Interfaith

Group pushes for recognition of minority religions in Fairfax County school calendar

February 23, 2021

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (ABC7) — Dinan Elsyad said it has been difficult balancing life as a Muslim and a Fairfax County student.

“It’s honestly been really hard for me every single year when the holiday rolls around,” said Elsyad who is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. “I have even gotten into arguments with teachers in the past about whether or not I can get an extension if I leave on that day.”

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Evangelical Christian and Orthodox Jewish leaders offer spaces for vaccine distribution

January 28, 2021

Two national religious groups, one evangelical Christian, the other Orthodox Jewish, have teamed up to offer their sacred spaces for vaccine distribution, hoping to assist government officials and private companies in the effort to combat the ongoing pandemic.

In a recent editorial, Walter Kim, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Rabbi Moshe Hauer, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union, made their pitch to help “anyone in need of vaccination, whether or not they are members of our congregations or of our neighborhoods.”

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Faith leaders talk of ‘opening people’s eyes’ to racism

January 26, 2021

Across the country, demonstrations over the past several months buoyed up a conversation about race and unequal treatment that protesters say still runs rampant in the lives of people of color.

A pertinent question for a nation of many faiths: Where does religion fit into the conversation?

Five Colorado religious leaders gathered in a virtual live talk on Jan. 17, discussing everything from the Black Lives Matter movement to Asian Americans experiencing discrimination because of COVID-19 to how to faith leaders can wade into the challenging space of addressing...

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How Religiously Diverse is Biden's Cabinet?

January 20, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden has promised to have the “most diverse Cabinet” in U.S. history, but is the Cabinet religiously diverse? The answer, experts explain, must go beyond tracking the identities of various appointees; a diverse administration must have the power to impact policy for the communities they represent.

“I promise you, you'll see the most diverse Cabinet representative of all folks, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ, across the board,” Biden ...

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The Rev. William Barber II to headline interfaith inauguration prayer service

January 20, 2021

The Washington National Cathedral will host a virtual iteration of its traditional interfaith worship service the day after Joe Biden’s inauguration, with activist and pastor the Rev. William Barber II preaching the sermon.

The gathering, a long-standing inaugural tradition, will be hosted by the Rev. Randy Hollerith, the cathedral’s dean, and Bishop Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington.

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San Diego faith leaders hold vigil for peace before Biden’s inauguration

January 20, 2021

Dozens of the faithful across San Diego County joined in a virtual interfaith vigil Tuesday night, praying for peace and nonviolence on the eve of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

San Diego County faith leaders also called for the individuals responsible for recent violence in and around the Capitol building to be held accountable.

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Interfaith virtual vigil held by Tri-Faith Initiative after Capitol violence

January 8, 2021

As the chaos in the capitol began to calm down, there were prayers for peace being offered right here in Omaha.

The Tri-Faith Initiative organized a vigil to pray for the country, which was held on Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.

The vigil included short talks, music and prayers by Christian, Muslim, and Jewish leaders.

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Georgia’s Black-Jewish campaign is the latest chapter in an old story

January 4, 2021

Not since Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder teamed up to save Rock Ridge from the bad guys in Mel Brooks’ “Blazing Saddles" half a century ago has there been a Black-Jewish buddy story like Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff’s joint runoff campaign in Georgia.

It’s about a Black Baptist preacher and the young Jewish go-getter the preacher calls “my brother from another mother” who, in a scenario that rivals any in American political history, have the eyes of the nation on them as they seek to oust two Republican incumbent senators and give control of Capitol Hill to the Democrats....

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Living out a ‘calling from a distance:’ Monroeville religious leaders reflect on 2020 pandemic

January 1, 2021

Life was full of tests in 2020.

There were tests of relationships, tests of finances — tests of faith.

The covid-19 pandemic touched nearly all parts of life, including religious faith and worship habits. As state officials brought forth restrictions, church leaders were left largely to make their own calls on how to conduct services and events.

In Monroeville, there is a wide range of religious beliefs.

The Monroeville Interfaith Ministerium, a network of faith leaders in the area, shows the municipality offers mosques, temples,...

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