Interfaith

Presbyterians, Jews Seek to Mend Fences after Investment Split

December 5, 2006

Author: Peter Smith

Source: The Courier-Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061205/NEWS01/612050344

Several top Presbyterian and Jewish leaders have pledged to work more closely together to avoid a repeat of the recent bitter fight over whether the church would pull some investments from Israel.

"We affirm that peace for Israel and the Palestinians should be built on the...

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Race-Hate Crimes Rise 28 Percent

December 4, 2006

Source: ITN News

http://www.itn.co.uk/news/britain_be4c0e8fe9babe292c1832389709d91f.html

The number of people charged with race crimes soared by 28 per cent last year, Crown Prosecution Service figures show.

There were a total of 7,430 cases and of those 6,123 defendants were actually taken to court.

Data also showed religiously-aggravated cases rose by 26.5 per cent although actual numbers of cases remained very small with 43...

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Three Faiths Share Adjoining Sites in Istanbul Neighborhood

December 4, 2006

Author: Miguel Angel Rivera

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-12-04-voa44.cfm

ne of the themes of Pope Benedict's visit to Turkey last week was to strengthen the bonds between the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Christians. But he also began his pilgrimage by expressing sympathy for the pressures felt by religious minorities within the Muslim world.

And he is expected to sharpen his calls for what the...

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Islamic Group Awards Rabbi for Bridging Faiths

December 4, 2006

Author: Jennifer Barrios

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limusl045002044dec04,0,7252702.story

A Long Island Islamic group gave its community-service award to a Great Neck rabbi who was vocal this election season against a congressman who denounced the group as "radical Islam."

Rabbi Jerome Davidson of Temple Beth El received the third annual award from the Islamic Center of...

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At Bosses’ Invitation, Chaplains Come Into Workplace and Onto Payroll

December 4, 2006

Author: Neela Banerjee

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/04/business/04chaplain.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- At the Tyson poultry plant here, Fred L. Mason Jr. hangs live chickens by their feet before they move down a belt toward slaughter. A few months ago, Mr. Mason told his boss that he had a drug problem.

People urged him to see the plant’s chaplain, but he was skeptical...

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Community Holds Interfaith Thanksgiving Event

December 1, 2006

Author: Kelly AlHajal

Source: The Arab American News

http://www.arabamericannews.com/newsarticle.php?articleid=6903

Leaders, representatives, and children of various religious organizations from throughout Metro Detroit gathered on Thanksgiving Eve to give thanks and to cultivate friendships.

The 20th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration was held at University Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills, Mich.

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Education as Transformation: Religious Pluralism, Spirituality, and Higher Education

December 1, 2006

Source: BRC Newsletter

http://www.brc21.org/newsletters/n12-06.html

In September, as classes resumed in colleges and universities across the nation, an extraordinary event occurred in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Over eight hundred participants, including presidents, administrators, faculty, trustees, students, alumni, and religious life staff from 250 institutions of higher learning throughout the country gathered to explore:

The impact of religious diversity on institutions...

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Islamic, Catholic Schools Bridge Cultural Gap by Spending Day Learning about their Religions

December 1, 2006

Author: Jo Napolitano

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southsouthwest/chi-0612010157dec01,1,7550459.story

Thursday was a day of firsts in Burbank.

In a celebration called Harmony Day, students at Queen of Peace High School and Muslim students from the Universal School in nearby Bridgeview talked about the differences--and similarities--between Catholicism and Islam....

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Indonesia as facilitator in Muslim-Western relations

December 1, 2006

Author: Mohammad Yazid

Source: Peace Journalism

http://peacejournalism.com/ReadArticle.asp?ArticleID=12417

Jakarta – Muslim-Western relations have proven to be very fragile, particularly after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. Interfaith ties across the world have become increasingly turbulent. Some in the West view all Muslims as terrorists, and anti-West movements have cropped up in many predominantly Muslim countries.
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Pope Begins Turkish Mosque Visit

November 30, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6158811.stm

Pope Benedict XVI has visited one of Turkey's most famous mosques in what is being seen as an attempt to mend relations with the Muslim community.

During his tour of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the pontiff paused in silent prayer alongside senior Muslim clerics.

It marks only the second papal visit in history to a Muslim place of worship.

Earlier, the Pope visited the nearby Hagia Sophia...

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Pope Shifts Focus to Christian Rights

November 30, 2006

Author: Scott Rank and Stacy Meichtry

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/205/story_20503.html

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Pope Benedict XVI joined an Islamic cleric in prayers under the towering dome of Istanbul's most famous mosque Thursday in a powerful gesture seeking to transform his image among Muslims from adversary to peacemaker.

The pope's minute of prayer was carried out in...

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