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Court to Reconsider Sacred Mountain Row

October 17, 2007

Source: Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1733263620071017

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday that it would reconsider its decision that barred an Arizona ski resort from using treated sewage to make snow on a mountain sacred to several Native American tribes.

The long-running case has pitted economic and leisure interests against the beliefs of American Indian tribes, with both sides winning at...

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Obama Reaches Out to Religious Voters

October 16, 2007

Author: ERIC GORSKI

Source: The Associated Press

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hDs1G4KcPg0QdpjieZ3p9oj2j_CgD8SA6CJG0

The invitation appeared one Sunday in Joanna Chase's church bulletin: Come to a "faith forum" and join a conversation about the intersection of religion and politics.

Living in New Hampshire, Chase is accustomed to pitches from presidential hopefuls, especially those focusing on values-voting...

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Paradise Valley Family Pens Book that Demystifies Islam

October 15, 2007

Author: Diana Balazs

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/1015nepvteenmuslim1015.html

PARADISE VALLEY - It was a trip to the bookstore and a classroom encounter that prompted the Hafiz family of Paradise Valley to write a book to educate Muslims and non-Muslims about Islam.

Dilara Hafiz, 42; her son, Imran, 15, a sophomore at Brophy College Preparatory in...

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Nativity Dispute Divides Berkley

October 15, 2007

Author: Jennifer Chambers

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007710150365

BERKLEY -- Christmas may be weeks away, but a quarrel that has become an annual holiday tradition across America is in full swing: heated disputes over religious displays on public property.

An infant Jesus, mother Mary and Joseph are again at the center of this long-brewing legal controversy, this time in the city of...

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Muslim Mayors Urge Muslims to Visit Jerusalem

October 15, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/15/africa/ME-GEN-Israel-Mayors.php

After praying at Jerusalem's main holy site, two Muslim mayors attending the annual Jerusalem mayors' conference are calling on Muslims to visit the holy city.

Al Haji Nasser Ntege Sebaggala from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, and Adam Kimbisa, from Kampala...

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Camp Promotes One Sikh Nation

October 15, 2007

Author: Rebecca Rosen Lum

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/DB9C8FF645FBDD7587257375004182A7

Saturday, about 1,200 Sikh children imagined a world without divisions.

"One Sikh Nation," a day camp that took place at Sikh temples in 11 cities across California, including Pittsburg, was the brainchild of a group of college students that began meeting in 2000 to raise...

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Dallas Conference Explores Key Hindu Issues

October 14, 2007

Source: Hindu Press International

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/hpi/2007/10/17.shtml#1

DALLAS, TEXAS, October 14, 2007: What happens when 200 men and women, all sharing a profound love of Hindu dharma, meet for three days in East Texas, site of John Kennedy's assassination deep in the Bible Belt? The fifth annual Human Empowerment Conference (HEC) concluded here today. The 200 spiritual and community leaders, scholars, academicians and activists attended the intense, three-day...

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Film Award Honours 'Hug Guru'

October 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7043185.stm

Actress Sharon Stone has presented India's famous female guru, Mata Amritanandamayi, with an award for her humanitarian work.

Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma, is best known for blessing her devotees with a hug.

Stone presented the spiritual leader with the prize in Paris at human rights film festival Cinema Verite.

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Spain's Andalucia Region to Help Develop Varanasi

October 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: WebIndia123

Wire Service: IANS

http://news.webindia123.com/news/Articles/India/20071013/792283.html

Spain's autonomous Andalucia region is to assist Unesco in preserving the cultural heritage of the Hindu holy town of Varanasi and to ensure the development of its urban areas on scientific lines.

"Andalucia is famous for its Islamic heritage cities of Seville and...

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Cincinnati Interfaith Community Come Together for “The Children of Abraham”

October 13, 2007

Source: Catholic Online

http://www.catholic.org/prwire/headline.php?ID=4267

CINCINNATI, OH, OCTOBER 13, 2007 - Several Cincinnati, Ohio and statewide organizations are coming together to search for new ways to collaborate, as well as to find new strategies, for the interfaith community to help build a brighter future for Cincinnati.

Over the next few months, and hopefully years, “The Children of Abraham,” will sponsor a wide range of programs as part of...

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Season of Charity: A Time of Scrutiny for U.S. Muslims

October 13, 2007

Author: Kim Vo

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.mercurynews.com/religion/ci_7168704?nclick_check=1

Chatting with visitors to her mosque during Ramadan, Bushra Burney mentioned to a married couple that her annual charitable donation - or zakat - went to the Islamic Relief Fund.

It's a respectable group, the Fremont woman hastened to add. "There's nothing fishy about it."

Such defensiveness reflects the quandary facing...

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Keeping the Faith: Religious Trends in the Waikato

October 12, 2007

Author: Hamilton City Council

Source: Scoop Independent News

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0710/S00157.htm

An important community exhibition and education programme on religious diversity in the Waikato opens at the Waikato Museum today. The exhibition focuses on nine religious groups that are either part of significant religious trends or key historical players in the Waikato, or that have made a unique impact on the 'spiritual landscape' of the...

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