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New multi-faith coalition has political, social agenda​ for New Haven, Fairfield counties

BRIDGEPORT — In what founders call a first of its kind for the state, a new multi-faith coalition is being formed today with the intention of effecting some change in the political arena.  Gov. Dannel Malloy, Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey, Sen. Joe Crisco, D-Woodbridge, and insurance and health care industry leaders are scheduled to appear at the founding assembly for CONECT, Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut, at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.

Interfaith service hopes to improve city

CLEVELAND - An estimated two thousand people packed an interfaith service Monday night in Cleveland with the goal of making the city a "more just and prosperous place." Greater Cleveland Congregations united people from 40 different churches, synagogues, mosques, and neighbored centers at the Masonic Auditorium...

Multi-faith coalition shares vision of Greater Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A newly organized multi-faith coalition of 40 different religious congregations and community groups unveiled a coming-out Monday -- in the words of Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk -- to "rise against the tide of a despairing Cleveland." The seeds of the new coalition, called Greater Cleveland Congregations, were sown in September at an organizational meeting attended by 350 people at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood where Nosanchuk is senior rabbi...

A collaboration of congregations in Cleveland

Churchgoing Christians are used to hearing their ministers quote from Matthew 25:35: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.

However, most Christians never get to hear Jesus' message delivered by a rabbi -- and one who quotes Islamic text, too:

One should like for his neighbor what he loves for himself...

Congregations Convene for a Greater Cleveland

Slammed by foreclosures, persistent unemployment and poverty, Northeast Ohio can use all the help it can get, spiritual and secular. So the creation of the Greater Cleveland Congregations, a coalition of 40 local religious congregations, could be heaven-sent. The organization, a patchwork of faiths from both city and suburban congregations, promises to put aside theological, geographical and racial differences to concentrate on activism that can improve lives in Greater Cleveland...

Greater Cleveland Congregegations pledges to use interfaith muscle for social justice

During her tenure as Dean of Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral over the past decade, Tracey Lind has seen interfaith groups come and go. Mostly go. Until recently, few suburban congregations saw the need to collaborate with city churches. And collaborations between Muslims and Jews were not common. Lind claims the newly formed Greater Cleveland Congregations, or GCC, aims to change that. She says the recession has prompted more groups to work together...

In good faith?

The members of the Muslim Educational and Cultural Center of America want to move their mosque to unincorporated Willowbrook because they have outgrown their space in an office park in the village. Seems clear-cut, yet DuPage County leaders are resisting.

In January, the county's Zoning Board of Appeals rejected plans for the MECCA mosque. Earlier this month, the County Board declined to vote on the proposal, kicking it back to planning officials for more study...

Community organisers learn powers of persuasion

As communities get the power to run their own public services, Jessica Shepherd attends a workshop on the art of influence.

The faces around the table are growing redder as both sides become exasperated. A council leader has agreed to meet with a local campaign group that wants to change his mind about shutting a centre for disabled people in the borough. "I'm afraid difficult decisions must be made," the council leader says. "I have another meeting now so we'll have to wrap up..."

Gordon Brown triumphs in unofficial fourth TV leadership debate

Prime minister puts in extraordinary performance when the three party leaders addressed community groups.

Gordon Brown today put in one of the most extraordinary performances of his tenure as prime minister when the three party leaders took part in an unofficial fourth debate – addressing community groups in the largest live audience of the election campaign.

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