Interfaith

Indian Festivals Raise Cultural Awareness

September 10, 2000

Source: The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star

On September 10, 2000, The Virginian-Pilot reported on "India Fest," an event held last weekend at Old Dominion University's Webb Center. "Papaiah Murthy, an anesthesiologist who founded the Asian Indians of Hampton Roads, which has organized the festival since 1996, said the organization's main focus is cultural awareness...'Our objective is to get the Indian community and the local community as a whole to attend this event,' he said...Some of the cultural activities included demonstrations of the Bharat...

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Controversy Over Prayers at Football Games

September 10, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 10, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution published an article entitled, "Prayer Advocate Plots Plan; Public Proclamation: Stadium-Visiting Minister Says Fight is to Recognize Religious Freedom." It reports that the Rev. Curtis Turner "appeared at a high school football game in Jonesboro on Friday, urging the crowd to stay standing after the national anthem and recite the Lord's Prayer."

"We're not fighting to get prayer at games," Turner said. "It's to get the message out that for...

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Poll Shows Varied Opinions on the Appropriate Role of Religion in Politics

September 10, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On September 10, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported on the role of relgion in the 2000 Election. "A new Buckeye State Poll [showed that] almost three out of five respondents say a candidate's religious beliefs are at least somewhat important in deciding which person will get their vote...90 percent say a candidate's ability to improve the country's moral climate is important, a factor many link closely with religious beliefs." Individual respondents had various responses; some supported religion as an important part of...

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Vatican Releases Statement on Other Religions

September 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Cardinal Roger M. Mahony sought Friday to reassure non-Catholic Christians and those of other faiths that the Roman Catholic Church remains committed to interfaith dialogue despite a strongly worded Vatican statement critical of other churches and religions...The Vatican statement, 'Dominus Iesus'--Lord Jesus--said this week that followers of non-Christian faiths have 'gravely deficient' chances for salvation. It also said that other Christian churches have 'defects' but...

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Sabbath Observed by Many in America

September 9, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On September 9, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that many people observe the Sabbath, whether their faith celebrates on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Brenda Wood, a Seventh-Day Adventist and an anchorwoman at an Atlanta news station, commented that "It's a wonderful thing to be able to put everything down and just rest --- to put away the things of your secular world, all your worries and responsibilities outside of the home, and really have time to reflect, spend time with your family and...

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Vatican Releases Statement on Other Religions

September 9, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On September 9, 2000 The Times-Picayune reported that "several Protestant and ecumenical leaders around Louisiana said Friday they aren't very disturbed by this week's Vatican declaration that only the Roman Catholic church contains the fullness of Jesus Christ's teaching and work of salvation. 'My first reaction is that this is barely a ripple in the ecumenical stream,' said the Rev. C. Dana Krutz, an Episcopal priest who heads the Louisiana Interchurch Conference, a statewide ecumenical council of more than a dozen Christian...

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Jewish Leaders Make Statement on Christianity

September 8, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On September 8, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that a "group of Jewish religious leaders is about to release a provocative statement that challenges widely held views within the Jewish community about God, the Bible and the relationship between Christianity and Nazism...The statement, which is being released by the Baltimore-based Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies," was published on September 10th, in the local Baltimore paper and in the New York Times. "Titled 'Dabru Emet' (Hebrew for 'Seek the Truth'), the statement...

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Yoga Practiced by Many in America

September 2, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 2, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported on the increasing popularity of yoga in America. RK Panditi, president of Eagle Technical Systems in Plano, Texas, explains that in addition to providing health benefits, what "meditation and yoga aims at is the highest spiritual goal of total liberation and full enlightenment." For Panditi, the "practice of yoga helps break down a false distinction between mind and body...It helps him empty his mind of impurities, and leads to a sense of peace and harmony...'I think yoga...

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Millennial World Peace Summit Meets in New York

August 28, 2000

Source: The Associated Press

On August 28, 2000, The Associated Press reported that "songs, cries and calls for prayer opened the Millennium World Peace Summit of religious leaders at the United Nations Monday, a gathering as much about private talks between adversaries as formal resolutions passed in public...Participants say they hope the summit, which runs through Thursday, will result in a declaration on peace, poverty and the environment, as well as the formation of a council of religious leaders to advise the United Nations on preventing and settling...

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Millennial World Peace Summit Meets in New York

August 27, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On August 27, 2000, The Plain Dealer reported on the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. In it, readers are asked to "imagine a meeting that puts Israel's chief rabbi, an emissary of Iran's top ayatollah, the head of the World Council of Churches and a granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi together in the same room. An unexpected grouping, to be sure. But it would have only a few of the spiritual figures due to begin meeting at the United Nations tomorrow, when 2,000 people from 90 nations and a wide spectrum...

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Religion and Globalization

August 21, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On August 21, 2000, The Denver Post reported that religion "can't be left out of international discussions, although people have tried to do just that for centuries, a Catholic scholar said here Sunday...Hardly any national or international debate, turmoil, movement or issue is without a religious angle, said the Rev. Bryan Hehir, dean of the Harvard Divinity School... 'Religion is often the absent element' in political discussions, Hehir said, noting that the practice dates back centuries to when governmental leaders viewed...

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Faithful Diversity Displayed in Boston's Immigrants

August 19, 2000

Source: Patriot-Ledger

On August 19, 2000 the Patriot-Ledger reported, "If you want to learn about a community, visit the place where people worship. But most of us don't do that. We feel like an intrusive outsider and don't understand the religious service unless we're accompanied by a congregation member. So it's a treat to find a new exhibit that introduces us to Buddhists and their temple in Quincy, as well as to five other religious groups in the Boston area. 'Faithful Boston: The Religion of Boston Immigrants' is on view in the changing gallery of...

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