Religion

by Jack D'Isidoro

A Pastor From Ghana Offers Blessings

African, Bronx, Featured Posts, Religion, Voices' Picks December 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Members of the largely West African congregation of Rev. Eric Kofi Owusu say his blessings, which are characteristic of a kind of Pentecostal Christianity practiced in Ghana, are worth every penny of their offerings.

(Photo by Humberto Arellano via EDLP)

Virgin of Guadalupe Caught in the Crossfire in NYC

Mexican, Religion December 12, 2014 at 1:58 pm

This year, the traditional Guadalupan Torch (Antorcha Guadalupana) run will not reach St. Patrick’s Cathedral, El Diario reports.

The Antorcha Guadalupana run in which participants take turns carrying the torch. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Has the Virgin of Guadalupe Lost Some Appeal?

Immigration, Mexican, Religion, Youth December 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The change in attitude toward the Virgin of Guadalupe reflects the different experiences of two generations of immigration activists, El Diario reports. 

The Return of Simbang Gabi

The Return of Simbang Gabi

Featured Posts, Religion, Video December 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

The traditional Filipino Christmas mass was again celebrated at the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue, to the joy of celebrants.

Reverends Kahli Mootoo and church board member Harry Isaac at Bright Temple AME Church. (Photo by Danny R. Peralta via Hunts Point Express)

Hunts Point Churches Share the Faith

Bronx, Religion November 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Despite being of different denominations, Pentecostal Iglesia Cristiana Emmanuel and Bright Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church are sharing pews and a pulpit in hopes of turning around their financially-strapped situations, reports Hunts Point Express.

Faith in Affordable Housing and ‘Life’s Essentials’

Faith in Affordable Housing and ‘Life’s Essentials’

Culture, Government, Housing, Religion, Video November 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

In this episode of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources,” clergy find ways to build affordable housing; Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Nisha Agarwal meets with the community and ethnic press; and the grandson of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee directs a documentary on the couple.

The Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz is the "is the first and only Catholic church dedicated to Filipinos in the United States," according to its website. (Photo via The FilAm)

NY’s Only Filipino Church Sees Modest Following

Manhattan, Religion, Southeast Asian November 7, 2014 at 4:17 pm

The FilAm investigates why the Chapel of San Lorenzo Ruiz, the only Filipino church in the metro area, sees just a few dozen regular congregants.

Checking in on Central Synagogue’s Chief Rabbi

Checking in on Central Synagogue’s Chief Rabbi

Jewish, Religion, Video, Women November 7, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Angela Buchdahl, Central Synagogue’s new chief rabbi, offers “unusual pairings” in her work and her life, The Jewish Daily Forward reports.

St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Poughkeepsie, New York (Photo by Janusz M. Szlechta via Nowy Dziennik)

Polish Americans in Hudson Valley Launch Efforts to Save Church

Eastern European, Religion November 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Poughkeepsie, the only cultural gathering spot for Polish Americans in the Hudson Valley, faces an uncertain future, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Coney Island's United Community Church (Photo by Matthew Taub via Brooklyn Brief)

Helping Houses of Worship, Two Years Post-Sandy

Brooklyn, Environment, Religion October 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Post-Sandy recovery has eluded houses of worship, because federal dollars can’t be allocated to them. Now there’s a call to get banks to help, Brooklyn Brief reports.

Ebola Stigma and ‘Annie Undocumented’

Ebola Stigma and ‘Annie Undocumented’

African, Health, Immigration, Religion, Video October 27, 2014 at 5:07 pm

How has the Ebola hysteria affected the largest Liberian community outside Liberia? CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” finds out in one of three segments.

An Interfaith ‘Prayer for the World’

An Interfaith ‘Prayer for the World’

Manhattan, Religion, Video October 24, 2014 at 6:12 pm

An interfaith exhibit of life-size sculptures in different poses of prayer from Muslim, Christian and Jewish artists is on view at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and featured in a video report from NYCity News Service.

photo by gerardo romo via el diario

Pentecostal Faith Captures Latinos in the Bronx

Bronx, Latino, Religion October 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm

El Diario profiles the pastor of a church in the Bronx that is Pentecostal, a faith that is drawing more Latinos.

Playing an instrument at a pre-Colombian religious ceremony in Flushing Meadows Park (Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario)

NYC Hosts an Array of Pre-Columbian Religious Rituals

In the News, Latino, Religion, Traditions September 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm

From Caribbean Taíno ceremonies in Upper Manhattan to Andean rites in Union Square, pre-Columbian religious rituals are flourishing in New York, El Diario reports.

Women cook for langar meal at Sikh gurudwara. (Photo by Ramaa Raghavan via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Religious Tradition With an Indian Taste

Food, Metro Area, Religion, South Asian September 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Sikhism’s tradition of offering free food to the gurudwaras’ visitors is keeping temple kitchens very busy, reports Feet in 2 Worlds.