Interfaith

Evangelicals, Muslims Start Rare Dialogue

July 23, 2007

Author: Bay Fang

Source: Washington Bureau

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-evangelicals_fangjul23,1,5258289.story

WASHINGTON - They sat facing each other, 14 evangelical preachers on one side, 12 U.S-based Arab diplomats on the other. Nabil Fahmy, the Egyptian ambassador to the U.S., listened as introductions began, and he found himself amazed.

"Robertson, Falwell, Youssef. ... I had...

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Opinion: Sacred Sites, and Their Stories, Must Be Saved

July 22, 2007

Author: MARK TRAHANT

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/320934_trahant24.html

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's hard to imagine a more powerful example of a sacred place than the U.S. Capitol. Early Thursday morning, hours before the solstice, the scene was already one of summer. Tourists wandered the grounds in shorts while congressional staffers rushed off to meetings. A cool breeze moderated the rising...

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Panama's Jews, Arabs coexist

July 22, 2007

Author: Brian Harris

Source: JTA

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/news/article/20070722panamabusinesses.html

COLON FREE ZONE, Panama (JTA) -- While conflicts in the Middle East make the prospect of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Arabs seem distant, a walk along the crowded streets of this trading zone shows Jews and Arabs can get along.

Inside the stores here -- wholesale distribution centers for Asian goods...

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God ’08: Whose, and How Much, Will Voters Accept?

July 22, 2007

Author: MICHAEL LUO

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/22/weekinreview/22luo.html?_r=1&oref=login

THE probing about his Mormon beliefs has by now become familiar to the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But when Mary Van Steenis, a teacher at a local Christian school, took the microphone at a recent “Ask Mitt Anything” forum in Pella, Iowa, to ask her question, it still felt as if...

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First Lady Laura Bush Announces Inter-Faith Malaria Project in Mozambique on the Second Leg of a Four-Nation Africa Tour

July 21, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Journal Chretien

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?article13542

Accompanied by her daughter Jenna, Mrs. Bush is this week visiting areas that have benefited from U.S. AIDS funding - including the west African nations of Mali and Senegal, where she spent Tuesday, as well as Zambia in southern Africa.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s most recently funded project in Mozambique, Together Against...

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Art Challenge Cliches on Islam

July 21, 2007

Author: Stephanie Holmes

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6902755.stm

A new exhibition of Islamic art from across the Muslim world aims to do far more than unite unusual, luxurious and rarely-seen objects.

Organisers of the London event say that they hope the illuminated Korans, the perfume bottle carved from rock crystal and the leaf skeleton decorated with sacred text will change the way people think about Islam...

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Bill on Religious Practice Raises Concern

July 20, 2007

Author: Nafisa Pisarejeva

Source: Institute for War and Peace Reporting

http://www.iwpr.net/?p=rca&s=f&o=337288&apc_state=henh

Religious minorities in Tajikistan fear proposed new rules will restrict their practices, despite their constitutional right to freedom of belief.

The Tajik government is currently examining a draft law put forward by the culture ministry’s religious department which sets tough new conditions a religious...

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Local Artist Paints Plea for Religious Understanding

July 20, 2007

Author: Dana Thiede

Source: KARE 11 News

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=260160

Mark Balma is one artist who isn't afraid to send a message. From his religious-themed frescos, to historically charged paintings like 'Pieta', his take on the John F. Kennedy assassination, Balma wants to reach both the heads and the hearts of those who view work.

Balma's latest painting is a plea for religious tolerance and...

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Interfaith Peace Walk Underway in Northwest

July 20, 2007

Source: Salem News

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/july202007/interfaith_walk_72007.php

(EUGENE, ORE.) - Monks from the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple on Bainbridge Island are leading a Interfaith Peace Walk that began in Eugene July 16th and ends August 6th at the Trident Nuclear submarine base at Bangor, Washington.

With the theme "Hiroshima-Nagasaki to Hope" the walk will commemorate the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by U.S....

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Religious Groups Fear Immigration Proposals are Unfair, Burdensome

July 20, 2007

Author: KARIN BRULLIARD

Source: Washington Post

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/4986164.html

WASHINGTON — At the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Md., 11 Hindu priests recite mantras before intricately chiseled altars to deities carved by expert temple stonemasons.

They offer the idols lentils and rice prepared in a small kitchen by Haridas Padithaya, 38, who looks like a line cook in his stained T-shirt...

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One Dead in Attack on Hindu Pilgrims in Indian Kashmir

July 18, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Yahoo News

Wire Service: AFP

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070718/wl_sthasia_afp/indiakashmirunrestreligionhindupilgrimage

SRINAGAR, India (AFP) - One person died and 15 were wounded in an attack by suspected Islamic militants on Hindu pilgrims trekking to a revered cave shrine in Indian Kashmir, an official said. ADVERTISEMENT

The grenade...

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Press Release: Statement from the Hindu American Foundation Celebrating Opening of the U.S. Senate With Hindu Prayer

July 18, 2007

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hafsite.org/media_press_release_nevada_prayer.htm

The Hindu American Foundation joins all Hindu Americans in celebrating yesterday's epochal events in our community's history in the United States. Yesterday, the faith of 2 million American Hindus and nearly 1 billion of the world's population was represented in the chambers of the U.S. Senate for the first time. Shri Rajan Zed's prayer recitation shared with our fellow...

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RRC Receives $300,000 From Henry Luce Foundation for Interfaith Education

July 18, 2007

Source: PressZoom

http://presszoom.com/story_137377.html

(PressZoom) - Wyncote, PA, July 18 — The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College has received a $300,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support a unique and comprehensive initiative to improve understanding among Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The three-year grant—the first major award from the foundation to a rabbinical school for interfaith work—will allow RRC to put in place a groundbreaking...

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Bali Meeting Promotes Tolerance in Indonesia

July 16, 2007

Author: Peter Gelling

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/07/16/asia/indonesia-gelling.php

JIMBARAN, Indonesia: Spiritual leaders from around the world met here in Bali on Tuesday to take a stand against religious-inspired violence and to urge other religious leaders to join them.

"We are trying to meet partners from around the globe, from all religions, who can take a leadership role and...

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