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."
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...
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...
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]...
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."
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,...
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...
On May 27, 2002, Newsweek featured an article on Azizah magazine, a new publication for Muslim American women, and its editor, Tayyibah Taylor. "Subscriptions have risen from 300 to 2,000 in
the past 18 months, and many public libraries and universities now carry
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.
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...
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...
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."
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...
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