Interfaith

First Hindu-Jewish Summit Report Available

May 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2008/5/14.shtml#3

The World Council of Religious Leaders has released the final report of the first Hindu leadership summit and meeting with Jewish leaders in Delhi last year. The report (18MB in size) can be downloaded at the URL above until May 21, 2008.

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'Blessing of the Hands'

May 16, 2008

Author: Jessica Ravitz

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://origin.sltrib.com/faith/ci_9287123

They lined up in their scrubs, beckoned by the sound of an eagle bone whistle and the scent of burning sage and cedar. Some had scrambled down from the emergency room, others from behind desks or sterilization processors. On a small green lawn, their hands were purified with water and their work blessed by interfaith chaplains, Buddhist and Episcopal priests, a...

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New York Imam Forges Close Ties with City's Jews

May 16, 2008

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSL1319001520080516

New York's largest mosque, the Islamic Cultural Center (ICC) on East 96th Street in Manhattan, is getting applause from an unexpected quarter -- the city's influential Jewish community.

Rabbis who've spoken there call it an open and welcoming community. The Jewish Theological Seminary and the ICC are planning a joint soup...

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Australian Young Muslim Leaders to Explore Indonesian Islam

May 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: European News

http://europenews.dk/en/node/10155

A delegation of young Muslim leaders from Australia arrived in Jakarta early this week to explore Indonesia Islam, Democracy and Interfaith Harmony, an Australian Embassy media release has said.

"It`s important for young Australians to gain a better understanding of the role of religion in Indonesia and to share their views on how Islam contributes to diverse, democratic societies...

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Imagery in Bastrop School Mural Stirs Controversy

May 15, 2008

Author: Andrea Lorenz

Source: American-Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/05/15/0515bastropisd.html

A mural meant to bring people together is causing a rift in the Bastrop community.

The painting in question, a student project completed in 2003, adorns a wall in the corridor leading to the Bastrop High School gym. It depicts the sometimes unpleasant history of the town, showing...

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Looking for Sikh and Hindu Priests Willing to Sign on

May 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: South Asian Focus

http://www.southasianfocus.ca/community/article/48875

32 Canadian Brigade is actively looking for Sikh and Hindu priests willing to serve in the Armed Forces, Major Gillian Federico, Brigade Chaplain, told South Asian Focus.

The move is part of an overall bid to better represent the evolving demographics of Canada, and of the Armed Forces, she indicated.

Maj. Federico, who resides...

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Racial-Religious Tolerance Highest in Sabah: Masidi

May 15, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Daily Express

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=57545

Racial and religious tolerance levels in Sabah are the best in the country, making it the most harmonious place in Malaysia.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said this at a dinner for participants of the 1st Commonwealth Sports Tourism Conference at Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa, Tuesday.

He said...

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Decision to Build More Mosques in Sarajevo Sparks New Debate

May 14, 2008

Author: Azra Martin

Source: Southeast European Times

http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2008/05/14/feature-02

Since the Islamic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) announced plans to build several more mosques in Sarajevo, a vigorous debate on the issue has resurfaced. Many question whether such plans will threaten the country's multi-ethnic character,...

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Muslim and Jewish Students Win Advanced Degrees from Catholic Union

May 14, 2008

Author: Manya A. Brachear

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-interfaithmay15,0,439350.story

As a teen, Sarah Bier traveled from Chicago to Israel to learn more about Judaism. But her journey to the Holy Land, marred by religious violence from beginning to end, ultimately led her to explore other faiths as well.

Syafa Almirzanah chose to pursue similar studies after growing tensions...

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3 Faiths Coming Together for Mideast Trip

May 12, 2008

Author: Robert King

Source: Indy Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080512/LOCAL18/805120387/1195/LOCAL18

They will travel halfway around the world together, build a house for a needy family together and reach out to refugees of war together.

But showing people how different faiths can work together for the common good is the biggest thing a group representing Muslim, Jewish and...

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Temple to Honor Supporters After Vandalism

May 11, 2008

Author: Denise Jewell Gee

Source: The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/lifearts/religion/story/344180.html

The letters started pouring in from area congregations when Temple Beth Israel on College Avenue was targeted by anti-Semitic vandalism.

Members of churches throughout the city wrote to say they supported the temple in the face of a hate crime.

Then the Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission organized a...

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Interfaith Events Seeing Sharp Increase

May 10, 2008

Author: James D. Davis

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-fvinterfaithsbmay10,0,5549221.story

Next week, a Catholic cardinal will speak at a Miami Beach synagogue — and the amazing thing is, that's not news.

The news is that interfaith gatherings have increased in recent years around South Florida. Drawn by belief or curiosity, or driven by emergencies, more...

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