.

His plan would overhaul and expand the controversial faith-based initiative that was an early cornerstone...

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Faith Leaders Give Mosque Blessing

July 2, 2008

Author: Roger Dickson

Source: The Cairns Post

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2008/07/02/5108_local-news.html

Spiritual leaders from across the religious spectrum have thrown their support behind a controversial mosque set to be built in suburban Cairns.

Catholic, Anglican, Jewish and Buddhist leaders are all behind the push saying that all faiths have the right to a place of worship.

Plans to expand the mosque,...

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Protests Led By Religious Groups All This Week

July 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Chosun Ilbo

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200807/200807020011.html

Street protests against the import of U.S. beef which had been organized by the People's Association for Measures Against Mad Cow Disease appear to have been taken over for the time being by religious organizations. Progressive organizations of the Catholic and Protestant churches and Buddhist orders have agreed to...

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Provide Workplace Prayer Space, Employers Urged

July 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Inspire Magazine

http://www.inspiremagazine.org.uk/news.aspx?action=view&id=2587

Employers are being urged to provide prayer rooms and quiet space to meet the religious needs of employees and promote diversity in the workplace in a guide launched this week in the City of London.

The guide outlines employer’s obligations regarding the religious needs of employees, the business case for providing...

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Ahmedabad Pays Tributes to Martyrs of Hindu-Muslim Unity

July 1, 2008

Author: Mudassir Rizwan

Source: Indian Muslim News and Information

http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/2008/jul/01/ahmedabad_pays_tributes_martyrs_hindu_muslim_unity.html

Leading citizens of Ahmedabad Tuesday paid rich tributes to Vasant and Rajab who sacrificed their lives for communal harmony 62 years ago.

A memorial programme, organised by the Movement for Democracy (MSD) and other...

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Women Take Leap of Faith

June 30, 2008

Author: Richard Dymond

Source: The Bradenton Herald

http://www.bradenton.com/local/story/708194.html

Bradenton's Habeebah Wahb, 12, nibbled on chicken and meatballs and mingled with fellow members of the Manatee-Sarasota Women's Interfaith Group on Sunday.

Habeebah, who attends Lee Middle School, is the youngest member of this relatively new and intriguing local group made up of about 70 women who celebrate their differences and similarities,...

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Walking for Peace

June 29, 2008

Author: Angela Pezzotti

Source: SooNews.ca

http://www.soonews.ca/viewarticle.php?id=17835

Syed Soharwardy put his ideas into action this summer when he began his Multi Faith Walk Against Violence. Soharwardy is very active in the Multi Faith community and he wanted to widen the audience for his message of peace beyond the mosques, churches and synagogues he visited so on April 20th in Halifax Nova Scotia he began his cross country walk.

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Fez Music Festival Builds Bridges

June 27, 2008

Author: Magdi Abdelhadi

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7477108.stm

The week that Saudi Arabia held its first ever conference on interfaith dialogue, Morocco was hosting its 14th festival of World Sacred Music.

Artists from all over the world converged on its ancient city of Fez, to the east of the capital Rabat. While the Saudi gathering was made up of only Muslim clerics discussing a framework for future dialogue...

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Religious Groups Gaining Higher Profile at UN

June 27, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times-Herald

http://www.times-herald.com/religion/Religious-groups-gaining-higher-profile-at-UN--494185

The United Nations is working with religious groups in new ways.

What has changed, according to Hilario G. Davide, permanent representative of the Philippine Mission to the UN, and others, is the emergence of a new understanding that closer collaboration with religions is...

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