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When Swimming As a Muslim Woman Becomes A Political Act | HuffPost

LONG BRANCH, N.J. –– Manar Hussein stood in the sand and faced the blue Atlantic Ocean, as the water hit her toes over and over in waves. The 27-year-old Muslim woman had not been to the beach in years, despite living in a state with over 40 beaches. Ever since she started wearing a hijab as a teenager, she never went swimming.

Source: When Swimming As a Muslim Woman Becomes A Political Act | HuffPost

A Jewish movement against ICE takes off by deploying its most famous mantra – Religion News Service

(RNS) — It started with a call on Facebook to demonstrate against the country’s increasingly hostile immigration policies.

Earlier this summer, Serena Adlerstein, a 25-year-old Jewish volunteer for a nonprofit that promotes immigrant rights, asked her Facebook friends: “What if young Jews occupied ICE detention centers and shut them down?”

Source: A Jewish movement against ICE takes off by deploying its most famous mantra – Religion News Service

Six Faiths: A rainbow of religions span spiritual spectrum

Tallahassee is much like other mid-size cities in the American South — it takes its religion seriously. Just under 50% of Tallahasseeans consider themselves religious and practice their faiths.

And in our city, there are many faiths to choose from. From established Christian traditions, including Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical practices to Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Bah’i and Judaism, there is a worship service available.

Source: Six – Faith: Diversity of faiths span spiritual spectrum

Ohio Zen Buddhist Temple Receives Green Light for New Home | Buddhistdoor

After months of at times tense deliberation, Buddhists in Toledo, Ohio, have been given permission to begin construction of a new temple. Toledo City Council voted 11:1 earlier this month to approve construction of a 750-square-meter facility in what is currently a purely residential neighborhood. Officials had delayed approval due to the concerns of neighborhood residents. Work clearing the way for the new temple has begun.

Source: Ohio Zen Buddhist Temple Receives Green Light for New Home | Buddhistdoor

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