Interfaith

Sikhs Help Enforce Ceasefire in Lebanon

August 29, 2006

Source: Sikh Sangat

http://www.sikhsangat.org/publish/printer_1308.shtml

On August 29, 2006 the Sikh Sangat reported, "The men of the 28-year-old United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) continue observing, patrolling, and delivering humanitarian assistance in south Lebanon while they wait for reinforcements to help enforce a ceasefire between Israel and the Hezbollah Shiite militia... About 650 soldiers from India's 4th Battalion, Sikh Regiment, along with a...

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Editorial: "Malaysia's Racial Politics"

August 29, 2006

Source: International Herald Tribune

http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/08/29/opinion/edbowring.php

On August 29, 2006 the International Herald Tribune ran an editorial by Philip Bowring. "Malaysia's identification of the Malay race with the Muslim religion is exacerbating strains within Malaysian society - between Malays and non- Malays and within the Malay community - as both Malay and Muslim identities compete for the majority's political attention......

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After Vandalism at La Mirada Mosque, an Interfaith Call for Unity

August 28, 2006

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

http://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_4207793

On August 28, 2006 San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported, "Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders called for unity and tolerance Friday at a mosque hit twice this week by vandalism.

'If you don't have unity, there is nothing,' Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark of Temple Beth Ohr in La Mirada said at a news conference at the Muslim Community Services Inc. mosque in La Mirada. The conference was...

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Fijian Police Force Reflects Religious Diversity of Nation

August 28, 2006

Source: Fiji Times

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=47342

On August 28, 2006 the Fiji Times reported, "Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes believes the strength of the [Fijian police] force lays in its cultural and religious diversity. He made the comment when he launched the 16th Police Rama-yan Sammelan in Ba yesterday. Mr Hughes said when he joined the force three years ago, he... immediately realised that the force had officers from a diverse range of cultural and...

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Op/ed: "From Many Faiths Grows Greater Understanding"

August 27, 2006

Source: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2006/08/27/editorial/special2.html

On August 27, 2006 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin published an opinion piece by Saleem Ahmed, a Muslim, and president of the All Believers Network, and by Joan Chatfield, a Christian, board chairwoman of the Network, "The continuing death and destruction in the Middle East reflect the limitless extent to which individuals and political entities will go to defend their faith as...

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World Council on Religions for Peace's Conference in Kyoto Draws Over 2,000 Religious Leaders to Discuss Peace

August 27, 2006

Source: Daily Yomiuri

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20060827TDY01006.htm

On August 27, 2006 the Daily Yomiuri reported, "An international conference on religion opened in Kyoto on Saturday, attended by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and about 500 religious leaders from around the world. About 2,000 people from around 100 countries gathered at Kyoto International Conference Hall in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, for the...

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Muslims, Christians, and Jews Gather to Pray for Peace in the Middle East

August 25, 2006

Source: The Tidings

http://www.the-tidings.com/2006/0825/mideast.htm

On August 25, 2006 The Tidings reported, "'How can the Holy Land be filled with peace when the nations and we, ourselves, have not been fully converted to peace?' asked Deacon Eric Stoltz at the opening of an Aug. 17 prayer service that brought together Jewish, Christian and Muslim worshippers to express a common hope for peace in the Mideast. Sponsored by the Wilshire Center Interfaith Council, the...

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As UK Commission on Integration and Cohesion is Launched, Secretary Describes Need to Tackle Tensions

August 24, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/5280230.stm?ls

On August 24, 2006 BBC News reported, "Tensions between people of different ethnic groups and faiths in British society must be tackled, says Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly. As she launched a Commission on Integration and Cohesion, she urged a 'new and honest' debate on diversity. The body, which will start work next month, will look at how communities in England tackle tensions and...

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A Growing Gulf Between Muslims and Jews in Seattle

August 23, 2006

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/faithvalues/2003218849_jewishmuslim22m.html

On August 23, 2006 The Seattle Times reported, "In the days immediately following the recent shootings at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, there was much talk of interfaith unity. Local Muslim leaders condemned the acts of a man who barged into the federation offices and, according to witnesses, announced himself as a Muslim...

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To Fight AIDS, Interfaith Collaboration Needed

August 22, 2006

Source: Zenit News Agency

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=93626

On August 22, 2006 the Zenit News Agency reported, "A 'road map' for interfaith collaboration is necessary to address the AIDS pandemic, says an adviser to Caritas Internationalis. People of faith can no longer allow themselves the luxury of segmented and separated responses to AIDS, said Father Robert Vitillo during an interreligious conference on the topic, held Aug. 12. The...

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Ustad Bismillah Khan, "A Symbol of India's Religious Pluralism," Passes Away

August 21, 2006

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5270968.stm?ls

On August 21, 2006 BBC News reported, "Ustad Bismillah Khan was one of India's most prolific musicians, gaining worldwide acclaim for playing the shehnai for more than eight decades. He was credited with helping the shehnai - a type of wind instrument - attain a higher status in Indian classical music and taking it to a world stage. It had earlier considered to be an accompanying instrument. In...

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Islamic Scholar and Leader Walks an Interfaith Path and Embraces a Pluralistic Austin

August 20, 2006

Source: Austin American-Stateman

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/08/20razi.html

On August 20, 2006 Austin American-Stateman reported, "The man with the white turban and black robe strides toward the south entrance of the Texas Capitol. He is a stranger, unknown to the dozens of religious leaders assembled on this hot afternoon. As he takes his place on the steps, one of the organizers smiles. Earlier that day, she had...

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Poway Interfaith Council Working to Increase Understanding

August 20, 2006

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/08/21/news/inland/82006203506.txt

On August 20, 2006 the North County Times reported, "Although still in its infancy, the Poway Interfaith Council is taking big steps forward, and Sunday marked the celebratory end of its first project: Interfaith Summer Nights, where over the course of seven weekly seminars, each of the group's member religions taught the others what their belief systems...

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Conflict in Middle East Strains Interfaith Relations in Kansas City

August 19, 2006

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/living/religion/15307091.htm

On August 19, 2006 The Kansas City Star reported, "In the best of times, Mahnaz Shabbir and Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz reach across cultural and religious barriers. But the conflict in the Mideast has strained local interfaith relations between people who ordinarily try to bridge the gap between their respective faiths, Islam and Judaism. The divide...

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