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    Wynne v. Great Falls, SC (2005)

    In the rural town of Great Falls, South Carolina, Darla Wynne requested that prayers used to open Town Council meetings not privilege a deity exclusive to one particular faith. Wynne, a Wiccan priestess, won her court case putting a stop to the use of the name Jesus Christ in legislative prayer. She also won upon the town's appeal to the 4th circuit court, which in July of 2004 found the “Town Council's exclusive practice of explicitly advancing exclusively Christian themes to be unconstitutional.” The town of Great Falls had been in the habit of opening each and every one of their Town...

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    Starhawk: The Earth Path (2004)

    Starhawk, the writer, activist and co-founder of the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft, has just published her ninth book, The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. Her first book, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, first published in 1979, has been a foundational book for the growth of eco-feminist Witchcraft in the United States, with over 350,000 copies sold. The Earth Path provides a thorough updating of the applied spiritual practice that Starhawk has continued to develop.

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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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    Categorizing Muslims, between Theory and Practice:  A Perspective from Portland, Oregon (2004)

    Over the past two decades, Islam in America has been receiving increased attention by academics and policy makers. The great influx of immigrant Muslims since the early 1960s, as well the conversion to Islam by a large number of American natives, have significantly changed the religious and social landscape of America. Many earlier studies have treated Islam in America as an imported tradition that remains largely unchanged when it is relocated in the United States. However, a number of more recent studies have attempted to understand Islam in this part of the world as a tradition that...

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    Mapping Richmond's Buddhist Community (2003)

    Richmond Virginia, once the capitol of the Confederate States of America, isn't the first place you'd think to look for Buddhist temples. But though many Richmondites still enjoy the annual Civil War reenactments, and take pride in the old time religion, the even older religion of the Buddha has succeeded in quietly making a place for itself, here in the South. There are now Buddhist groups practicing in Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Tibetan, Burmese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and American lineages, in Richmond. The central subject of my study is Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, a distinctive temple in...

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    Growing Religious Diversity in South Carolina: Implications for the Palmetto State (2003)

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    This paper documents the growth of religious diversity in South Carolina, drawing on interviews with members from the traditions represented, previous scholarly research on religion in South Carolina, newspaper articles, census data and interviews with religion reporters and educators across the state. After presenting basic outlines and historical sketchs of each faith in South Carolina, the paper goes on to explore the implications of this growing diversity for a Southern "Bible Belt" state like South Carolina, highlighting controversies over...

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    Finding Our Place Conference: Building Social Cohesion in the Midst of Diversity and Migration (2003)

    Purpose and Methods

    This week-long conference brought together teams of people from selected cities around the globe. The Partner City project is an endeavor by the Council for the Parliament of World Religions to stimulate interfaith work around the globe by developing diverse teams working together in cities and a network of these cities. This conference, the second of such Goldin Institute events is designed to build capacity and offer a wealth of networking opportunities. The methodology of the conference is based upon listening, first to immigrants and...

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    Embodying Ethics, Performing Pluralism: Volunteerism Among Ismailis in Houston, TX (2003)

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    Muslims in America reflect the diversity of cultures, ethnicities, traditions, and practices that constitutes the global Muslim community. They engage with the American context in which they are situated in a multiplicity of ways. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the summer of 2003, I explore how voluntarism among Shia Imami Nizari Ismaili and Sunni Muslims in Houston, Texas provides a lens to examine how they negotiate pluralism within their communities and in American society, and how they manage the intersection of religion,...

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    Muslims and Lutherans in the Twin Cities Conference (2002)

    Dr. Mark Swanson, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Islamic Studies Program at Luther Seminary, was a member of the planning committee for a conference held in St. Paul in May 2002, entitled "Muslims and Lutherans in the Twin Cities." He explained that the impetus for the conference came from the Lutheran communities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. They had noticed the presence of many Muslims in their neighborhoods, and realized that they ought to know more about their neighbors.

    The topic was broached by grassroots participants at the annual meetings of...

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    UNESCO Conference: "2003: The 3000th Anniversary of Zoroastrian Culture" (2003)

    Based on a proposal submitted by his Excellency the President of Tajikistan to UNESCO of United Nations, the year 2003 was officially recognized as "2003: the 3000th Anniversary of Zoroastrian Culture." Tajikistan and several other countries celebrated this immense event by organizing different programs to spread the teachings of Ashu Zartosht, the prophet and founder of Zoroastrianism, to the world. The California Zoroastrian Center (CZC) also organized and provided additional educational programs and seminars to expand and spread the philosophy of Ashu Zartosht. The CZC, in partnership...

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

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    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

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