Interfaith

Presbyterians Debate Interfaith Relations

June 1, 2004

Source: Presbyterian News Service

http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2004/04258.htm

On June 1, 2004 the Presbyterian News Service reported, "How Presbyterians should relate to people of other faiths — Jews in particular — is a fractious issue before the General Assembly this year. Commissioners will be asked to address the question: Should the Presbyterian Church (USA) engage in dialogue with people of other faiths — or evangelize them? The issue moved to the front burner last year...

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Pope Commends Interfaith and Ecumenical Work in Suriname

May 31, 2004

Source: Zenit

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=54552

On May 31, 2004 Zenit released the text of the address John Paul II gave on Thursday, May 27, when he met Suriname's new ambassador to the Holy See, Edgard Stephanus Ragoenath Amanh. In his speech, the Pope addressed Suriname's religious diversity as follows: "in situations of cultural and religious pluralism, it is increasingly apparent that mutual understanding and respect for differences play a...

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Hindu-Buddhist Friendship Society to be Formed

May 30, 2004

Source: Sunday Observer

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2004/05/30/new27.html

On May 30, 2004 the Sunday Observer reported, "A Hindu-Buddhist Friendship Society, among devotees from the subcontinent and Sri Lanka is in the pipeline. The architects of this move are, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who has unified the Hindus of India, the Ven Rassagala Seewali Thera, attached to the Thai-Sri Lanka Buddhist Centre, and prominent Sri Lankan Hindus and Buddhists. Hinduism and...

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Jewish Activist Finds His Calling, and His Past.

May 30, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2004/05/30/divine_ties_that_bind/

On May 30, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "As Ari Lipman strode to the pulpit at Temple Salem Seventh-day Adventist Church two weeks ago, he looked completely out of place -- yet seemed entirely at home. And both with good reason. As the only white face in a Dorchester church filled with Haitian congregants, the young...

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Faith Leaders Wrestle With Abu Ghraib Scandal

May 29, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A64722-2004May28.html

On May 29, 2004 The Washington Post reported on interfaith reactions to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners: "The abuse has been addressed in sermons, Bible study groups and official statements from religious leaders. And the Washington-based Interfaith Alliance has asked people across the country to turn on lights or candles all night tomorrow as a way 'to...

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Increasingly, Religious Rituals Mark Life Events

May 29, 2004

Source: Daily Camera

http://www.bouldernews.com/bdc/religion/article/0,1713,BDC_2477_2922119,00.html

On May 29, 2004 the Daily Camera reported, "More and more, faith leaders and community members are creating rituals to mark events not typically ritualized in previous generations. Some rituals are being used to help victims move past traumatic events, such as sexual abuse or rape or to help mourn losses such as a mastectomy or hysterectomy....

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Book Explores Ohio's Religious Diversity

May 29, 2004

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR052804B.html

On May 29, 2004 Religion News Service reported, "'Religion in Ohio: Profiles of Faith Communities' edited by Tarunjit S. Butalia and Dianne Small, and published by Ohio University Press, tells the story of Ohio's religious and spiritual heritage going back to the state's ancient and historic native populations and including the westward migration of settlers to this region, the development...

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Hamtramck's Interfaith Leaders Address Rising Tensions

May 28, 2004

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/religion/call28_20040528.htm

On May 28, 2004 The Detroit Free Press reported, "A dozen Catholic, Protestant and Muslim leaders from Hamtramck met at the Al-Islah mosque on Thursday to discuss the rising tension. They reached a consensus that, as the calls to prayer begin, they'll make a joint public appeal for a cooling-off period of interfaith prayer and fasting. They also agreed to try to disengage from the...

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Interfaith Leaders March for Peace

May 28, 2004

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/peninsula/8781994.htm?1c

On May 28, 2004 The Mercury News reported, "Memorial Day began Thursday evening in Palo Alto, with a crowd of about 150, dressed mostly in black. Many people carried flowers, with the informal look of the backyard-picked. Others carried olive branches. A trumpeter played taps, people made speeches and said...

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Muslim-Christian Conference to Include Jews Next Year

May 27, 2004

Source: Middle East Online

http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/qatar/?id=10088

On May 27, 2004 the Middle East Online reported, " A conference on Muslim-Christian Dialogue opened Thursday in Qatar with an official call to broaden the forum to include Judaism. Qatari Prime Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa al-Thani set the stage for two days of inter-faith talks by drawing parallels between those who believe in the oneness of God. 'Perhaps it is wise to widen the...

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Utah Holds Second Interfaith Celebration, With Full Inclusion

May 27, 2004

Source: Deseret News

http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,595066079,00.html

On May 27, 2004 Deseret News reported, "The Utah County Interfaith Alliance Day of Prayer Service will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at the Community United Church of Christ, 175 N. University Ave. in Provo. The group opted to hold a special service after it learned members of the LDS church would not be allowed to lead services at a National Day of Prayer Task Force event held earlier this...

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An Interfaith Service Honors the Dead in Iraq

May 27, 2004

Source: National Council of Churches

http://www.ncccusa.org/news/04may27serviceindc.html

On May 27, 2004 the National Council of Churches reported, ""I was finally able to cry."  That's what a young woman attending an interfaith memorial service here today for all who have been killed in the Iraq conflict told a service leader. The emotional service, sponsored by the National Council of Churches USA and held at National City Christian Church, drew people of faith from...

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