THE SIKH COMMEMORATION OF BANDI CHHOR DIVAS, PRISONER RELEASE DAY, COINCIDES WITH THE HINDU CELEBRATION OF DIWALI.
Bandi Chhor Divas is an important celebration in the Sikh community. Bandi Chhor Divas literally translates to “prisoner’ release day.” Sikhs commemorate this day as the day of liberation for their Sixth Guru Hargobind Sahib along with 52 Hindu political prisoners detained during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In another step forward for Catholic-Protestant reconciliation, Pope Francis and one of America's leading Protestant theologians agree on a major heresy: the worship of the free market.
He leaned against the subway doors in a faded denim jacket, camo cargo pants, combat boots and, to top it off, a black ski mask. I wondered if he had a gun. I wondered if he was a white supremacist. I wondered if he had seen my friend and me, with our brown skin and black hair. Our Islamic faith and immigrant parents — could he somehow see that, too?
While Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier sat down with President Barack Obama at a private roundtable in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 25, Morton County, N.D. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier was calling in police reinforcements from six states to enforce Energy Transfer Partners’ demands that “trespassers” be removed from the path of the pipeline.
NEW YORK — Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Thursday that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has created an independently-mediated compensation program for people who were sexually abused by church leaders, likely the first of its kind in the nation.
CA Governor Jerry Brown signs Safe Place to Learn Act to protect Muslim and Sikh students from bullying.
The aim of the Safe Place to Learn Act or AB 2845 is to prevent discrimination, harassment, and bullying against Muslim and Sikh students in the classrooms of California. This new law will provide teachers, staff, and administrators with resources that will help them to identify, prevent, and find a solution to bullying and discrimination happening in their schools. The bill comes in the wake of the rise in incidents reported in the California. The law requires the...
When opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline galvanized the support of hundreds of U.S. tribes, it became an unprecedented show of Indian country unity and resolve.
Now, it’s a global indigenous movement.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis says Jesus would never turn away transgender faithful and that priests today should accompany them spiritually, even if they undergo sex change operations, sin and repent.
The Harry Potter faithful are heeding the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast.
The fact that Harry Potter fans have been religiously faithful to the series is no more a metaphor. Today, Harry Potter may be turning into a religion in its actual sense. If looked at from a religious angle, it is not too difficult to look at the Harry Potter series as having spiritual themes, with questions that take a person on a deep journey to his own self. That is exactly what a Cambridge, MA podcast did. This religious recasting of the series has received lot of positive reception by Harry...
As a seasoned editor and journalist who spent her career reporting on marginalized communities, I’m generally wary about the use of so-called scare quotes in writing intended for a broad audience. Placing a legitimate phrase or concept in quotes is the textual equivalent of adding air quotes and rolling one’s eyes—like when we talk about Donald Trump’s support for so-called traditional marriage. (He’s such a proponent of the Biblical definition of marriage he’s been married three times, after all!)