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Clergy Pull Together to Help Local People in Need 5 November , 2010

BRATTLEBORO, VT — Members of the local interfaith community met Wednesday afternoon to discuss how they would join forces again this winter to help people in need.

Seven members of the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association talked with Melinda Bussino, executive director of the Brattleboro Area Drop-in Center, Inc., a non-profit corporation that runs the Drop-in Center and an overflow homeless shelter at Brattleboro’s First Baptist Church.

They said it seemed like a natural partnership.

“As people of faith, it’s what we are called to do — clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and feed the hungry,” said the Rev. Barbro Hansson of All Souls Church in West Brattleboro.

“There’s so much human need out there right now that it’s staggering,” added the Rev. Suzanne Andrews of the First Baptist Church.

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Group Heads to Middle East to Gain Insight Into Building Peace and Surviving Conflict 4 November , 2010

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 When Joe McGuire boarded a plane for the Middle East, he took more than just his passport and luggage. He also brought along hope.

“Most people desire peace…it’s probably not going to happen in our lifetime, but it will happen,” said Mr. McGuire who spoke with This Week before heading to Washington D.C. for an orientation session on Oct. 30 and 31 with Interfaith-Peace-Builders before flying to Tel Aviv.

Mr. McGuire will be in the Middle East for two weeks as part of a delegation organized through Interfaith-Peace-Builders, which was founded in 2001 and became an independent organization in 2006. It is not affiliated with any government, political party or special interest group and is funded through individual donations and foundations.

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From the Washington Post’s ‘On Faith’ Blog: Where Are the Moderate Muslims?

In his New York Times opinion piece Islamophobia and Homophobia, Robert Wright argues that Christians have become less homophobic over the decades as a result of the “bridging model,” which says that interfaith acceptance is mostly a question of getting to know people. Once people become familiar with the “other” and start to form meaningful relationships, they begin to change their previous attitudes.

I grew up on the Southside of Chicago where your identity was highly connected to which church parish you belonged to. Everyone was Catholic; it was all I knew. My faith taught me to accept others, but without any real interaction with people of other faiths, I never had the opportunity to put this belief into action.

Then 9/11 happened. All of a sudden, Islam was cast into the national spotlight. I truly didn’t know the first thing about Islam, but I did know that I was scared of what was happening around me.

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Religious Leaders, Youth to Meet in ‘Generations of Faith’ Interreligious Encounter

WASHINGTON (MetroCatholic) — Religious leaders and young adults from Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh traditions will meet for a day of dialogue and interreligious exchange at the John Paul II Cultural Center, November 19, at “Generations of Faith—an Interreligious Encounter.” The day will feature intergenerational dialogue in a variety of formats and concludes with a reception and presentation at 6 p.m. at the John Paul II Cultural Center. The evening event is open to the public and members of the media.

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My So-Called Enemy 6 October , 2010

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In July 2002, 22 Palestinian, Israeli and Palestinian Israeli teenage girls traveled to the United States to participate in a women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. “My So-Called Enemy” is the story of 6 of the girls and how the experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings meets with the realities of their lives at home in the Middle East over the next 7 years.

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Faiths Walk Together to Battle World Hunger

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Little drops of water make up the ocean.  This past Sunday, members of 42 faith groups gathered in a Davenport Iowa for the Churches United CROP Walk to raise money to feed the hungry in an initiative that spans the globe.

“This is a real interfaith walk,” said Anne Wachal of Bettendorf, program manager at Churches United, adding that Jewish, Islam and Christian walkers joined together in the six-mile trek.

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