Interfaith

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution Promoting Religious and Cultural Understanding

December 16, 2004

Source: Dawn

http://www.dawn.com/2004/12/17/top7.htm

On December 16, 2004 Dawn reported, "The UN General Assembly adopted on Wednesday a Pakistan-sponsored resolution entitled 'Promotion of Religious and Cultural Understanding, Harmony and Cooperation' by consensus. Twenty other countries, including Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cape Verde, China, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Timor Leste, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo...

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USDA Awards $1 Million to Faith Based Organizations

December 15, 2004

Source: Worcester Telegram

Wire Service: AP

http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20041215/APN/412150852

On December 15, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "the Department of Agriculture on Wednesday awarded $1 million in grants to eight faith- and community-based organizations for food stamp programs. USDA Secretary Ann Veneman said the grants, to test outreach strategies to underserved individuals and...

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New Interfaith Group in MA Builds Relationships

December 12, 2004

Source: The Metro West Daily News

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=85081

On December 12, 2004 The Metro West Daily News reported, "they're Congregationalists, Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Unitarians and Episcopalians. Some are city dwellers turned suburbanites. Others are immigrants new to America. Many are novice community organizers. All live in MetroWest and believe their spiritual calling has the power to inspire...

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Balkan Leaders Agree Dialogue Only Way to Prevent Return of Ethnic Violence

December 10, 2004

Source: The State

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/10386076.htm

On December 10, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "Balkan leaders on Friday agreed that strengthening regional dialogue was the only way to prevent the return of ethnic violence that wracked the region in the 1990s. Closing a two-day summit on ethnic and religious tolerance, the presidents of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria,...

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Interfaith Meeting Urges All Religions to Work Against Terrorism

December 6, 2004

Source: Voice of America

http://www.voanews.com/english/2004-12-06-voa23.cfm

On December 6, 2004 Voice of America reported, "Religious leaders from around Southeast Asia and Australia are urging greater efforts to promote tolerance and understanding. They met in Indonesia to build inter-religious bridges to reduce the threat posed by extremists. The one-day meeting includes religious leaders from 11 countries from Southeast Asia, with Australia and New Zealand... The...

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Interfaith Conference to Promote Moderation and Counter Extremism

December 5, 2004

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2004-12/05/article04.shtml

On December 5, 2004 IslamOnline.net reported, "Religious leaders from Asia and the Pacific will meet in Indonesia on Monday, December 5, to promote moderation and counter extremism. The two-day meeting -- the International Dialogue on Interfaith Cooperation -- is being co-hosted by Australia and Indonesia in tandem with the Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s...

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Commentary on Debate Over Religious Holiday Decorations

December 5, 2004

Source: Daily News Transcript

http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=46369

On December 5, 2004 Daily News Transcript reported, "the formerly innocent act of decorating the town square has inspired a new tradition of argument and litigation. In Norwood [MA], they've been fighting for years over a nativity scene that has long been placed in front of an elementary school. It won't be there this year both the law and common...

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High-Ranking Interfaith Dialogue Takes Place in Manhattan

December 3, 2004

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=10196

On December 3, 2004 The Jewish Week reported, "in medieval times in the Middle East, translators in synagogues would render the reading of the weekly Torah portion from Hebrew into the vernacular Arabic or Aramaic. Something similar took place in Manhattan this week. As Burton Visotzky, professor of midrash at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, read the biblical...

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ACLU and CAIR Host Forum in FL on Treatment of Immigrants

December 2, 2004

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGBZFLPI82E.html

On December 2, 2004 The Tampa Tribune reported, "federal antiterrorism legislation and the backlash against the Arab community is driving the undocumented population away from the mainstream, according to immigration and civil rights advocates. Dalia Hashad, the American Civil Liberties Union's national advocate for Arabs, Muslims and South Asians, recounted anecdotes of Arab and Muslim...

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Faiths Come Together to Fight AIDS Epidemic

December 1, 2004

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=26501

On December 1, 2004 Inter Press Service News Agency reported, "Fear of a rapidly spreading HIV/AIDS epidemic in India has resulted in a rare coming together of the country's several religious faiths that are known to have a tremendous influence on their respective flocks. Much of the credit for the new initiative must go to Bishop Pradeep Samantaroy, chairperson of the Synodical Board...

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U.S. Embassy to Holy See Sponsoring Conference on Religious Freedom

December 1, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=62889

On December 1, 2004 Zenit reported, "This Friday the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is sponsoring a conference on 'Religious Freedom: The Cornerstone of Human Dignity.' U.S. Ambassador Jim Nicholson spoke with ZENIT about the event and its context. [When asked,] 'Where did the idea for this conference come from and what are its aims?' [Nicholson said,] President Bush has said that religious liberty...

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Struggles of an Interfaith Organization in Nebraska

November 28, 2004

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2004/12/01/local/doc41ad60b2b0920792182008.txt

On November 28, 2004 Lincoln Journal Star reported, "the Lincoln Interfaith Council is in a process of redefining itself and needs more support from the Lincoln community. That was the message from its outgoing president, the Rev. Jay Vetter, at the council's annual meeting on Tuesday evening. The approximately 60 people in...

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Archbishop Urges Continuance of Interreligious Dialogue in Catholic Education

November 27, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=62652

On November 27, 2004 Zenit reported, "Archbishop Michael Miller, secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, delivered an address last month on the Second Vatican Council declaration 'Nostra Aetate' at the Lay Center at Foyer Unitas. Below is an excerpt...'I would submit to you that the world of Catholic education has taken more than the first steps in 'receiving' the call for...

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