Interfaith

An Orthodox synagogue and a Black church search for shared history with a walk through a once-integrated neighborhood

August 3, 2020

 

by Ari Feldman

Half of the students in the Zoom class were from Liberty Grace Church of God, a Black Baptist church in Baltimore. The other half attended the Jewish day school affiliated with Beth Tfiloh Congregation, in the Baltimore suburbs.

One teacher was Black and Christian. The other was white and Jewish.

Over a week in July, they gathered together on Zoom to plan an iPad-guided historical walking tour of the city’s Forest Park section, which in the 1950s and early 1960s was integrated — Black and Jewish.

And one day,...

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‘Genuine interest in each other’s beliefs’ guides interfaith Strangers No More group

July 28, 2020

 

In the wake of the 2014 shootings of William Corporon, Reat Underwood and Terri LaManno at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom, several programs took shape in Johnson County with the goal of increasing understanding in the community. One that’s still going strong is Strangers No More.

The idea behind it is to bring women together to understand each other’s faiths — particularly Christianity and Judaism — better.

It came together after former Kansas State Rep. Nancy Brown and Sharon Ritter, who was president of United Methodist Women at...

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Working Together: Congregations helping families through new program

July 20, 2020

 

COVID-19 may have changed how Hoosiers help those in need but it certainly hasn't put a damper on Hoosier hospitality.

One local organization has launched a new program to help families trying to get on their feet during this time.

As congregations found themselves closing during the coronavirus pandemic, though one door might have shut others have opened for Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis.

"We were only going to start with one unit but because of COVID we sped it up and started with 10," Veronica Williams, program manager, said...

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Campaign brewing to get Hindu god Brahma off popular beer

July 16, 2020

 

An interfaith coalition is pressing the world’s largest brewer to remove the name of a Hindu god from a popular beer that dates to the late 1800s — a dispute the beermaker insists is a case of mistaken identity.

The group, which includes representatives of the Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain religions, is calling on Belgium-based brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV to rename its Brahma line, a favorite in Brazil.

Brahma was first produced in 1888 by Companhia Cervejaria Brahma, a Brazilian brewery now owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev...

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Muslim civil liberties group to represent inmate denied kosher food in Michigan jail

July 9, 2020

 

An Islamic civil liberties and advocacy organization will represent a man who has been denied kosher food in a Michigan jail.

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said in a statement issued Monday that it would appear as legal representative for Brandon Resch, an inmate in the Macomb County Jail, in his lawsuit against the county.

In November 2017, Resch was transferred from Oakland County Jail, where he was receiving a kosher diet. He requested a kosher diet in Macomb and had an interview with its chaplain...

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Faith leaders make an appeal to Utahns: Wear a mask to protect your neighbor

June 25, 2020

 

A day after the state’s health care leaders begged Utahns to wear masks with COVID-19 infections surging, an interfaith group of 28 religious leaders issued a joint appeal to people of faith to use face coverings.

Latter-day Saint, evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Islamic and other faith leaders asked Utahns to sacrifice “a small measure of comfort for the sake of saving...

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Poor People's Campaign stages massive online demonstration

June 22, 2020

With COVID-19 restrictions preventing an intended in-person rally in Washington D.C., at least a million supporters of the Poor People's Campaign reportedly tuned in Saturday (June 20) to watch a mix of live speeches and pre-recorded clips of liberal religious leaders calling for a "moral revolution" and the enactment of a sweeping policy agenda focused on the poor.

“We are gathered today to call for a radical redistribution of political and economic power, a revolution of moral values to demonstrate the power of poor and impacted people banding together, demanding that this...

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With lessons from Palestine and Ferguson, Philly clergy act as buffers between protesters, police

June 12, 2020

 

There’s a story that has stuck with Rev. Mark Tyler, senior pastor of Mother Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, since 2014. He heard it from pastors in his network after white police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, a Black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri.

Two pastors had been out with protesters, functioning as legal observers amid clashes with police who fired tear gas and rubber bullets at crowds.

On...

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Boston Honors Unarmed Violence Victims In Interfaith Memorial Service

June 8, 2020

 

Dozens of religious leaders gathered at a Jamaica Plain church Sunday to honor the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery — the trio of unarmed black individuals who died recently at the hands of police or vigilantes. 

The memorial service at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, organized by a coalition of local faith leaders called Clergy United, followed a symbolic funeral procession behind three hearses — one for each of the slain trio. 

June R. Cooper, a Baptist minister and executive director of City Mission...

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