Interfaith

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

February 17, 2003

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/a/2003/02/17/MN62211.DTL

On February 17, 2003 the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "Sunday's rally [near the San Francisco Civic Center], so entwined with the Middle East, sounded much like an interfaith service... Rabbi Pamela Frydman Baugh of the Or Shalom Jewish Community led a prayer on behalf of all the world 'and the ordinary people of Iraq...' A...

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Multifaith Anti-War Rally in San Jose, CA

February 16, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/5194938.htm

On February 16, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "awakened and alarmed by America preparing for war, thousands of chanting demonstrators gathered in San Jose and Santa Cruz on Saturday, joining an increasingly visible movement against a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq... The San Jose turnout was as deeply diverse as the city, with many of the estimated 3,000 marchers from the...

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Arun Gandhi, Son of Mahatma Gandhi, to Lead Washington-based Interfaith Group

February 15, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On February 15, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that "The grandson of Indian peace activist Mahatma Gandhi has been named chairman of the board of directors at Interfaith Alliance. Arun Gandhi will lead the Washington-based group, which lobbies for religious freedom and interfaith understanding. Mr. Gandhi is the co-founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Memphis, Tenn., and a prolific author. 'At this moment in history, when religion is often cited as the cause, rather than the solution, to conflict,...

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Interfaith Coffeehouse Started in Dallas

February 15, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On February 15, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that members of the Interfaith Center of Dallas have started an interfaith coffeehouse called "'Brewing Community with Every Cup'" to help people from different religious traditions meet and learn about each other's faiths. Judy Arkow, head of the nonprofit group, stated, "'Once you make friends with someone from another culture or another faith tradition' it's hard to hear degrading remarks about other groups without having a different perspective. The center also holds...

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Faith-Based Matchmaking

February 14, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On February 14, 2003 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "Scott McWilliams didn't believe that God had chosen one woman for him -- until he met and married the woman of his dreams through Equally Yoked, a club for Christian singles... Susan Jacobs, 26, an Orthodox Jew from Squirrel Hill, met her boyfriend at a conference on modern Orthodoxy... Before then, Jacobs had tried matchmakers, singles events, and even two Jewish Internet dating services... for Orthodox Jews... The Internet, where the greatest growth in faith-...

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Faith-Based Rehabilitation Programs and Federal Funding

February 12, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On February 12, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "to the 100 or so people who assemble at Healing Place Church every Friday night seeking help for their struggles with addictions, compulsions and cravings that have overtaken their lives, Darren Myles dispenses common-sense advice... Although the suggestions may seem obvious, Myles adds one more thing: The key to embracing this change of lifestyle, he says, is developing a relationship with God... The emphasis on adopting Christianity is not unusual for a church service...

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World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation Interfaith Service in Detroit

February 12, 2003

Source: Detroit Jewish News

http://www.detroitjewishnews.com/news/newsdetails.cfm?uuid=000051DC-FC80-1E3F-BC80AB07D88578F0

On February 12, 2003 the Detroit Jewish News reported that "among the more than 400 participants in last Saturday’s World Sabbath of Religious Reconciliation interfaith service were Jews and Arabs — in prayer together for world healing and peace... 'It was an amazing moment to see leaders of the...

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Minority Groups Brace for Backlash in Case of War with Iraq

February 11, 2003

Source: Daily News

On February 11, 2003 the Daily News reported that "community and religious leaders in Brooklyn are praying for peace - but bracing for war... Hoping to prevent a possible backlash that a war in Iraq might incite against certain ethnic communities in the borough, city officials and activists gathered yesterday for a forum dubbed 'We Are All Brooklyn...' Leaders from Brooklyn's Jewish, Muslim, South Asian and African-American communities were joined by staffers from Mayor Bloomberg's office and the NYPD. The event was organized by the...

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Multi-Religious Memorial Services for Columbia Crew

February 10, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On February 10, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "Pawan K. Rattan looked around the Hindu temple during an interfaith memorial service Sunday for the crew of space shuttle Columbia and noticed Jews, Indians and Christians in the crowd...The crew of Columbia's last mission, which included an Israeli, an Indian and five American-born astronauts, was a 'flight of a rainbow of cultures...' More than 100 people went to the Hindu Temple of Florida on Lynn Road to celebrate that diversity... For Rabbi Eric Lazar, the...

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Celebrations of Saraswati Puja

February 9, 2003

Source: The Morning Call

On February 9, 2003 The Morning Call reported that "n India, the celebration of the Saraswati Puja is so widely marked that schools close for the day and Hindu families gather at temple for hours of worship and feasting... Indian-Americans relegate the celebration to a Saturday, when schools are already closed. But as festivities at the Hindu Temple Society in [New Jersey's] Hanover Township, Lehigh County, this weekend showed, the customs still observed on this continent manage to preserve the day as something special... In Hindu...

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Community for Interfaith Celebration in Washington

February 8, 2003

Source: The Olympian

http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20030208/living/24239.shtml

On February 8, 2003 The Olympian reported that "Jody Rush was raised a Christian. His wife, Hilari Hauptmann, grew up in a Conservative Jewish household. Their son, Gabe, attends Hebrew school at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, where Hauptmann recently became a member... As a family, they also belong to the Community for Interfaith Celebration (CIC), a small spiritual community in...

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Religious Leaders Express Differing Opinions over President's Speech

February 7, 2003

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On February 7, 2003 the Dallas Morning News reported that "Religious leaders reacting to President Bush's State of the Union speech seemed generally pleased with his proposal to further address the AIDS crisis in Africa but remained divided over his plans for confronting Iraq as well as domestic issues relating to cloning, abortion and faith-based groups... Madhi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation, said the president's words did not change his stand against war. Joining the applause...

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