Rev. Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki of the Buddhist Council of Nw York, speaking at the council's 30th anniversary event on Jan. 30 at The Rubin Museum (Photo by Kinue Weinstein for Voices of NY)

The Buddhist Council Marks 30 Years in NYC

Asian, Featured Posts, New York, Religion February 5, 2016 at 4:07 pm

The Buddhist Council of New York’s leader noted that Buddhism has gained much recognition and attention in the 30 years since he arrived here.

(Photo by slgckgc, Creative commons license)

A ‘Grindr Shabbat’ in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Jewish, LGBTQ, Religion January 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm

The Tablet reports on Grindr Shabbat services, which address questions about Judaism, Israel and “the intersectionality of being queer and being Jewish.”

Protesters against immigrants' raids. (Photo by Victor Matos via El Diario/La Prensa)

Anti-Raids and Minimum Wage Protests on MLK Day

Immigration, Labor, Metro Area, Religion January 19, 2016 at 4:03 pm

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black Lives Matter and ICE-Free NYC activists protested immigration raids, and LaGuardia workers asked for a minimum wage of $15 per hour, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

The Three Kings Warm up El Barrio

Latino, Manhattan, Religion, Traditions January 7, 2016 at 3:43 pm

The traditional parade organized by El Museo del Barrio also brought social and political messages, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Members of St. Roch’s community prepared the church for the mass held on December 24 (Photo by Gerardo Romero for El Diario)

Church’s Christmas Reopening Gives Parishioners Hope

Bronx, Latino, Religion December 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

St. Roch in The Bronx reopened for Christmas, as their parishioners are fighting for the church’s survival, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo via News India Times)

An Indian Christmas

Metro Area, New York, Religion, South Asian, Traditions December 23, 2015 at 2:47 pm

In the tri-state area, Indian Christians celebrate Christmas at a variety of churches offering services in numerous languages, reports News India Times.

Attendees of a Unity Task Force Breakfast held in August of 2014. (Photo via Home Reporter/BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/file photo)

Bay Ridge Group to Challenge Anti-Muslim Backlash

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Muslim, Religion December 14, 2015 at 6:10 pm

A Bay Ridge-based community group is about to launch an initiative to deal with a possible backlash against the area’s Muslim community, writes the Home Reporter.

The Virgin of Guadalupe travels through Queens. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Virgin of Guadalupe on a Pilgrimage Through NYC Neighborhoods

New York, Religion, Traditions December 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Latinos honor the Virgen Morena (Dark-Skinned Virgin) with a year-round, door-to-door pilgrimage, El Diario reports.

At the rally on Dec. 5, from left to right: Indo-Caribbean artist and activist Simone Devi Jhingoor, Public Advocate Letitia James, MOIA Commissioner Nisha Agarwal and Indo-Caribbean community advocate Vishnu Mahadeo (Photo by Anand Mohanlall via Sadhana Facebook page)

#WeAreOne Protests Hindu Flag-Burning

Caribbean, Featured Posts, Queens, Religion, Voices' Picks December 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Politicans and community leaders gathered in Woodhaven to protest the Hindu flag-burning that occurred in front of the home of an Indo-Caribbean family.

Bishop Waylyn Hobbs leads the congregation in prayer (Photo by Alex Ellefson via Sheepshead Bites)

Coney Island Cathedral Rededicated

Brooklyn, Religion December 2, 2015 at 2:53 pm

A church that supported the community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, despite sustaining serious damage itself, was restored and rededicated on Nov. 30, Sheepshead Bites reports.

Garba in the City at Chelsea Piers (Photo bvia India News Times)

Hindu Festival Navratri Observed

Culture, New York, Religion, South Asian, Traditions October 21, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Various celebrations of the Hindu festival Navratri were held in the New York metropolitan area, News India Times reports.

Sister Patricia Marie Williams. (Photo by Benjamin Parkin, via The Uptowner)

Uncertain Future for Harlem-Based Order of Black Nuns

Black, Manhattan, Religion, Women October 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

A Harlem convent is struggling to revitalize itself amidst a decline in the nun population, reports The Uptowner.

(Courtesy of the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Look Who Just Got an IDNYC

New York, Politics, Religion September 25, 2015 at 6:54 pm

Pope Francis has joined more than half a million New Yorkers as the newest holder of the IDNYC.

Savat Chan with the pagoda he built (Photo by Shannon Geis via Ditmas Park Corner)

A Pagoda Hand Crafted for Cambodian Temple

Asian, Religion September 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

A hand crafted pagoda is donated by the person who made it to a Cambodian temple, reports Ditmas Park Corner.

Abeer Hoque reading the words of murdered Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy, whose image is projected behind her  at the PEN American Center event, Unslain Words (Photo by William Mathis for Voices of NY)

Bangladeshi Writers Honor the Silenced

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Religion, South Asian September 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

In the wake of the murder of bloggers in Bangladesh, Bangladeshi writers spoke out recently at a PEN American Center meeting in support of free speech and secularism.