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Hindu students adjust religious practices for upcoming Diwali

Homemade shrines of Hindu deities adorn students’ dorm rooms and apartments in place of the sacred images found in temples to celebrate Diwali because of busy schedules and long commutes to temples.

Diwali, a Hindu holiday that honors the precedence of light over darkness, marks a new year of spiritual and literal prosperity, said Donald Davis, professor and department chair of Asian studies. The weeklong holiday, which begins Oct. 27, involves prayers that can occur in a temple or at home, Davis said.

Source: Hindu students adjust religious practices for upcoming Diwali | The Daily Texan

Supreme Court Stays Execution of Buddhist Inmate 

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the execution of a Buddhist inmate in Texas whose request that his spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber had been denied. In a brief, unsigned order, the court said that Texas may not execute the inmate, Patrick H. Murphy, “unless the state permits Murphy’s Buddhist spiritual adviser or another Buddhist reverend of the state’s choosing to accompany Murphy in the execution chamber during the execution.” Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch said t

Source: Supreme Court Stays Execution of Buddhist Inmate – The New York Times

Texas Bill Would Allow Public Schools to Post the Ten Commandments in Classrooms 

State Representative Flynn claims teachers want to display the commandments in their classrooms, however opponents say it is unconstitutional. in their classrooms. The bill explicitly states that school officials, especially trustees of the school board, cannot stop copies of such commandments being posted in a prominent location inside classrooms. Rep. Flynn opines that young people […]

Source: Texas Bill Would Allow Public Schools to Post the Ten Commandments in Classrooms – World Religion News

Fifth Encuentro, a New Era for the Church in America

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