Interfaith

Discovering Religious Pluralism on a 10-Day Trip to Turkey

November 2, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On November 2, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, members of each religious community have worried over what they see as increasing intolerance around Georgia and the United States, especially for Muslims. [A] 10-day trip to Turkey, a secular Middle Eastern country with a rich tradition in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, was meant to highlight common ground instead of conflict, according to the organizer, the Rev. Wayne Smith. This summer, they...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Nov. 2002

November 2, 2002

Source: The Idaho Statesman

http://www.idahostatesman.com/News/story.asp?ID=24468

On November 2, 2002 The Idaho Statesman reported that "an interfaith service will be held at 6 p.m. today... in Boise. The service includes prayers for peace from leaders of several churches in the Treasure Valley. Rev. Jon Brown of the First United Methodist Church said the gathering was motivated by the U.S.�s threat of war against Iraq. Representatives from the following faiths and...

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Putting Tulsa on the Interfaith Map

November 2, 2002

Source: The Herald

http://www.sharonherald.com/localnews/recentnews/0211/ln110202f.html

On November 2, 2002 The Herald reported that "women of various faiths united in Sharon [PA] Friday in the hopes of promoting peace in the world. Local members of Church Women United, a national ecumenical interfaith organization, hosted a service for about 60 Christian, Jewish and Muslim women at Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church. The program, 'Daughters of...

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Sikh Tarunjit S. Butalia's Interfaith Efforts

November 1, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On November 1, 2002 The Columbus Dispatch reported on "Tarunjit S. Butalia, [whose] attendance at many community events and neighborhood meetings as a representative of the Sikh faith and member of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio makes him seem to be everywhere. He's also secretary of the the Sikh Educational Religious Foundation in Dublin and serves on the World Sikh Council, American region. The numerous e-mails and faxes he sends add to his ubiquity. The Rev. Rebecca Tollefson, executive director of the Ohio...

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Putting Tulsa on the Interfaith Map

October 31, 2002

Source: Tulsa World

On October 31, 2002 Tulsa World reported that "an interfaith service written by three Tulsa women will be presented Friday in hundreds of cities nationwide. 'It's very unusual to have Tulsa people write the national service,' said Harriet Larsen, the leader of a Tulsa Church Women United group. The 'Daughters of Abraham' service on World Community Day, sponsored by Church Women United, was written by Mickey Simpson, who is on the CWU national board; Sheryl Siddiqui, representing the Tulsa Muslim community; and Jeanne Jacobs,...

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Beliefnet.com Escapes Bankruptcy

October 30, 2002

Source: USA Today

On October 30, 2002 USA Today reported that "the much-downsized staff of Beliefnet... celebrated their emergence from bankruptcy. Founder and CEO Steve Waldman says they aren't 'clear if it's a reincarnation, a resurrection, or just good fortune. But we do know we're alive and feeling very blessed!' Launched in late 1999, Beliefnet.com [became] a victim of the dot-com recession that left many popular sites broke, Beliefnet defied the odds the old-fashioned way: Layoffs, drastic pay cuts and hard work. Beliefnet has defied much...

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A Call for Understanding Religious Diversity in Health Services Organizations

October 30, 2002

Source: Business and Management Practices

On October 30, 2002 Business and Management Practices printed an article stating, "health services organizations need to be able to respond to the special needs of their patients. To be effective... managers must have a basic understanding of the implications of cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity, as the number of Americans whose culture, ethnicity, and religion differ from those of the American mainstream increases. This means that the expectations and needs of diverse staff and, as important, the...

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Multireligious Responses to Wellstone's Death

October 28, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On October 28, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "through silence and song, sermons and witness, halting voices and tears, Minnesotans of all denominations mourned the late U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone on Sunday... Commemorations weren't confined to churches. Outside the State Capitol, nearly 300 people, most of them Hmong, gathered to praise the Wellstones...         The nearly two-hour-long service began with a traditional Hmong mourning procession. Hundreds marched from the Veterans Memorial to the Capitol steps, accompanied by music...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Oct. 2002

October 28, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=1688

On October 28, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "led by the Rev. George Regas of the Progressive Religious Partnership, religious spokesmen in Los Angeles this week denounced the prospect of a preemptive war against Iraq as 'immoral, illegal and unwise.' The religious opponents of Bush's policy list a host of secular reasons for their position: Iraq has not declared war on the U.S.; there is...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Oct. 2002

October 28, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On October 28, 2002 The Oregonian reported that "faith leaders and followers gather at a Portland church to oppose an attack on Iraq and pray that others will join them. This demonstration -- for peace with Iraq -- came in the form of a worship service, beginning with a procession of about 20 faith leaders that included Christian clergy, a Jewish rabbi, a Zen Buddhist monk, a Sikh and others. About 50 people behind them in the honey-colored pews included Roman Catholics from Southeast Portland, Methodists from Oregon City, Muslims...

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Cambridge Center for Adult Education Holds Conference on Role of Ancestors in African Ritual and Art

October 26, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 26, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "last week, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education devoted its second annual conference on African ritual and art to the role of ancestors. The conference 'focused on seeing how the traditions from Africa, transplanted in the Western Hemisphere... still have influence,' says Cambridge Center spokesman Jim Smith... Dragged from Africa during slavery, the Yoruba brought religious beliefs that couldn't be suffocated... The Yoruba believe in a supreme god and mo...

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Muslims Fear Backlash from Sniper Attacks

October 26, 2002

Source: The Columbian

On October 26, 2002 The Columbian reported that "local Muslims have not experienced any backlash as a result of the arrest of a Muslim in the Washington, D.C., sniper shootings, according to Shaaban Naim, president of the Islamic Society of Southwest Washington. John Berger of the Greater Vancouver Interfaith Association said he was a little worried. 'I'm concerned that there might be a backlash,' he said. 'But I have a bit of faith in this community. I have an implicit faith that we will weather this one too.' There were no...

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Poll Shows Americans' Unfamiliarity with and Negative Views of Islam

October 25, 2002

Source: ABC News

http://more.abcnews.go.com/sections/us/dailynews/islam_poll021025.html

On October 25, 2002 ABC News released the results of an ABCNEWS/Beliefnet poll on attitudes of Americans towards Islam. "Amid broad public unfamiliarity with Islam, doubts about the religion's tenets have grown. More than a third of Americans now don't think it teaches respect for other beliefs, and nearly a quarter believe Islam encourages violence against non-...

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Religious Groups Speak Out Against War with Iraq: Oct. 2002

October 24, 2002

Source: U.S. Newswire

On October 24, 2002 U.S. Newswire reported that "Calling a unilateral pre-emptive action against Iraq immoral, more than 125 Christian leaders and representatives from Jewish and Muslim faiths in the United States have signed onto a Statement of Conscience on the Iraq War... Citing sacred texts from the Qu'ran, Jewish and Christian scriptures, and elsewhere, religious leaders caution their government to take action against Iraq only through the United Nations, if at all. The...

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Continuing Controversy Over Ten Commandments and Municipal Buildings

October 24, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 24, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "an attorney seeking to remove a Ten Commandments monument from Alabama's Judicial Building told a federal judge yesterday that the state's chief justice installed it to promote his own religious beliefs... But lawyers for Chief Justice Roy Moore, a conservative Christian who says the commandments are the moral foundation of American law, argued that the monument is simply an acknowledgment of God and does not force anyone to follow Moore's religious beliefs... There have...

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