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Ammachi, India's "Hugging Saint," Visits Texas

June 22, 2002

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.ammachi.org

On June 22, 2002 The Dallas Morning News reported that "Ammachi, the spiritual teacher from India known as the 'Hugging Saint,' will lead a series of free programs next weekend in Grapevine," Texas as part of her annual U.S. tour. "The event will include teaching, singing and meditation. And, of course, hugs... Among her followers, Ammachi's hugs are regarded as something beyond the ordinary... People wait hours for them."

Young Jain Singles Gather to Mingle in California

June 21, 2002

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On June 21, 2002 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported on the Jain Forum for Friendship in California where "more than 150 eligible men and women - all followers of Jainism, an Indian religion with strict interpretations of pacifism, ecological awareness, and vegetarianism - came to mix and mingle in Long Beach on a recent weekend at the first Jains singles conference... 'This is for our generation, which is caught between cultures,' said Komal Shah, 28, co-chair of the Jain Forum for Friendship... The meeting was...

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St. Louis Celebrates Pagan Picnic

June 17, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 17, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on a "two-day Pagan Picnic in Tower Grove Park [in St. Louis, Missouri]... Sponsored by the Council For Alternative Spiritual Traditions, the picnic is a chance for pagans to celebrate being pagans, said River Higginbotham, chair of this year's 10th-annual event. Local pagans also see it as an educational opportunity - a chance to let the public know what paganism is all about... Higginbotham estimated [that the picnic] attracted about 2,500 people this year. Over the...

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Clergy Sexual Abuse Across Traditions

June 15, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On June 15, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on clergy sexual abuse cases. The article outlines the open way the International Society for Krishna Consciousness handled allegations of sexual abuse and how that differs from the actions of the Catholic Church. "The Krishna case, which is still in the courts, alleges that dozens of children of Hare Krishna members were abused in the 1970s at church boarding schools in Texas, West Virginia and New York... Hare Krishna spokesman Anantanda Dasa... [said]...

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"Muslim Girls' Sports Camp" in California

June 15, 2002

Source: Azizah

http://www.mwlusa.org/

On June 15, 2002 Azizah reported that "two weeks every summer, for the past four years, Muslim girls between the ages of seven and 16 have come together to participate in... the Muslim Girls' Sports Camp... in Pasadena, [CA]. Established by the Muslim Women's League, the girls' sports camp is the only one of its kind in the country and offers Muslim girls a chance to learn the skills of various sports."

Mosque Grand Opening Attracts Area Leaders in Utah

June 15, 2002

Source: The Deseret News

On June 15, 2002 The Deseret News reported on "the grand opening of the newly expanded Khadeeja Masjid in West Valley City, [Utah]. The expansion of the mosque triples its size and adds a copper-colored dome... Gov. Michael Leavitt, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, University of Utah President Bernie Machen and Elder Cree-L Kofford ... of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those scheduled to attend the grand opening. The public is also invited... [Area] Muslims now number somewhere between 15,000 and 20,...

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New York Catholic Churches Accommodate Immigrant Communities' Worship of Diverse Saints

May 29, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On May 29, 2002 The New York Times reported that "Roman Catholic immigrants have long brought regional devotions from their home countries to New York City... But today, with the same churches accommodating more than one immigrant group, some parish priests say groups of the faithful are laying claim to both space and time within parishes for their own shrines and patron saint celebrations, sometimes with a fervor reawakened only by the competition... In parishes like St. Cecilia, [in East Harlem, NY] priests say there is no...

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Jewish Orthodox Wedding Rich with Symbolism

May 25, 2002

Source: The Buffalo News

On May 25, 2002 The Buffalo News featured an article on a local Orthodox Jewish wedding. "A wedding in the Orthodox Chassidic Jewish tradition has deep, lifelong spiritual meaning and symbolism... The wedding day is considered the couple's private Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - and the reunion of a once-divided soul in a man and a woman." The article continued with a description of the different rituals and their traditional symbolic meaning.

Wearing Hijab Gains Popularity with Young Muslim Americans

May 19, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39204-2002May18.html

On May 19, 2002, The Washington Post reported on the "growing number of college-age women -- many with mothers who do not cover their hair -- who have made the choice to wear scarfs, an Islamic expression of female modesty... In the United States, dozens of Muslim women's Web sites have posted...

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Author Reclaims Traditional Ritual for Non-Orthodox Jews

May 16, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 16, 2002, The Boston Globe featured an article on Anita Diamant and her newly formed organization, Mayyim Hayyim: Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center. Diamant, an author and resident of Newton, MA, wants to use her organization "to reinvent the ritual that has traditionally been used only by Orthodox Jews and to build a contemporary mikveh [pool used for ritual bathing] created with the needs of non-Orthodox Jews, men and women, in mind... Although Jews have been using the mikveh for more than 2,000 years...

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Vietnamese Catholic Community of Boston Supports Cardinal Law

May 13, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On May 13, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "the local Vietnamese Catholic community pledged its support for the archbishop [Cardinal Bernard Law]... and condemned sex abuse by priests... Theresa Pham, 55, of Boston, said she and other Vietnamese Catholics felt that Law has done much for their community and other refugees."

Washington DC Area Hospital Delivery Rooms Accommodate Increasing Diversity

May 12, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On May 12, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "faced with an influx of immigrant mothers over the past decade, delivery rooms across the Washington area are increasingly adapting not just to unfamiliar languages, but to a new set of traditions and taboos... Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring has become adept at assembling all-female teams of obstetricians, nurses, anesthesiologists and even neonatologists to attend Middle Eastern women whose Muslim religion forbids examination by male health workers. The maternity...

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Editorial: "Urban Legends about Muslims"

May 10, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On May 10, 2002, The Denver Post featured the opinion piece "Urban Legends about Muslims" by Asma Gull Hasan, a Muslim-American who grew up in Pueblo, CO. "Recently, someone asked me how anti-Muslim sentiments after the tragic attacks on America on Sept. 11 have changed my life. I realized I've faced anti-Muslim sentiment all my life. The only difference now is that hating Islam and blaming Muslims for all our problems is a growth industry... Beware of urban legends about Islam because their purpose is to scare you from...

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