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With Little Fanfare, New Director to Oversee the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

August 25, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/24/AR2006082401371.html

On August 25, 2006 The Washington Post reported, "The White House announced Jay F. Hein's appointment at 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday three weeks ago, the kind of timing usually reserved for news the administration wants to bury.

Hein is the new director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives...

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Krishna Temple Marks Thirty Years in Detroit

August 20, 2006

Source: Gannett News Service

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060820/LIFE/608200313/1006/L

On August 20, 2006 Gannett News Service reported, "Thirty years ago, two scions of a labor leader and an automotive pioneer gave the seed money to turn a dilapidated Detroit mansion into one of the nation's top Hindu temples. At one point, Elisabeth Reuther, daughter of labor leader Walter Reuther; Alfred Ford, Henry Ford's great-grandson;...

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Our Lady of La Vang Church Aims to Bring Together Vietnamese and Latino Catholics

August 20, 2006

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-parish20aug20,1,3168969.story

On August 20, 2006 the Los Angeles Times reported, "The sanctuary of Santa Ana's new Our Lady of La Vang Church was designed to give worshipers a transcendent experience by mixing influences from East and West. In the center of the four-cornered building, a sleek altar sits under a large dome. Surrounding it are blond oak pews that seat more...

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Op/ed: "Does Tolerance Disarm Religious Liberals?"

August 15, 2006

Source: UU World

http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/samharrischallengesliberalreligioustolerance5817.shtml

On August 15, 2006 the UU World published an opinion piece by Warren R. Ross, "In his best-selling book, The End of Faith, Sam Harris takes a dim view of the consequences of religious belief. 'As long as it is acceptable for a person to believe that he knows how God wants everyone on earth to live,' he writes, 'we...

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Increasing Number of Students Major in Religion Nationwide

August 10, 2006

Source: The Record

http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2MDkmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTY5NzEwMTEmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk0

On August 10, 2006 The Record reported, "Hiroshi Obayashi, chairman of the religion department at Rutgers University, has watched the number of religion majors and minors triple during the past 10 years. Princeton University has...

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Graduates of Interfaith Seminary to Host Regular Multi-Faith Services

July 31, 2006

Source: Edinburgh News

http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1110122006

On July 31, 2006 Edinburgh News reported, "Multi-faith religious services for people who do not go to church are to be held in Edinburgh for the first time. Four interfaith ministers are to run a fortnightly 'universal service of worship' in a Newington community centre. They expect the congregation to consist mainly of people who believe in God but have become disillusioned with...

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Interfaith Group Holds Anti-Death Penalty Vigil Before Execution

July 27, 2006

Source: WVLT-TV

http://www.volunteertv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5088082

WVLT-TV reported, "A group promoting alternatives to capital punishment in our state is holding a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in Knoxville. Members of the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killings are demonstrating their opposition to Wednesday morning's execution. Volunteer TV's Gary Loe has more from the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church where folks are holding a prayer...

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Local Interfaith Dialogues Respond to Middle East Conflict

July 18, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/07/18/jews_muslims_work_to_keep_local_dialogue_going/

On July 18, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Local Jews and Muslims are working hard to keep their interfaith groups alive and communications open as the Middle East conflict deepens. So far, leaders say, they are succeeding -- partly by concentrating on long-term,...

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Creationism Debate Goes to Summer Camp

July 12, 2006

Source: Newsweek

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/195/story_19522_1.html

Newsweek reported, "The battle over evolution is moving beyond the court room and into summer camp. The Christian Camp and Conference Association said 50 percent of the member camps--which include summer camps and year-round after-school programs reaching 6 million kids every year--have a science curriculum about God's creation. A Christian camping environment 'allows us to bring kids to a...

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Update: Leaders in Lewiston Organize Event in Support of Muslim Community After Pig's Head Incident

July 11, 2006

Source: Portland Press-Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/060711lewiston.shtml

On July 11, 2006 the Portland Press-Herald reported, "Community leaders in Lewiston-Auburn will hold a rally Wednesday in support of Somali Muslims who were stunned when someone rolled a pig's head into their mosque at prayer time last week.

The event is planned for 11:15 a.m., with a tentative location at Courthouse Plaza on Lisbon Street, on the...

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Opinion: "Pluralism May Be the Future of Religion" by Ray Waddle

July 8, 2006

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060708/NEWS06/607080318/1023/NEWS

On July 8, 2006 The Tennessean published a column by their columnist Ray Waddle: "Earth is becoming a spiritually hyphenated place, says Rabbi Rami Shapiro of Murfreesboro. I know what he means. Lately I've run into local Unitarian-pagans, Episcopalian-skeptics, Christian-Sufis, Presbyterian-ecologists, Baptist-Democrats....

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"Are South Asians Missing in the Immigration Fight?" by Veena Dubal

July 7, 2006

Source: South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=99493251d224788e1f68bf803c6a3c85

On July 7, 2006 South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection published an opinion piece by Veena B. Dubal, an activist with the Alliance for South Asians taking Action (ASATA): "The names of men who have disappeared since the World Trade Center tragedies were listed starkly against...

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Sufi Conference to be Held in Fremont

July 2, 2006

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.insidebayarea.com/trivalleyherald/localnews/ci_4005076

On July 2, 2006 Tri-Valley Herald reported, "Each Sunday evening, Ayyaz Yousaf gets together with roughly 30 to 40 people in Fremont for a spiritual gathering. Known as a zikr, this weekly session or ritual meditation begins with an opening recitation from the Quran, reading poems and prayers, and group chants in praise of the Prophet Muhammad, followed by a free...

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