Interfaith

University Chancellor Re-Examines Role of Religion in Higher Education

February 2, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On February 2, 2002, The New York Times featured an article on David K. Scott, "who until last spring was chancellor of the University of Massachusetts flagship campus in Amherst... Mr. Scott said he feared that constitutional prohibitions against promoting religion had been used to effectively banish religion from public universities, or at least to 'ghettoize' religion in departments where it can be safely ignored by those who do not study it... Mr. Scott said he would like to see universities revamp the general education...

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Connecticut Muslims Open New Mosque in Former Bowling Alley

February 2, 2002

Source: The Hartford Courant

On February 2, 2002, The Hartford Courant reported that "after years of worshiping in rented space while enduring failed attempts to establish a place of their own, [central Connecticut] Muslims have what they have been searching for... The mosque is in a former bowling alley turned office building... The congregation does not yet have an imam, a Muslim religious leader, and plans for a library and kitchen will have to wait until funding improves. But just having a site for the 44 member families devoted to the Shiite branch of...

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Spiritual and Religious Books Still in High Demand

February 2, 2002

Source: Newsday

On February 2, 2002, Newsday reported that "while the number of people flocking to weekly church services may have returned to normal since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, sales of books exploring how to make sense of incomprehensible evil are still strong... what is unusual about some of these post-Sept. 11 spiritual guides is that they are having a longer than usual shelf life, perhaps because they wrestle with timeless questions, such as: Where is God when senseless tragedy occurs? What is the nature of evil? Can we forgive? And how do we...

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New Zen Monastery to Open in Oregon

February 1, 2002

Source: The Oregonian

On February 1, 2002 The Oregonian featured an editorial on a meeting in Clatskanie, OR that was "sponsored by a Portland-based Zen Buddhist group, the Zen Community of Oregon, to explain its plans to remodel a former elementary school into a monastery and seminary. But many objected to adding the Zen sanctuary to the community's eight churches... 'Our goal is to protect those that have not yet accepted Christ,' said Loren Dummer, the Assembly of God pastor. He worried that that the Zen Buddhists, who are not evangelical, would try to...

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Billboards To Promote Good Relations with Muslim Neighbors

February 1, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-000008021feb01.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dpe%2Dcalifornia

On February 1, 2002, The Los Angeles Times reported, "Southland Muslims Take a PR Approach." The article explained that "A new advertising campaign aimed at promoting good relations between Muslims and their neighbors will be unveiled today on billboards in Southern...

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Day of Unity at Diverse Florida High School

February 1, 2002

Source: St. Petersburg Times

On February 1, 2002, the St. Petersburg Times featured an article on Unity Day at Chaberlain High School in Tampa, Florida. The Unity Day program was "a joint effort of Chamberlain's human relations department and facilitators from the National Conference for Community and Justice... The National Conference seeks to promote understanding and respect among diverse populations... [The] program was based on the National Council's Anytown Leadership Experience, which each summer brings diverse groups of teens together for a week to...

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Church and Gurdwara Work Together to Help Homeless in San Francisco

January 31, 2002

Source: Yahoo

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/020131/sfth093_1.html

On January 31, 2002, a press release from Glide Memorial Church announced, "Sikhs Help Homeless Battle Freezing Nights: Distribute 250 Blankets at Glide Memorial." The press release stated, in part: "Tomorrow the Sikh community will join with Glide Memorial to distribute 250 blankets to the homeless. The Sikh Gurdwara Temple of El Sobrante donated all 250 blankets to Glide. The blanket give-away is a direct response...

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Man to Perform Community Service with Arab-American Agency He Threatened

January 31, 2002

Source: The Detroit Free Press

http://www.freep.com/news/metro/email31_20020131.htm

On January 31, 2002, The Detroit Free Press reported "E-mail threats lead to lesson." It noted, "A California man who sent hate-filled e-mail to an Arab services group in Dearborn on Sept. 11 received his sentence Wednesday: He must spend a week working with the group he targeted. ... After Snyder was charged with ethnic intimidation in October, directors at ACCESS [Arab Community...

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Voices of African American Muslims After September 11

January 30, 2002

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/la-000007439jan30.story

On January 30, 2002, The Los Angeles Times featured the story "One Faith, Two Minds; Feeling snubbed by Muslim immigrants who are defining the faith for the U.S. public, African American Muslims are calling attention to the way they, too, practice their beliefs." The article reported, "the increasing attention on Muslims in America has left many African...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 26, 2002

Source: The Bergen Record

http://www.bergen.com/news/peace200201263.htm

On January 26, 2002, The Bergen Record featured the story "Hackensack: Prayer gathering mirrors service in Assisi, Italy." It reported, "The prayers were voiced in the traditions of more than a half-dozen religious movements, but all had the same theme: a call for religions to foster peace on earth and end human suffering. The Interfaith Prayer Vigil held Thursday night at Hackensack's Church on the Green...

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San Diego Church and Synagogue Hope to Share Land for Expansions

January 26, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On January 26, 2002, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that "the Ner Tamid synagogue and the Rancho Bernardo Presbyterian Church hope to get the City Council's approval next week to split and develop a 32-acre parcel on the west side of Pomerado Road... If the permission to proceed is granted, the Conservative Jewish congregation would build a synagogue, offices, Hebrew school, preschool, gymnasium, community center and meeting rooms on about nine acres of the parcel."

American Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus Rally for Peace

January 26, 2002

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/1529339p-1605806c.html

On January 26, 2002, The Sacramento Bee featured the story "A Plea For Peace: Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs join in rally at Capitol." It reported, "While speakers used a bullhorn to exhort California's leaders to work for peace on the Indian subcontinent, interviews with rally participants showed agreement that crossed religious and ethnic lines." One participant, Punam...

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Religion Gaining Interest and Importance at Minnesota Colleges

January 26, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On January 26, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "reflecting a national trend, Minnesota's small private college students are increasingly interested in religion as an academic study and in seeking private faith answers. This comes after decades of secularization of the colleges, but also shows the new diversity of faiths on every campus... For several decades many small colleges, facing rising costs and tougher competition for students and an increased diversity in student populations, turned away from their close ties with the...

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Peace Vigils Mirror Interfaith Service in Assisi

January 25, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On January 25, 2002, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "as diverse a religious gathering as Pittsburgh ever sees came to what participants called 'our little piece of Assisi' last night to join their prayers for peace with those of Pope John Paul II and religious leaders from around the world... Catholic Bishop Donald Wuerl came first down the aisle of the chapel of the Sisters of St. Francis of Millvale, where 125 people had gathered. After him came veiled Muslim women, a Baptist minister, Jewish leaders, a Zen...

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Editorial: "U.S. Muslim Women Must Speak Out for Freedom"

January 23, 2002

Source: Newsday

On January 23, 2002, Newsday featured an editorial by Zainab al-Suwaij, executive director of the American Islamic Congress in New Haven, Conn. "Ever since a terrorist cell of Muslim men launched a vicious attack on America, the scarf I wear has become a charged symbol... Although some women fear wearing a hijab in America, my experience has been just the opposite: People are respectful and understanding... On Oct. 8, I showed up at work and discovered many female colleagues - all non-Muslims - wearing the hijab as a sign of sisterly...

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