Interfaith

Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 7, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 7, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the latest crisis in the Middle East that has flared into bloody confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians is putting already troubled efforts in Southern California to promote dialogue between Muslims and Jews to a severe test. The Muslim-Jewish Dialogue group, set in place in July 1999, and its newly formed crisis management committee were designed to give the two communities a forum for talking over differences on issues before issuing public statements. But as...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 6, 2000

Source: The Buffalo News

On October 6, 2000, The Buffalo News reported that in an event "described as the first such meeting in recent memory, local Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders came together under one roof Thursday to denounce the violence that has erupted in Jerusalem and has threatened hopes of reviving the Middle East peace process. The local leaders signed a statement pleading for President Clinton to redouble his efforts to bring the parties back to the negotiating table so this conflict can be settled with conversation and not...

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Interfaith Families Create New Traditions

October 6, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On October 6, 2000, The Boston Herald published an article entitled, "Guiding Light: Interfaith Families Share Ancient Traditions - and Create New Ones."

Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 5, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On October 5, 2000, The New York Times published an article entitled, "New Hostility in Mideast Echoes in a Brooklyn Neighborhood." It reported that "along Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn's Sunset Park, Hasidic Jews and Palestinian Muslims cross paths at every corner. Women with unmistakable Yiddish accents shop in Islamic markets, alongside Arabic women in head scarves. In the evenings, Jewish fathers pass Muslim fathers clutching the Koran, each on the way to pray to God or to Allah. A few return home to the same blocks. In Sunset...

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Effects of Fighting in the Middle East Felt in the U.S.

October 3, 2000

Source: The Courier-Journal

On October 3, 2000, The Courier-Journal (Kentucky) reported on "a few acres of flat, elevated turf in Jerusalem's old city, revered by Jews as the site of their ancient temple and by Muslims as the scene of a miraculous visit by the prophet Mohammed." It reported that "Louisville-area Jews and Muslims alike say they were not surprised that right-wing Israeli politician Ariel Sharon triggered violence just by showing up there. Five days of fighting have followed Sharon's visit last Thursday on the site that Muslims call the...

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A Buddhist in a Presbyterian World

September 30, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 30, 2000, the Los Angeles Times told the story of Ai Tasedan. She has "attended services at St. Mark Presbyterian Church faithfully for the past 25 years. She got married there. She goes on church-sponsored mission trips and volunteers wherever needed." And, surprising to some, she is a Buddhist. "It's an ecumenical twist that doesn't bother the liberal Newport Beach congregation very much, if at all. St. Mark's elders decided in 1975 to help rescue Tasedan and her family, Vietnamese refugees who were in living in a...

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"Muslim 'Man of Peace' to Help Jews Greet New Year"

September 29, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 29, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article entitled "Muslim 'Man of Peace' to Help Jews Greet New Year." It reported that "as Jews in metro Atlanta and around the world begin their holiest season of the year, one Atlanta congregation will be hosting an unusual guest speaker: a Muslim sheik. Sheik Abu Saleh el Refai, a Sufi Muslim and spiritual leader of Arabs living on the West Bank, will be the guest speaker this evening at services sponsored by the nondenominational Shema...

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Supporters Hope Rally Will Decrease Discrimination and Intolerance

September 29, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 29, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the St. Charles County Social Justice Alliance's Stop the Hate rally, interfaith fellowship and candlelight vigil. The service "will include talks by concerned community activists, interfaith prayers and music by the B'hai Choir. The service will end with a candlelight vigil in the circular driveway of St. Charles Presbyterian. The St. Charles County Social Justice Alliance was spawned from last year's Stop the Hate Rally-also held at St. Charles Presbyterian......

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Hate Crime at Harvard

September 25, 2000

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 25, 2000, The Boston Herald reported that "spurred into action by an alleged skinhead attack on an Islamic Harvard student, Cambridge religious leaders yesterday organized a silent vigil in Harvard Square and warned students to be on their guard. The 150 protesters called for peace and tolerance in a city known as much for its diverse and eccentric residents as its institutions of higher learning. 'We want to protect all people, regardless of who they are or what their ethnic background is,' said former Harvard...

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Affordable Housing Gets a Boost from Faith-Based Organizations

September 23, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 23, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "in Los Angeles, workers are busily renovating three ramshackle sites into gleaming new homes. Credit the First African Methodist Episcopal Church for the vision--and the $ 6 million it will take to revamp the sites into 38 new units for AIDS sufferers. In Compton, an abandoned home once disfigured with graffiti now boasts new carpets, shiny tiles and freshly planted hibiscus--and will soon be sold to a low-income family. Credit My Friend's House, a Whittier congregation,...

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Clinton Signs Religious Liberty Bill into Law

September 23, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 23, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "President Clinton signed into law Friday a bill designed to restore strong legal protections for religious freedom when conflicts arise with cities, zoning boards, prisons and nursing homes. 'Religious liberty is a constitutional value of the highest order, and the framers of the Constitution included protection for the free exercise of religion in the very first amendment,' Clinton said in a statement after signing the bill. 'This act recognizes the importance the free...

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Interfaith Gathering Focuses on Forgiveness

September 23, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On September 23, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the " 'Faith and Forgiveness' theme at the ninth annual dinner of the Interfaith Partnership of Metropolitan St. Louis." The cabinet of the Partnership includes leaders from 26 area religious traditions. Participants shared stories about forgiveness and learned much about each other's faith traditions. The Partnership plans to hold an event to discuss the death penalty from various religious perspectives in October.

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