Interfaith

Are Immigrant Religious Practices Cultural or Criminal?

May 24, 2004

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2004-05-24-courts-culture_x.htm

On May 24, 2004 USA Today reported, "Immigrants with roots in Africa, Asia and other non-Western cultures are winding up in America's courts after being charged with crimes for acts that would not be offenses in their home countries. In recent years, U.S. courts have been asked to decide the fates of defendants involved in animal sacrifices,...

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Together in Faith: Interfaith Conference Explores Homosexuality in Religion

May 24, 2004

Source: The Michigan Daily

http://www.michigandaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/05/24/40b18a3182e2f

On May 24, 2004 The Michigan Daily reported, "Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Kay Whitlock, a lesbian activist and author, likened the quote to the condition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in today’s society during her opening speech at this weekend’s 'Together in Faith...

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Manatee School Board Settles on School Prayers

May 23, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13394

On May 23, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "The Manatee County School Board has settled a federal lawsuit against its practice of saying Christian prayers before meetings. The agreement, which only one member voted against, mirrors guidelines the board set in August. It allows the board to open meetings with a nonsectarian invocation. A court must approve the...

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"Papa Married a Mormon": Play Explores Religious Intolerance in Utah

May 23, 2004

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2004/May/05232004/arts/168846.asp

On May 23, 2004 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "A play opening at LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University this week takes on Utah's 'elephant in the room' -- friction between members of Utah's dominant faith and their neighbors. 'Papa Married a Mormon' confirms what we already knew: religious tolerance -- and the lack of it -- have been issues in Utah for a long time. The play...

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Texas Officials Say Unitarian Church Not a Religious Organization

May 22, 2004

Source: The Tallahassee Democrat

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/living/religion/8726242.htm

On May 22, 2004 The Tallahassee Democrat reported, "Unitarian Universalists have for decades presided over births, marriages and memorials. The church operates in every state, with more than 5,000 members in Texas alone. But according to the office of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, a Texas Unitarian church isn't really a religious...

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Religious Pluralism Subject of Kennedy Lecture at Catholic Educational Institute

May 19, 2004

Source: Western People

http://www.westernpeople.ie/news/story.asp?j=19664

On May 19, 2004 Western People reported, "The inaugural annual Kennedy Lecture was given by Dr. Dermot Lane recently to an audience of over eighty people at The Newman Institute of Education in Ballina...In his lecture entitled Christian Faith in the Context of a Multi-Cultural World, Dr. Lane addressed one of the great challenges for the Christian Church in the 21st century...Having reviewed...

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Tolerance Center to Open in New York

May 19, 2004

Source: Architecture Press

http://architecture.press-world.com/v/62823.html

On May 19, 2004 Architecture Press reported, "The New York Tolerance Center (NYTC) is, first of all, a multimedia training facility for professionals--educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government workers. It is designed to inform these visitors through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, about issues of prejudice, diversity, and cooperation in the workplace and...

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Editorial: Jews Must Learn to Contend With a Religious America

May 19, 2004

Source: The Forward

http://www.forward.com/main/article.php?ref=harris20040512844

On May 19, 2004 The Forward published an editorial noting, "America is changing rapidly. If American Jews don't grasp the significance of these changes, then we just might be left in the dust one day, notwithstanding our remarkable success to date.

America has played a unique role in the life of the Jewish people, particularly in the postwar era. That role, simply put...

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Muslims and Jews Walk for Peace

May 17, 2004

Source: Muslim Wakeup!

http://www.muslimwakeup.com/mainarchive/000816.php#more

On May 17, 2004 Muslim Wakeup! reported, "The Interfaith Peace Walk for Jewish Muslim Reconciliation began at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, an predominantly Arab-American community in North Central Philadelphia on May 2nd... The guest speakers were the founders of the Jewish-Muslim Peace Walk, from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rabbi Lynne Gottlieb is a multitalented artist and human rights...

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Pope Commends Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Stresses Its Importance for Peace

May 17, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=53778

On May 17, 2004 Zenit reported, "John Paul II stressed the importance of interreligious dialogue in the building of peace, as he met the participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. The dicastery, which is marking its 40th anniversary, has carried out its 'ecclesial service' with 'diligent determination,' the Pope said Saturday. The importance of the...

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Diana Eck Celebrates a New Religious America at Cedar Crest Graduation

May 16, 2004

Source: The Express-Times

http://www.nj.com/news/expresstimes/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-11/108469828

On May 16, 2004 The Express-Times reported, "More than 3,500 cheered as Cedar Crest College introduced the class of 2004 during commencement ceremonies on Saturday... During the ceremonies honoring the 134th graduating class at the women's college, Harvard University Professor Diana L. Eck, director of the university's Pluralism Project, received an...

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Interfaith Leaders Bless Same-Sex Marriages

May 16, 2004

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=105-05162004

On May 16, 2004 U.S. Newswire reported, "On the eve of history -- as committed, loving gay and lesbian couples are able to receive civil marriage licenses and the critical benefits, protections and responsibilities that are associated with the unique legal status of civil marriage -- leaders of 18 faith traditions join in an interfaith prayer service entitled Blessings on the...

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Clergy Leadership Network Aims to Balance Power of Christian Coalition

May 15, 2004

Source: The Daily Camera

http://www.bouldernews.com/bdc/religion/article/0,1713,BDC_2477_2887130,00.html

On May 15, 2004 The Daily Camera reported, "This week, clergy members from across the country will gather in Cleveland for the first national meeting of the Clergy Leadership Network, a fledgling nonprofit that aims to serve as the left-of-center answer to the conservative and hugely successful Christian Coalition. While its nonprofit...

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Rabbi Calls for Theology of Pluralism

May 14, 2004

Source: The Jewish Ledger

http://www.jewishledger.com/articles/2004/05/12/news/news12.txt

On May 14, 2004 The Jewish Ledger reported," Rabbi A. James Rudin continues to call on scholars and lay leaders to develop one or more theologies for religious pluralism in an attempt to save it from any attack. Rudin, former national interreligious affairs director for the American Jewish Committee (AJC), was in Connecticut on May 6-7, speaking before several Jewish...

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