Interfaith

Multiracial Young Singaporeans off to Punjab to Help Under-Privileged Children

December 6, 2006

Source: Channel New Asia

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/245663/1/.html

SINGAPORE: A multiracial group of young Singaporeans has found a useful way to spend the school holidays.

The 19-member group will be heading to Punjab in North India to help the needy children there.

Young Singaporeans from the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Sikh community make up the team.

They will be lending hands to...

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New Australian Program to Fund Helping New Arrivals Adjust

December 5, 2006

Source: workpermit.com Immigration Newsletter

http://www.workpermit.com/news/2006_12_05/australia/living_in_harmony_program.htm

The Federal Government will pump AUD $1.5 million into projects designed to help refugees and immigrants adjust to life in Australia.

The "Living in Harmony" program funding will help 43 community groups, schools and local governments to develop initiatives to address intolerance at a local level, said Andrew...

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Muslim-American Group Targets Radio Host Over Koran Oath Comments

December 5, 2006

Source: Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,234237,00.html

WASHINGTON -- A Muslim-American advocacy group has called on radio talk show host Dennis Prager to be removed from the governing board of the federally funded U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum after Prager last week blasted a representative-elect for planning to use the Koran at his swearing-in next month.

Prager, who is Jewish, slammed Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison...

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Feds Look to Land Foreign Preachers

December 5, 2006

Author: TOM GODFREY

Source: Toronto Sun

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/12/05/pf-2637825.html

TORONTO -- Federal immigration officials are working to fast track foreign religious leaders into Canada as landed immigrants after being pressured by ethnic communities nationwide.

Immigration Minister Monte Solberg is studying ways of granting priests and monks permanent resident status since many arrive as visitors to work in...

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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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