Interfaith

Kofi Annan Announces New UN Initiative: "Alliance of Civilizations"

July 14, 2005

Source: UN Press Release

http://www.un.org/apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=1581

On July 14, 2005 a UN press release reported, "The Secretary-General is pleased to announce the launch of an initiative for an 'Alliance of Civilizations.' The initiative is intended to respond to the need for a committed effort by the international community -- both at the institutional and civil society levels -- to bridge divides and overcome prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions, and polarization...

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In Hingham, a Pro-Active Approach to Tolerance

July 14, 2005

Source: The Hingham Journal

http://www2.townonline.com/hingham/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=286974

On July 14, 2005 The Hingham Journal reported, "Hingham was one of the first towns to sign on as a 'No Place for Hate' community in 2001. The town was recertified as such in May as part of a growing effort to build more respectful and safe communities. The 'No Place for Hate' effort creates a level of awareness for the community that...

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Study Shows Jewish Identity Still Strong Among Children of Interfaith Families

July 12, 2005

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/598766.html

On July 12, 2005 Haaretz reported, "Advocates of outreach to interfaith couples are touting a new survey, which they say upends previous arguments against efforts to reach out to the children of mixed marriages. The survey, released recently by the Jewish Outreach Institute, found that young adult children of intermarried couples maintained strong cultural ties to the Jewish community, despite low levels of...

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Questions Raised about Dharma Consulting's Contract with the Orange County Sanitation District

July 12, 2005

Source: The Orange County Register

http://www.ocregister.com/ocr/2005/07/12/sections/news/news/article_593810.php

On July 12, 2005 The Orange County Register reported, "Orange County's sewer agency is seeking its 'corporate soul' - with the help of a leadership guru who's paid $180,000 a year. Dharma Consulting, known for bringing a spiritual dimension to business, has been working with the Orange County Sanitation District for several years...

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After London Bombings, Interfaith Dialogue Held in Church Partially Destroyed by Terrorists in 1993

July 12, 2005

Source: Christian Today

http://www.christiantoday.com/news/society/interfaith.dialogue.to.be.held.in.bombed.church.after.london.attacks/381.htm

On July 12, 2005 Christian Today reported, "Members of the Christian community will meet on Tuesday night with members of other faiths in an historic Anglican church in Bishopsgate for a discussion to find a suitable response to the recent bomb attacks in London...

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Growing Influence of Evangelicals in the Air Force Chaplaincy

July 12, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00715FE38590C718DDDAE0894DD404482

On July 12, 2005 The New York Times reported, "Evangelical Christians are growing force in Air Force chaplain corps, illustrated by recent government-financed 'Spiritual Fitness Conference' at which hundreds of chaplains held evangelical services and workshops and scanned material from organizations like Focus on the Family; photos;...

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At First Christian Church, Regular Interfaith Service a "Model for Humanity"

July 12, 2005

Source: Oregon Daily Emerald

http://www.dailyemerald.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/07/12/42d3fd2f6bccf

On July 12, 2005 the Oregon Daily Emerald reported, "First Christian Church held its 46th consecutive interfaith prayer and reflection service Monday. Nearly 200 community members met this month to 'pray for peace' and 'reflect upon the interconnectedness of all beings,' according to a First Christian Church pamphlet.

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In Wake of Attacks, Interfaith Group Offers Guidelines for Faiths to Respond Jointly

July 11, 2005

Source: InterFaith Network for the United Kingdom Press Release

http://www.interfaith.co.uk/news110705.htm

On July 11, 2005 an InterFaith Network for the United Kingdom Press Release reported, "The Inter Faith Network for the UK has, this weekend, issued the document, 'Looking After One Another: The Safety and Security of our Faith Communities'... Looking After One Another offers guidelines for faith communities to respond jointly to threats to their safety and security, [...

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ACLU, Muslim, and Interfaith Groups Urge Courts to Allow Multiple Religious Texts for Oaths

July 11, 2005

Source: ACLU

http://www.aclu.org/ReligiousLiberty/ReligiousLiberty.cfm?ID=18762&c=141

On July 11, 2005 an ACLU Press Report stated, "The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina today accused the Administrative Office of Courts of dragging its feet on an important issue of religious freedom and called upon the rule-making body to adopt a policy allowing the use of the Qur’an and other religious texts for the swearing of oaths in court...

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In Santa Clara, Mosque Provides Forum for "Difficult Questions"

July 11, 2005

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/the_valley/12104446.htm

On July 11, 2005 The Mercury News reported, "An effort to educate the public about the Muslim faith gained a new urgency Sunday in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in London. The Bay Area's largest mosque held a two-hour open house Sunday, distributing free copies of the Koran for the first time...

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Opinion: U.S. Armed Forces Should Defend the Separation of Church and State

July 11, 2005

Source: Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/observer/news/opinion/12103364.htm

On July 11, 2005 the Charlotte Observer reported, "As they defend the nation, the U.S. armed forces should also protect the separation between church and state. Several military leaders have lately been using their positions of authority to promote a specific religious point of view. This threatens the very idea of religious freedom. The latest case involves the Air...

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Editorial: Adoption of Philippine Dialgoue Model by UN Shows Commitment to Interfaith Peace Work

July 11, 2005

Source: The Manila Bulletin

http://www.mb.com.ph/OPED2005071139197.html

On July 11, 2005 The Manila Bulletin ran an editorial that commented, "If religious intolerance has initiated conflict throughout history, interfaith dialogue is today serving as a foundation on which to ease tensions and promote peaceful co-existence, even in areas plagued by conflict. This has presented the Philippines with the great opportunity to promote interfaith discussions, an initiative using...

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Des Moines Mosque Hosts Open House in Wake of London Attacks

July 10, 2005

Source: The Des Moines Register

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050710/LIFE05/507100333/1039/LIFE

On July 10, 2005 The Des Moines Register reported, "Last week, while preparing for Saturday's open house at the Islamic Center of Des Moines, one of the Muslim organizers received a disturbing phone call. 'Tell me, when are you going to blow up another bus?' asked the male caller, making an apparent...

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