Interfaith

Evangelicals Join Interfaith Effort to Write Rules for Conversions

August 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/16/world/europe/16convert.html

GENEVA, Aug. 15 — Evangelical Protestant churches have joined an effort by Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Protestant churches to create a common code of conduct for religious conversions to preserve the right of Christians to spread their religion while avoiding conflict...

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Roman Catholic Bishop Wants Everyone to Call God 'Allah'

August 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293394,00.html

A proposal by a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands that people of all faiths refer to God as "Allah" is not sitting well with the Catholic community.

Tiny Muskens, an outgoing bishop who is retiring in a few weeks from the southern diocese of Breda, said God doesn't care what he is called.

"Allah is a very beautiful word for God....

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Editorial: Can US Diplomacy Get Religion?

August 16, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0816/p08s02-comv.html

In much of the world, religion – not ideology – is the prime motivator propelling people and events, often leading to violence. Congress had a sense of that a decade ago when it began considering how the US might better promote religious freedom and tolerance in its foreign policy. It's a subject worth revisiting.

What...

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U.S. Goes Online to Reach Muslim Youth

August 16, 2007

Author: JOHN THORNE

Source: ABC News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=3489657

The U.S. State Department chose a novel way to publicize baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr.'s appointment this week as its special sports envoy. It went on YouTube.

Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Karen Hughes, who appears in the video, said Thursday it was part of her campaign...

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Mosque's Barbecue Calls Faiths of Seattle Together

August 13, 2007

Author: CHERIE BLACK

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/327361_mosque13.html

They sat next to each other in the Sunday sunshine chatting. Smiling and gesturing, they looked like familiar friends sharing familiar stories. But the two women -- one with her head and body wrapped in cloth, the other blond and wearing a floral dress -- were strangers until that afternoon. They met at the annual community barbecue at...

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Egyptian Muslim Who Converted to Christianity Goes into Hiding

August 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune/The Associated Press

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/08/12/africa/egypt.1-113336.php

CAIRO: An Egyptian Muslim who converted to Christianity and then took the unprecedented step of seeking official recognition for the change said he has gone into hiding following death threats.

The man, Mohammed Hegazy, who sparked controversy when pictures of him posing with a poster...

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Buddhist Temple Seeks Peace over Food Court

August 12, 2007

Author: DANA BARTHOLOMEW

Source: Los Angeles Daily News

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_6609027

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - The Thai grub was just too good for its own good.

The nationally acclaimed weekend food court at Wat Thai Los Angeles Buddhist temple closed Sunday, an apparent victim of its own success.

So many foodies have flocked to the Thai food nirvana that the temple has temporarily suspended food sales because of neighborhood...

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Many Faiths Find Spirit of Cooperation

August 12, 2007

Author: Hanna Chu

Source: Press Telegram

http://www.presstelegram.com/beachweek/ci_6607981

The ethnic diversity in Long Beach and surrounding areas has resulted in an unquestionable religious diversity, and the different faiths work together to maintain a peaceful community.

The physical presence of the different faiths can be seen everywhere, from the Long Beach Sagely Monastery on Ocean Boulevard to St. George Greek Orthodox Church on...

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Temple, Church, Mosque and Kovil in Forefront of HIV Awareness

August 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sunday Times

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/070812/Plus/pls12.html

The message is to be broadcast from the temples, the churches, the mosques and the kovils.....and the word being spread would be vital for the survival of humankind. These are the plans of a group of religious leaders, who have joined hands to launch a campaign against HIV, not only to strengthen prevention programmes but also to make people aware that those...

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In Diverse World, Employers Learn to Make Room for Faith at Work

August 11, 2007

Author: KELLEY HOLLAND

Source: The News Tribune

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/religion/story/130701.html

Managers must deal with big issues all day long – from acquisitions to runaway health care costs – but in many cases it’s the little things that count the most. That can be especially true in matters of faith in the workplace.

How little? Toni Riccardi, formerly the chief diversity officer for...

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Sanskrit Mantras to Open California State Senate

August 10, 2007

Source: AmericanBuddhist.net

http://www.americanbuddhist.net/sanskrit-mantras-open-california-state-senate

California State Senate in USA will reverberate with Sanskrit mantras on August 27.

Rajan Zed, a Hindu chaplain, will read the opening prayer from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before California Senate in Sacramento on this day. After Sanskrit delivery, he then will read the English translation of the prayer.

According to...

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Thousands of Muslims Expected at Unity Day

August 10, 2007

Author: Juliana Barbassa

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_6590976?nclick_check=1

SANTA CLARA -- Muslims of all backgrounds, whether Shia or Sunni, born in San Jose or Afghanistan, recent immigrants or recent converts, will put aside their differences to share the thrill of a good roller-coaster ride on Saturday.

More than 4,000 people are expected at the Great America amusement park for Muslim Unity Day,...

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