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Hindu Sect's Temple Request Causes a Stir In Chesco

May 5, 2009

Author: Kathleen Brady Shea

Source: The Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20090505_Hindu_sect_s_temple_request_causes_a_stir_in_Chesco.html

In a bucolic Chester County township that values open space, a Hindu sect's request to build a temple about two-thirds the size of a football field has caused a stir.

The group, which has been meeting in a West Pikeland Township...

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Seeking Sikhism

May 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/seeking-sikhism

Two young Sikh men have taken a universal message of love, respect, and tolerance to the airways. Bhupinder Singh and Harkeerat Singh are the creators of Seeking Sikhism, a spirituality-based television show that explores the teachings of the Sikh religion. Their goal is to provide a forum for viewers to better understand the true meaning behind Sikh teachings.

“...

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Turban Day Celebrations In Rome, Italy

May 4, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/turban-day-celebrations-rome-italy

It was a moment of wonderful feeling of sharing the cultural heritage in one of the reputed universities in Rome, Italy when on 28th April 2009, an occasion on Turban was marked to bring awareness on the cultural heritage from the region of Punjab, India. The day started with incessant rain which was thought to be a mood spoiler but it proved...

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NMB Student Brings Together Christian And Jewish Teenagers to Help the Homeless

May 1, 2009

Author: Pamela Duque

Source: The Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/northeast/story/1026811.html

With final exams around the corner, Sundays mean study time for some high school students. But for Shira Papir and nine friends, last Sunday was a day for helping others and spending time with fellow teens from different religious backgrounds.

''Interfaith dialogue has always been something I've been...

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English Library Seeks Globalization Of Buddhism

April 29, 2009

Author: Han Sang-hee

Source: The Buddhist Channel/The Korea Times

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=45,8071,0,0,1,0

People no longer have to visit temples hidden among serene mountaintops to learn about the Buddhist faith. Just across from the Jogye Temple, the headquarters of the biggest Jogye Order in Korea, there is a small, yet lively library called the Buddhist English Library of Seoul (BELS). Here, you can learn, read and talk...

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Beach Council Allows Monks to Hold Services At Home

April 29, 2009

Author: Deirdre Fernandes

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

http://hamptonroads.com/2009/04/beach-council-allows-monks-hold-services-home

The City Council voted unanimously to let a group of Buddhist monks hold religious services at their home in Pungo.

The monks can hold mediation services on Sundays with no more than 20 people, and festivals must be held elsewhere. The monks cannot put more statues in their yard, and...

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Interfaith Group Collaborating Efforts Against Malaria

April 28, 2009

Author: Megan Brauner

Source: Adventist News Network

http://news.adventist.org/2009/04/post-1.html

Members of faith groups from around the world, including representatives from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, are coordinating efforts to slow the spread of and eventually eradicate malaria.

The One World Against Malaria Summit met April 24 in Washington, D.C. to discuss methods of partnering with government organizations and also between various...

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Sikhs Turn to Community

April 28, 2009

Author: Trevor Pritchard

Source: Standard Freeholder

http://www.standard-freeholder.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1542504

Neil Shah stands at a podium and, holding back tears, reminds his fellow Sikhs of the importance of sewa.

"I hope you remember this speech as a moment when you know sewa is what brings us together," he passionately tells the three dozen worshippers sitting in front of him, cross-legged, on the floor of the Sikh...

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More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops

April 26, 2009

Author: Laurie Goodstein

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/us/27atheist.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail1=y

Two months after the local atheist organization here put up a billboard saying “Don’t Believe in God? You Are Not Alone,” the group’s 13 board members met in Laura and Alex Kasman’s living room to grapple with the fallout.

The problem was not that the group,...

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Amendment Gives Religious Organizations Exemption to Same-Sex Ruling

April 23, 2009

Author: Daniela Altimari

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-same-sex-marriage-0423.artapr23,0,3521923.story

State legislators on Wednesday approved a measure that strives to strike a balance between the rights of gay couples and the rights of religious institutions that object to same-sex marriage.

A spokesman for Gov. M. Jodi Rell said she will sign the bill.

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Sikh Community Marks Vaisakhi With Visit From Clr Graham Welborn, Mayor Of Warrington

April 22, 2009

Author: Vicki Stockman

Source: Warrington Guardian

http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/4310034.Sikh_community_celebrates_with_Mayor_and_Mayoress/

The Sikh community celebrated Vaisakhi with the Mayor of Warrington, Clr Graham Welborn last weekend.

It was marked with Akhand Path, a non-stop reading of the whole of Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book, by a number of priests reading in relay....

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Muslim Woman's Appointment As Obama Advisor Draws Cautious Optimism

April 22, 2009

Author: Noha El-Hennawy

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-obama-advisor22-2009apr22,0,1997286.story

Egyptians are cautiously rejoicing over the recent appointment of a veiled Egyptian American Muslim woman as an advisor to President Obama.

Dalia Mogahed, senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, was appointed this...

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Groups Want Faith Exemption On Same-Sex Marriage Issue

April 21, 2009

Author: Daniela Altimari

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-same-sex-battle0421.artapr21,0,7143658.story

Six months after the state Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in Connecticut, opponents are opening a new front in the contentious battle.

Through a high-profile campaign that includes robocalls, TV spots, newspaper ads and messages from the pulpit, the Roman...

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