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Florida Buddhists Celebrate Visakhabucha

May 26, 2003

Source: Palm Beach Post

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/auto/epaper/editions/monday/local_news_e31d57c2958f6299000d.html

On May 26, 2003 the Palm Beach Post reported that "two Buddhist monks and about 40 followers, mostly Thai, gathered Sunday at John Prince Park in suburban Lake Worth [FL] for prayers and a picnic... They were celebrating Visakhabucha, a triple holiday commemorating Buddha's...

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Update: Memorial Day 02

May 26, 2003

Source: Milford Daily News

http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/local_regional/mill_memday05272003.htm

On May 26, 2003 the Milford Daily News reported that "about 600 people who gathered in the Millis High School [MA] auditorium yesterday to mark Memorial Day were asked to imagine they were on the parade route... The traditional ceremony began with a prayer offered by Kathy May of St. Paul's Church followed by the placing of the wreath by John...

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International Monks Gather to Chant for Peace

May 25, 2003

Source: The Whitter Daily News

http://www.whittierdailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,207~12026~1416076,00.html

On May 25, 2003 The Whitter Daily News reported that "More than 120 monks from 10 countries led about 400 people in chanting for world peace and meditation at Dhammakaya International Meditation Center in Azusa on Sunday... A celebration of that size and magnitude is rare in Southern California, said center volunteer Rungtham... Held at the...

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Muslims Attend Talk-Radio Workship

May 25, 2003

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.calendarlive.com/cl-me-radio25may25,0,7521101.story

On May 25, 2003 the Los Angeles Times reported that "tired of hearing their religion bashed on talk radio, about 30 [CA] Muslims listened to insider secrets Saturday on how 'Rehan from Rancho Palos Verdes' or 'Maryam from Diamond Bar' can get a word in edgewise on the air... Most of the participants were longtime listeners of talk radio, but had never made a call. Instead...

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Vietnamese Buddhists Celebrate Kinh Mung Phat Dan

May 25, 2003

Source: The Times-Picayune

On May 25, 2003 The Times-Picayune reported that "May 18 [marks] one of the holiest days of the year for Buddhists worldwide: the celebration of Buddha's Birthday, or Kinh Mung Phat Dan in Vietnamese... The congregation at the new Lien Hoa Buddhist temple in Terrytown [Louisiana] marked the holiday in traditional Vietnamese style, with an outdoor prayer service and luncheon. This is the 2,547th anniversary of Buddha's birth, said Son Tran, a member of the temple who served as a translator for the service... He was joined by half a...

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Indiana Study Suggests Faith-Based Organizations Not Necessarily Effective

May 25, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A35615-2003May24.html?referrer=emailarticle

On May 25, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "the assumption behind President Bush's faith-based initiative is that religious charities can do a better job, at a lower cost, than secular organizations in providing many social services, from drug treatment to employment training. But an Indiana study suggests it...

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Update: Utah's New Hindu Temple and Congregation Leader

May 24, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/may/05242003/saturday/saturday.asp

On May 24, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "the proper ritual required mango leaves to be offered to the deity, but mangoes don't grow in Utah, so leaves had been specially ordered from Florida. When the auspicious day arrived, the mango leaves didn't... So Pundit Somayaji Shashidhara, the new priest at the Sri Ganesha Temple in South Jordan, simply substituted...

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Editorial: Separation of Church and State

May 24, 2003

Source: The American Prospect

http://www.prospect.org/print/V14/6/mooney-c.html

On May 24, 2003 The American Prospect published an editorial by Chris Mooney stating that "though not originally the favored candidate of the religious right -- John Ashcroft was -- Bush has played the part well. Virtually his first presidential act was to proclaim a National Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving; soon he appointed Ashcroft to serve as attorney general. Since then the stream of...

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Christians and Jews Unite for "Mitzvah Day"

May 24, 2003

Source: The Beacon Journal

http://www.ohio.com/mld/beaconjournal/news/local/states/ohio/counties/summit_county/5935946.htm

On May 24, 2003 The Beacon Journal reported that "more than 400 volunteers from Temple Israel and First Congregational Church of Akron will be planting seeds of kindness on June 1... The two congregations -- one Christian, the other Jewish -- will join forces to complete about 25 projects in the Akron [OH...

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The Interfaith Resource Center in Delaware Engaged in Outreach

May 24, 2003

Source: The News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/life/2003/05/24interfaithcente.html

On May 24, 2003 The News Journal reported that "With a new director and new location set for the Interfaith Resource Center after June 13, the board of directors is interested in how this 30-year-old religious lending library can broaden its reach on the Delmarva Peninsula... 'We think it is worth exploring how we can be more multicultural in...

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St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary Reach out Across Ethnic Lines

May 24, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/religion/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/living/1053768712187801.xml

On May 24, 2003 The Plain Dealer reported that "growing up in a Russian Orthodox Church in Lakewood [OH], where the Church Slavonic language and ethnic customs were integral to parish life, the Rev. Andrew Clements was taken aback his first few days at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary... Everything was in...

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California Muslims and Law Enforcement Agencies Unite

May 23, 2003

Source: MPAC News

http://www.mpac.org/

On May 23, 2003 the Muslim Public Affairs Council reported that "in a packed news conference at the Islamic Center of Southern California, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and six representatives of local and federal law enforcement held a joint news conference on the partnership between the American Muslim community and law enforcement during this time when the country is on orange alert... Law enforcement officials included FBI Special Agent in...

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Trance: an Audio-Visual Exhibit Sparks Intercultural Dialogue in NY

May 23, 2003

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=7945

On May 23, 2003 The Jewish Week reported that "the shop down the block from the Eldridge Street Synagogue specializes in fish balls, not matzah balls, and the closest house of worship is the Pechau Buddhist temple. But the Lower East Side [NY] still reverberates with the energy and concerns of a century ago, when Russian Jewish immigrants built the neighborhood synagogue......

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Interfaith Partnership to Host Refugee Resettlement Programs

May 23, 2003

Source: The Tampa Tribune

http://tampatrib.com/floridametronews/MGAK80MK1GD.html

On May 23, 2003 The Tampa Tribune reported that "the Sudanese family's arrival in Tampa [FL] late Wednesday marks a milestone for faith groups that help refugees settle here. For the first time, Christians and Muslims have formed a partnership to sponsor the newcomers... 'It's a true interfaith project,' says Danielle Kearney, director of the refugee resettlement program for Lutheran...

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