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Join us as we travel down all 6,374.9 miles of our city's streets, every alleyway and quite a few hallways to map and photograph every religious site and to interview clergy and lay leaders at the sites.
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- The Future of the American Center November 29, 2016Donald Trump’s victory smashes traditions of party loyalty, presenting opportunities between the extremes.
- Does Decision-Making Matter? November 25, 2016Why are you interested in the things that interest you?
- Fellow Trump Critics, Maybe Try a Little Listening November 22, 2016Let’s take a break and see what’s going on.
- Win a Trip in 2017 November 30, 2016Announcing my annual win-a-trip contest for a student to accompany me on a reporting trip.
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- A Baby Court Offers Hope for Families November 28, 2016A court thinks big to address poverty.
- Mustard Seeds December 1, 2016The first chapter of Genesis is a grand liturgy of creation. The second chapter describes with existential immediacy the universal human longing for fulfillment. Subsequent chapters are given over to disaster and destruction. The primordial man and woman set human history on its path toward dissolution and death. We learn of the original sin, and […]
- While We’re at It December 1, 2016♦ An exchange of emails by Clintonistas, available courtesy of WikiLeaks , has provoked a great deal of commentary. The chain starts with a message from John Halpin, a fellow at the Center for American Progress. He’s writing to John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton campaign, and Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s communications director. Continue Reading […]
- The Enduring Allure of Fidel November 30, 2016News of Fidel Castro’s death left me cold. The long-lived, wily, and ruthless dictator had maintained his grip on Cuba for almost fifty years, ensuring the oppression and poverty of his countrymen. But to most of the rest of the world, he had become irrelevant long ago. Continue Reading »
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- Accessibility Shabbat To Address Needs Of Visually Impaired December 1, 2016Israeli synagogues and communities will mark Accessibility Shabbat to call attention to the needs of the disabled community within Jewish tradition and in Jewish institutions. read more
- Remembering Benny Leonard And Other Boxing Greats November 30, 2016Many decades later the names of Benny Leonard, Abe Atell, Barney Ross, Maxie Rosenbloom, Lew Tender, Ted “Kid” Lewis, Louis “Kid” Kaplan and Benny Bass still evoke greatness. During the “Golden Age of Boxing,” they were the standard bearers of a powerful Jewish presence when winning truly mattered. In an age of undisputed champions and […]
- Dec. 3 International Day of People With Disabilities, Meaningful Or Hallmark Holiday? November 30, 2016U. N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marks December 3rd as the International Day of People with Disabilities: "We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons us to 'leave no one behind'." If his words […]
- Join #Matanchat Every Tuesday! November 29, 2016read more
- Mystical Feet Performs A Family Drama November 23, 2016Yehuda Hyman learned all about his dreamy and displaced mom over a period of years. As a child he was fascinated by her exotic tales. In “Mar Vista,” a non-linear recreation of his childhood in theatre and dance, he is the only child of his parents in a seaside Los Angeles neighborhood with, in their […]
- The Joys of Thanksgiving: An Immigrant Family's Story in a New Children's Book November 18, 2016A funny thing happened when Baruch Silberklang brought home a live turkey on the J train. read more
- Assessing Our Relationships: Support And Special Needs Parenting November 18, 2016With 2017 approaching, it is a good moment to stop and take inventory of the people in our lives. Each person that comes into our life plays some kind of important role. Our relationships define who we are. The saying goes “You are the company that you keep.” Some of the people in our lives […]
- An Interview With Artist Miriam Stern November 16, 2016How do you explain – in brief -- the artwork you do? I’m a painter and printmaker and do installations. I usually create bodies of work based on themes, sometimes Jewish but not always, sometimes they overlap. Almost all the work possesses abstract elements. Since you work in themes, what message does your work have? […]
November 29, 2016, 8:58pm EST
The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was a small oasis of Orthodoxy at 155 Cedar Street until it was destroyed by the collapse of the ...
November 24, 2016, 6:02am EST
We spent the day at houses of worship as they prepared for Thanksgiving
November 23, 2016, 8:00pm EST
They knew that they were on a journey in this world towards Heaven. For Thanksgiving, Journey is showing the 2 hour film "The Pilgrims."
November 23, 2016, 6:00am EST
Creator's Voice, Assafa Islamic Center, Puchao Temple, The Lamb's Church, Sea of Galilee Church
November 21, 2016, 6:00am EST
On the morning that Trump was declared elected as President, subway riders in the Union Square Station of Manhattan started posting notes to express their ...
