Religion

Our Lady of Loreto Church (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Temporary Hold Lifted on Demolition of Italian Church

Brooklyn, Religion, Western European June 7, 2017 at 5:10 pm

After a judge removed a temporary ban on the demolition of Our Lady of Loreto in Brownsville, preservationists staged a protest calling for the century-old Italian church to be saved, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Félix Cepeda at the start of his hunger strike. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Archdiocese Defends Work With Immigrants in Response to Hunger Strike

Dominican, Immigration, Latino, Manhattan, Religion May 30, 2017 at 1:14 pm

As activist Félix Cepeda stages a series of 24-hour hunger strikes urging the Archdiocese of New York to make its churches sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, Catholic Charities responded it has welcomed immigrants for centuries, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

First Lady Chirlane McCray speaking at Mamre Seventh Day Adventist in Brooklyn.  (Photo by Stephanie Daniel for Voices of NY)

A ‘Weekend of Faith for Mental Health’

Brooklyn, Communities, Featured Posts, Health, New York, Religion May 22, 2017 at 12:24 pm

NYC First Lady Charlene McCray speaks on mental health and substance abuse at a Brooklyn church.

Some of the members of Lavender Light (Screen shot via NY City Lens video)

Can NYC’s First Black, Gay Gospel Choir Survive?

Black, Culture, LGBTQ, Manhattan, Religion April 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

Founded in 1985, Lavender Light hopes to continue spreading its message of diversity and acceptance, reports NY City Lens.

Rev. José Félix Ortega, at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY, where cremation services are performed. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Archdiocese to Help Hispanic Families Bury Their Dead

Latino, New York, Religion April 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

In a bid to help Hispanic families worried about costs, the Archdiocese of New York promotes low rates at Catholic cemeteries to allow believers to bury the bodies and ashes of their loved ones, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Volunteers stretch colorful meters of cloth to help tie turbans at Times Square April 15, for Turban Day, organized by Sikhs of New York (Photo by H.P. Singh via Desi Talk)

Turbans in Times Square

Manhattan, Religion, South Asian April 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Organizers of the second annual Turban Day in Times Square tied 8,000 turbans during the event held to celebrate Vaisakhi, the Sikh New Year, and spread awareness of the faith, reports Desi Talk.

Lauren Frommr holds her pisanki egg up to a flame in order to melt the wax off.  She is a student at a pisanki egg class at the Ukrainian Museum in Manhattan on March 26.

The Ukrainian Art of Pysanky

Eastern European, Featured Posts, Religion, Traditions April 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm

The Ukrainian Museum in Manhattan held egg decorating workshops ahead of the Eastern Orthodox celebration of Easter.

Some churches have seen a decline in attendance over fears of Donald Trump's immigration policies. (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario)

ICE Raids Spur Fear, Activism in NYC Churches

Brooklyn, Immigration, Latino, New York, Queens, Religion, Staten Island April 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm

Some Hispanic churches have seen a decrease in parishioners fearful of ICE, while others are thriving because of pro-immigrant activism, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

‘Under the Bodhi Tree’ Comes to NYC

‘Under the Bodhi Tree’ Comes to NYC

Culture, East Asian, Manhattan, Religion April 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm

A new musical about the life of Buddha by a Korean husband and wife team opens on May 2. Newsroh spoke with composer Jingoo Lee about the production, 12 years in the making.

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Faith-Based Fitness in NYC

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Health, New York, Religion, Video April 5, 2017 at 11:15 am

A NYC Health Department program brings instructors to 50 houses of worship citywide to teach yoga, Zumba and other fitness classes to congregants and volunteers.

Our Lady of Loreto, now closed, with recently built low-income housing behind it. (Photo by Lore Croghan via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Can an Italian Church in Brownsville Be Saved?

Brooklyn, History, Religion, Western European March 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm

Our Lady of Loreto, the century-old church built by Italian immigrants, faces demolition but supporters, and a Queens senator, hope to save the historic building, report Brooklyn Downtown Star and Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Pastors and community leaders after discussing "sanctuary churches" for undocumented Koreans. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Korean American ‘Sanctuary Churches’

East Asian, Immigration, Religion March 8, 2017 at 6:44 pm

Korean-American pastors and community leaders announced the opening of “sanctuary churches” to undocumented Koreans, reports The Korea Times.

Buddhist lamas cited a special prayer at the birthday celebration for Buddha. (Photo by Anuz Thapa for QNS)

A Birthday Celebration for Buddha in Queens

Asian, Queens, Religion May 24, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Some 500 Buddhists came out to Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights in honor of the 2,560th birthday of Lord Gautama Buddha, reports QNS.

Daewoongjeon under constructions as a part of the New York Wonkaksa Temple Development Project.  (Photo via Korea Daily)

Korean Buddhist Complex Takes Shape in NY

Culture, East Asian, New York, Religion May 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Korean carpenters helped in the construction of a special sanctuary, part of the Korean Buddhist temple complex, Wonkaksa Temple, in Salisbury Mills, New York, reports Korea Daily.

The London exhibition of Amit and Naroop’s portraits of Sikhs gives an idea of the exhibition coming to New York later this year. (Photo from Amit and Naroop via News India Times)

Sikh Photo Exhibit in NYC

Religion, South Asian May 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm

The Sikh Coalition will hold an exhibit of the portraits of Sikh Americans, around the 15th anniversary of September 11, in an effort to combat the hostility faced by the community, and spread awareness of the religion and culture, reports News India Times.