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A religion communicators group is calling for responsible discussion of faith groups in news coverage of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
The Religion Communicators Council urged journalists and bloggers to "pursue accuracy, respect and understanding of people of all faiths and faith communities." The statement is in a resolution adopted Aug. 7 in Philadelphia, Pa., by the board of governors for the 400-member interfaith council.
The 17-member board called "for responsible discussion of religion and of all faith groups, seeking the understanding and acceptance of religious communities."
The anniversary of the 2001 attacks could "bring about painful recollections of terrorism and its effects," the resolution said. Rhetoric about the attacks "could become heated and distorted as it intermingles the religious identity of participants in those heinous acts," the measure continued.
The council encourages communicators for faith groups to adhere to the highest ethical guidelines in presenting religious faith and values in public discourse.
"We encourage our members to consider having their faith groups adopt similar resolutions on civil discourse," said Deb K. Christian, council president.
The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising and public relations. Members represent Baha'i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faith communities. Founded in 1929, council headquarters is in New York City.
-- Religion News Service/ Religion Communicators Council
Week in Religion
- Aug. 24, 1572, the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre took place all across France, where thousands of French Protestants (Huguenots) were slaughtered.
- Aug. 25, 325, the General Council of Nicea ended. This first ecumenical conclave in the history of the Church was attended by 300 bishops, who together established the Nicene Creed and set down the lunar formula for celebrating Easter.
- Aug. 26, 1498, in Rome, Italian artist Michelangelo, 23, was commissioned by Pope Alexander VI to carve the "Pieta" Mary lamenting over the dead body of Jesus, whom she holds across her lap. The work was completed in 1501.
-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
According to the Pew Research Center for Religion and Public Life, from 2006 to 2011, the majority of Western countries have seen an increase in the percent of people who view Jews in a favorable light: U.S. (77 percent in 2006 vs. 82 percent in 2011), Britain (74 vs. 76 percent), Germany (69 vs. 71 percent), Spain (45 vs. 59 percent). France, however, saw a decrease (86 vs. 84).
“The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life” by James Martin
The Ignatian goal of "finding God in all things" means that every part of our lives can lead us to God. This book shows us how this is possible, with user-friendly examples, humorous stories and anecdotes from the heroic and inspiring lives of Jesuit saints and average priests and brothers, as well as examples from Martin's 20 years as a Jesuit. The traditional wisdom that Jesuits use to help other people in their daily lives is easily applied, but not often explained well to the general public. This book translates these insights of St. Ignatius for a modern audience and reveals how we can find God –– and how God can find us –– in the real world of work, love, suffering, decisions, prayer and friendship.
-- HarperCollins Publishers
Quote of the week
“Bless your uneasiness as a sign that there is still life in you.” -- Swedish Christian statesman Dag Hammarskjald
baptism of the Spirit: Christian Pentecostal and Holiness groups use this phrase to refer to a believer being “filled with the Holy Spirit.” Pentecostals associate it primarily with speaking in tongues, others with empowerment to faithfully serve God. Most non-Pentecostal Christian groups believe that the baptism of the Spirit happens at conversion or water baptism.
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of India (2001 census)
Hindu: 80.5 percent
Muslim: 13.4 percent
Christian: 2.3 percent
Sikh: 1.9 percent
Other: 1.8 percent
Unspecified: 0.1 percent
- CIA Factbook
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