Interfaith

Livermore Hindu Temple Invites Community to Celebration of Krishna's Birth

August 23, 2005

Source: The Mercury News / Contra Costa Times

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/breaking_news/12455889.htm

On August 23, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "Prabha Duneja [author, lecturer and organizer of this event] describes Livermore's Shiva-Vishnu Temple as one of the largest religious organizations in Northern California. Even though it doesn't have members as such, she estimates 20,000 Hindus from all over the East Bay are...

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Pope Benedict XVI Meets with Muslim Leaders in Cologne

August 20, 2005

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4168042.stm

On August 20, 2005 BBC News reported, "Pope Benedict XVI has appealed to Muslims to help combat the 'cruel fanaticism' of terrorism. At a meeting with Germany's Muslim leaders in Cologne, the pontiff said Islamic teachers had a 'great responsibility' to educate the young... The meeting with some 30 Muslim leaders follows the Pope's earlier pledge to build 'bridges of friendship' with other faiths. He urged...

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Interfaith Dialogue Held in Delhi

August 15, 2005

Source: Hindu Press International / Cihan News Agency

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2005/8/16.shtml#3

On August 15, 2005 the Cihan News Agency reported, "A symposium titled, 'Peace, tolerance and harmony among world religions,' was held in New Delhi Sunday by the 'Inter Faith Harmony Platform,' which was established by Indian Muslims. Many representatives from different religions participated in the symposium that was held for the first time in India. Indian deputy...

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Chicago Police Department Diversity Videos Educate Officers on Non-Christian Faiths (2005)

After the terror attacks of 9/11 there was an alarming number of incidents of violence across the United States against people who were perceived to be Muslim. In Chicago, Police Chief Terry Hillard held a multi-cultural forum to hear feedback from people of all religions on post-9/11 backlash. At these forums he learned that his officers were often ignorant about non-Christian faiths and were sometimes rude to people from these communities. Using a grant from the Justice Department and guidance from lay leaders and clergy in each religious community, the police department created a series...

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Conservative Christians Blast Supreme Court at Justice Sunday II

August 15, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/172/story_17280_1.html

On August 15, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "Conservative religious and political leaders on Sunday dismissed charges that they are trying to legislate their religious beliefs, arguing instead God commands them to speak out against a Supreme Court that they say is at odds with most Americans' morals. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas...

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Hobby Airport Opens Interfaith Chapel

August 10, 2005

Source: KHOU.com

http://www.khou.com/news/local/stories/khou050810_gj_hobbychapel.5db7f278.html

On August 10, 2005 KHOU.com reported, "Area ministers and religious leaders were at Hobby Airport Wednesday morning for the unveiling of a new Interfaith Chapel. Worshippers of all faiths now have a place to pray at Hobby airport [in Houston, Texas]. 'We know a large number of people wanted a quiet and dignified place to meditate and pray at Hobby...

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British Government May Take Control of Muslim Schools

August 9, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/172/story_17252_1.html

On August 9, 2005 the Religion News Service reported, "To help combat terrorism, the British government is proposing an enormous expansion of the number of Muslim schools within its state sector, a London newspaper has reported. The Sunday Telegraph report says that the government is thinking of creating up to 150 Muslim schools within the state...

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Interfaith Activists Lament Islamic Council’s Fatwas Against Pluralism in Indonesia

August 6, 2005

Source: Micrificia.net

http://mirifica.net/wmview.php?ArtID=2007

On August 6, 2005 Micrificia.net reported, "Muslim and non-Muslim advocates of interfaith dialogue have expressed concern about a state-sanctioned Islamic council declaring that liberalism, secularism, pluralism and interfaith prayers are forbidden. On July 28, Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI, Indonesian Ulama Council) issued 11 fatwa (religious edicts) during its four-day national congress. About 300 ulama (religious...

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Butchers Close Shop Voluntarily for Jain Holy Week

August 3, 2005

Source: The Indian Express

http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=75568

On August 3, 2005 The Indian Express reported, "They have won the legal battle to keep meat shops open during the eight-day Jain holy period of Paryushan, but for the sake of communal harmony, butchers in the city have decided to down shutters during that period... The Qureshi Jamaat, an organisation of traditional butchers and slaughterers, has appealed to meat shop...

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Muslims and Christians Work to Ease Suffering, Hunger

August 2, 2005

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/24hour/religion/story/2602194p-11055022c.html

On August 2, 2005 The Sacramento Bee reported, "Behind the high, brown wall of a clinic run by a Muslim charity, nurses care for hundreds of hungry children. Down the road 150 yards, members of a Christian congregation discuss how to stretch funds collected at Sunday services to help more of the poorest in drought-stricken, overwhelmingly Muslim Niger. 'There...

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Indonesia’s Islamic Authorities Issue Fatwas Against Pluralism

August 2, 2005

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1541091,00.html

On August 2, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Indonesia's reputation as a bastion of moderate, tolerant Islam has been cast in doubt after the nation's ulemas council (MUI) issued 11 fatwas banning liberal Islamic thought, religious pluralism, inter-faith marriage, inter-faith prayers led by non-Muslims and women leading prayers attended by men. At its...

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Kanwaria Festival Offers Opportunity for Harmony Between Hindus and Muslims

August 1, 2005

Source: Kerala Next

http://www.keralanext.com/news/?id=301570

On August 1, 2005 Kerala Next reported, "The ongoing Kanwaria festival in Gangotri and Haridwar in Uttranchal state showcases communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims at its best. This atmosphere of brotherhood and communal bonhomie is most visible in wooden 'Kanwars' (frame or batons used to carry pots containing water), most of which are manufactured by Muslims. The holy water is carried in earthen pots that hang...

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Interfaith Weddings in North Jersey Create Blended Cultural Ceremonies

July 31, 2005

Source: Times Leader / The Record

http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/living/12268601.htm

On July 31, 2005 The Record reported, "In multicultural regions, such as North Jersey, wedding customs often go way beyond something-borrowed, something-blue Americana. Many couples instead pay homage to ancient traditions or forge a unique ceremony to avoid a culture clash between families. 'Ceremonies are becoming more personalized, less cookie-cutter,' said...

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