Interfaith

New Studies Show a "Generation of Seekers" in America

April 13, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On April 13, 2002, The Buffalo News reported that "an estimated 33 million Americans... have changed their religious preference, or dropped any religious allegiance, according to the American Religious Identification Survey 2001, a random telephone poll of 50,281 households... Perhaps, the authors suggest, 'religion switching' reflects a deeper cultural phenomenon in contemporary America, related to what one sociologist terms baby boomers -- 'a generation of seekers'... Reasons for leaving a church are legion -- a poor...

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Christian Based Charity in Florida to Recruit Board Members of Other Faiths

April 12, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On April 12, 2002, The St. Petersburgh Times reported that "Metropolitan Ministries, the [St. Petersburgh, FL] area's best-known charity for the homeless and poor, will drop its requirement that professed Christians make up a majority of its board of directors... It also began recruiting 13 people from a 'rainbow coalition' of religious faiths to join the 22 Christians now on the board."

President Bush Puts Pressure on Senate for Federal Money for Religious Charities

April 12, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On April 12, 2002, The New York Times reported that "President Bush urged the Senate... to pass a bill... that would give federal money to religious charities." The President also spoke to "a gathering of religious and charity leaders in the East Room, which the White House billed as a rallying call to pressure the Democratic-controlled Senate to act... The legislation, a compromise reached between the White House and Democrats that is a watered-down version of what the president originally wanted, is stuck in the Senate...

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Minnesota Faith Communities Attend "Stand With Africa" Seminar

April 12, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

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On April 12, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "Twin Cities religious activists are seeking ways to teach residents about how faith organizations can best improve the lives of the area's burgeoning immigrant populations... An all-day seminar, Stand With Africa, will be held... at Central Lutheran Church... What this seminar hopes to do is encourage Minnesotans to work on issues involving Africa, as well as helping local immigrant communities. Experts...

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American Faith Communities Respond to Crisis in the Middle East

April 12, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On April 12, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "San Diegans are responding with prayers and rallies to the violence in the Holy Land that continues to rip apart a territory held sacred by Christians, Jews and Muslims... [Recently] people gathered in downtown San Diego for interfaith prayers calling for peace... Among the participants were Rabbi Martin Lawson, of Temple Emanu-El, Imam Sharif Battikhi, president of the Islamic Services Foundation, and the Rev. Art Cribbs, president of the Ecumenical...

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Florida State Officials Adopt Religious Freedoms Bill without Harassment Provision

April 6, 2002

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On April 6, 2002, The Tampa Tribune reported that Florida State leaders recently "told fellow lawmakers that the 'basic religious freedoms' section of the proposed school code bill was adopted directly from a document developed by civil libertarians and religious groups... But the bill omitted one key provision on religious harassment recommended by that group." The omitted provision reads in part "'school officials should intercede to stop student religious speech if it turns into religious harassment aimed at a student...

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American Muslim Leader Honored for Interfaith Tolerance

April 6, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 6, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that Moorehouse College will honor Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, "the spiritual leader of one of the largest Sunni Islamic groups in the United States, the Muslim American Society. Muslim groups estimate that there are about 6.5 million Sunni Muslims in the country... Morehouse will honor Mohammed for his spiritual journey... when his portrait is hung in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel. The painting will hang next to portraits of...

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Pagan Ceremony Faces Hostile Christian Protests

April 6, 2002

Source: The Antelope Valley Press

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On April 6, 2002, The Antelope Valley Press reported on a Pagan ceremony in Southern California that was distrupted by Christian protests. "Celebrants taking part in the ceremony said they were the targets of loud and aggressive prayer, physical bumping, loud Christian music and a caravan of noisy vehicles... A pagan worshiper," who asked one of the protesters to turn...

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America's Interest in Understanding Islam Continues in Ohio

April 5, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On April 5, 2002, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "many non-Muslims have sought to understand why the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon apparently were committed by zealous adherents of a billion-member world faith. Colleges, churches and community organizations are trying to slake a thirst for knowledge about the 1,400-year-old religion and its principles... America's sudden interest in Islam has meant full calendars for scholars and clerics over the past seven months... Columbus-area...

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New Interfaith Series Designed for Understanding Your Neighbors

April 3, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 5, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that "a series of 'living room dialogues' will aim to foster better understanding among people of diverse religions and cultures in the wake of Sept. 11." The meetings are sponsored by the Orange County Human Relations Commission. "Each group of 10 to 15 members representing diverse cultures, religions and backgrounds will meet at least three times in living rooms or public settings across the county to share their thoughts, stories and family histories."

Passover in America, 2002: Interfaith Seders

April 1, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On April 1, 2002, The Washington Post reported that in Washington DC, "Arab Christians and Muslims and Jews -- 12 in all -- assembled... [at] Glencarlyn Baptist Church -- for a Passover seder on Easter Sunday... Those at the seder attend various synagogues and mosques, and some don't attend any. They were just a group of Jews and Arabs organized... to come together for one night and show hope and trust during a time of utter bleakness." The Interfaith Seder refocused some of the traditions around the group's mourning for...

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Interfaith Dialogue Focuses on History

April 1, 2002

Source: The Daily Breeze

http://www.dailybreeze.com/content/bln/nmbmuslim8.html

On April 1, 2002, The Daily Breeze reported on an interfaith dialgoue in Torrance, CA. The meeting was part of the Annual Religions' Founders Day sponsored by the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Association. Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh religious leaders gathered "to discuss the origins and teachings of their faiths."

Interfaith Gathering for "Inner Peace and Global Healing"

April 1, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On April 1, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "representatives from three of the world's great religions -- Christianity, Judaism and Islam -- gathered yesterday in a chapel at San Francisco's old Presidio to listen and question each other about their spiritual beliefs... A crowd of nearly 50 people from different faiths and traditions participated in the interfaith discussion 'Inner Peace for Global Healing'... A common thread tying the discussion together was the notion that only with the discovery...

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