Interfaith

Interfaith Dialogue

June 17, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On June 17, 2000, the Los Angeles Times published an article by Benjamin J. Hubbard, professor and chair of the Department of Comparative Religion at Cal State Fullerton, on the subject of interfaith dialogue. Hubbard notes the advances of interfaith dialogue in the past few decades, including the establishment of the Academy for Judaic, Christian and Islamic Studies in the 1970s, the Buddhist-Christian dialogues initiated by Professor John Cobb at the Claremont School of Theology, the 1993 World Parliament of Religions, and the...

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Interfaith AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service

June 13, 2000

Source: The Buffalo News

On June 13, 2000, The Buffalo News reported that the 15th annual Interfaith AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service was held at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Buffalo, New York on Monday, June 12th. The centerpiece of the service was the Litany of the Names, which was the reading by five different clergy of more than 150 names of those people who had died of AIDS. The service was attended by more than 200 people, most of whom were friends and relatives of those who had died.

Palos Heights, Chicago: Controversy over Sale of Church to Muslims

May 24, 2000

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On May 24, 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "Plans to open a mosque in Palos Heights have upset residents and prompted some City Council members to consider derailing the plan by condemning the property the mosque wants to purchase." The Al Salam Mosque Foundation wanted to buy "the Reformed Church of Palos Heights' building." Residents say they fear increased traffic and would like to use the building for a new recreation center. "But a less vocal group in the south suburb also has expressed fears about the people...

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Interfaith Group Unites to Combat Domestic Violence

May 16, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On May 16, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "Rabbi Arthur Nemitoff,...senior rabbi at Temple Israel on the Far East Side, joined Columbus Bishop James A. Griffin and the Rev. Jesse Wood, pastor of Love Zion Baptist Church, to announce the formation of an interfaith council to battle family violence." The group is calling for religious leaders to "give moral leadership in shaping the community's response to such abuse" and for religious communities to offer support to survivors of domestic violence, breaking the trend...

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Jewish Council Honors Muslim Leader in St. Louis, Missouri

May 10, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On May 10, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that imam Waheed Rana was awarded the Norman A. Stack award by the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis for his work building bridges between the Muslim and Jewish communities. Rana is a founder of the Islamic Center in St. Louis and serves as the imam at the Daar-ul-Islam Masjid in St. Louis. Rana, accepting the award, stated: "We need each other...We are all the children of Abraham."

Cardinal O'Connor's Efforts to Promote Ties with Jews

May 5, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 5, 2000, The Boston Globe published an article on the late Cardinal John O'Connor's efforts to promote more positive relations between Catholics and Jews. Edward Koch, former Mayor of New York City and good friend of Cardinal O'Connor, stated: "I heard him say many times - in his homilies, in public statements, privately - that you could not be a good Catholic and be anti-Semitic...He would say, 'Jesus was a Jew. Mary was a Jew.' By that repetition, he was saying you have be pretty stupid to be anti-Semitic. I think that has...

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National Day of Prayer

May 3, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On May 3, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the St. Louis area will gather around flagpoles at more than 50 city halls in the region to pray for the nation on Thursday, May 4th, which is National Prayer Day. The tradition was started in 1952, when president Harry Truman signed a declaration calling for such a day. In 1988, President Reagan signed a declaration officially designating the first Thursday in May to be National Prayer Day. Jay Teutenberg of Webster Groves, Missouri,...

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Ohio Motto Declared Unconstitutional

April 27, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On April 27, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "pinions were plentiful yesterday in the aftermath of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Ohio's 41-year-old state motto -- 'With God, all things are possible' -- is unconstitutional." Some wonder why the US national motto "In God We Trust" has been allowed while this motto is considered unconstitutional; others argue that the national motto is more vague than Ohio's and thus shows less of a bias toward Christianity specifically. Americans United for...

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