Interfaith

In D.C., a call for restaurants to give fasting Muslims an alternative to IHOP in Ramadan

April 29, 2019
When it comes time for Muslims to break their Ramadan fast at sundown during Islam’s holy month, they traditionally start with a few dried dates. For their last full meal before a full day of fasting, many American Muslim families down a plate of pancakes at IHOP. It’s not because Muslims like pancakes more than other Americans. It’s because the 24-hour pancake house chain is often the only local restaurant open at suhoor, the meal eaten just before the ritual fast begins at daybreak. A new initiative cal

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Interfaith coalition building tiny houses for homeless youth

April 25, 2019
“I’m 19 years old. I’ve been struggling with poverty my whole life,” said Jordan Foster to a group assembled at Berkeley’s Congregation Beth El on April 14. “Ever since I’ve been 16 years old, I’ve been homeless and in and out of transitional housing.”Foster came to the synagogue representing Youth Spirit Artworks, an Oakland-based nonprofit job training organization that is in the process of building a village of “tiny houses” for homeless youth ages 18 to 25, assisted by an interfaith coalition that inc

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An interfaith clergy panel models civil discourse in public conversations about tough topics 

April 8, 2019
The Rev. Darrick McGhee was seething. He and four other clergy were gathered at one of their regular public meetings to talk about tough issues, and that day they were trying to make sense of the latest shooting of a young black man.As the hour dragged on, McGhee silently rocked back and forth on his stool. His fellow panel members talked about gun control, the right to bear arms -- anything but race, the real issue at hand, he thought.When he could no longer remain silent, McGhee, the only black member

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Texas Bans Chaplains From Execution Chamber Following Supreme Court Decision 

April 4, 2019
Texas has decided to bar all prison chaplains from its execution chamber after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state violated an inmate’s rights by denying his request for a Buddhist chaplain to be by his side at the time of his scheduled death. “In response to a recent ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has made a change to its execution protocol to only allow TDCJ security personnel in the execution chamber,” Jeremy Desel, a department spokesman,

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The Rabbi and his Church 

March 28, 2019
When Michael Lezak imagined what his future as a rabbi might look like, he didn’t foresee a needle exchange or free HIV and hepatitis C testing next door to his office, or naloxone being administered at least once a week in his hallway to someone who has overdosed on heroin. Nor, for that matter, did he imagine that his office would be in a church. That church is Glide Memorial United Methodist Church. Founded by pastor emeritus Cecil Williams and his wife, Janice Mirikitani, Glide is located in the Tende

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We the (faithful) People: A coalition of religious groups is pushing to redefine faith in Colorado politics 

March 11, 2019
coalition of faith groups is showing up at the state capitol every Tuesday and taking on two big tasks: Pushing legislators for policy that reflects their values and trying to redefine the political voice of the faithful in Colorado. At the launch of Faithful Tuesdays in February, prayers from a Reform rabbi and a Unitarian pastor caused the heads of those gathered to bow, and short sermon-style speeches from a Catholic priest and an African Methodist Episcopal layperson echoed around the grand halls on th

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