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  • 2008-OCT-12: Reno, NV: First annual inter-faith meeting honors Mahatma Gandhi: Representatives of various "... religions and denominations came together in Nevada ... to honor peace icon Mahatma Gandhi, to pray for world peace, and to celebrate human spiritual rights."
    "Organized jointly by Gandhi Monument Council and Advocates for Religious Rights & Freedoms at the International Community of Christ World Headquarters in Reno, this peace celebration united Christians (various denominations), Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Bah'ais; including some from Japan, Minnesota, California, etc."
    "Right Reverend Gene Savoy Jr., President of Advocates for Religious Rights & Freedoms, in his keynote address, said that all members of the human race were members of the same family, regardless of social or national origins, and had no right to cause physical, mental or spiritual harm to another by any means whatsoever, for such was against the will of God and the conscience of man as a spiritual being."
    "Rajan Zed, ... president of Universal Society of Hinduism, recited the peace prayers in Sanskrit from Rig-Veda. ... prayers were read ... by Buddhist priest Rev. William Bartlett, Bishop Paul Clemens of Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch -- Malabar Rite, Rev. Sean Savoy of International Community of Christ, Roya Galata of Bahai faith, Roman Catholic Fr. George Wolf, and Rev. Yukinori Matsushita of Japan. Rev. Robert Petrovich welcomed the participants. Rev. Gary Buchanan directed the music. 1
  • 2008-OCT-16: New York, NY: Center opens to fight global hunger: Mercy Corps' new international aid group, the Action Center to End World Hunger opened on OCT-16. It features a video by Tina Fey a start of Saturday Night Live. She says:
    "The Action Center will illuminate how hunger is not the problem, but the symptom of many root causes, such as poor agricultural practices, human rights abuses, and the impacts of climate change. By identifying and highlighting these underlying causes, the Action Center will seek to generate the public resolve necessary to create lasting change."

    The center suggests many actions that visitors can take to combat hunger. They range from writing a letter to a politician, sponsoring a tree in Niger, or becoming an Americorps VISTA volunteer.

    George Devendorf of Mercy Corps said:

    "We're not going to be successful in achieving the kind of lasting change we want unless we open up a second front in that struggle, and that second front is here at home. It's influencing Americans and building a constituency of citizens who understand what some of these root causes are that animate hunger and poverty and have a clear understanding of some of the steps they can take." 2,3
  • 2008-OCT-21: World: Foreign Policy magazine publishes first Global Cities Index: The index lists the top ten "global cities" which lead in business, human capital, culture, global political influence and the centrality of the city to global information flows. Three of the top ten are in North America, four in Asia and two in Europe. New York is considered the top city, London, UK is second, Los Angeles third, Chicago eighth, and Toronto tenth.

References used:

  1. Excerpted from a news release by Rajan Zed, president of Universal Society of Hinduism.

  2. Deepti Hajela, "Center opens in NYC to fight global hunger," Associated Press, 2008-OCT-16, at: http://www.ewoss.com/

  3. Action Center to End World Hunger has a website at: http://www.actioncenter.org

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Copyright © 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2008-OCT-13
Latest update: 2008-OCT-16
Compiler: B.A. Robinson

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