Interfaith

Muslim Leaders Affirm Saudi King's Interfaith Effort

June 6, 2008

Author: Caryle Murphy

Source: Religion News Service/The Pew Forum

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15791

Hundreds of Muslim leaders from around the world have endorsed Saudi King Abdullah's recent call for intensified interfaith dialogue in order to dampen global conflict and demonstrate Islam's commitment to solving world problems.

The declaration came on Friday (June 6) at the close of a three-day conference in Islam's holy city...

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Religious Tolerance Flourishes on Tunisia's Djerba Island

June 6, 2008

Author: Jamel Arfaoui

Source: Magharebia

http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/reportage/2008/06/06/reportage-01

Eliza Wazzen was playing in the middle of the school yard with her cousin Gael and friend Ahlam Chehibi when scores of visitors appeared. The children didn't understand anything about what was going on around them or why all these strangers were taking pictures. For Eliza...

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St. Maarten a Terrific Candidate for Tapping Faith Tourism Market

June 3, 2008

Author: Judy H. Fitzpatrick and Hazel Durand

Source: The Daily Herald

http://www.thedailyherald.com/news/daily/l010/faith010.html

St. Maarten may be only sixteen square miles, but its varied facilities, natural Caribbean setting, strategic location and cultural and religious diversity make it a prime candidate for faith tourism, a multibillion-dollar industry beckoning to be exploited.

With the pressure to find new niche markets to...

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Faithbook Launches on Facebook to Tackle Extremism

June 3, 2008

Author: Joanna Sugden

Source: Times Online

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4057686.ece

Facebook is usually used to arrange parties and keep in touch with friends, but now religious leaders have ambitions to combat extremism and encourage multi-faith understanding through the social networking site.

Faithbook was launched today on the popular website by a group of British Jews and is supported by the Muslim Institute...

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Mongolia: First Religious Liberty Meeting Draws Government, International Religious Freedom Leaders

June 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Adventist News Network

http://news.adventist.org/data/2008/1212442587/index.html.en

International religious liberty leaders joined members of Mongolia's government and major religious communities May 30 for the nation's first religious liberty symposium, meant largely to lay groundwork for a full-scale freedom of religion conference next year.

"This is an historic day for Mongolia in hosting this...

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Aomori Aillage Holds Ceremony Beside 'Christ's' Grave

June 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Mainichi Daily News

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/national/news/20080602p2a00m0na009000c.html

The "Christ Festival," marking a town which claims to be the location where Jesus Christ spent the rest of his life after avoiding crucifixion, was held over the weekend.

Shingo's association with Christ began in the 1930s with the discovery there of a letter claiming to contain the last testament of Christ....

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Muslim Family Builds Hindu Temple in TN Village

June 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Muslim_family_builds_Hindu_temple_in_TN_village/rssarticleshow/3090249.cms

Showcasing secular values in this remote village of Tamil Nadu, a devout Muslim couple have built a temple for Hindu Goddess Mariamman in the backyard of their house and conduct regular poojas, arousing interest and curiosity in...

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Religious Leaders Denounce Terrorism in All Its Forms

June 1, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Economic Times

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/PoliticsNation/Religious_leaders_denounce_terrorism_in_all_its_forms/articleshow/3090584.cms

Political and religious leaders from various countries including Sri Lanka and Pakistan today strongly condemned terrorism in all its manifestations and demanded "unbiased initiative" to contain it...

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Mindful of Rules, Arlington School District Using Hands-Off Approach on Vespers Service

June 1, 2008

Author: Shirley Jinkins

Source: The Star Telegram

http://www.star-telegram.com/arlington_news/story/674043.html

After years of collaboration, the Arlington Ministerial Association will be staging the Senior Vespers service this year without active participation from the Arlington school district.

"There was some concern by organizers that the event was not as focused on the spiritual aspect as it could be because of its...

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Faith Groups Let People ‘Bring Their Whole Selves to Work’

May 31, 2008

Author: Lekan Oguntoyinbo

Source: Workforce Management

http://www.workforce.com/section/09/feature/25/55/58/255566.html

It is a rare forum because of the disparate groups it frequently brings together: Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Catholics, Orthodox Christians and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, more commonly known as Mormons.

Often they collaborate on events such as the National Day of Prayer...

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Jesters of Different Faiths Use Laughs to Bridge the Divide

May 31, 2008

Author: Marek Fuchs

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/31/us/31religion.html?_r=1&em&ex=1212379200&en=93d9f037fa917cc8&ei=5087%0A&oref=slogin

The Jewish comedian began with a routine about raising adolescents. “There was a reason Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac at 12 and not 13,” he said. “At 13, it wouldn’t have been a sacrifice....

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Bolton Faiths Unite for Victims of Disasters

May 30, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Bolton News

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/display.var.2309259.0.bolton_faiths_unite_for_victims_of_disasters.php

Religious groups from Bolton are coming together to raise funds for the victims of two devastating natural disasters.

The Bolton Interfaith Council is organising a "Helping in Harmony" event following the cyclone in Burma and the Chinese...

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