On May 8, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured the story "Taoist women look for miracle; Seismic problems put their S.F. temple in trouble." The article reported "A group of elderly Chinese women, bent with age and toil, are trying to save their Taoist temple, built with hard work and belief in the gods....
In 2001, the Pluralism Project embarked on a new initiative to convene and cultivate Women’s Networks in Multireligious America. The first consultations of religious advocacy organizations, we recognized that women rarely held formal leadership positions, but played critical roles within the community. The common concerns of religious women represented important opportunities for collaboration, yet their voices were rarely heard within the public conversation, or the traditional structures of interfaith dialogue. We hosted the first in a series of multi-religious consultations...
On April 25, 2002, The Tennessean featured the article "Conference to help Muslim women, girls deal with challenges." Sabina Mohyuddin, 30, organized a conference at Tennessee State University to assist Muslim women and girls with the unique challenges they face in the Bible Belt, particularly after September 11. "The Muslim community in Nashville has changed considerably...
On April 22, 2002 the BBC News reported that "the families of four Muslim schoolgirls who were suspended from their schools in Singapore for wearing Islamic headscarves are planning to sue the government.
Three of the girls - aged six to seven years old - were barred from school in February after a highly-publicised stand-off between the families and the city-state, which said the scarves flouted...
On April 20, 2002, The Seattle Times featured an article on Azizah, a magazine "created for the 'contemporary Muslim woman.'" The magazine is produced by and for American Muslim women and "is a conversational
mix of religion and profiles, family issues and home decor, fashion and health... With articles on the Sept. 11 backlash against Muslims, birth control and
feminism, the quarterly doesn't shy from controversy... Azizah doesn't...
On April 8, 2002, Newsday reported that "from Episcopal and Protestant churches to Jewish synagogues and Hindu temples,
religious leaders... are reflecting on the sexual abuse scandal
within the Roman Catholic Church and its potential impact on their own houses of
worship... In truth, the scourge of clergy sexual abuse has been exposed in virtually
every religious faith and denomination... Members of the Jewish Orthodox faith recently... [faced] their own sexual
abuse scandal involving... a leader in the Orthodox
On April 6, 2002, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "to encourage Jewish women to seek help, the Jewish Council Against Family
Violence installed a kosher kitchen last month in an existing Missouri women's
shelter... Last month, a St. Louis shelter became the first in the region equipped with
a kosher kitchenette. At least 10 shelters nationwide have kosher facilities."
On March 30, 2002, The St. Petersburg Times featured the article "seder helps bridge gap between two faiths" on the Seder organized by members of the Women's Guild at St.
Anthony Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, FL. The event was conducted in partnership with "Sally Charloff... and Gloria Goldman... [from] Temple Beth David Jewish Center... [who] led and assisted the Guild women in
conducting this traditional Passover meal... During the seder ceremony, Goldman recited the Hebrew prayers while
Charloff read the English...
On March 28, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that in Hamilton, MA, "a month ago the Board of Selectmen rejected an Anti-Defamation
League proclamation to combat intolerance, and yesterday a West Virginia-based
hate group delivered anti-Semitic pamphlets to a downtown neighborhood... The pamphlets ask residents to 'Just say No to the Jewish ADL Agenda' and
whether they want 'to prevent your daughters from procreating with subhumans.'
Similar messages have been delivered to about a dozen communities around Boston...
On March 17, 2002, the Los Angeles Times featured an article on the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, CA. "Inside the mosque community... some object to non-Muslims visiting
their sacred space; others warmly embrace them. Some women veil their entire
bodies; others throw off such practices as outdated...
The King Fahd Mosque's struggles to unite a people drawn from a broad range
of ideologies, culture and race seem familiar and quintessentially American. The
diversity belies the notion of an insular people in ideological...
On March 13, 2002, The Boston Globe reported that "last September, Mount Holyoke College held an opening ceremony
for a new dining hall. Any other year, it would have been a festive occasion at
the nation's oldest women's college... But when Wilder Hall was consecrated, it was two days after
Sept. 11. The dining hall opened not merely to hungry students but to a sense of
hope, prayer, and spiritual revolution... The kitchen at Wilder Hall, the first of
its kind in an American university,
serves meals that conform to...
On March 9, 2002, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the First Unitarian Society in Milwaukee is marking International Women's History
Month by hosting "Standing Before Us," a travelling exhibit of 72 display panels. The exhibit is on influential women in American history who "were Unitarians,
Universalists or members of the association that was formed by consolidating the
two denominations... Long known as one of the most liberal denominations in the United States, the
Unitarian Universalist Association...
On March 2, 2002, The New York Daily News featured an article on the Baha'i Faith in New York City. "There are about 800 members in the city [and] the church counts more
than 5 million adherents around the world, among them perhaps 620,000 in the
United States. The Baha'i Faith, as it is formally known, is listed as one of
the world's fastest-growing religions... It was founded in 1844... in what was then Persia, by
Mirza Ali Muhammed, a Sufi Muslim who declared himself the Bab (Arabic for
gate), a new messenger from God. He...
The Spring 2002 edition of Spirituality and Health featured a story on the "huge outpouring of support" from the community after a window at the Islamic Center of Toledo was shot on September 11 in an act of vandalism. Cherrefe Kadri, president of the large mosque, said "YES-FM, a Christian radio station in the Toledo area, had contacted me, wanting to do something... They called out on the airwaves for people to come together at our center to hold hands, to ring our mosque, to circle our mosque, holding hands, to pray for...
On February 23, 2002, The Sand Diego Union-Tribune reported that "thousands of Muslims streamed into the San Diego Convention Center yesterday
morning to pray about God's greatness and hear speeches extolling the virtues of
their religion -- and of women in their faith...
While Islam recognizes differences between men and women, 'it also affords
them equality,' said Tehseen Lazzouni, one of the speakers at the Eid al-Adha
holiday observance... In her talk, the 32-year-old San Diego resident said under Islam,...