Interfaith

Bravery of Interfaith Leaders Gives Abducted Chance at Life

December 13, 2007

Author: Judy Gerstel

Source: The Star

http://www.thestar.com/living/article/284939

Every year Father John Fraser, the Canadian Catholic priest whose family in Toronto's Beach help to support his mission and his radio station in Uganda, organizes a Christmas party for the Aboke girls.

At the party are the 16 girls who returned to the Aboke convent school after years in sexual slavery. Also in attendance are some of the more than 100 others also...

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Interfaith Advisers Find Common Ground Through New Legal Initiative

December 12, 2007

Author: Sam Forrest

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=1317

Advisers to the UK’s main faith groups have met for the first time marking the launch of a unique legal network designed to tackle the interface between law and religion.

The first of its kind in the UK, the Interfaith Legal Adviser Network has been established by Cardiff Law School’s Centre of Law and Religion. The...

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British Muslims Say: Put Christ Back in Christmas

December 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1212/p06s01-woeu.html

Muslim leaders joined Britain's equality watchdog Monday in urging Britons to enjoy Christmas without worrying about offending non-Christians.

"It's time to stop being daft about Christmas. It's fine to celebrate and it's fine for Christ to be star of the show," said Trevor...

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Lighting of Menorah a Joint Effort

December 12, 2007

Author: Isaac Arnsdorf

Source: Yale Daily News

http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/22845

For the first time in recent memory, the diverse organizations representing Yale’s Jewish community came together over the weekend for a single event — a festive menorah-lighting on Beinecke Plaza on Sunday evening.

The Jewish heritage organization Chabad at Yale sponsored and coordinated the event — which celebrated the sixth...

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"Culture Corner: Jewish-Muslim Alternative Spring Break," a Commentary by Lindsay Katona

December 10, 2007

Author: Lindsay Katona

Source: KOACH

http://www.koach.org/koc_5768_tevet_culture.htm

Never could I have possibly imagined a trip that would end with Jews and Muslims sharing their meals in the kosher cafeteria. Or with Muslims asking me if I am coming to Shabbat dinner on Friday night. Or with Jewish students sitting around a bonfire shouting "Takbir," an exclamation Muslims use to proclaim the greatness of Allah.

Last October, Sam Krentzman,...

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In One Village, Making a Balanced Display for Two Celebrations

December 9, 2007

Author: BARBARA WHITAKER

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/09holidaywe.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

THE village spent $853 on oversize ornaments for the Christmas tree in Law Park and $3,065 on a custom-made six-foot-tall dreidel. But what it really sought to buy was harmony surrounding this year’s holiday display.

The effort to balance this year...

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Social Cohesion Needs Religion – Archbishop

December 7, 2007

Author: Maria Mackay

Source: Christian Today

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/social.cohesion.needs.religion.archbishop/15295.htm

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has argued that religion is fundamental to maintaining social cohesion.

In a lecture delivered on Thursday at the Building Bridges Conference in Singapore, Dr Williams refuted the popular conception that a society in which...

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"A Muslim-Christian Handshake," a Commentary by The Christian Science Monitor

December 4, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1204/p08s01-comv.html

An unprecedented outreach from top Islamic leaders to Christians is meeting a positive response. This budding dialogue has the potential to correct misunderstandings and foster trust among each faith's followers – which the world sorely needs.

The overture began in October with a letter from 138 Muslim clerics and scholars...

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Muslim Council Ends Holocaust Memorial Day Boycott

December 3, 2007

Author: Vikram Dodd

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2220780,00.html

Britain's largest Muslim body has voted to end its boycott of Holocaust memorial day, the Guardian has learned.

The Muslim Council of Britain voted this weekend to end its six-year protest, which had angered the government and Jewish groups.

The decision may lead to some groups leaving the MCB, an umbrella organisation with...

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