Interfaith

First Amendment Center Offers Guidelines for the "December Dilemma"

November 16, 2003

Source: First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/commentary.aspx?id=12217

On November 16, 2003 the First Amendment Center's scholar Charles Haynes offered the following suggestions for schools struggling to create Christmas holiday programs without violating the separation of church and state." Before planning December holiday concerts or other activities in a public school, choral directors and administrators should ask themselves three...

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Columbia Interfaith Center Ignites Controversy

November 16, 2003

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-te.ho.messianic16nov16,0,1473065.story?coll=bal-local-headlines

On November 16, 2003 The Baltimore Sun reported that "Columbia's four interfaith centers embody the planned community's vision of bringing together diverse groups, providing a place to worship in a tolerant environment. More than 5,000 congregants - including Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and...

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Editorial: Muslim-Jewish Dialogue Needs to Rediscover Compassion

November 16, 2003

Source: Star-Telegram

http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/opinion/7269886.htm

On November 16, 2003 the Star-Telegram published an editorial by Akbar S. Ahmed on the need to improve the current state of Muslim-Jewish relations. Ahmed writes, "A historical conjunction of factors has created a global situation where several world civilizations feel simultaneously besieged and where hatred and anger readily turn into violence. Perhaps what makes all this even more dangerous is...

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Maine Religious Groups Collaborate to Embrace Religious Pluralism

November 15, 2003

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://www.pressherald.com/religion/stories/031115interfaith.shtml

On November 15, 2003 the Portland Press Herald reported that "two Maine religious groups are becoming neighbors so they can work more closely together on peace and social justice issues. Interfaith Maine is moving into the same Pleasant Avenue building as the Maine Council of Churches so the groups can do more collaborative projects. The groups already...

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Baptist Churches Pass Resolution on Inter- Religious Prejudice

November 15, 2003

Source: American Baptist News Service

http://www.wfn.org/2003/11/msg00134.html

On November 15, 2003 the American Baptist News Service reported that the General Board of American Baptist Churches USA yesterday affirmed an "American Baptist Resolution on Inter - Religious Prejudice." The report calls on American Baptists to "encourage dialogue with Americans of other religions to promote peace and justice in the U.S. and around the world; and in particular with American Jews and...

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Director of Interfaith Affairs Resigns from Anti-Defamation League

November 14, 2003

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=8709

On November 14, 2003 The Jewish Week reported that "in an unexpected development that could set back relations between Jews and other faiths, Dr. Eugene Korn, who has been making national headlines criticizing Mel Gibson’s controversial Jesus movie, is no longer director of interfaith affairs for the Anti-Defamation League. It is the second departure of a national...

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In Houston, Diversity is Just a Bus Ride Away

November 14, 2003

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/travel/2001790366_ethnictours16.html

On November 14, 2003 The Seattle Times reported on a new, and unexpected, tourist phenomenon currently underway in Houston, TX. "Neighborhoods Alive: Houston's Multicultural Tour",' is "intended to showcase the city's rich ethnic and artistic heritage. It allows visitors to glimpse a different side of this city where 90 languages are spoken — a...

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Louisville, Kentucky's Festival of Faiths Highlights Religion and Justice

November 14, 2003

Source: The Courier Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/localnews/2003/11/14ky/met-front-gandhi11140-6003.html

On November 14, 2003 The Courier Journal reported on a lecture by Arun Gandhi, grandson of India's late spiritual leader, Mohandas K. Gandhi and director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence, at the Festival of Faiths in Memphis, Tennessee: "Arun Gandhi's talk was titled 'Non-Violence as an Active (Not Passive)...

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Capitol Hill Hosts Ramadan Meal

November 13, 2003

Source: Office of Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

On November 13, 2003 the Office of Congressman John Conyers, Jr. issued a press release with the text of the statement Conyers delivered at the first Congressionally hosted Ramadan Iftar: "Events like this evenings are important because they help us learn more about the American Muslim community and the significance of Ramadan to the Muslim people by engaging in this traditional religious custom during the Holy Month... We are here tonight to show the world that we believe that the way to bring about a change in...

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Prime Minister Says Government Protection of Religious Sites Rooted in Islamic Teachings

November 13, 2003

Source: Hi Pakistan

http://www.hipakistan.com/en/detail.php?newsId=en44800&F_catID=&f_type=s

On November 13, 2003 Hi Pakistan reported, "Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali...said protection and proper maintaining of places of worship was the government’s policy and part of teachings of Islam. 'The government will continue to make all possible efforts in this regard,' he told a 12-member delegation of Sikh Yatrees, currently visiting...

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Capitol Hill Hosts Ramadan Meal

November 12, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On November 12, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a room normally reserved for congressional hearings echoed with Arabic calls to prayer Wednesday as House lawmakers joined about 75 local Muslims for a Ramadan feast... Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, was among the organizers of the event, which was held in the House Judiciary Committee hearing room. Conyers is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. 'We're working on behalf of religious tolerance,' Conyers said. 'It is critical that that be done, because America is...

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Capitol Hill Hosts Ramadan Meal

November 12, 2003

Source: United States Congress

On November 12, 2003 the United States Congress issued the text of the ecumenical prayer written and presented by Afeefa Syeed at the first Congressionally hosted Ramadan Iftar. "I begin with the name of God; the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. The God who is the source of Peace, of Kindness, of Sustenance and is the One we turn to in times of anxiety and despair. Oh Lord, we have come together to break our fast today. We have been without food or drink. We ask you now to help us during this blessed month to see...

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President of Union Theological Seminary Calls for a "Working Religious Pluralism"

November 12, 2003

Source: Columbia Daily Spectator

http://www.columbiaspectator.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/11/12/3fb2063bc8630

On November 12, 2003 the Columbia Daily Spectator reported that "Dr. Joseph Haugh, president of the Union Theological Seminary, delivered a speech last night proposing a philosophy of religious pluralism that would have all people working together toward peace and justice. In his address entitled 'The Limitations of Religious Tolerance...

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