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Buddhist Monastery Fights Power Line

May 6, 2008

Author: Robert King

Source: The Buddist Channel/NV Daily

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=61,6353,0,0,1,0

Deep in the woods of West Virginia, a small, Buddhist monastery uses the calm of nature to meditate. To the Bhavana Society, a monastery in High View, roughly 6 miles from Gore, the forest is an integral part of their religion.

"The forest is considered like our temple," said Bhante Rahula, a monk and vice abbot at the...

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Islamic Funeral Home Gets Burnsville Council OK

May 6, 2008

Author: JOY POWELL

Source: Star Tribune

http://www.startribune.com/local/south/18713219.html

In response to a growing Muslim population in the south metro, the Islamic Institute of Minnesota plans to open a funeral facility in Burnsville that will be used to prepare the dead for burial.

The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the institute to buy a building just off Hwy. 13 at 12th Avenue.
...

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New London Mayer Joins Sikh Celebrations in His First Outing

May 6, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet/hindu.com

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/6F48ABD1ED70E12B87257441006575B4

London's maverick new mayor Boris Johnson chose to attend Baisakhi celebrations of Sikh community here in his first public engagement and declared that he will work to "unite all communities," in an attempt to build bridges with the city's vast ethnic minorities.

Johnson, 43,...

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The Government of Canada Takes Part in Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation's Harmony Festival

May 5, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Buddhist Channel

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=66,6336,0,0,1,0

Volunteers with the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Canada will be doing their part to actively fulfill the spirit of Canadian multiculturalism by taking part in the Harmony Festival 2008. The Festival will focus on the issues of global warming and will call ordinary citizens into action to help reduce carbon emissions....

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New 25th Infantry Leader Riles Religious-Rights Group

May 3, 2008

Author: John Milburn

Source: Star Bulliten

Wire Service: AP

http://starbulletin.com/2008/05/03/news/story09.html

The founder of a foundation that has sued the military, alleging widespread violations of religious freedom, has criticized the promotion of an Army general who was reprimanded last year for helping a Christian group produce a fundraising video.

Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom...

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Jewish Students in Plano Report Pressure to Pick Up New Testaments

May 2, 2008

Author: STACI HUPP

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/050308dnmetbiblefight.3780755.html

Some Plano students who are Jewish say they were pressured or taunted to pick up copies of the New Testament from school display tables during recent weeks.

Their parents have called for changes in district policies that allow outside groups to...

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Systematic Training Initiative Showing Results, Say Convention Delegates

May 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Baha'i World News Service

http://www.bahaiworldnews.org/story/630

There is a new wind blowing in the Bahá’í world.

That message came through loud and clear in three days of consultations at the 10th International Bahá’í Convention.

Delegates from 153 countries described how a systematic, grassroots process of community-building -- focused on training, learning and service -- is creating a new...

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Buddhist Temple Approved for Buxton

May 2, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://news.mainetoday.com/updates/026420.html

Two-and-a-half years after proposing to build a Buddhist temple on a rural road in Buxton, members of southern Maine's Cambodian community this week received approval for their project from the Buxton Planning Board.

The Wat Samaki Temple on Back Nippen Road received the board's unanimous approval Monday with few changes to the proposal other than a...

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Standing Room Only at Muslim Free Clinic

May 2, 2008

Author: Khalid Moss

Source: Journal News

http://www.journal-news.com/l/content/oh/story/living/religion-faith/2008/05/02/ddn050208clinicweb.html

Ten minutes before 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, the tiny waiting room of Reach Out Medical Clinic, 25 E. Foraker St., began to fill. By 5:15, only standing room was available to patients arriving for the five o'clock grand opening of Dayton Mercy Society's...

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Eager to Vote, Muslims File Stack of Lawsuits over Citizenship Delays

May 2, 2008

Author: JOHN LANTIGUA

Source: The Palm Beach Post

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/05/02/m1a_citizens_0503.html

Shadi Odeh has lived 17 of his 31 years in the United States.

He is a Palestinian, transplanted at age 14 to Texas, where he was a boisterous Dallas Cowboys fan. In 1999 he moved to South Florida, where he embraced basketball's Miami Heat, which he...

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Troy Interfaith Group Hosts Day of Prayer

May 1, 2008

Author: Catherine Jun

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080501/LIFESTYLE04/805010321/1041

About 100 T-shirts ordered last week and expected to arrive today will display 13 religious symbols, among them a cross, Star of David, Buddha and the Muslim crescent moon and star.

The shirt design represents the diversity promoted by the Troy Interfaith Group, said Padma...

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Bush Marks National Day of Prayer Amid Controversy

May 1, 2008

Author: Adelle M. Banks

Source: The Pew Forum/Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=15522

President Bush marked the National Day of Prayer at the White House on Thursday (May 1), noting Americans' equality across their diverse faiths even as critics charged that the widespread prayer observances have been "hijacked" by evangelicals.

"On this day, we celebrate our freedoms, particularly the freedom to pray in public...

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How Inclusive is the National Day of Prayer?

April 30, 2008

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0430/p01s02-usgn.html

On Thursday, several million Americans will gather in special observances across the country to mark the National Day of Prayer, first inaugurated by Congress in 1952.

Under the energetic sponsorship of a national task force, the events have mushroomed into the thousands in recent years. They are held at houses of worship but also...

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