News items relating to religious tolerance and information
- 2008-OCT-12: Reno, NV: First annual inter-faith meeting honors
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,
Bah'ais; including some from Japan, Minnesota,
"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
"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.
- 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.
Excerpted from a news release by
Rajan Zed, president of Universal
Society of Hinduism.
"Center opens in NYC to fight global hunger," Associated Press, 2008-OCT-16,
Action Center to End World Hunger has a website at:
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Copyright © 2008 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2008-OCT-13
Latest update: 2008-OCT-16
Compiler: B.A. Robinson