Interfaith

New Appointments at WCC Specialise in Advocacy and Interfaith Dialogue

October 25, 2007

Source: Ekklesia.co.uk

http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/6009

Two people known for their achievements in faith-based advocacy and interfaith dialogue, have been engaged by the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC).

The new staff members will head the programme on Public witness and the programme on Inter-religious dialogue and cooperation.

The programmes enable bilateral dialogues, regional and cross-cultural encounters on perceptions of "the other" and on issues...

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American Youths Bridge Religious Divides

October 24, 2007

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1024/p13s01-lire.html

Sharon, Mass. - At Temple Israel, in this small Massachusetts town, young Tehreem Zaidi begins his talk on Ramadan by reciting from the Koran in Arabic. The teenager then explains to the several hundred guests that the main purpose of this Muslim month of fasting is to "attain God consciousness, and to clean up our lives and our souls." He...

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Muslims Chide Pope for Not Moving Faster on Dialogue

October 24, 2007

Author: Francis X. Rocca

Source: The Pew Forum, Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=14377

Muslim leaders who attended an interfaith peace conference with Pope Benedict XVI chided the pope for not responding to a recent olive branch from Muslim scholars, and complained that the reaction of a high Vatican official "misses the very point of dialogue."

Their complaints stem from an open letter, signed by 138 Muslim...

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Lone Sikh Joins Monks' Fight for Democracy

October 23, 2007

Author: I P Singh

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Lone_Sikh_joins_monks_fight_for_democracy/articleshow/2481811.cms

As the world watched media images of clean-shaven Buddhist monks in maroon marching down Yangon's streets demanding democracy in Myanmar, the attention of some was drawn to a bearded, turbaned man. Incongruous as it seemed, it was a Sikh fighting...

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Div School Dean Signs Letter from Christians

October 22, 2007

Author: MARIE C. KODAMA

Source: The Harvard Crimson

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=520233

In reply to an unprecedented statement from Muslim clerics and scholars about the common ground between Christianity and Islam, Christian intellectuals, including nine Harvard professors, issued a letter this month responding to what many of them saw as a deeply significant gesture from the Muslim community.

With 138 Muslim signatories, the...

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Christians Bring Iranian Jews to Israel

October 22, 2007

Author: REGAN E. DOHERTY

Source: The Associated Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iT0x385g8UAXNv_nAFGHRG7C-M4A

Evangelical Christians in the U.S. have helped convince dozens of Iranian Jews to move to Israel in recent months, offering cash incentives and claiming that Iran's tiny Jewish community is in grave danger.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a charity that funnels millions of dollars in...

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'Sanyas' Lessons for Christian Clergy

October 21, 2007

Author: Ananthakrishnan G

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2477689.cms

While the Anglican Church may shun Yoga, in Kerala the Syro-Malabar church - regarded as the oldest in the country - has decided to embrace the Hindu tradition of sanyas. This and other cultural aspects like bhajans are becoming a part of new curriculum for training the Christian clergy in the church.

‘‘Priests...

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Pope Decries 'Religious' Violence

October 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7055147.stm

Pope Benedict XVI has urged world religious leaders not to allow God's name to be used to justify violence.

"Religions must never become vehicles for hatred," the Pope told the leaders attending a peace summit in Naples.

The Catholic Church, said the Pope, would continue to seek dialogue to bridge the gap between cultures.

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Islamic Center Outreach Tells it Like it Really is

October 20, 2007

Source: The Enquirer

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071020/NEWS01/710200357/1056/COL02

"We are all people of faith who worship the same God."

It's a statement those who have been attending "Islam and Christianity: A Dialogue" have taken away from the Muslim guest speakers at Mount Washington Presbyterian Church.

"We have a curiosity as to how the two faiths look at matters of life and faith, what...

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