Interfaith

UK City Council Bans Holocaust Memorial Under Muslim Pressure

January 27, 2007

Source: Jewish Telegraph/Judeoscope

http://www.judeoscope.ca/breve.php3?id_breve=3122

In a move widely seen to be bowing to Muslim pressure, Bolton Council has scrapped its Holocaust Memorial Day event.

The council is to replace it with a Genocide Memorial Day in June. This is in line with the policy of the Muslim Council of Britain, which continues to boycott HMD and is asking for a Genocide Day, which will also mark "the ongoing genocide and human rights abuses of...

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Nobel Winner Assails Religious Intolerance in L.A. Visit

January 27, 2007

Author: K. Connie Kang

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-beliefs27jan27,1,7525410.story?coll=la-news-religion&ctrack=1&cset=true

Religion, Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka says, is the 21st century's defining issue — just as W.E.B. Du Bois predicted race would be for the 20th century.

On one level, he says, spiritual practices can...

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Interfaith Group Picks Up Steam

January 26, 2007

Author: Gloria LaBounty

Source: The Sun Chronicle

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2007/01/26/news/news9.txt

The second interfaith gathering in the city has sparked the start of regular dialogue among representatives of various religious groups.

A noontime meeting Thursday at LaSalette Shrine drew 17 people from traditions that included Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Catholic, Protestant, evangelical Christian and Native...

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"Praying to the Buddha: Living amid Religious Pluralism," a Commentary by Peter C. Phan

January 26, 2007

Author: Peter C. Phan

Source: Commonweal Magazine

http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/article.php3?id_article=1828

In 2000, twenty-five members of my family returned to Vietnam, many for the first time since leaving the country as refugees a quarter of a century earlier. Our nostalgic tour included a visit to the buildings of the Catholic high school where I used to teach. That visit was disappointing because the school had been seized years...

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Sabbath Event Promotes Diversity, Peace

January 26, 2007

Author: David Crumm

Source: Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070126/NEWS03/701260421/1001/BUSINESS05

In a year of heightened religious tensions across metro Detroit, the area's premiere interfaith worship festival continues to expand.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, more than 600 people from a dozen faiths are expected to pack Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills for the...

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Christians, Jews Join Muslims

January 26, 2007

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007701260382

DETROIT -- In a striking display of determination to stand against hatred and bigotry, about 30 leaders of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities in Metro Detroit gathered Thursday to say that vandalism and other incidents at four mosques in the past month are attacks not only against Islam, but against all faiths.

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Parents Want Policy on Religious Expression Enforced Uniformly

January 25, 2007

Author: Rose Ann Pearce

Source: The Morning News

http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2007/01/25/news/012607fzschoolboard.txt

FAYETTEVILLE -- If a Hindu mural can be displayed at Fayetteville High School, students at McNair Middle School ought to be allowed to display their art work if it contains symbols of Christianity, such as a cross.

That was the message Thursday to the Fayetteville School Board from a group of...

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Council's Mission Welcomes All

January 24, 2007

Author: Vern Barnet

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/living/religion/16527094.htm

At a retreat last weekend, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council took another step toward its goal of making Kansas City the most welcoming place on the planet for people of all faiths.

“We’re serious about this,” said retiring council convener David E. Nelson, a Lutheran. “...

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Professor Examines Religion in the South

January 23, 2007

Author: HEATHER SANDERS

Source: The Appalachian

http://theapp.appstate.edu/content/view/1861/1/

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion awarded a $15,000 grant to an Appalachian State University professor to study how religion influences students in an academic setting.

“We want to think about how Christianity influences our classrooms,” philosophy and religion professor Dr. Sandra Gravett, who received...

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Q&A with Diana Eck: A Look at Charlotte's Diverse Religious Scene

January 23, 2007

Author: Tim Funk

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/living/16501833.htm

As director of Harvard University's Pluralism Project, Diana Eck is the leading authority on America's changing religious landscape. She'll be in Charlotte next week in connection with "Families of Abraham," a photo exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South that spotlights local Jewish, Christian and Muslim families. Eck, author of "A...

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