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A Pagan credit union has entered planning stages 

A new group has organized with the hopes of creating a Pagan credit union.The project began as a conversation between Pagan leaders* at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions, and has made headway since then under the direction of Lawrence Lerner. Lerner is a Wiccan priest who serves the Washington State community, and he has extensive experience in business and finance.A former executive at PwC, also known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lerner has some 25 years as a digital payment pioneer and executive. H

Source: A Pagan credit union has entered planning stages | The Wild Hunt

Man Caught Walking Into New York Cathedral With Full Gas Cans, Lighters: Police 

A 37-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night after walking into St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two full gasoline cans, lighter fluid and lighters, police said. The incident occurred two days after a massive fire severely damaged the eight-century-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, causing global shock and sorrow. The blaze was most likely the result of an accident though a major investigation is under way. In New York, the man entered the Roman Catholic cathedral in midtown Manhattan j

Source: Man Caught Walking Into New York Cathedral With Full Gas Cans, Lighters: Police | HuffPost

FATEH! New York Workplace Discrimination Law Better Protects Sikhs 

Yesterday, the New York State Senate unanimously voted to pass Senate Bill 4037, which prohibits New York employers from discriminating against employees due to their religious attire, including grooming observations.Senate Bill 4037 makes it very clear that employers have an obligation to provide reasonable accommodations for religious attire and grooming practices, such as the Sikh turban and unshorn hair. This critical piece of legislation was inspired by the Sikh Coalition’s advocacy efforts in 2011 a

Source: FATEH! New York Workplace Discrimination Law Better Protects Sikhs – Sikh Coalition

Meet the Nun Who Now Has Her Own Baseball Card 

Sobieck, a member of Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, autographed 260 of her baseball cards. The summer of 2018 witnessed Sister Mary Jo Sobieck going viral on several social media platforms when the nun used her bicep to bounce a baseball and threw a perfect strike. To the delight of sports enthusiasts everywhere, she then […]

Source: Meet the Nun Who Now Has Her Own Baseball Card – World Religion News

How Tribes Are Harnessing Cutting-Edge Data to Plan for Climate Change by Terri Hansen 

The village of Taholah on the Quinault Indian Nation is just a stone’s throw from a pebbled stretch of beach pocked with the tiny holes of razor clams. The town is wedged between Washington state’s rocky Pacific coastline and a hillside of towering cedar and Douglas fir evergreens. It’s been the home of the Quinault peoples for 12,000 years. And for the last 50-odd years, the home of tribal member Larry Ralston. Back in 2008, when Ralston first learned climate change would cause sea levels to rise, he tho

Source: How Tribes Are Harnessing Cutting-Edge Data to Plan for Climate Change by Terri Hansen — YES! Magazine

A Jewish-Muslim legal duo is turning heads in New York City 

In a world plagued by polarization and xenophobia, this Brooklyn judge and his law clerk rule in favor of peaceful coexistence.Judge Noach Dear, an Orthodox Jew, and his court attorney Deema Azizi, a Syrian Muslim refugee, have been turning heads at the New York Supreme Court since they began working together two years ago.“When people see Deema for the first time, they always do a double take,” he said. “With the response, ‘What a combination, an Orthodox Jew with a Syrian Muslim woman — it’s unbelieva

Source: A Jewish-Muslim legal duo is turning heads in New York City — Religion Unplugged

Investigation Into ‘Suspicious’ Fires That Destroyed Three Black Churches in Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish 

A fourth church was also burnt down 200 miles away. All the three churches burned to the ground were mostly attended by African-American congregants. The first church to be destroyed by fire was St. Mary’s Baptist Church on March 26. Then a week later, just 10 miles away, the Greater Union Baptist Church burnt down. […]

Source: Investigation Into ‘Suspicious’ Fires That Destroyed Three Black Churches in Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish – World Religion News

Muslim Writers Call for More Film, TV Inclusion in WGAE, MPAC Panel 

There has never been a more important time for positive, nuanced and authentic portrays of Muslims on television and in film and digital media. That was the message, at least, on Monday evening at a panel discussion with Muslim writers and creators Negin Farsad (The Muslims Are Coming!), Farhan Arshad (CBS’ Man With a Plan), Amber Fares (America Inside Out With Katie Couric) and Maysoon Zayid, a disability advocate and founder of the annual New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.  Hosted by the Writers Gui

Source: Muslim Writers Call for More Film, TV Inclusion in WGAE, MPAC Panel | Hollywood Reporter