Interfaith

Vatican Considers Establishing a "Trialogue" to Include Muslims

January 27, 2006

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/3617171.html

On January 27, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "The Vatican is exploring whether to expand its Catholic-Jewish dialogue to include Muslims, although talks are at a very initial stage, a Vatican official said Friday. Monsignor Michael Fitzgerald, who heads the Vatican's office for interreligious dialogue, made the comments after...

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Interfaith Rally Condemns Hate Crime Against North Austin Mosque

January 27, 2006

Source: kvue.com

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/stories/012706kvueinterfaithrally-cb.441f183e.html

On January 27, 2006 kvue.com reported, "In a show of solidarity, members of various religious groups gathered at an Islamic center in Northwest Austin Thursday night to condemn the actions of those who vandalized the property last weekend. Many who saw the defacement say it was a hate crime. The rally was organized by Austin-area inter-...

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Wiccan-Owned Coffee Shop is Successful in Lincolnton

January 27, 2006

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/local/states/north_carolina/counties/gaston/13723186.htm

On January 27, 2006 The Charlotte Observer reported, "There's a fair number of [witches] in Gaston and Lincoln counties, Kym Miller said this week... in her Witches' Brew Cafe on the courthouse square in Lincolnton. She should know. She's a witch herself. (A cafe sign reads: 'Yes, I'm a witch...

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Sikhs Participate in Meeting of National Religious Leaders

January 26, 2006

Source: World Sikh Council

http://www.worldsikhcouncil.org/

On January 26, 2006 a World Sikh Council Press Release reported, "The World Sikh Council – America Region (WSC-AR) participated in the first National Gathering of Religious Leaders held January 23 – 25, 2006 in Chicago. The meeting was organized by Religions for Peace (RFP) – USA for the primary purpose of bringing together senior leaders representing national religious organizations to build relationships...

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Hawaiian Legislature United in Diverse Prayers

January 26, 2006

Source: Star Bulletin

http://starbulletin.com/2002/01/26/features/story1.html

On January 26, 2006 the Star Bulletin reported, "Members of the state house of representatives [in Hawaii] heard an opening-session speaker urge that they 'not be tempted by the lust for power or personal gain.' Leimomi Mookini Lum also called for their 'will to persevere against the onslaught of special-interest groups'... Those words didn't come in testimony from critics or lobbyists,...

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House Rejects Legislation for Disclosure of Religious Funds

January 26, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/01/26/house_rejects_disclosure_of_religious_funds/

On January 26, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "The Massachusetts House yesterday overwhelmingly defeated legislation that would have required religious organizations to file annual financial reports with the state, dealing a major blow to lawmakers who had said they wanted to make churches and other...

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A Hindu and Muslim Reflect on Living in a Majority Christian Country

January 25, 2006

Source: FortWayne.com/Knight Ridder Newspapers

http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/living/13707143.htm

On January 25, 2006 Knight Ridder Newspapers ran a feature article on non-Christians living in a predominantly Christian country. A Hindu (Arvind Khetia) and a Muslim (Rushdy El-Ghussein) both express their opinions. "Arvind Khetia, engineer and a Hindu [states,] 'People from all over the world come to America for freedom and opportunity... The...

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Town Councils Debate Public Prayer After Great Falls Ruling

January 23, 2006

Source: WCNC.com

http://www.wcnc.com/news/topstories/stories/wcnc-ad-1_23_06-prayer.3144c8ab.html

On January 23, 2006 WCNC.com reported, "The York County Council will discuss the issue of referring to God in prayers at the start of public meetings. This comes months after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a case involving prayer at public meetings and the battle over keeping those prayers continues. Ironically, Monday night...

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National Call-In Day Urges Repair of the Patriot Act

January 23, 2006

Source: Yahoo! News/Bill of Rights Defense Committee

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060123/nym134.html

On January 23, 2006 a Bill of Rights Defense Committee Press Release reported, "Tens of thousands of Americans will phone their members of Congress on Wednesday, January 25, to urge them to repair the USA PATRIOT Act. The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC) organized the National Call-In Day in response to a draft PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill that its network of...

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On Common Ground: Neighboring Mosque, Synagogue Reach out to Close Cultural Gap

January 22, 2006

Author: Missy Ryan

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/01/22/on_common_ground/?p1=email_to_a_friend

A mosque and a synagogue that stand just a few hundred feet apart on a wooded Wayland road might seem like unusual -- and potentially uneasy -- neighbors.

But worshippers at the Islamic Center of Boston mosque and Temple Shir Tikva on...

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Archbishop Hosts Opening of Christian-Muslim Forum

January 21, 2006

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

http://www.irna.ir/en/news/view/line-20/0601212132153202.htm

On January 21, 2006 the Islamic Republic News Agency reported, "The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is to host the inaugural meeting and formal launch of the Christian Muslim Forum next Tuesday, his office at Lambeth Palace in London has announced. The spiritual leader of the Church of England is to address the first meeting of the new interfaith group,...

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Military Chaplains Controversy Continues

January 20, 2006

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week921/feature.html

On January 20, 2006 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly ran a feature article on chaplains in the U.S. Military. Deborah Potter reports, "At Dallas Theological Seminary, it's recruiting day... Students at this evangelical Protestant seminary are prime targets for groups like the National Association of Evangelicals that endorse, or recommend, future military...

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