Interfaith

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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Faith Groups Mount Campaign Against Torture

May 8, 2008

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0508/p03s05-usju.html

As Congress and the Bush administration skirmish over still-secret interrogation techniques, American faith communities are mounting a national campaign to prohibit torture and cruel and inhumane treatment of US-held detainees.

More than 175 religious organizations have joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT...

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No Joke! Stand-Up Comedians Battle Intolerance

May 7, 2008

Author: Ralph Dannheisser

Source: News Blaze

http://newsblaze.com/story/20080507071303tsop.nb/newsblaze/TOPSTORY/Top-Stories.html

A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew, a Hindu and a Sikh walk into a hotel ballroom.

The opening line of a joke?

No, but in this case it was the start of a full evening of stand-up comedy aimed - its creators say - at easing religious tensions through laughter "and a healthy...

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Faith Abounds at Butler University

May 7, 2008

Author: Meg Biallas

Source: Dawgnet

http://dawgnetnews.com/archive/080421/4990.html

Within the last year, Butler University has seen the addition of a full-time priest, a Muslim student group and the increased involvement of the Jewish community and several smaller Christian groups. What will the university come up with next?

Butler is not religiously affiliated, but in recent years the campus has become diversified in a way that allows...

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Hindu Monk Strives to Save Mahabodhi Temple

May 4, 2008

Author: Asim Khan

Source: CNN-IBN

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/hindu-monk-strives-to-save-mahabodhi-temple/64497-3.html

The Mahabodhi temple is one of the holiest shrines for more than 35 crore Buddhists around the world. However, in the last few years this place has been in news for all the wrong reasons.

Today the situation is so grim that it is threatening the very existence of this holy site, including...

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Davis Takes Dallas Tour

May 4, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Benton County Daily Record

http://nwanews.com/bcdr/News/61472/

Harding University student Steven Davis of Bentonville participated in an educational tour of several religious establishments in Dallas on April 17-20. Davis, a senior public relations major, is one of 77 students who spent three days studying various world religions represented in the city.

The trip is the culmination of the class "Living World Religions," taught...

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Arab and Israeli Peace, at Least for Children

May 3, 2008

Author: FELICIA R. LEE

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/03/arts/television/03glob.html?scp=28&sq=religion&st=nyt

“Bridge Over the Wadi” begins with the small and familiar to examine the big and complex. The first scene in this documentary, scheduled to have its television premiere in this country Sunday night on the PBS World channel, shows two sleepy-eyed little boys and their...

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U.S. Ignores Religious Oppression, Federal Panel Says

May 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/05/02/religious.freedom/index.html

China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are among 11 countries that practice religious oppression, a federal commission says.

Nevertheless, the U.S. State Department hasn't designated or re-designated those nations as "countries of particular concern," the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedoms said Friday.

The other...

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Interfaith Group Lauds Ong’s Remarks on Conversion

May 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/5/2/nation/21131427&sec=nation

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism has commended MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting’s remarks about Muslim converts in Parliament on Wednesday.

Its president Datuk A. Vaithilingam described Ong’s sentiments as that shared by right...

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