Religion

Manav Singh Sodhi, 17, on right, with Lt. Col. Kamal Kalsi. (Photo courtesy Lt. Col. Kamal Kalsi via News India Times)

Young Sikhs Head for Military Training

Religion, South Asian May 29, 2019 at 12:24 pm

More than a dozen Sikhs granted a religious accommodation are headed for bootcamp as part of a “new wave” of Indian Americans and others joining the military, writes News India Times.

Three years after a fire nearly destroyed it on Easter Sunday, the Cathedral of St. Sava may soon have a new roof. (Photo via NY City Lens)

Rebuilding a Serbian Church After an Easter Fire

Eastern European, Manhattan, Religion April 30, 2019 at 2:52 pm

During the week of Easter, members of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava expressed hope that reconstruction efforts on the church can start in May after it burned down in an Easter fire three years ago, writes NY City Lens.

Parishioners of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church  (Photo by Corazon Aguirre/ebrooklyn media via Brooklyn Reporter)

Historic Lithuanian Church in Brooklyn Restored

Brooklyn, History, Northern Europe, Religion April 2, 2019 at 4:24 pm

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Williamsburg, now in its 149th year, held a rededication ceremony, writes Brooklyn Reporter.

The new building will feature church space and affordable housing. (Photo via The Bronx Free Press)

Historic Black Church in the Bronx Survives

Black, Bronx, History, Religion March 22, 2019 at 4:59 pm

After years of financial problems, the First Union Baptist Church will keep its current building and undergo construction work “thanks to a unique settlement deal,” writes The Bronx Free Press.

New York State Senator Kevin Thomas speaking on the Senate floor in Albany as his fellow legislators applaud. Sen. thomas is the first and only Indian-American lawmaker in the Empire State’s history. (Photo courtesy office of Sen. Thomas via Desi Talk)

LI Senator Pushes for Religious School Holidays

Culture, Education, New York, Religion March 6, 2019 at 5:33 pm

State Sen. Kevin Thomas of Long Island introduced a bill that would establish Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian as school holidays in certain districts, reports Desi Talk.

Mayada Anjari (Photo by Liz Clayman via West Side Rag)

How a Syrian Refugee’s NYC Dinners Led to a Cookbook

Food, Manhattan, Middle Eastern, Religion February 4, 2019 at 5:33 pm

West Side Rag reports on how the cookbook “The Bread and Salt Between Us” by Mayada Anjari came together with the help of members of an Upper West Side church.

Varanu Sahabir, right, prepares music for services at the Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir Hindu temple in Richmond Hill. (Photo by Michael Shain via Queens Chronicle)

Breaking Barriers at a Queens Hindu Temple

Caribbean, Queens, Religion, South Asian, Women November 6, 2018 at 11:01 pm

Varanu Sahabir is one of the first women pandits, or Hindu priests, to lead a mainstream congregation in Little Guyana, reports Queens Chronicle.

(Photo by Gery Vereau via Reporte Hispano)

Afro-Peruvian Procession Demonstrates Peruvian Staying Power in Paterson

Culture, Metro Area, Religion, South American October 24, 2018 at 2:55 pm

The Peruvian community in Paterson, New Jersey, celebrated its 36th procession of the Lord of the Miracles, an Afro-Peruvian tradition, Reporte Hispano reports.

Youths who took part in the National TPS Alliance traveled to the Vatican to attend the canonization of Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero. (Photo by Erik Villalobos via El Diario)

Masses and a Pilgrimage: Immigrants Celebrate Romero Canonization

Immigration, Long Island, Manhattan, Religion October 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm

As 19 tri-state area residents made a pilgrimage to Rome for the canonization of Monsignor Romero and to ask the pope to intercede for TPS beneficiaries, local churches are also celebrating, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church has
undergone a significant restoration. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

The Revival of a Washington Heights Greek Church

Manhattan, Religion, Western European September 19, 2018 at 5:20 pm

A renovation of the St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Washington Heights represents more than just an aesthetic restoration, reports Manhattan Times.

First Chinese Baptist Church

Chinatown Church Marks 92 Years

East Asian, Manhattan, Religion, Video September 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm

SinoVision English Channel visits the First Chinese Baptist Church, founded 92 years ago in response to Chinatown gang violence.

Pritpal Singh, left, senior policy advisor for United Sikhs, announces new Sikh lesson plans for 5th and 6th grade alongside Assemblyman David Weprin, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, right, and members of the Sikh community. (Photo by Anna Sackel via Queens Chronicle)

Sikhism Added to NYC School Curriculum

Education, New York, Religion July 26, 2018 at 4:44 pm

Lessons on Sikhism will be added to the fifth and sixth grade curriculum in NYC public schools, reports Queens Chronicle.

Deborah Barrios Vásquez and her son Kener Maldonado during the announcement. (Photo by María Lombard via El Diario)

Another Guatemalan Mother Takes Refuge in a NY Church

Immigration, Manhattan, Religion June 22, 2018 at 5:17 pm

In the third such case in New York in the past year, a Guatemalan mother facing deportation is taking sanctuary in an Upper West Side church as she asks ICE to review its decision, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Rev. Clint Padgitt (at right, wearing white alb and tippet) welcomes the Rev. Klaus Dieter Gress, the new pastor of Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church. (Photo by Francesca N. Tate via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

A New Pastor at German Church in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Immigration, Religion May 3, 2018 at 2:27 pm

In a story on the new pastor at Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Daily Eagle takes a look at the church’s immigrant history.

Guatemalan immigrant Aura Hernández with her children, Camila and Daniel, in the Upper West Side church Fourth Universalist Society. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

‘I’m No Fugitive,’ Says 2nd Immigrant Refugee in Manhattan Church

Central American, Immigration, Manhattan, Religion April 2, 2018 at 5:41 pm

Aura Hernández, the second Guatemalan mother who has sought refuge in a Manhattan church fearing deportation, says she was abused by a Border Patrol officer and vows to resist ICE, El Diario/La Prensa reports.