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Sikh Airman Makes History As He’s Given Permission To Wear Turban And Beard | HuffPost

A Sikh airman made history when the U.S. Air Force granted him permission to wear a turban, beard and unshorn hair.

Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa, an active duty crew chief at McChord Air Force Base near Lakewood, Washington, confirmed in a statement released Thursday by the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund that he was given a religious accommodation, meaning he is partially exempt from the grooming and dress code that once prevented him from fully expressing his faith.

Source: Sikh Airman Makes History As He’s Given Permission To Wear Turban And Beard | HuffPost

Judge upholds Mobile’s effort to block Buddhist center – al.com

Several years ago, the Thai Meditation Center of Alabama Inc. filed suit against the city and its Planning Commission, which had denied an application to build on Eloong Drive near Dog River. Early phases of the dispute involved neighbors’ complaints about zoning issues and possible traffic problems, but the conflict grew to include charges that the city was holding the Buddhist center to one standard while allowing other religion-affiliated organizations much more latitude to build churches, schools and other facilities

Source: Judge upholds Mobile’s effort to block Buddhist center – al.com

Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner Held in Montville | TAPinto

Approximately 75 people gathered at the Montville United Methodist Church in Towaco May 10 for an interfaith Iftar dinner. The Iftar is the meal that Muslims eat after sunset during the holy month of Ramadan to break their daily fast. Christians, Jews and Muslims ate together at the meal, sponsored by the Peace Islands Institute, to learn something about the Islamic faith and share conversation and peace, in the words of Montville United Methodist Church Pastor Donald Kirschner.

Source: Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner Held in Montville | TAPinto

Interfaith group works beyond vigils – The Edwardsville Intelligencer

“Vigil after vigil was the only time I’d see the other clergy,” said Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe of Moses Montefiore Temple in Bloomington, who decided, “We need to get together.” So, about a year and a half ago, Dubowe connected with the Rev. Mollie Ward, director of mission and spiritual care at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, to create the McLean County Interfaith Alliance.

Source: Interfaith group works beyond vigils – The Edwardsville Intelligencer

Former Lawyer Becomes First Black Female Episcopal Bishop In The South 

The Episcopal Church has ordained an African American woman to serve as a bishop in the South for the very first time. The Rev. Phoebe Roaf, 55, was officially consecrated as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee on Saturday. She is the fifth black female bishop in the history of the Episcopal Church. Born in Arkansas, Roaf is a fourth-generation Episcopalian. Her brother is former New Orleans Saints player Willie Roaf. The bishop told HuffPost that growing up, she never saw anyone who looked

Source: Former Lawyer Becomes First Black Female Episcopal Bishop In The South | HuffPost

Muslims greet holy month of Ramadan fasting at first City Hall iftar dinner

For the first time in St. Louis’ history, City Hall was host to Muslims across the region breaking their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The official recognition of the celebration meant a lot to St. Louis Muslims, said Donnel Malik Sims, a member of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and one of about 100 people in attendance, including elected officials and representatives of more than 16 mosques in the St. Louis area. “It means we’re welcome,” Sims said. “St. Louis is a place where we ca

Source: Muslims greet holy month of Ramadan fasting at first City Hall iftar dinner | Faith & Values | stltoday.com

Zoroastrian ‘fire temple’ opens in Houston 

On a typical-looking stretch of southwest Houston — down the street from Kwik Kar Lube and Storage Choice, across from a privacy fence hiding cookie-cutter McMansions — a Zoroastrian fire temple opened last week: a brand-new, sparkling-white place where priests from one of the world’s oldest religions tend a holy flame.

Source: Zoroastrian ‘fire temple’ opens in Houston – HoustonChronicle.com

A Hopping Hotline Brings the Amish and Mennonites Together 

THE VOICE ON THE OPENING recording is so cheerful it could be a representative from the tourism board of some perpetually sunny Caribbean island.“Welcome to the Amish and Mennonite Conference Line! Use it for God’s glory!”The Line is a conference room-via-phone for speakers of Pennsylvania Dutch, a dialect of German brought to the United States by European immigrants beginning in the late 17th century and preserved today almost entirely by the Amish and Mennonites in the United States and Ontario, Canad

Source: A Hopping Hotline Brings the Amish and Mennonites Together – Atlas Obscura