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Posts Tagged ‘Youth’

Does the Faith Ingredient Improve Educational Outcomes?

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The floors are being polished, the books are stacking up and school bells are being dusted off! The young scholars are coming back for more wisdom!

Fashion in Church, Jamaica, Queens

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The youth of Bethany Baptist Church put together a modestware fashion show in Jamaica, Queens called “A World of Difference.” They follow a long tradition of fashion shows in African American churches.

Contemplations, Part 2: Becoming family at Love, Power and Grace Church, Morrisania, Bronx

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For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. –        T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding” Last year on a sunny September day, I recall entering the Love, Power, and Grace Church on what seemed like a once busy, but [...]

Girl Power in Flatbush

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Under the searing sun and stench of roadside garbage, a teenage Hispanic girl carrying a baby boy comes out of a door next to a church. Her tousled hair looked like she’d been up all night. The baby’s unwashed face was smeared with dirt; a diaper was the only thing covering his bare skin. Was [...]

Belief, Practice & Theology. Muslims in New York City, Part IV

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We are running several feature articles on Muslims in New York City. The recent controversies over the plan to build a Muslim community center near Ground Zero and to acquire and transform a Catholic site in Staten Island into a mosque shows how the life of New York City is best characterized as postsecular. Religion [...]

West Brighton Housing Projects and New Hope Community Church

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    In the West Brighton Housing Projects in Staten Island,  New Hope Community Church is working hard to live up to it’s name.  I had trouble keeping up with Rev. John Saldanha, their executive pastor, as he itemized all the programs his church has or hopes to develop for the children  in their community.  Rev. David Beidel is the church’s senior pastor. [...]

Washington Heights Kids & Pilgrim’s Progress

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Over a twenty year period over 1000 kids, 600 mentors, 200 tutors and staff have taken a journey from the City of Despair to the City of Destiny through the remarkable successful efforts of Operation Exodus Inner City (OE), an afterschool tutoring and mentoring program in Washington Heights and Inwood Heights in northern Manhattan. This [...]