Interfaith

Food Plays Big Role in Religion

June 9, 2007

Author: Jerry McCoy

Source: The Peoria Journal Star

http://www.pjstar.com/stories/060907/JER_BDCGAEST.040.php

Q: The Eucharist or the Lord's Supper is perhaps the single most important ritual in Christian worship. Does a ceremonial meal play a similar role in other religious traditions? If so what are those meals and what role do they play? - P.R., East Peoria.

A: Food, because it is necessary for all of life, has also been a...

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Hindu Sites 'Only for Hinduism'

June 8, 2007

Author: Omer Farooq

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/6735661.stm

The government of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has banned the propagation of other religions in the holy places of Hindus across the state.

The authorities say the move is to ensure that Hindu sentiments in holy places are not offended.

It follows a row over alleged Christian missionary activity around a shrine in the...

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Sri Lanka Christians Detained, Church Burned As Violence Spreads

June 8, 2007

Author: BosNewsLife News Center

Source: Journal Chretein

http://www.spcm.org/Journal/spip.php?article12077

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (BosNewsLife)— The World Council of Independent Christian Churches (WICCC) expressed concern Thursday, June 7, about the plight of Christians in Sri Lanka amid reports that at least one church was burned by militants in a new wave of anti-Christian violence, while a pastor and his assistant remain in custody on allegedly...

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Detroit Interfaith Group Teaches Tolerance Through Dialogue

June 8, 2007

Author: Brian Padden

Source: The Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-06-08-voa23.cfm

After September 11th, many religious leaders across the U.S. gathered to pray for peace and understanding. In the Midwest City of Detroit, one of the most ethnically diverse in America, Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders continue to meet on a regular basis. The Detroit Interfaith Partners try to talk through their differences, despite underlying...

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"Children of Abraham" Links Muslim and Jewish Youth

June 7, 2007

Author: Faiza Elmasry

Source: Voice of America News

http://www.voanews.com/english/AmericanLife/2007-06-07-voa17.cfm

Although the Arab-Israeli conflict has helped portray Muslims and Jews as bitter enemies, Islam and Judaism actually have more commonalties than differences. An [online] effort is helping young people on both sides of the religious divide recognize that, and reconstruct their relationship as descendents of the same ancestor...

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Shaping Islam In America: 10 Young Muslim Visionaries

June 7, 2007

Source: The Islamica Magazine

http://www.islamicamagazine.com/issue-19/shaping-islam-in-america.html

10 Young Muslim Visionaries

Introduction

There is no shortage of discussion about what is wrong with Muslims and the Islamic world these days. From our perspective, it is also important to take time to acknowledge the good that comes from Muslims inspired by their faith. For this reason Islamica decided to profile a series of individuals...

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Call for a UN Office to Deal with Religious Abuse

June 7, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New Straits Times Online

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Thursday/National/20070607084808/Article/index_html

KUALA LUMPUR: The United Nations is urged to set up an ombudsman-like structure to deal with complaints of intolerance and religious abuse.

Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad Pakistan director-general Dr Shireen Mazari proposed this at the Asia-...

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Muslim Women’s Association Hosts White Plains Talk by Faith Club

June 7, 2007

Author: Gary Stern

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070607/NEWS02/706070368/1018/NEWS02

WHITE PLAINS - The Faith Club started small, uncertain, frightened.

Its three members - one Jew, one Christian, one Muslim - had shaky holds on their own faiths (and mostly apprehension about the other two).

But they were living in the post-9/11 world...

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Coalition to Defend Freedom of Religious and Cultural Expression Launched

June 6, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: eGov monitor

http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/11595

Political figures, religious leaders, trade unionists and human rights campaigners are amongst the individuals that have signed up to a new coalition aimed at defending freedom of religious and cultural expression.

Speakers at the launch included the Mayor of London; peace campaigner and activist Bruce Kent; writer Ismail Patel from the British Muslim Initiative; Dr Daud...

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Human Rights Group Urges Governments to do More to Fight Hate Crimes

June 6, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: International Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/06/06/europe/EU-GEN-Romania-Hate-Crimes.php

BUCHAREST, Romania: Hate crimes are on the rise in many countries, an international human rights group warned Wednesday, urging governments to do more to combat violent discrimination.

Human Rights First said countries should...

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Interfaith Conference on Islam Begins in UK

June 5, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2007/06/05/int7.htm

LONDON, June 4: The two-day interfaith conference on ‘Islam and Muslims in the World Today’ began here on Monday with Prime Minister Tony Blair emphatically declaring that the voices of extremism are no more representative of Islam than the use, in times gone by, of torture to force conversion to Christianity, represented the true teachings of Christ.

He said Islam...

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Sikhs, Hindus Condemn Article

June 4, 2007

Author: UMENDRA SINGH

Source: 24 Hours

http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/News/2007/06/04/4232217-sun.html

A joint meeting of Sikh and Hindu leaders Sunday condemned a local newspaper for publishing an article calling for the destruction of a 16th century Hindu temple in Punjab.

The president of the Vedic Hindu Cultural Society, Amrit Lal Arora, said the article in a Punjabi-language newspaper based in Surrey could incite religious hatred....

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A Return to a Sacred Place

June 4, 2007

Author: Ed Moorhouse

Source: Burlington County Times

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-06042007-1357287.html

BURLINGTON CITY — Burlington Island was once a place where Indian tribes native to Burlington City held meetings and performed religious ceremonies.

Yesterday, the island was used for that purpose for the first time in 200 years, according to Danawa Buchanan, the founder of the New Jersey American Indian...

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