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Mormon Church Having Difficulties Registering With Government

July 18, 2003

Source: Cybercast News Service

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/1210353.html

On July 18, 2003, Crosswalk.com posted a Cybercast News Service story , which reported, "While Russian Orthodox, Muslim and most other denominations practice in Tatarstan with relative ease, the Mormon Church is still having problems registering with the government in Tatarstan and is challenging the government's refusal...A U.S. State Department human rights report released...

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Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles and Their Role in Student Protests in Iran

July 18, 2003

Source: Jewish Journal

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=9692818dc9b706fc1ce59502ed17829d

On July 18, 2003 the Jewish Journal reported that "as student protests against the Iranian regime swept the streets of Tehran and other cities in the country, the large Iranian Jewish community in Los Angeles followed developments with fervent interest, while keeping a low public profile... Actively cheering on the...

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Indians Comprise Second Largest Immigrant Group

July 16, 2003

Source: Indo Link

http://www.indolink.com/News/NRI/news_071603-190255.php

On July 16, 2003 Indo Link reported that "Indian immigrants, numbering over seventy thousand, comprised the second largest immigrant group to the United States in 2002, the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) said in a report released Tuesday. BCIS was previously known as the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (INS)... A total of 1.063 million people migrated to the...

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Carbondale Ethnic Festival Interfaith Service in Illinois

July 13, 2003

Source: The Southern

http://www.southernillinoisan.com/rednews/2003/07/14/build/local/LOC001.html

On July 13, 2003 The Southern reported that "people of all religious faiths and backgrounds need to take the messages they learn in their houses of worship and come together as a unified force for the betterment of their communities... That was the message of Rabbi Mark Shook of Temple Israel in St. Louis, who spoke at the Carbondale Ethnic Festival...

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Editorial: Silent Interfaith Meetings with the Religious Society of Friends

July 12, 2003

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2003/07/12/d7.rel.trimcolumn.0712.html

On July 12, 2003 The Register-Guard printed an editorial by Helen Park stating that "the Friends Meeting... is distinct from the Friends Church... We have no pastor or prescribed order of service. We worship in silence, with occasional ministry that can come from anyone present. We believe that everyone has direct access to Divine inspiration and...

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Update: Obon Celebrations in California

July 12, 2003

Source: Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/071303/071203mhsObon.shtml

On July 12, 2003 the Appeal-Democrat reported that "Saturday night, [Toshiye] Kawamura danced several dances with a group of women and girls on stage at the Buddhist Church of Marysville [WA] during the annual Obon Festival. A larger circle of revelers, many of whom had practiced four or six times previously, followed their guides' moves... Japanese paper lanterns kept the evening...

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Bhagavati Members Deliver Food and Teachings in West Hollywood Streets

July 12, 2003

Source: Ventura County Star

http://www.insidevc.com/vcs/religion_and_ethics/article/0,1375,VCS_151_2104695,00.html

On July 12, 2003 the Ventura County Star reported that "Arnold Pomerantz was once a vice president and division director for Payless Shoesource. Now retired, he and about two dozen other core members of an interfaith community in West Hollywood devote themselves to the teachings of Bhagavati and explain to outsiders why...

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Louisiana Organization Seeks Peace Through Interfaith Dialogue

July 11, 2003

Source: The News-Star

http://www.thenewsstar.com/html/0DA2B8AF-36FF-44A6-A6BC-DCD2E6AC5D64.shtml

On July 11, 2003 The News-Star reported that "a panel of scholars and lay people from different faith groups and international communities will talk at Neville High School tonight about how to overcome obstacles to personal and world peace... The forum, called 'Overcoming Obstacles to Peace, Friendship and Joy,' is sponsored by the Eagle Vision...

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Editorial: Patriot Act Threatens Fourth Amendment

July 10, 2003

Source: India Currents

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=2469d33308a1083b5a67c6807ef9d327

On July 10, 2003 India Currents printed an editorial by Jason Halperin stating that "earlier this year, I experienced a very small taste of what hundreds of South Asian immigrants and U.S. citizens of South Asian descent have gone through since 9/11, and what thousands of others have come to fear. I was held,...

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The Youth for Peace Coalition in Waco, TX

July 10, 2003

Source: Waco Tribune-Herald

http://www.wacotrib.com/news/newsfd/auto/feed/news/2003/07/10/1057840259.29114.5365.1239.html

On July 10, 2003 the Waco Tribune-Herald reported that "fourteen young people � eight black and six Hispanic � are the test class for a new summer camp aimed at promoting friendships and understanding across religious, racial and cultural lines. The Youth for Peace Coalition, an educational program...

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Retreat Centers in the Virginia Area

July 6, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A2263-2003Jul3.html

On July 6, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the 1,000-acre Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville on the James River in Buckingham, Va., schedules yoga classes, group meditations, vegetarian meals, and 10-day silent retreats several times a year. The nondenominational Mountain Light Retreat Center in Crozet, Va., specializes in Zen-based meditation. And the...

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Fulbright Scholars Study Religious Diversity in Utah

July 6, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.harktheherald.com/article.php?sid=88751

On July 6, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "17 Fulbright scholars from countries such as Bangladesh and Brazil, Cameroon, the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Slovakia and Spain, have come here to see U.S. religious diversity firsthand... They arrived in Utah on Saturday... It seems an odd place to study diversity, given the fact that this state has a dominant religious majority in...

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Diverse Celebrations of the Fourth

July 5, 2003

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/7075171p-8008034c.html

On July 5, 2003 The Fresno Bee reported that "a midmorning picnic at California State University, Fresno's J.E. O'Neill Park drew more than 300 people Friday, many eager to show that the Fourth of July is more than fireworks -- it is a time to celebrate the nation's pluralism. Chinese-Hmong dancers, Japanese Taiko drummers, Valley heartland folk players, flamenco dancers and...

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