Interfaith

Faith in Coexistence

May 31, 2007

Source: Star News Group

http://www.starnewsgroup.com.au/story/43290

THAI Muslims will tour Greater Dandenong’s places of worship in a bid to understand how people of different religions can coexist in one place.

The Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and with the help of Greater Dandenong’s Interfaith Network, has developed a Muslim Cultural Exchange program with Thailand.

The program allows Australia...

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Religious Studies Would Teach Society's Diversity

May 31, 2007

Author: MARTIN KAY

Source: The Dominion Post

http://www.stuff.co.nz/4078477a7694.html

Kiwi children should learn about different religions in school to reflect the changing make-up of New Zealand society, religious and civic leaders at a meeting to promote tolerance say.

Members of the New Zealand delegation at the third Asia Pacific Interfaith Dialogue in Waitangi said religious studies - as opposed to religious instruction - could be incorporated...

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Affirming Religious Diversity No Denial of Christian Roots, NZ Catholic, Anglican Bishops Say

May 31, 2007

Source: Catholic Online

http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=24255

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Catholic Online) – Support for a national statement on religious diversity that affirms that there is no state religion in New Zealand does not deny the Christian roots of the country, said nation’s Catholic and Anglican bishops.

In a May 28 joint statement issued just before the Asia-Pacific Dialogue on Interfaith...

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NZ Hosts Peace, Religious Tolerance Conference

May 29, 2007

Author: Peter Lewis

Source: ABC News Online

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200705/s1935937.htm

Political and religious leaders from 15 Asia-Pacific countries are in New Zealand for the latest in a series of talks aimed at promoting peace, regional security and religious tolerance.

The three-day conference is being held at Waitangi.

This is the third inter-faith dialogue organised since the terrorist attacks in Bali in...

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House OKs Religion in School

May 28, 2007

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/052707dntswrelexpress.2ed82b.html

AUSTIN – Texas students would have greater freedom to express their religious views on school campuses under a bill passed Saturday by the House and sent to Gov. Rick Perry, who has publicly supported the measure.

Under the legislation, religious beliefs expressed in homework, artwork...

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Pope Reinstates Islam Department

May 28, 2007

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6699247.stm

Pope Benedict XVI has reversed a controversial decision he took a year ago to downgrade the Vatican department which deals with the Islamic world.

The Council for Interreligious Dialogue will be restored to its former position as a department in its own right.

It is not clear if the department's former head, British archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, will also be reinstated.

His removal was...

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Parliament of the World's Religions Sets 2007 Meeting in Melbourne

May 26, 2007

Source: Worldwide Faith News

http://www.wfn.org/2007/05/msg00255.html

The 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions will be an international interreligious gathering spanning seven nights and six days from December 3rd to 9th - bringing together an estimated 8,000 to 12,000 persons.

The city of Melbourne, Australia has been selected to host the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions.

A multi-religious, multi-lingual, and multicultural city, Melbourne is an ideal...

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Nepal Hindus in Secular Protest

May 25, 2007

Author: Charles Haviland

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5015456.stm

Thousands of people in southern Nepal have been protesting against a parliamentary decision to declare Nepal a secular, rather than a Hindu kingdom.

The mainly Hindu protestors in the southern town of Birgunj have declared a general strike in their area.

Eyewitnesses in Birgunj say the town has been closed down by an alliance of local Hindu...

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Provocative Interfaith Program Looks at the Divisive Issues Splitting Our Faiths and Our Country

May 25, 2007

Source: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

http://www.clal.org/sp129.html

Based on the resounding success of last season’s Building Bridges: Abrahamic Perspectives on the World Today, a first-ever program conceived by a rabbi, Brad Hirschfield, for Bridges TV-American Muslim TV, a new series has been developed to begin airing on Tuesdays at 8:30 pm EST (repeated on Saturdays at 9 pm EST).

Created and hosted by Rabbi Hirschfield, a well-known advocate for...

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