Interfaith

Wisconsin faith leaders say that "loving your neighbor" means complying with COVID-19 safeguards

November 30, 2020

Some religious leaders have called measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus — including limits on crowd gatherings and mask requirements — an assault on their religious liberty. The Rev. Sonja Ingebritsen, a Madison pastor, strongly disagrees.

“When Jesus is asked which of the commandments is most important, he answers, to love God with one’s whole being and to love one’s neighbor as oneself,” says Ingebritsen, pastor at the Community of Hope United Church of Christ in Madison. “Despite some of the rhetoric, religious liberty is not threatened by health mandates to limit...

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Major Environmental Wins in Louisiana Have Faith Leaders to Thank

November 23, 2020

On All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, religious leaders from multiple denominations gathered in a sugar cane field in St. James Parish where evidence suggests enslaved African Americans were buried. In 2018, archaeological consultants for Formosa, a company that plans to build a giant plastics manufacturing facility on the site, discovered unmarked gravesites.

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Greater Hartford faith community calls on governor to declare racism as a public health crisis

November 13, 2020

The faith community of Greater Hartford gathered hundreds of people in a zoom public action to urge officials to declare racism as a public health crisis.  

The faith community says declaring racism as a public health crisis is more than just a declaration, but one that comes with real work.  

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Hate Has No Home In Ithaca, Local Faith Leaders Say

November 11, 2020

Following several racist and anti-Semitic incidents in Ithaca, local faith leaders are doubling down on ongoing anti-racist programming. While their approaches vary, they have a common message: Hate has no home in Ithaca.

In recent months, local religious leaders have invited speakers on anti-racism, organized anti-racist reading groups and have sought to...

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Faith groups pray, sing in post-vote ritual in New York

November 5, 2020

Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims and people of other faiths prayed and sang together in post-election solidarity Wednesday afternoon in New York City, even as the outcome of the hotly contested and polarizing vote was still in doubt.

Gathering outside a church in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, they stamped their feet on the pavement, sang gospel hymns, looked skyward in prayer and chanted words of hope to the beat of a drum.

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An experiment in unity: Jews, Christians and Muslims mingle on shared campus

October 21, 2020

At a time when the nation feels more divided than ever, one unlikely group in Omaha, Nebraska, is trying to bring people together.

The Tri-Faith Initiative is a unique experiment in unity, sprawling across 38 acres on the edge of the city, almost smack in the center of America. There's a synagogue, a mosque and a church — and on Saturday, Tri-Faith introduced a new interfaith center, the final piece of a plan that was years in the making...

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On eve of early voting, interfaith candlelight rally draws crowd in Milwaukee

October 21, 2020

Rev. Greg Lewis isn't leaving anything to chance.

Not with so much on the line in the upcoming election.

The executive director of Souls to the Polls has been preaching the gospel of the ballot box for weeks now and continued to do so Monday night at an interfaith candlelight rally outside Holy Redeemer Church in Milwaukee on the eve of Wisconsin's start to early voting.

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Interfaith demonstrations across California demand release of incarcerated people amid COVID-19

October 8, 2020

Faith leaders and activists demonstrated outside prisons and immigration detention centers across California on Tuesday, calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to do more to release incarcerated and detained people who they say are in danger amid COVID-19 outbreaks.

Organizers held and placed banners denouncing Newsom at freeway overpasses and outside prisons. Activists posted banners outside prisons that read “Gavin Newsom COVID-19 Death Camp” and “Department of Infections and Debilitation.”

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Massachusetts is a hotspot for houses of worship turning to solar power, trailing only behind California

October 2, 2020

Massachusetts is known for its historic buildings and churches but some of these houses of worship are getting a very modern update as they turn to solar power.

In 2019, at least 64 houses of worship in the commonwealth had solar installations in operation, according to a report from Interfaith Power and Light. The numbers were up 14% from 2017 and only trailed behind California, which had 190 congregations, according to the...

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