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In Chicago, one mosque charts its own path 

On Friday afternoons, the tech startup staffers and other daily occupants of a downtown co-working space here are learning to coexist with a new neighbor down the hall: A small conference room on the third floor has been transformed into a Muslim prayer room. It’s not the most conventional setting for a mosque, but then little about Masjid al-Rabia is typical. Here, congregational prayer is typically led by a woman, as is the call to prayer. In fact, there’s no gender segregation of any sort: Men and wome

Source: In Chicago, one mosque charts its own path – Religion News Service

The Rabbi and his Church 

When Michael Lezak imagined what his future as a rabbi might look like, he didn’t foresee a needle exchange or free HIV and hepatitis C testing next door to his office, or naloxone being administered at least once a week in his hallway to someone who has overdosed on heroin. Nor, for that matter, did he imagine that his office would be in a church. That church is Glide Memorial United Methodist Church. Founded by pastor emeritus Cecil Williams and his wife, Janice Mirikitani, Glide is located in the Tende

Source: The Rabbi and his Church – Tablet Magazine

At 98, Chicago chaplain still brings her ministry to Illinois prisons every Sunday: ‘How can I quit when people need me?’ 

At age 98, Helen Sinclair — a resident of the South Side of Chicago also known as Queen Mother — is still resolute in her mission to spread the gospel and love to Illinois prison inmates, whom she visits weekly.

Source: At 98, Chicago chaplain still brings her ministry to Illinois prisons every Sunday: ‘How can I quit when people need me?’ – Chicago Tribune

All South Dakota Public Schools to Put Up “In God We Trust” Signs 

The ACLU is yet to receive any feedback about this development. Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota signed Senate Bill 55 on March 19 requiring all public schools in the state to display in a prominent place the sign “In God We Trust” starting next school year. She also signed another bill which will allow […]

Source: All South Dakota Public Schools to Put Up “In God We Trust” Signs – World Religion News

Fire reveals religious intolerance and community strength

Last week a fire at Laughingbrook Spellcrafting & Ancestral Arts (LBSCAA) that was the result of faulty wiring and poor maintenance allegedly on the part the building’s owner and management has brought to light some religious intolerance within the Huntersville, North Carolina community.The fire started in the space of above the ceiling of LBSCAA and did little damage to the structure. Unfortunately, the contents of the store were affected by water damage when the fire was doused by firefighters.[court

Source: Fire reveals religious intolerance and community strength | The Wild Hunt