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At Sacred Hawaiian Site, Veneration Looks a Lot Like Litter

April 22, 2007

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/us/22Volcano.html

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii, April 21 (AP) — Rangers here are starting a program to stop people from littering the summit of Kilauea with offerings like incense, candles and food that attract rats and cockroaches.

Some park visitors consider the items an offering to Pele, the Hawaiian fire goddess. But park service...

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Group for Youth was a Response to Violence

April 22, 2007

Source: The Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070422/OPINION/704220338/1002/OPINION

As a college student, Eboo Patel was dismayed as he looked around the world and saw young people of different faiths fighting and killing each other.

He was saddened that so few young people attended international conferences that brought together people of various faiths to talk about peace.

Patel...

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Sikhs Take Advantage of Internet to Connect

April 21, 2007

Author: Neha Singh Gohil

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/nationandworld/ci_5721683

NEW YORK - Every morning, Gurumustuk Singh Khalsa wakes up at 4 a.m., coats his body with almond oil, takes a cold shower and spends the next two hours meditating on God. In the quiet New Mexico dawn, he goes through a yoga routine and recites two Sikh prayers - the Japji Sahib and the Jaap Sahib.

This was Khalsa's New Year's...

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Islamic Center to Hold its Annual Open House

April 20, 2007

Author: GRACE ASSOUAD

Source: Columbia Missourian

http://columbiamissourian.com/news/story.php?ID=25281

For the past year, the Muslim community in mid-Missouri has been under more scrutiny than any other religious group.

Just last month, five men linked to a Columbia-based Islamic charity, the Islamic American Relief Agency-USA, were accused of illegally trafficking $1.4 million in funds to a Sudan-based organization with ties to a then-...

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Muslims, Christians Build Bridges at Potluck Meal

April 20, 2007

Author: STEPHANIE VEALE

Source: Utica Observer-Dispatch

http://www.uticaod.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070416/NEWS/704160309/1001

NEW HARTFORD — Dr. Jameel Arastu of New Hartford says open communication can dispel misunderstandings between people of different faiths.

Arastu, a practicing Muslim who has met with the New Hartford First United Methodist Church's adult Sunday school class twice throughout...

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Michigan Baha’is Make Clean Sweep of Pharmaceutical Waste on Earth Day

April 20, 2007

Source: The Baha'i Faith

http://www.bahai.us/node/206

For the third year in a row, Baha'is in northern Michigan collect hazardous waste on Earth Day, Saturday, April 21.

Along with members of more than 120 interfaith organizations in Michigan's Earth Keeper Clean Sweep program, Baha'is in Marquette rounded up pharmaceuticals that otherwise would get flushed down a toilet or poured down a drain -- and wind up in drinking water.

Last year, as part of the Earth Keeper program, the...

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Vigil Set to Raise Barrier to Hate

April 19, 2007

Author: Erin Conroy

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/04/19/vigil_set_to_raise_barrier_to_hate/

Members of Temple Shalom of Milton and other local congregations -- angered that swastikas were drawn on the temple property last weekend during Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance -- are planning a townwide vigil Sunday to show solidarity in the face of such hate crimes.
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Students Tour Muslim World

April 19, 2007

Author: Jane Lampman

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0419/p13s02-lire.html

What do ordinary people in the Muslim world think about relations with the West? Where do they stand in the struggle within Islam? Who are the role models for young Muslims? How are their religious identities being shaped, and by whom?

With the future of the United States and the Muslim world linked more closely (and painfully)...

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"Sikh Day 2007 Ottawa, Canada," a Commentary by Gursevak Singh Kasbia

April 18, 2007

Author: Gursevak Singh Kasbia

Source: Sikh News Network

http://www.sikhnet.com/sikhnet/news.nsf/NewsArchive/676515AD078FDE38872572C1005368C2

On a cool autumn evening a bunch of friends get together at a local coffee shop. They just happen to be Sikh, and seem to be interested in a concept that really hasn’t taken off in their faith. They live in a relatively educated community, a small city of sorts, with large...

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