Celebrate Diversity Walk to Celebrate America

May 18, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On May 18, 2002, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the Pittsburgh, PA area's "second Celebrating Diversity Walk... Last year, some 400 people of all types from all over the region participated in the event, which promotes understanding and harmony between people of all races, religions, and national origins... This year's theme is, 'When you walk to celebrate diversity, you walk to celebrate America.'" Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and Buddhist religious leaders will speak at the event which is organized...

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Muslim Leader Continues Outreach

May 18, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On May 18, 2002, the St. Petersburgh Times featured an article on Imam E. Abdulmalik Mohammed of Washington, DC who has travelled throughout the country since September 11 "to intensify his message of peace, tolerance and patriotism and to rectify the image of his faith...An American-born Muslim, Mohammed... is the spokesman for Imam W. Deen Mohammed, head of the 3-million-member Muslim American Society, a predominantly African-American organization... Mohammed says... 'the face of Islam is that it is a religion of humanity...

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Ecumenical Meeting Unites America's Diverse Christian Leaders

May 18, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On May 18, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported on a meeting of ecumenical Christian leaders, a movement that has traditionally been missing the voices of American Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants. "That may change after a recent high-level meeting in Chicago at which Catholic, evangelical and mainline Protestant leaders formed what is being called Christian Churches Together in the USA and agreed to work for greater unity among major U.S. Christian churches."

Brandeis University Develops "Coexistence Studies" Program

May 17, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 17, 2002, The Boston Globe featured a story on Jehuda Reinharz, president of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, and his new program in conflict resolution. With this program, the university is "poised to become a world leader in teaching Israeli Arabs and Jews - and dozens of other warring peoples - to live together on the same land... Brandeis has begun building on its historically Jewish identity to create a new field it calls 'coexistence studies'... The school is now aggessively recruiting Jews and Arabs, Hindus and...

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Presbyterian Church Launches New Interfaith Model for Christians and Muslims

May 17, 2002


On May 17, 2002, PCUSA NEWS reported that "Christian and Muslim leaders from around the world will visit the United States in September to meet with selected groups of Presbyterians and talk about interfaith relations in their countries and cultures... A pilot project called 'Interfaith Listening' will involve as many as a dozen teams - each consisting of one Christian from a Presbyterian Church (USA) partner overseas and one Muslim with whom the partner is in dialogue - that will meet with PC(USA) congregations and presbyteries...

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Update: Arson at Gobind Sadan

May 16, 2002

Source: The Manlius Pebble Hill School

On May 16, 2002 The Manlius Pebble Hill School in Dewitt, NY issued a press release: the school's "Student Council organized a fundraiser to help off set the cost of rebuilding the Gobind Sadan Center. The Sikh center was a victim of arson, and in need of total repair. The Student Council raised nearly $1,100 by sponsoring a dress down day in exchange for a small donation to help rebuild the center... Ralph Singh, of Gobind Sadan USA... said, 'We at Gobind Sadan USA are extremely thankful to students and the entire...

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New Orleans Teens Participate in Diversity Workshops

May 13, 2002

Source: The Times-Picayune

On May 13, 2002, The Times-Picayune reported on the "cultural diversity workshops conducted by the National Conference for Community and Justice... [in which] 15 New Orleans area schools that participated,... held each spring at Loyola University. Students are selected based on their leadership skills, but ethnic background is also considered in order to give the groups a good mix of students and allow for a variety of viewpoints... The National Conference for Community and Justice is among several local and national groups...

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Washington DC Area Hospital Delivery Rooms Accommodate Increasing Diversity

May 12, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On May 12, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "faced with an influx of immigrant mothers over the past decade, delivery rooms across the Washington area are increasingly adapting not just to unfamiliar languages, but to a new set of traditions and taboos... Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring has become adept at assembling all-female teams of obstetricians, nurses, anesthesiologists and even neonatologists to attend Middle Eastern women whose Muslim religion forbids examination by male health workers. The maternity...

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Central Ohio Organization Offers a Model of Interfaith Relations

May 10, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 10, 2002, The Columbus Dispatch reported "Group Unites Eight Faiths for Mutual Enlightenment." It reported on the efforts of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio: "Members of the 17-year-old association think that the community's religious tolerance, though a good start, isn't enough. 'We need to move beyond that to understanding and respect,' said Tarunjit Butalia, a spokesman for the association and representative of the Sikh community." The article noted that "The association also benefits from having been...

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Editorial: "Urban Legends about Muslims"

May 10, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On May 10, 2002, The Denver Post featured the opinion piece "Urban Legends about Muslims" by Asma Gull Hasan, a Muslim-American who grew up in Pueblo, CO. "Recently, someone asked me how anti-Muslim sentiments after the tragic attacks on America on Sept. 11 have changed my life. I realized I've faced anti-Muslim sentiment all my life. The only difference now is that hating Islam and blaming Muslims for all our problems is a growth industry... Beware of urban legends about Islam because their purpose is to scare you from...

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Minneapolis Religious Leaders and Educators Team Up to Improve Schools

May 9, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On May 9, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that in Minneapolis, MN, "leaders from 60 churches, synagogues, mosques and temples... are pairing up with individual schools to offer tutoring, building space and other support to improve student achievement." The Religious leaders and school officials will meet at a "summit, to take place at a Minneapolis church, the first between the city's school and faith leaders, and the kickoff to a long-term partnership."

Episcopal Priests Visit Mosque in Jacksonville

May 8, 2002

Source: The Florida Times-Union

On May 8, 2002, The Florida Times-Union reported "Priests take closer look at Muslims: Episcopalians visit mosque for a better understanding of Islam." The article explained, "Bishop Stephen Jecko and about 30 clergy members of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida attended a six-hour open house at the mosque in Jacksonville. The clergy wanted to learn more about...

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Presbyterian Congregation Open Church Space to Orthodox Neighbors

May 4, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On May 4, 2002, The Buffalo News reported on the Easter celebration of the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Buffalo, NY. "Because a fire last May inflicted heavy damage on their own church, members of the Greek Orthodox congregation will hold their Easter service in Westminster Presbyterian Church, about four blocks south of their own building."