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Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Hosts Family Members and Survivors of Gun Violence | Buddhistdoor

In a first of its kind retreat, survivors of mass shootings and family members who lost loved ones joined together from 5–8 August in central Massachusetts for meditation, coping, and community. Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg and mindfulness instructor Shelly Tygielski led the retreat, hosted at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in the town of Barre.

Source: Barre Center for Buddhist Studies Hosts Family Members and Survivors of Gun Violence | Buddhistdoor

Muslim inmates sue L.A. Sheriff’s Department, alleging religious discrimination – Los Angeles Times

Three Muslim men are suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, alleging they were denied access to an observant diet and proper religious garments and texts, while the same accommodations were made for inmates of other faiths.

Source: Muslim inmates sue L.A. Sheriff’s Department, alleging religious discrimination – Los Angeles Times

‘In God We Trust’ in South Dakota Schools — and What Comes Next | Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute

Students across the nation are heading back to school and for public school students in South Dakota, they will be greeted with prominent displays of “In God We Trust” inscribed on walls in stencil or paint.

Source: ‘In God We Trust’ in South Dakota Schools — and What Comes Next | Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute

Will US Congress Admit Delegate From Cherokee Nation? | Alaska Native News

Native American representation in Congress made great strides with the 2018 election of two American women to Congress.  Now, the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma says it will send its own delegate to Congress, a move that will test both the tribe’s sovereignty and the willingness of the U.S. to meet its treaty promises.

Source: Will US Congress Admit Delegate From Cherokee Nation? | Alaska Native News

Professor’s project surveys ‘lived Buddhism’ in Philadelphia | Penn State University

ABINGTON, PA. — Jivaka.net — the recently-released project of C. Pierce Salguero, associate professor of Asian history and religious studies at Penn State Abington — is the product of a years-long survey of Buddhist temples and centers located in the Philadelphia area.

Source: Professor’s project surveys ‘lived Buddhism’ in Philadelphia | Penn State University

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