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Easter is Coming to Jamaica, Queens

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Noon-time fasting & prayer service at Bethany Baptist Church

The PK Manifold: New School PKs’ diversity makes for a stronger faith

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The manifold culture of the younger generation of Preacher’s Kids in New York City combines many ethnicities and religions. They symbolize a period in world history of sweeping global mixing of peoples. Some prognosticators fear that the result will be the rise of ethnic, religious and class tensions. Yet, in New York City, which has more children of immigrants than any other city in the United States, we found that many of the younger generation of PKs use their diversity to deepen their faith and overcome social divisions.

The Crossroads Faith in the City

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Shaken and wide eyed like his entire life was flashing before his eyes, Garrett Kling slipped down the street into the backseat of A Journey’s car. His forehead was glistening with droplets of sweat as his black polo shirt spotted around the collar of his neck and underneath his arms. He dropped his black bag [...]

Justice by Roderick Caesar III

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A rap poem on what keeps justice beautiful.

The Yin and Yang of Old School PKs, Part 2. Roderick Caesar, Jr.–A Consistent Path

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  When you hear the term “Preacher’s Kids,” what image comes into your mind? The PKs of NY series will explore the lives and views PKs. The story is told through the voices of a dozen PKs from the five boroughs of the city and from different faith backgrounds. Part one reflects on the older [...]

The Preacher Kids of New York

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When you hear the term “Preacher’s Kids,” what image comes into your mind? The pure and docile  maiden who never dares to project and voice her opinions? The neglected child who festers at home waiting for his parents to end their long days tending to the ministry? Or perhaps the rebellious youth who steals the [...]

Holiness and hope in a broken down church

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“Have you ever felt the wind blowing, but you didn’t know which direction it was blowing in?,” he said. “I got called and was sanctified by the Holy Ghost.”

A Journey through NYC religions reporter faces her personal struggles and search for faith

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Strolling through a cemetery, Melissa Kimiadi stops and notices a chapel building  behind towering trees. She’s armed with her pen and notebook, pulls off her backpack to dig out her camera and takes a snapshot of the near-vacant building. Kimiadi has been doing this all morning and afternoon: riding in a car, navigating the way [...]

Memoirs of a Child-Evangelist’s Faith Crisis

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Going to church, for me, is like dating again after a long, bad break-up. It is something I want to do, really. It even gets me excited thinking about it. But when Sunday rolls around, I panic. Sorry, I don’t have any serious trauma to report. I’m just a reformed child-evangelist-Jesus-freak who reached her faith [...]

Mixing Muslim tradition with the American Dream in Jamaica, Queens

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What does the American Dream mean to the immigrant Muslims, who are arriving to New York City in ever greater numbers? On Memorial Day, Tayabali reflected on this question in a small hall on Springfield Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens. He and 200 other Shia Muslims were meeting to remember Syedna Qutubuddin Shaheed, who died a martyr in 1648 AD.

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