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    Boston Ten Civic Practices (2006)

    Boston is a microcosm of religious diversity and civic engagement in the United States. This list of ten religious practices for civic engagement was compiled from a two-year search of Boston Globe articles relating to religious diversity and civic engagement. These practices were selected to highlight the variety of religious engagement in civic life in Boston, such as great lobbying efforts, artistic expressions, youth leadership, and networking with other organizations.

    The following practices are not exhaustive of the religious engagement in Boston civic life, nor...

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    Samhain (Halloween) in Boston (2005)

    While the cultural celebration of Halloween involves children, costumes, treats and perhaps tricks, the religious celebration of the same day, called Samhain, is celebrated by Pagans in both public and private rituals. In Boston in 2005, there were at least four public ceremonies available over the weekend and on Samhain, October 31, itself.

    Women's Lodge

    On Saturday night, Women's Lodge held their annual circle in a rented church space in Newton. Over 50 women were in attendance. The ritual included circle dancing, singing, and...

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    Jainism in Greater Boston and Beyond: Challenges and Emergent Organizational Paradigms (2004)

    This paper is a result of three months of research with the Jain community in the Greater Boston area. It is based primarily on my observations, informal interactions, more formal interviews, and bibliographic research. Being particularly interested in the challenges of the new generation of American-raised Jain youth, I made a concerted effort to address the issues of the high school and college-aged Jains. To these ends I conducted a nation-wide survey (mostly among Jains in their early twenties), to which I received 27 answers. I also visited the Sixth Convention of the Young Jains of...

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    "The Clock Can Never Be Turned Back": The Formation and Growth of Interfaith Groups in the Greater Boston Area (1993)

    "Something new and something good is happening," declared an African-America minister at an interreligious worship service in Boston. "We are discovering each other by bringing our gifts together and offering them to God," echoed a white Unitarian-Universalist minister at the same worship service. Reflecting upon this worship service with participants from Protestant, Roman Catholic, Unitarian-Universalist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Neo-Pagan faith traditions, a Protestant minister stated emphatically, "The clock can never be turned back!"[1]

    What...

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    The Alternative Institutionalization and Practices of Sufi Orders in Boston (2003)

    Abstract

    This paper is a testimonial study of several Sufi orders in the Boston area. This research was conducted in tandem with Maryam Hassimi's investigation of such orders in New York City. Sufism in the Boston area cannot be described in a sweeping fashion, since it has manifested in a variety of forms in the area, a phenomenon repeated throughout the United States. Sufism in Boston ranges from the larger organizations such as Sufi Order International, a widespread universalistically-minded organization currently under the guidance of Pir Zia Khan, and the Bawa... Read more about The Alternative Institutionalization and Practices of Sufi Orders in Boston (2003)

    Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC)

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 3 July 2018.

    Phone: 617-441-9038
    Email: office@cambridgeinsights.org
    Website: https://www.facebook.com/cambridgeinsight
    Description Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC) was established by Larry Rosenberg in 1985 as a non-profit, non-residential urban center for the practice of insight meditation. Facilities at the CIMC include a meditation hall, space for walking meditation, an interview room, library, and kitchen. The Center has... Read more about Cambridge Insight Meditation Center (CIMC)

    Sanghikaram Wat Khmer

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 10 July 2018.

    Phone: 781-581-7266
    History With more than 4,000 Cambodians, Lynn is a North Shore center for the region's Cambodian community. Many came to Lynn between 1975 and 1979 and in the early 1980s. In 1984, the newly-arrived residents began to raise money for a temple, and in 1985 the group acquired a former church, Calvary Baptist, which is located in the middle of the city's Cambodian community, and converted it into a temple. Description... Read more about Sanghikaram Wat Khmer

    Vietnamese Buddhist Association and Temple Vietnam

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 13 August 2018.

    Phone: 617-325-9521
    History  Temple Vietnam was founded in 1986 when a group of 25-30 Vietnamese people from the Boston area met weekly for prayer in one another's homes. It opened at its present site in 1991 and maintains ties with other Vietnamese temples in the state and with the international Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Although the temple does not have a resident monk, the spiritual leader is Thich Nguyen Hanh of Houston, Texas... Read more about Vietnamese Buddhist Association and Temple Vietnam

    Boston Jodo Mission

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 5 August 2009.

    Contact Information

    Address: 296 E. 8th Street, #3, Boston, MA 02127

    Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 9 November 2018.

    Phone: 617-256-3904
    Email: sakyaharvard@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.sakya.net
    [flickr_set id="72157621939102594"] History The Sayka Institute for Buddhist Studies was founded in 1990 by Lama Migmar at the request of his local students. The community initially gathered at the 75 Sparks Street location of the Cambridge Buddhist Association... Read more about Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies

    Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 3 July 2018.

    Phone: 617-624-0177
    Email: info@kurukulla.org
    Website: http://www.kurukulla.org
    [flickr_set id="72157647295065537"] History In 1989, the Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies was founded under the umbrella of the Foundation of the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Lama Zopa Rinpoche of the FPMT gave the okay to Geshe Losang Jampa to move from the Milarepa Center in Vermont to Boston in order to reach a... Read more about Kurukulla Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies

    Golden Lotus Society

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 23 January 2013.

    Contact Information

    Address: 37R Union Street, Holbrook, MA 02343

    House of Sufism (Boston)

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 27 September 2018.

    Phone: 617-536-0076
    Email: nimatullahisufiorder@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.sufihouse.org/ http://www.nimatullahi.org
    History

    The Nimatullahi Order of Sufism was founded in Iran by Shah Nimatullah Wali at the end of the 14th century. Shah Nimatullah’s message became very popular and attracted disciples from across Iran because it was able to integrate the social and spiritual life of a Sufi practitioner...

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    East Boston Ecumenical Community Council

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 9 July 2014.

    Phone: 617-567-2750
    Email: framirez@ebecc.org
    Website: http://www.ebecc.org

    Issue

    East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC) is an organization dedicated to helping immigrant populations adapt to life in the U.S. They offer counseling and services on family issues, housing (including tenant education and advocacy for affordable housing), ESL classes to help break the language barrier, and so on. The group also advocates...

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    Dignity/Boston

    Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 17 September 2014.

    Phone: 617-421-1915
    Email: info@dignityboston.com
    Website: http://www.dignityboston.org/
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