Interfaith

Dedication of New Menorah after Vandalism

December 9, 2002

Source: Sun Journal

http://www.sunjournal.com/story.asp?slg=120602menn

On December 9, 2002 the Sun Journal reported that "it was a night for both Jews and non-Jews to celebrate the Hanukkah holiday. In the basement of Main Street’s Goff Building [in Maine], about 50 people gathered Thursday for a city-run Hanukkah party with food, toys and music. Meanwhile, at the Auburn synagogue, another 50 people gathered to dedicate the new menorah, replacing a 'mega-menorah'...

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Groundbreaking for the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in California

December 9, 2002

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87%257E11268%257E1041714,00.html

On December 9, 2002 San Mateo County Times reported that "on Sunday afternoon, [North Peninsula Jewish Campus (NPJC)] members and local civic leaders gathered for the groundbreaking of the first phase of the new complex, which will cost an estimated $47.3 million and is scheduled to open between late 2003 and 2004. The campus...

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Tucson Women Organizing Interfaith Conversations

December 9, 2002

Source: Tucson Citizen

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1209religion09.html

On December 9, 2002 Tucson Citizen reported that "[Judyth] Lessee, the library manager at Catalina High School and a member of Congregation Ner Tamid, is part of a trio of passionate Tucson women organizing Interfaith Conversations. Their goal is to form a better understanding of people from other religions. The bringing together of people from different faiths started before the...

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Interfaith Conference Discusses Thought-Provoking Questions

December 7, 2002

Source: Suburban Chicago News

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/city/w07religs.htm

On December 7, 2002 the Suburban Chicago News questioned "why would a loving God permit human suffering? What is the surest path to spiritual enlightenment? How can both doubt and belief spring from the same insurmountable questions?" Then suggested that "these and other weighty matters will be broached during some thought-provoking discussions being offered by faith...

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Update: College Junior Receives State Scholarship after Lawsuit

December 6, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20021206_1493.html

On December 6, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a college junior who lost a Kentucky merit scholarship when he decided to major in religion is suing the state, claiming it discriminates against students wanting to obtain degrees in religious studies by denying them funding. According to the lawsuit, Cumberland College junior Michael Nash was awarded $2,900 under the Kentucky...

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The Struggles and Successes of Interfaith Marriages

December 4, 2002

Source: USA Today

On December 4, 2002 USA Today reported that "when religious pluralism hits home � 22% of U.S. households now have more than one faith under one roof � the party's over for a growing number of families. Divorce is three times more prevalent in interfaith families with children than in same-faith households, according to the first national statistical look at the issue... The American Religious Identification Survey 2001 (ARIS) finds that of all U.S. adults who have had children with someone of another faith, 10% are divorced, compared...

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Multifaith Speakers at First African-American Baltimore County Councilman Swearing-in

December 3, 2002

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.sunspot.net/news/local/bal-md.olesker03dec03,0,4820948.column?coll=bal%2Dnews%2Dcolumnists

On December 3, 2002 The Baltimore Sun reported that "Baltimore County [MD] swore in its new government yesterday... In the year 2002, Kenneth N. Oliver became the first African-American in history to become a Baltimore County councilman. Oliver's swearing-in was only part of the imagery of an...

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Fremont Mayor Gus Morrison Speaks about Religious Diversity

December 2, 2002

Source: The Argus

On December 2, 2002 The Argus reported that "the police chief was baptized as an honorary Sikh, the mayor makes it a habit not to ask what he's eating, and local developers are amazingly adept at feng shui. Those are some of the anecdotes Mayor Gus Morrison told members of the Commonwealth Club of California, who were curious about what it's like to be a leader in a city as famously diverse as Fremont. Morrison told how he has been beat up by conservative radio stations for allowing a space in City Hall for Muslims to pray during a city...

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Editorial on Religion and Politics

December 2, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On December 2, 2002 The Washington Post printed an editorial by William Raspberry that expressed concern about religion and politics. He stated, "I think power, combined with a view that those in power must not distinguish between their religious and civic selves, is dangerous, whatever its source. For now, the source is the right. The genius of America -- what has made this polyglot, polycultural, polychromatic nation such a success -- is that it has managed to devise a civic religion, less doctrinally specific but no less...

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Lawsuits Over Governmental Funding of Faith Works Milwaukee

November 30, 2002

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On November 30, 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "the American Jewish Committee has filed a legal brief urging a federal appeals court to maintain separation of church and state as it decides a Milwaukee-based case. The organization, a Jewish interest group concerned with religious pluralism, filed the brief along with the Anti-Defamation League and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. The filing opposes government funding of Faith Works Milwaukee, a residential treatment program...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 29, 2002

Source: Rocky Mountain News

On November 29, 2002 Rocky Mountain News reported that "held in a different worship center every year, Denver's oldest Thanksgiving interfaith service was begun in the 1880s by two churches and a synagogue. The event has expanded to include three more Christian and Jewish groups and the Buddhist Temple, which has participated for almost 30 years. The one-hour service was capped by a bread-sharing ritual and closed with America the Beautiful. The service will be held next year at Central Christian Church in Denver."

Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 28, 2002

Source: Austin American Statesman

On November 28, 2002 Austin American Statesman reported that "at Barsana Dham [in Texas], a Hindu temple, there were gathered a Roman Catholic bishop, an Episcopalian priest, Protestant ministers of various stripes (Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Unitarian and Baptist), a Jewish rabbi, Buddhist monks, a Muslim imam -- and more. That's not all. There were about 1,000 black people, brown people, yellow people and white people, men, women and children, and everybody took off their shoes in respect for Hindu ways."

Interfaith Thanksgiving 2002

November 27, 2002

Source: Chicago Daily Herald

On November 27, 2002 the Chicago Daily Herald reported that "a smorgasbord of religions will emphasize the spiritual side of Thanksgiving next week. Participants in the DuPage Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will include Muslims, Catholics, Jews, Zoroastrians, Hindus, Sikhs, Bahais and theosophists. The annual service began in the early 1990s after members of the DuPage Interfaith Resource Network decided they could find common ground in recognizing that Thanksgiving goes deeper than turkey and football. The ceremony will...

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