Interfaith

Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Mar. 2003

March 16, 2003

Source: The Omaha World-Herald

On March 16, 2003 The Omaha World-Herald reported that "hundreds of people marched in Omaha Saturday chanting, 'Drop Bush, not bombs...' The march through downtown Omaha was part of a 11/2-hour rally staged by the Act to Stop War Coalition, a loosely knit group of local people opposed to a U.S. invasion of Iraq... On Saturday, exhortations against war came from such speakers as former U.S. Rep. John Cavanaugh; the Rev. Damian Zuerlein of Our Lady of Guadulupe Catholic Church; Rabbi Craig Marantz of Temple Israel; Ibrahim...

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Multifaith Celebrations of Humor and Laughter

March 14, 2003

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On March 14, 2003 The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the Jewish holiday of Purim and the Hindu festival of Holi will be celebrated next week. Christianity's Holy Hilarity Sunday will follow on April 27, a week after most believers observe Easter... In Purim, which begins at sundown Monday and runs through sundown Tuesday, comedy masks pain. The holiday commemorates how the Jews in ancient Persia survived a genocidal plot by Haman, royal adviser to King Ahasuerus... playfulness is exhibited in the festival Holi (pronounced...

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Jewish-Muslim Dialogue in New York

March 14, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/14/nyregion/14NYC.html

On March 14, 2003 The New York Times reported that "[Jews met Muslims] in Morningside Heights [NY] two nights ago... there was no avoiding the religious fault lines that were exposed... The setting was the Jewish Theological Seminary, where Seyyed Hossein Nasr, a leading Islamic scholar, spoke for an hour about his religion's past, present and future. Given the time constraints, you could...

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Reflections about Being Muslim in Maryland

March 13, 2003

Source: The Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/bal-md.muslims13mar13.story

On March 13, 2003 The Sun reported that "members of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland... closed its 5-year-old day care center, which once tended to as many as 25 children, because of lingering concerns by parents and staff about a telephoned threat last year... The incidents, under FBI investigation, have occurred as other Muslim communities in the state have reported problems that they believe are...

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Update: Increasing Support for Lutheran Reverend Who Participated in Interfaith Event

March 7, 2003

Source: The Omaha World-Herald

On March 7, 2003 The Omaha World-Herald reported that "the Rev. David Benke, suspended president of the synod's Atlantic District, didn't dodge questions Thursday about his prayer at a post-Sept. 11 interfaith event. Benke lectured at Concordia University, describing his congregations' responses to the World Trade Center attacks... He said the disaster and his 30 years of ministry in New York City's melting pot help explain why he joined non-Lutheran clergy at 'A Prayer for America' at Yankee Stadium - an act that led to his...

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World Religion Curriculum Raises Concerns about Changes and Cost

March 5, 2003

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On March 5, 2003 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "world religion studies should take a higher profile in the School District, with teachers receiving more training on how to teach the topic using updated texts, a report by district social studies teachers concludes... But fine-tuning to accommodate such changes would take at least another year, and adding a separate course couldn't happen until 2005-'06, according to the eight-member group... But board member Daniel Warren questioned how high a priority the...

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Women's Prayer Breakfast for Peace in Cleveland

March 4, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

On March 4, 2003 The Plain Dealer reported that "to enter the Women's Prayer Breakfast for Peace in Cleveland yesterday, participants passed photos of Iraqis - a girl flashing a peace sign, a smiling housewife, a farmer, a soldier and a Baghdad street vendor... 'War is about people - not just about governments,' a sign under the photos read... A sizable percentage of women oppose war, but their opinions haven't been heard, said the Rev. Joan Brown Campbell. Campbell is chairwoman of The Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and...

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Jewish and Catholic Join Hands in Interfaith Program in Florida

March 3, 2003

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pinterfaith03mar03,0,4961514.story?coll=sfla%2Dnews%2Dpalm

On March 3, 2003 South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that "friendly exchanges between the congregations of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, where [Monsignor John] McMahon is pastor, and [Rabbi Merle] Singer's Temple Beth El began 17 years ago with an interfaith...

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Interfaith Dialogue Can Work for Peace

March 1, 2003

Source: Dallas Morning News

On March 1, 2003 the Dallas Morning News published an editorial written by Dr. Shirley C. Guthrie, emeritus professor of theology at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., entitled "In interfaith dialogue, let's listen as well as talk." Dr. Guthrie wrote, "Throughout history, religious differences have often led to war or been used to justify war. In our time, conflict in Israel and the threat of war in the Middle East have made it clear that there will be no peace in the world or in our own country unless Christians,...

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Muslim Unity Conference Held in Orlando

March 1, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizons

On March 1, 2003 Islamic Horizons reported that "the third annual Muslim Unity Conference was hosted by the Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF) in conjuction with ISNA, under the theme, 'Our Youth, Our Family, Our Future' Dec. 26-29, 2002 in Orlando, Florida. ISNA secretary general Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed ... said that on the national level, ISNA has developed a relationship of total respect and trust with the major non-Muslim religious organizations, and it is now up to the local level to confirm this work."

Faiths Unite to Protest War

March 1, 2003

Source: Islamic Horizons

On March 1, 2003 Islamic Horizons reported that "Busloads of Muslim Americans from across the U.S. joined tens of thousands of fellow citizens of many faiths in Washington on Jan. 18-- in 20 degree temperatures-- to demand peace. The rally, preceding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, was part of the ongoing preemptive antiwar movement. The most popular chant was 'No War For Oil,' and the crowd carried placards saying: 'Regime Change Starts at Home' and 'Would Jesus Bomb Them?' Organizers said that it was the largest showing...

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First Muslim-American Elected to Alabama State Legislature

February 28, 2003

Source: Muslim Journal

On February 28, 2003 the Muslim Journal reported that "History was again made in Selma on Sun., Jan. 19, 2003, with the ceremonial swearing-in of Imam Yusuf Abdus-Salaam as the new Alabama House of Representative for District 67. Salaam becomes the first Muslim American to serve in the Alabama Legislature. The event began with an invocation given by ministers of all faiths... 'We are bringing people together,' he [Salaam] said. This was further demonstrated by Salaam as he sat on stage flanked on both sides by various religious...

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