Interfaith

Major N.Y. Islamic Center Honors Orthodox Rabbi at Annual Event

November 26, 2007

Author: Shlomo Shamir

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/928302.html

The Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI), considered one of the largest leading Muslim centers among the U.S. Muslim community, awarded a special honor to Orthodox Rabbi Marc Schneier on Sunday.

400 Muslim religious leaders and businessman took part in the center's annual dinner Sunday. Those in attendance welcomed Schneier with much applause as the heads of...

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Vatican to Accept Muslim Dialogue Call Soon

November 25, 2007

Author: Tom Heneghan

Source: Reuters

http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnBAN540920.html

The Vatican plans to respond positively and very soon to an appeal by Muslim scholars for an unprecedented dialogue between Christianity and Islam, Roman Catholic cardinals and Islam experts say.

The Catholic Church, representing more than half the world's two billion Christians, has not yet officially answered the call made last month and hailed by...

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Government Urged to Invest in Inter-Faith Dialogue to Combat Terror Threat

November 25, 2007

Author: George Conger

Source: Religious Intelligence

http://www.religiousintelligence.co.uk/news/?NewsID=1227

INTERFAITH dialogue is a worthwhile investment in the war against Islamist terrorism, the Bishop of St Albans has said.

Speaking in response to the Prime Minister’s national security speech to the House of Commons, Bishop Christopher Herbert told the House of Lords the government would benefit from the experiences of the...

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Envoy says Vatican-Israeli Relations Worsening

November 24, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The News Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/religion/story/211739.html

A senior Vatican diplomat who served as papal envoy to Israel has described Vatican-Israeli relations as worsening, blaming the Jewish state for failing to keep promises related to church land, taxes and travel restrictions on Arab clergy.

Archbishop Pietro Sambi lashed out at...

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US Embassy to Hold Interfaith Conference in Delhi

November 24, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Indian Muslims

http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/2007/nov/23/us_embassy_hold_interfaith_conference_delhi.html

In a bid to reach out to the large Muslim population in South Asia, the American embassy in India will hold a conference of Interfaith Coalition for Peace in New Delhi January next year.

"We plan to organise a conference of Interfaith Coalition for Peace at...

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Devout Jews, Muslims Mull Dividing Holy Jerusalem

November 24, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/culture/?id=23227

From opposite sides of the wall that once divided Jerusalem, Israeli Shlomo Yirmiyahu and Palestinian Yakoob Arrajabi watched in 1967 as Israeli army seized the Arab east of the city.

Now, as their leaders prepare for talks about peace, the two devoutly religious men are trying to imagine the future of their home town, which...

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More Public Schools Offering Elective Religion Classes

November 24, 2007

Author: CHRISTINA VANOVERBEKE

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://www.mohavedailynews.com/articles/2007/11/25/news/local/local14.txt

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A group of teenagers gathered in Ahwatukee Foothills on a recent Monday afternoon to discuss the Jewish faith. But they got a little hung up on the concept of the Sabbath as a day of rest.

‘‘You're not allowed to drive? So you have to walk everywhere?''...

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People of All Faiths Join for Thanksgiving Service

November 23, 2007

Author: Tracy Idell Hamilton

Source: Express-News

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/religion/stories/MYSA112307.01B.interfaith_service.263a14a.html

The inside of San Fernando Cathedral fairly glowed with warmth on Thanksgiving morning. Outside, the arctic wind that had blown in the night before was sharp, the morning still gray.

Wearing jackets and scarves dug from the backs of closets, coats and...

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Kurdish Provinces Exposing Students to Other Faiths

November 23, 2007

Author: BOBBY CAINA CALVAN

Source: The Kansas City Star/McClatchy Newspapers

http://www.kansascity.com/451/story/373964.html

Judged solely by one of the big, bold words on its cover, the book that Fadel Mahmoud clutched in his hands would be considered blasphemous in many parts of the Muslim world.

Most people in Kurdish northern Iraq believe that the Quran, the holy book of Islam, is the final word on religious life. Mahmoud and other teachers...

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Religion a Diverse Draw Behind Bars

November 23, 2007

Author: TONY RIZZO

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/374453.html

Cynics may scoff, but a lot of people really do find religion when they go to prison.

And while the parole board is often their only source of earthly hope, the paths to spiritual enlightenment behind bars are many.

Inmates embrace everything from mainstream Christian, Muslim and Jewish faiths to more obscure practices such as Wicca,...

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Jewish and Muslim Organisations Join to Create European Platform for Co-operation

November 21, 2007

Author: Press Release

Source: A Jewish Contribuion to an Inclusive Europe

http://www.ceji.org/press/2007-11-21_Platform_Launch_Press_Release.pdf

Driven by the desire to go beyond dialogue to confront prejudice and hatred within and towards their communities, European Jewish and Muslim grassroots organisations have joined to create a European Platform for Jewish Muslim Cooperation, to be launched at an event sponsored by Richard...

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Military Chaplains: Being a Cog of Conscience in the Military Killing Machine

November 20, 2007

Author: Lee Lawrence

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1120/p20s01-usmi.html

It's the end of lunchtime at the Afghan National Army base of Pol-i-charkhi and, as the mess hall reverberates with the dish-clatter and chair-scraping of soldiers in dark camouflage dispersing, two men linger behind, still digging with spoons into a shared dish of rice and lamb.

US Navy Capt. James Fisher is the guest of Afghan...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Hosted by Muslims at Beth Israel

November 19, 2007

Author: Patrick George

Source: The Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/11/19/1119interfaith.html

For 23 years, Thanksgiving in Austin has come with huge crowds of people in saris, hijabs, clerical robes and yarmulkes, celebrating their similarities. Sunday's 23rd annual Austin Area Interreligious Ministries Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration marked the first time the service was hosted by...

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Jewish, Muslim Children Find Similarities in West Palm Synagogue

November 19, 2007

Author: Chrystian Tejedor

Source: Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-flpinterfaith1119pnnov19,0,5562895.story

West Palm Beach - Religious leaders are hoping Jews and Muslims one day can settle the differences that touch off bitter fighting in other parts of the world.

The key is to show their children early on that followers of either faith have more in common than...

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