Click the link below to read about the Clergy Beyond Borders tour, a group of Muslim, Jewish and Christian religious leaders visiting 18 cities across America to combat religious intolerance after 9/11. 

On the tenth anniversary of September 11th, Muslim, Jewish and Christian clergy of Clergy Beyond Borders embarked on a tour of the United States to combat religious intolerance.


"We take pride in America's tradition of pluralism and diversity — the United States is truly a country of all, for all,” said Imam Yahya Hendi, the president of CBB.


The tour is called the Religious Leaders' Caravan for Reconciliation, and it ends Sept. 25 in Frederick, Md. Other cities along the tour include Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 19); Detroit, Mich. (Sept. 22); Toledo, Ohio (Sept. 23) and Mercersburg, Pa. (Sept 25).


"To fight extremism, we need more religious tolerance, not less," said Rabbi Gerald Serotta, executive director.


They plan to present their messages in 18 states to clergy, legislators, citizens and students, engaging in interfaith dialogue and sharing their views of the most important lessons from 9/11. The clergy will also participate in one another’s prayer services at a mosque, church and synagogue.


"On this trip, we are helping people move from fear to understanding, and for that we turn to the common values that we find in all our religions," said Father Adam Bunnell, a Franciscan Friar and Roman Catholic priest, who serves on the board.


CBB promotes mutual recognition among religious communities, seeking not to remove meaningful borders between them, but rather building bridges of understanding and cooperation.


-- Religion News Service/ Clergy Beyond Borders


Week in Religion


- Sept. 13, 1635, the Massachusetts General Court banished separatist preacher Roger Williams, 32, for criticizing the Massachusetts Bay Company charter and perpetually advocating a separation of church and state.


- Sept. 14, 1975 (Mother) Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (1774-1821) was canonized by Pope Paul VI, making her the first native-born American citizen to become a saint in the Roman Catholic Church.


- Sept. 15, 1853, in her home state of New York, Antoinette L. Brown, 28, became pastor of the Congregational church in South Butler, making her the first woman to be formally ordained to the pastorate in the United States.


-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church


Survey Says


Slightly more Catholics believe the Catholic Church's position on the issue of homosexuality is too conservative (46 percent) than believe it is about right (43 percent). – Public Religion Research Institute


Good Book?


"Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week" by Joel Osteen


The title comes from research that shows people are happiest on Fridays. Pastor Joel Osteen writes how we can generate this level of contentment and joy every day of the week. Known as a man who maintains a constant positive outlook in spite of circumstances, Osteen has described this message as a core theme of his ministry. Combining his personal experiences with scriptural insights and principles for true happiness, he shows readers how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that they experience at five o'clock on Friday.


-- FaithWords


Quote of the week


“...the Bible, composed by men inspired of the Holy Ghost, has God himself as its principal author, the individual authors constituted as his live instruments. Their activity, however, ought not be described as automatic writing.” -- Pope Benedict XV (1920)


The Word


Rapture: In Christian eschatology, a term used to describe the sudden transportation of true Christians into heaven before other events associated with the end of the world take place.


-- religionstylebook.com


Religion Around the World


Religious makeup of Laos (2005 census)


Buddhist: 67 percent


Christian: 1.5 percent


Other and unspecified: 31.5 percent


- CIA Factbook


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