Interfaith

Interfaith Understanding Goal of Many 9/11 Memorial Events

September 6, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On September 6, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that on September 11, 2002, "bells will toll, prayers will be uttered and the names of some of the more than 3,000 killed will be recited at houses of worship and interfaith community gatherings across the country. It will be a time for those across and beyond the religious realm to remember, each in his or her own way... A number of religious groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the National Council of Churches, have laid out very...

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California Hindu Man Allegedly Insults and Attacks Muslim Girl

September 5, 2002

Source: San Jose Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/4006790.htm

On September 5, 2002, the San Jose Mercury News reported that "Palo Alto police arrested Sanjay Nair, 18, of East Palo Alto, for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl.. The incident has been labeled a hate crime because of comments police say that Nair, who is Hindu, made before and during the alleged rape... Nearly a dozen organizations...

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Photo Exhibit: Freedom and Fear: Bay Area Muslims after September 11, 2001

September 3, 2002

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/3991558.htm

On September 3, 2002 Mercury News reported on "a month-long photo exhibit that opened Sunday at San Francisco [California] City Hall, called 'Freedom and Fear: Bay Area Muslims after September 11, 2001,' [photographed by documentary photographer Rick Rocamora, a Roman Catholic-raised Filipino immigrant]. The exhibit captures Ashan Syed of the Muslim Community Association in San...

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Pakistani Reaches Out After Being Saved by Jewish Man on 9/11

September 2, 2002

Source: CNN

On September 2, 2002 CNN reported on Usman Farman's [a Muslim student] recollections of his rescue by a Hasidic Jewish man in the World Trade Center. "the Hasidic Jewish man helped Farman get up... Farman took it upon himself to reach out. He fired off an emotional e-mail [message] to friends and Dr. Joseph Morone, president of his alma mater, Bentley College. 'As I found out, regardless of who we are, and where we come from, we only have each other', wrote Farman. Farman, who has been unable to find his rescuer, says he hopes his experience...

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

September 1, 2002

Source: The Washington Times

On September 1, 2002 The Washington Times reported that "a national campaign is swelling in support of the Rev. David Benke, who was expelled from his post as head of the New York-area Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for praying at a Yankee Stadium interfaith event after the terrorist attacks on the city. The 'It's OK to Pray' theme, being pushed by Mr. Benke's supporters in the 2.6 million-member conservative denomination, comes as a church review board considers his appeal that he did not commit 'syncretism' or 'unionism...

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New Orleans Plans for Civic and Interfaith 9/11 Memorials

September 1, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On September 1, 2002 The Times-Picayune reported that "around the [New Orleans, Louisiana] area, the schedule of Sept. 11 remembrances shows no less than four major interfaith services, two civic prayer breakfasts and more than a half-dozen outdoor programs in parks, cemeteries, courthouse plazas and parking lots, not to mention unnumbered services morning and evening in the region's churches and synagogues. The collective mission, designers said, is to remember the dead and pray for community."

Islamic Center Thankful for Interfaith Support

September 1, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 1, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "for the [Islamic Center in Wayland], one of the most significant changes since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has come not in anger directed at members, but in a growing interest in their religion. 'While prior to Sept. 11 we'd be lucky to get 12 people, since then we've had several hundred visitors come to our interfaith meetings,' said Malik Khan, a member of the mosque. The center also has engaged in an extensive outreach program, with many members giving talks at churches...

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Gay and Lesbian Jewish Congregations

September 1, 2002

Source: Reconstructionism Today

On September 1, 2002 Reconstructionism Today reported on "a congregation serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning (GLBTQ) community... [and the] quarter-century-old umbrella organization, The World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Jewish Organizations: Keshet Ga'avah. Jewish organizations serving the needs of the queer community have learned that these needs are as diverse as those of other Jews."

Muslim Teens Organize to Inform Communities about Islam

August 31, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 31, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that [Massachusetts] teens have "realized that as faithful Muslims they had an important obligation. 'Now I feel like we have more responsibility to do outreach and tell people about Islam,' said Kazmi, a sophomore at Notre Dame Academy in Worcester. 'If you don't tell them about Islam, they look to Osama bin Laden or suicide bombers [for answers to what Islam is.]' Following the attacks, Mohammad started a Muslim club at Belmont High and is [organizing] an interfaith group in her...

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New York Metropolitan Area Houses of Worship to Offer Memorials on 9/11

August 31, 2002

Source: Newsday

On August 31, 2002 Newsday reported that "[New York] houses of worship [will] offer special services, prayers and music to mark September 11... The Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Whitestone would build a shrine. 'One of St. Francis of Assisi's prayers is for peace,' says Latona, pastor of the 1,000-member congregation. For the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, marking the first anniversary of the attacks will be about healing, for the families of the victims and also for the Muslim community. 'As we were mourning the...

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Religions Struggle with Appropriate 9/11 Memorial

August 31, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

On August 31, 2002 The Seattle Times reported that "religions [are struggling] for appropriate ways to mark the 1st anniversary of attacks... One year after pastors, rabbis and imams struggled for the appropriate words to comfort a shocked and wounded nation, they are grasping again for just the right words to mourn the loss, acknowledge the pain and look to the future. Finding that religious-cultural balance one year later can be precarious, many liturgists said. Many bristle at the notion of using the anniversary to rekindle...

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Interfaith Alliance Benefits Metro East of St. Louis

August 31, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On August 31, 2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on how "the Metro East [of St. Louis, Missouri benefited] by an interfaith network where lay people and leaders [got] to know each other, [held] joint worship events on Thanksgiving and Memorial Day and [worked] together... In early June [of 2002], [Cathy] Stoltz, [Brent] Shapiro and Dr. Muhlyuddin Khalid, a Belleville mosque founder, met for dinner and officially founded the Metro East Interfaith Alliance."

Los Angeles Unites all Faiths to Remember September 11

August 30, 2002

Source: Copley News Service

On August 30, 2002 Copley News Service reported that Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles "announced Thursday he will mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with an interfaith prayer vigil designed to promote harmony between religious faiths...

���Representatives of Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Islam, Jewish, Hindu and other faiths will convene that day ... The 'Towers of Faith Prayer Vigil' event, which is open to the public, is seen as a way of celebrating the region's religious, ethnic and...

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American Muslims Ready for More Dialogue

August 29, 2002

Source: Ctnow

On August 29, 2002 Ctnow reported that "many [American Muslims] are preparing to talk, even more, about their religion, having been thrust into the role of unofficial spokesmen for Islam, caught between those who use Islam to justify terrorism and those who equate it with the terrorist attacks. An August survey of 945 Muslim American households, by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, found that 57 percent experienced bias or discrimination after the 9/11 attacks. Also, 79 percent reported acts of kindness and support from...

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