Interfaith

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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"Pope's Intolerant Comments May Set Stage for Positive Dialogue, " a Commentary by Dean Koldenhoven, former Mayor of Palos Heights

July 16, 2007

Author: Dean Koldenhoven

Source: Daily Southtown

http://www.dailysouthtown.com/news/opinion/guests/469760,161GUC1.article

Pope Benedict XVI expressed his intolerance of Christian churches that are not Catholic by saying " ... the Catholic Church is the one true church, and other Christian bodies shouldn't be called churches."

It is very difficult to comprehend that such a learned man as Pope Benedict would issue such a...

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Religious Leaders Build Bridges: Calgary Muslims, Christians Initiate Monthly Dialogue

July 15, 2007

Author: Graeme Morton

Source: Calgary Herald

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/city/story.html?id=a098ed4b-4ad1-42c2-a805-3eff888cfda3

A group of Calgary clergy and lay people are quietly building bridges between the city's Christian and Muslim communities in the wake of fears of rising interfaith tensions.

In a recent report, the Association for Canadian Studies said 1,500 people polled...

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Young Christians, Muslims, Jews Explore Unity in Diversity

July 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Christian Today

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/young.christians.muslims.jews.explore.unity.in.diversity/11557.htm

Young Christian, Jewish and Muslim adults have gathered from around the world to explore inter-faith relations and unity in diversity during a summer seminar at the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland.
...

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Malaysia’s System Can Help Against Rising Intolerance in World, says Annan

July 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/7/13/nation/18297982&sec=nation

Malaysia’s enviable system of religious pluralism can play an important role in a world dangerously divided by religious faiths, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said.

He added that there was an urgent need for dialogue for a globalised era marked by rising intolerance,...

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Poll Says Muslims, Evangelicals Closer Than Many Might Think

July 13, 2007

Author: Omar Sacribey

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=13929

Muslim-Americans and white evangelicals find themselves on opposite sides of many issues but have more in common than other religious groups when it comes to religious fervor, scriptural literalism and social morality, according to a new report.

The report by the Pew Forum on Religion...

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A Prayer and a Protest: Reno Hindu's Visit to U.S. Senate Historic

July 13, 2007

Author: Lisa Mascaro

Source: Las Vegas Sun

http://politics.lasvegassun.com/2007/07/a-prayer-and-a-.html

WASHINGTON — A couple of days ago, when it became known that a Hindu chaplain from Reno would be giving his religion’s first-ever opening prayer for the U.S. Senate, offices of a Christian values organization in Mississippi didn’t think twice about bad karma.

The American Family Association tapped its 3 million-...

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It's Not a Christmas Tree, it's a 'Peace and Harmony' Fir

July 13, 2007

Author: KRISTEN MILLARES BOLT

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19739953/

Welcome to the port's holiday forest. There may be firs or hemlocks, spruces or pines at Sea-Tac Airport this holiday season, but there will not be a Christmas tree.

Not by definition, anyway.

Nor will menorahs or Buddhas be present.

So recommended the Port of Seattle's Holiday Decorations Advisory Committee on Thursday.
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Boston Mosque Rises Above the Fray

July 12, 2007

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0712/p13s03-lire.html

More than 2,000 people gathered in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood last month for a highly symbolic moment – the capping of the minaret on a new mosque. A joyous occasion, the event sparked greater emotion than usual because construction of the Islamic Society of Boston's Mosque and Cultural Center had been stalled for more than two...

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Hindu Prayer in Senate Disrupted: Three Protesters in Senate Gallery Arrested

July 12, 2007

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19729245/

WASHINGTON - A Hindu clergyman made history Thursday by offering the Senate's morning prayer, but only after police officers removed three shouting protesters from the visitors' gallery.

Rajan Zed, director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple in Reno, Nev., gave the brief prayer that opens each day's Senate session. As he stood at the chamber's podium in a bright orange and burgundy robe, two women and a man began shouting...

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US Senate Opens with Hindu Prayer

July 12, 2007

Author: Aziz Haniffa

Source: Rediff India Abroad

http://www.rediff.com/news/2007/jul/12zed.htm

History was created in the United States Senate at 9.30 am on Thursday, when Rajan Zed, the Hindu chaplain of the Indian Association of Northern Nevada, opened the Senate with a Hindu prayer.

This is the first such instance since the formation of the powerful Upper House in 1789.

A few Christian fundamentalists protested and began screaming,...

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New Online Database Documents Resurgence of Progressive Faith Organizing

July 11, 2007

Source: Faith in Public Life

http://www.faithinpubliclife.org/content/press/2007/06/new_online_database_documents_1.html

(Washington, DC) – Amidst a political season riddled with religious references, Faith in Public Life, joined by religious leaders from across the country, today launched Mapping Faith -- a new online database documenting a nationwide resurgence in progressive faith organizing.

This Google Maps-powered...

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