Interfaith

Oberlin Pagan Group Brings Beltaine to Tappan

May 5, 2007

Author: Timothy Getz

Source: The Oberlin Review

http://www.oberlin.edu/stupub/ocreview/2007/05/04/arts/Oberlin_Pagan_Group_Brings.html

A small but enthusiastic crowd was gathered in Tappan Square with some people decked out in skirts and capes and sporting their finest piercings, while others were dressed in everyday clothing. But everyone was there last Saturday to experience the Beltaine Festival, which Tim...

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Student Wants to Promote Peace through Understanding

May 5, 2007

Author: Nick Pinto

Source: Newburyport News

http://www.newburyportnews.com/punews/local_story_125094001

NEWBURYPORT - Though still in high school, Keri Pennell wants to change the perceptions of religion for those much older, because they're not always wiser.

Last summer, Pennell attended the Anti-Defamation League's Camp IF, an interfaith camp for Muslim, Jewish and Christian teens.

Pennell said the camp was an eye-...

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Planting Peace, One Tree at a Time

May 5, 2007

Author: Marion Lang

Source: The Dunn County News

http://www.dunnconnect.com/articles/2007/04/30/news/news03.txt

Three women — one Christian, one Muslim and one Jewish — all of whom who have survived years of discord and conflict living in Israel/Palestine, recently spoke in Menomonie.

They shared stories of courage, strength and a vision for re-shaping their troubled country. Huda Abu Arqoub, a Muslim Palestinian,...

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At University of California Irvine, Carter Urges Muslims, Jews to Work Together

May 4, 2007

Author: Dave McKibben

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-carter4may04,0,532380.story?coll=la-home-headlines

On a campus beset by strained relations between Jewish and Islamic groups, former President Jimmy Carter urged the UC Irvine students to understand each other's positions and to work together.

"I'd like to see the leaders form a combined group and take my invitation...

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Hindu Man in Malaysia Gets Custody of Children Born to Muslim Wife

May 4, 2007

Source: Gulf News

Wire Service: AP

http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/07/05/04/10122772.html

Kuala Lumpur: Authorities in Malaysia gave a Hindu man married to a Muslim woman custody of their children yesterday, in a landmark decision for minority rights, after the couple had been forcibly separated citing their religious beliefs.

The decision was announced at an emotional hearing in the High Court attended by the ethnic...

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Valley Events Observe Day of Prayer

May 4, 2007

Author: Ron Orozco

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/263/story/45706.html

The imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno arrived at a National Day of Prayer celebration Thursday morning with a heavy heart.

Seyed Ali Ghazvini, the imam, recently received news that a cousin, Mehdi Ghazvini, 24, was killed Saturday by a car bomb in Karbala, Iraq, about 60 miles south of Baghdad.

"I'm going to do pray for our nation and...

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GAPP Offers Opportunity to be Open about Religion

May 4, 2007

Source: Cincinnati.com

http://news.communitypress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070504/EDIT/705040337/1074/Local

When people start talking about what matters to them, they don't want to stop. This was certainly the situation for 80 people gathered at Mercer Elementary School on April 30 during a program called "Getting to Know Your Neighbor: Celebrating Religious Diversity in Our Community."

The program, presented by...

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Prayer Day in Akron is Divided

May 4, 2007

Author: Colette M. Jenkins and Carl Chancellor

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/living/religion/17177738.htm

Millions of Americans came together across the nation on Thursday to pray and echo the theme ``America, Unite in Prayer.''

But in Akron, the 56th annual observance of National Day of Prayer was divided -- a Christian-based event drew about 150 people to the steps of the Summit County Courthouse downtown...

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Imam Preaches Togetherness Among Faiths

May 3, 2007

Author: CHRIS ENGLISH

Source: Bucks County Courier News

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-05012007-1339187.html

He came bearing vitamins and baby formula for needy Iraqi civilians, but a Philadelphia imam also brought a message of religious tolerance and healing amid the continued turmoil wrought by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"My holy Bible and my holy Quran are side by side on the table at my house,...

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Different Faiths Build on Common Concerns

May 3, 2007

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0503/p13s02-lire.htm

After a quick buffet lunch, the Saturday afternoon crew in hard hats pauses for prayer, offered on this shift by Mike Hill, a Unitarian. The diverse group then heads off, hammers in hand, to their common task: framing a brand new Habitat for Humanity house for Ara Jane Halsey and her son, Nicholas.

This is the fifth year that the...

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Muslim Woman to Lead Day of Prayer Breakfast

May 3, 2007

Author: Sam Hodges

Source: WFAA.com

http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/050307dnmetdayofprayer.2eaef8ef.html

For the first time, a Muslim woman is the keynote speaker for the interfaith National Day of Prayer breakfast put on by Thanks-Giving Square.

Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, will address the annual gathering. The...

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Iranian President Says Wounds Still Deep From Pope's Remarks on Islam

May 3, 2007

Source: Hindu Press International

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/05/05/europe/EU-GEN-Vatican-Iran.php

VATICAN CITY: Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami met with Pope Benedict XVI for talks the Vatican hoped would help heal tensions left from the pope's remarks on Islam and violence, but the Iranian said the wounds were still very deep.

Khatami, a reformist in power from 1997 to 2005,...

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President Bush Marks National Day of Prayer

May 3, 2007

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: Pew Forum

Wire Service: RNS

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=R13381

President Bush hosted an interfaith observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday (May 3), citing several reasons why he believes Americans are drawn to prayer.

"We're a prayerful nation," the president said in remarks in the East Room of the White House. "I believe that makes us a strong...

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