Interfaith

Kashi Ashram Expansion Plans Approved

February 19, 2003

Source: Press Journal

On February 19, 2003 the Press Journal reported that "Kashi Ashram supporters got their prayers answered Tuesday with the Indian River County [FL] Commission's unanimous approval of the interfaith community's expansion plans... In a 5-0 vote, the commission rezoned Kashi's 78 acres west of Roseland Road and east of the St. Sebastian River from residential uses, at one home per acre, to a mixed-use planned development... The commission also approved a conceptual plan for 39 homes, 15 duplexes, five guesthouses, a spa, an enlarged school...

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Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Sufi and Christians

February 19, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On February 19, 2003 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Hasan Dede is the spiritual master of the Contemporary Lovers of Mevlana Society, which he formed in 1989. He leads a group of young Semazen --- more commonly known as whirling dervishes --- who recently journeyed from Istanbul, Turkey, to Atlanta to perform a Sufi concert and Sema ceremony at several venues, Agnes Scott College and Central Congregational United Church of Christ among them... The Rev. Gilbert Friend-Jones, pastor of the...

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

February 18, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/metro/atlanta/0203/18protest.html

On February 18, 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that "two hundred solemn faces -- some seasoned with age, others fresh with youth -- packed the pews at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on Monday night as leaders from various faiths took to the pulpit to pray for peace... The choice of venue for the Interfaith Prayer Meeting for Peace was...

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Los Angeles Religious Leaders Plan Broad-Based Peace Movement

February 18, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

On February 18, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "flush from antiwar demonstrations that drew millions of participants worldwide, Los Angeles religious leaders and peace activists said Monday they are already looking beyond a possible war with Iraq to building a broad-based peace movement... Meeting at the USC Religious Center, about 20 priests, ministers, rabbis, Muslim leaders and peace activists said their first priority is to press opposition to a war in Iraq and to support those in the military who may want to...

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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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