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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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Naval Academy to Rethink Required Mealtime Prayer

March 30, 2002

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On March 30, 2002, The Baltimore Sun reported that the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD may have to rethink their required mealtime prayer because of a pending case in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. "In January, a federal judge ruled that the Virginia Military Institute's practice of leading cadets in a mealtime grace - nearly identical to the academy's - violates separation of church and state... The case highlights the tensions between constitutional protections of religious freedom and the military's often conservative...

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Passover in America, 2002: Interfaith Seders

March 30, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On March 30, 2002, The St. Petersburg Times featured the article "seder helps bridge gap between two faiths" on the Seder organized by members of the Women's Guild at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, FL. The event was conducted in partnership with "Sally Charloff... and Gloria Goldman... [from] Temple Beth David Jewish Center... [who] led and assisted the Guild women in conducting this traditional Passover meal... During the seder ceremony, Goldman recited the Hebrew prayers while Charloff read the English...

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A "Taste" of Religious Diversity

March 29, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On March 29, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured a story about a Thai Temple's food and fundraising efforts. "Neighborhoods have food secrets that aren't really that secret to people who have lived there for a while. ... The buffet of Thai food set out every Sunday morning by members of the Wat Mongkolratanaram in Berkeley is one of those finds. From about 9 a.m. until the food runs out at 2 or 3 p.m., members of the Thai Buddhist temple offer an expansive lunch to the public. They have been cooking and serving...

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San Diego Palestinian and Israeli Americans Active in Dialogue Groups for Peace

March 28, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On March 28, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that San Diego "area residents of Palestinian and Israeli descent joined Tuesday night to urge a peace built on mutual respect to end the bloodshed in the Middle East... Some of the speakers at Church of the Good Samaritan in La Jolla [CA] called on the U.S. government to become more actively involved in brokering a settlement of the recent upsurge in killings in Israel and adjoining Palestinian territories... 'We're here calling for dialogue. We're not on...

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Raids on Muslim Offices and Homes in Virginia; Muslim and Jewish Communities Respond

March 28, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28721-2002Mar27.html

On March 28, 2002, The Washington Post reported "President, Moran Are Urged to Shun Gifts; Muslim Donors Target of Raids." The article explained that "The American Jewish Committee has called on President Bush and Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) to turn over to victims' families political contributions from officers of Muslim organizations raided by federal...

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Passover in America, 2002: Interfaith Seders

March 27, 2002

Source: The Plain Dealer

On March 27, 2002, The Plain Dealer featured an article on a Cleveland area Seder, or Passover meal, at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Jewish temple which "fed almost 400 Christians eager to nibble and sing their way through an interfaith Seder. The Reform congregation... welcomed guests from 29 churches... Passover, the most widely observed Jewish holiday, marks the moment when believers say God freed the captive Jews from Pharaoh in Egypt... The Seder means 'order' for the traditional course of the meal's events... Rabbi Melinda Mersack...

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In Hartford, a Rabbi and an Imam Seek "Common Ground"

March 25, 2002

Source: The Hartford Courant

On March 25, 2002, The Hartford Courant featured the story "Leaders Bridge Religious Divide." The article described the visit of Rabbi Stephen Fuchs to the Muhammad Islamic Center of Hartford. The article noted, "He gave a passionate, yet informal half-hour sermon, standing before more than 70 people -- including two-dozen visitors from his own ministry, Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford. Fuchs spoke of the need for Jews and Muslims to maintain a dialogue to better understand each other. ... 'If we join hands I believe...

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St. Louis Teacher Uses History to Teach about September 11

March 24, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On March 24, 2002 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that at Marian Middle, a Catholic girls school in St. Louis, MO, a teacher "is using the book 'Farewell to Manzanar,' a first-person account of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II," to help teach eighth grade students about September 11. "Since the attacks of Sept. 11, Muslims in the United States have been under intense scrutiny and have faced widespread harassment. Hundreds of cases of threats, beatings and firebombings have been reported,...

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The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization Creates Activist Model

March 23, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 23, 2002, The Boston Globe featured an article on "the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, a coalition of 98 churches, synogogues, unions, and community groups that ranks as one of the country's most successful grass-roots organizations... In its six-year history, the group has successfully lobbied the state" on a wide variety of issues including housing and education. "Since its founding in 1996, GBIO has stayed away from the pie-throwing, sit-in tactics favored by some activist groups, with an eye toward engaging an...

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New Study on Role of Religion in Public Square

March 20, 2002

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts

http://www.pewtrusts.com/ideas/ideas_item.cfm?content_item_id=992&content_type_id=18&issue_name=Religion%20in%20public%20life&issue=17&page=18

On March 20, 2002, The Pew Charitable Trusts released the results of their recent poll entitled "Americans Struggle with Religion’s Role at Home and Abroad" from The Pew Research Center For The People and The...

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