Interfaith

Boston Church Shares Space with Reform Synagogue

June 20, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 20, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that in Boston, "Temple Israel's portable ark, which holds the Torah, sits in an unlikely place, down the block from the synagogue in the corner of the Hartford Street Presbyterian Church sanctuary...    The temple's congregants will soon follow, when they start holding services at the Natick church next Thursday. The synagogue is being renovated, and the church's board voted to share the sanctuary with their neighbors down the street through the summer."

Update: Arson at Gobind Sadan

June 20, 2002

Source: Gobind Sadan USA

On June 20, 2002, Gobind Sadan USA issued a press release announcing that "representatives from the the Committee for the Reconstruction of Gobind Sadan Interfaith Center in Palermo [NY] will receive a $500 grant from the Boston Piano Religious Trust to help repair damage from what local police and fire officials have determined is an act of arson."

Boston Suburb Hosts Local Forum on Discrimination Against Arab-Americans

June 16, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 16, 2002 The Boston Globe reported on the upcoming forum "After 9/11: Freedom and Tolerance in the US and Watertown," in Watertown, MA. The event "is sponsored by the Justice with Peace Task Force of Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety and The World in Watertown... The idea for the forum came from a woman of Russian descent, Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, who heard... stories from her Arab-American friends who were having problems... Two guest speakers will address civil liberties issues and fighting...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 16, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 16, 2002, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "some of the many Baptists affiliated with other conventions and associations - as well as some Southern Baptists at the grass-roots level - worry about the image" Jerry Vines presented in his hateful remarks about Islam and its founder at the Southern Baptist Convention. "Vines and other top leaders of the Southern Baptists, the largest Protestant denomination in the country, aren't necessarily representative of all the churchgoers at the grass-roots level......

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National Interfaith Alliance Expands Membership and Programs

June 15, 2002

Source: New York Daily News

On June 15, 2002 the New York Daily News featured an article on "the Interfaith Alliance, with headquarters in Washington, [which] claims 150,000 members who represent 69 faiths, ranging (alphabetically) from African Methodist Episcopal to Zoroastrian, a religion dating to ancient Persia. Members represent themselves, not their denominations... [and membership] grew by 20,000 last year alone... The alliance was founded in 1994 to counter the political activities of the religious right... The Interfaith Alliance plans to...

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Clergy Sexual Abuse Across Traditions

June 15, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On June 15, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on clergy sexual abuse cases. The article outlines the open way the International Society for Krishna Consciousness handled allegations of sexual abuse and how that differs from the actions of the Catholic Church. "The Krishna case, which is still in the courts, alleges that dozens of children of Hare Krishna members were abused in the 1970s at church boarding schools in Texas, West Virginia and New York... Hare Krishna spokesman Anantanda Dasa... [said]...

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Mosque Grand Opening Attracts Area Leaders in Utah

June 15, 2002

Source: The Deseret News

On June 15, 2002 The Deseret News reported on "the grand opening of the newly expanded Khadeeja Masjid in West Valley City, [Utah]. The expansion of the mosque triples its size and adds a copper-colored dome... Gov. Michael Leavitt, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, University of Utah President Bernie Machen and Elder Cree-L Kofford ... of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those scheduled to attend the grand opening. The public is also invited... [Area] Muslims now number somewhere between 15,000 and 20,...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 14, 2002

Source: The Interfaith Alliance

http://www.interfaithalliance.org/Newsroom/press/2002/020614.htm

On June 14, 2002, The Interfaith Alliance issued a press release regarding the comments made by Rev. Vines. "Dr. David Currie, Executive Director of Texas Baptists Committed and a board member with The Interfaith Alliance responded to Vines’ remarks with dismay, 'As a Southern Baptist, I find Rev. Vines’ words to be grossly inappropriate. They demonstrate...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 13, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 13, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported "St. Louis clergy protest remarks on Islam made at convention." The article noted that "area religious leaders gathered at Christ Church Cathedral downtown Wednesday to call for a retraction of remarks made about Islam at the convention by the Rev. Jerry Vines, former president of the denomination. ... Local leaders of the Episcopal, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Presbyterian, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, and Baptist faiths and other community leaders joined together...

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Alarm Over Anti-Muslim Comments at Southern Baptist Convention Meeting

June 13, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/latestnews/stories/061302dnmetsbcmuslims.d5f78.html

On June 13, 2002, The Dallas Morning News reported "Baptist's slam on Muhammad repudiated by other faiths." The article noted that the statement about the Prophet Muhammad "was the most recent in a series of conservative Baptist comments and actions over the last 20 years or so that have antagonized one group or another." This included...

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