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New temple rises in the Salt Lake Valley, but it’s not for the faith you may think – The Salt Lake Tribune

For six years, members of the Krishna community have gathered in a refurbished classroom in a former Seventh-day Adventist school to chant and sing before a small altar decorated with flowers and statues of deities.

Source: New temple rises in the Salt Lake Valley, but it’s not for the faith you may think – The Salt Lake Tribune

Kashmiri Americans organize to put a human face to the crisis in their homeland – Religion News Service

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (RNS) – On Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of the sacrifice, Huma Dar began with a request for a prayer for her people.“Nobody knows the meaning of sacrifice more than the Kashmiri people,” she told the standing-room-only crowd gathered on Sunday (Aug. 11) in the Democracy Center, a meetinghouse in Harvard Square, to learn about new developments in the Kashmir crisis.Then Dar, who teaches South Asian studies at the University of California at Berkeley, raised her hands to her face in s

Source: Kashmiri Americans organize to put a human face to the crisis in their homeland – Religion News Service

‘Braiding the sacred’: Land Institute studies relationship between people, plants – News – The Kansan – Newton, KS – Newton, KS

A ritual in May in a field near Salina changed Abbi Han’s life.Han had never been a caretaker for plants. Now, the research resident at the Land Institute is responsible for the survival of a diverse smattering of crops with traditions steeped in American Indian culture.Every day, Han checks on the plants she sowed in May, watering them from a well as needed and pollinating by hand to avoid cross-breeding from an industrial corn operation across the road.Following the advice of Taylor Keen,

Source: ‘Braiding the sacred’: Land Institute studies relationship between people, plants – News – The Kansan – Newton, KS – Newton, KS

2 Colleges Expand Religious Services

Two religiously affiliated colleges last week announced new services for people of different beliefs. The University of San Francisco, a Roman Catholic institution, has named Rabbi Camille Shira Angel, who has taught at the university since 2017, the university’s first rabbi in residence. Shenandoah University, a Methodist institution, has hired Hanaa Unus, a Muslim, who is the first non-Christian to serve in the university’s spiritual office.

Source: 2 Colleges Expand Religious Services