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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Multifaith Issues From Other Blogs - Update No. 8

This post as usual includes views, news, opinions and comments, from Web Logs, Weblogs, logs, and other logs:

"We're more spiritual than we think. Eighty-four per cent of Canadians identify with a religion or religious group. Sixty-two percent of us believe angels exist."
This week, Maclean's presents the 2006 Canada Day Poll, an exclusive 30- year national survey that paints a startling picture of our lives - and reveals the real legacy of the baby boom. Plus, the 20th Maclean's Honour Roll, a celebration of Canadians doing exceptional and commendable work at home and in the world.
The Maclean's 2006 Canada Day Poll, conducted over a period of three decades by University of Lethbridge sociologist Dr. Reginald Bibby, charts how Canadians have transformed ourselves from a relatively homogenous group into one of the most progressive and pluralistic societies in the world. Based on Bibby's findings, Senior Editor Lianne George examines the change in popular Canadian attitudes since 1975, and the beliefs that make us who we are. Continue reading How Canadian Are You?
  • Liberating Relationships, Jeannine Caracciolo,
    The understanding of this “being with” has recently changed to recognize the need for give and take on both sides. We now call these “mutually liberating relationships.” As Gordon recognized, well-intentioned Christians have often substituted service and good works for a true closeness with others. This service mentality may prevent us from being open to receive a blessing as eagerly as we give a blessing. continue reading Liberating Relationships
  • Where theology meets life, by Jason S. Evans, 29 Jun 2006
    Calvinists and Lutherans have a basic doctrine that I don’t believe is held by any other major world religion. That doctrine is total depravity. The “total” doesn’t mean that humanity is as evil as it can be at all times like some silly comic book villain. It means that we are corrupted from head to toe. Though we can do good deeds for each other, they are generally for our own self-interest. It also means that we are born this way. We aren’t born perfect with a morally clean slate and are turned bad through our environments, instead we are born corrupt with a natural tendancy towards selfishness. Category Tag: Theology & Religion, Culture
  • Original Blessing, Rev. Debra Haffner, June 29, 2006
    I'll be leading a multifaith worship service on Saturday morning, called "Standing on the Side of Love." This is my third worship service at an AASECT annual meeting; several people told me tonight that it's the only religious service they go to each year. That feels like a big responsibility. Continue reading Original Blessing
  • A Shared Experience: Working Together with Muslims, Christians and Buddhists, wanderer, June 26, 2006
    The 24th of June marked a Multifaith Community Event which brought together youth groups from 3 separate religious faiths to build dialogue and cooperation between them.
    Building Bridges: A Multi-Faith Community Service Event was organized by the Religious Youth Service, Australian Islamic Council, Carmelite Monastery, the Loreto Sisters, and Fo Guang Shan Temple.
  • A Muslim Philanthropic Culture 26Jun06
    SAFspace draws our attention to an interesting article about Toronto’s Jewish community and their philanthropy. She writes:
    A colleague once told me of a hospital that had designed a state-of-the-art multifaith room with funds from donors of the various faith communities in Toronto. The walls of the room were etched with the names of donors, few of whom were Muslims. Category Tag: charity, society
    Multicultural Issues:
  • Concessions vs. compromises with "folk religion" Akram's Razor - Svend White's blog ... June 28, 2006
    Was reading about theology when I should be updating some technical specifications for the IT project I'm working on when I came across some intriguing observations about Christian faith and its tensions with popular practice that I think could be fruitfully applied to Islam. Category Tag: Christianity, Religion Continue reading Concessions vs.
  • Comparing US Muslims to European Muslims A very interesting article in The Economist.
  • Theological work.. finished? NextReformation Blog, by len, 1 Jul 2006
    “Reformed theology is always reforming according to the word of God in order to bear witness to the eternal truth of the gospel in the context of an ever-changing world characterized by a variety of cultural settings: theologia reformata et simper reformanda.”
    Karl Barth (Evangelical Theology) argues that we must always begin anew. Barth argues that all our discourse, like language itself, is relativized in view of the overwhelming reality of God. Category Tag: theology, emergence; Continue reading theological work.. finished?
  • the Bible is (somewhat) culturally conditioned by DJ, 28 Jun 06
  • a fallen world? Category Tag: community; Continue reading this postmodern theology post
  • Does Charity Choke Justice?, David Hilfiker, inward/outward, July 1st, 2006
    There are no quick fixes, and the most common reason for quitting is discouragement. But we have little choice. Within an unjust society, there are limitations to our charity; we need to join others in the struggle for justice as well. It is a fundamental requirement of our faith. Continue reading Does Charity Choke Justice?
    Message & Medium Issues :
  • Friend of information, enemy of thought, Andrew Careaga, July 02, 2006
    In this essay on's Books and Culture subsite, Alan Jacobs laments the rareity of serious debate and in-depth discussion in the blogosphere and chalks it up to "what Lawrence Lessig calls the 'architecture' of the online work, and more specifically of blogs." Continue reading from FaithCommons.Org
  • Very Helpful New Bible Reference: The HyperConcordance, emergesque: a faithmaps blog June 16, 2006.
  • Leadership Formation and the Declining Cost of Information, By Stephen Shields, Next Wave
    The Internet brought two innovations to mass communication. It dramatically lowered the cost of platform – today in the West almost anyone can reach millions through blogs or websites. And the new online medium also enabled information purveyors to interact easily with their audience. Furthermore, information collectors and transmitters can interact as peers, synergizing with one another for superior results (this also has profound implications for how the church can now do theology). Category Tag: Continue reading Leadership Formation and the Declining Cost of Information

  • Five Sins of Email,
    (1) Not being clear
    (2) Going on and on
    (3) Sending huge attachments
    (4) Writing poorly or being too curt
    (5) Not using clear subject lines. Category Tag: Technology; Continue reading Five Sins
  • Many Saudis Question Action Against Imam for Laptop Sermon, 29 May 2006.
    A number of Saudis has questioned the decision of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to take action against the imam of a mosque in the Asir province for using his laptop to deliver a sermon.
    The Saudis point out that the ministry’s decision to punish the imam is unfair as it implies a break with modern technology and complete reliance on more than a 1,400-year-old traditional approach to the preparation of sermons.

  • Meera Jasmine sends funds for ‘purification’
    With authorities of the Raja Rajeshwara temple near Kannur deciding to carry out purification rituals following a recent visit by Malayalam film star Meera Jasmine, a non-Hindu, the actress on Sunday remitted Rs 10,000 towards the cost of the rites.
  • Yoga guru in trouble
    LOS ANGELES: Indian-origin yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, who has popularised his own version of the ancient practice in the US, has been accused of violating building and fire safety norms at his studio here.
    Previous entries:
  • Multifaith Issues From Other Blogs - Update No. 7; Update No. 6; Update No. 5; Update No. 4; Update No. 3; Update No. 2; Update No. 1

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    Andrew said...

    Dr. Taher:

    Thank you for linking to my post about Alan Jacobs' essay on the architecture of blogs and how that architecture tends to discourage further, in-depth discussion of issues on the Internet. The more I think about Jacobs' point, the more I think I agree with him. But as I said on my blog, I tend to post -- and read -- things that are of less depth and heft: stuff about music, pop culture, movies, etc.

    Grace and peace,

    AC @ bloggedy blog

    Mohamed Taher said...

    Thank you for stopping and for this comment.

    Best, Mohamed

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