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn has begun!
- Flushing, Queens Sojourn -- Religious view on the streets in October
- Bedford Stuyvesant Sojourn -- Artist Jerome Pogue
- Flushing, Queens Sojourn: "On Trump" at the Muslim Center of New York
This summer, Journey has been…
- "Sorry, Hillary, not this time." Sojourn in #BedStuy, #Brooklyn
- Thanksgiving SOJOURN on Eldridge Street God's Row, Lower East Side, Manhattan
- #BedfordStuyvesant Sojourn -- Amziah James at Brighter Way Baptist Church #Brooklyn
- Manhattan Sojourn -- Tapping, "Good night!"
- Bedford-Stuyvesant Sojourn -- Willie Campbell at Friendship Baptist Church
- Flushing, Queens Sojourn--Garnette Cadogan introduces "God's Row-Bowne Street"
- Manhattan Sojourn -- tap dancing for lunch!
- Police: Man fatally shot in church wouldn't drop crowbar
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A church break-in escalated into a deadly confrontation in a small Kentucky town Friday when the suspect refused multiple commands to drop a crowbar and advanced toward a deputy sheriff who opened fire, killing the man, police said. […]
- Saudi Arabia names new labor minister, reshuffles religious and Shura councils
King Salman bin Abdulaziz has replaced Saudi Arabia's labor minister, state media reported on Friday, after recent statistics showed a rise in unemployment in the world's top oil exporter. In a royal decree read on state television, the king also reshuffled the country's top religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, and the Shura Council, which advises the government. State television said King Salman had appointed Ali bin Nasser al-Ghafis as labor minister to replace Mufrej al-Haqbani. […]
- The Latest: Man had crowbar when shot by officer in church
SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Kentucky man who had broken into a church (all times local): […]
- Saudi king shakes up top religious, advisory council
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi king has ordered a shake up of the country's top religious institution and advisory councils in a series of royal decrees. […]
- Supreme Court takes Christian-affiliated hospital pension case
New Jersey-based St. Peter's Healthcare System, Illinois-based Advocate Health System and California-based Dignity Health each appealed separate federal appeals courts rulings that refused to throw out the employee lawsuits. The justices agreed to hear all three cases. […]
- Pope OKs martyrdom decree for US priest killed in Guatemala
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has put an American priest killed during Guatemala's civil war on the path to possible sainthood by declaring him a martyr. […]
- A blow - Slovak Muslims critical of new church law
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's Muslim community has condemned a new bill tightening conditions for the official registration of churches. […]
- 200,000 Indonesian Muslims protest against Christian governor
More than 200,000 Indonesian Muslims prayed in unison and chanted Koranic verses Friday in the second major demonstration against Jakarta's Christian governor, as conservative groups push for his arrest for allegedly insulting Islam. People in white Islamic robes and skullcaps packed out a massive park in the capital, with over 20,000 security personnel deployed to prevent a repeat of violence that erupted at the last protest against Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. Purnama, known by his nickname Ahok, is being prosecuted for blasphemy over election campaign comments he made about the Koran, which have sparked widespread anger in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country. […]
- Did the news media overlook the world's biggest religious gathering?
Pilgrims arrived on foot at the shrines of Imam Hussein and his half-brother Abbas on Nov 20-21, according to the Independent, crossing hundreds of miles in some cases, including territory that borders areas held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State – a Sunni group that routinely targets Shiite civilians, whom they consider heretics. Recommended: Sunni and Shiite Islam: Do you know the difference? […]
- Chinese bishop excommunicated by Vatican takes part in ordination
(Repeat item first published Dec. 1 with no changes to text) * Excommunicated Catholic bishop took part in ordination-witness * Involvement could complicate talks on appointment of new bishops * Beijing and Vatican at odds since 1949 * Communist Party does not accept authority of pope in China * Vatican hopes deal on new bishops will prevent schism in China CHENGDU, China, Dec 2 (Reuters) - A Chinese Catholic bishop excommunicated by the Vatican took part in the ordination of a new bishop in China on Wednesday, a move that some experts said could complicate Pope Francis' drive to heal a decades-old rift with the Communist government in Beijing. The ordination of the new Chinese bishop, which was witnessed by a Reuters reporter, took place under heavy security at the cathedral in the southwestern city of Chengdu. […]
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