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Queens community condemns attack on Gandhi statue as anti-Hindu vandalism
By Richa Karmarkar — August 9, 2022
NEW YORK (RNS) — Leaders from the diverse Richmond Hill community in New York’s Queens borough came together on Tuesday to condemn an act of vandalism against a statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside of the Shri Tulsi Mandir Hindu temple.
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Amy Spitalnick, who took on neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, is moving to Bend the Arc
By Yonat Shimron — August 9, 2022
(RNS) — In November, Spitalnick will become CEO of the left-leaning organization that blends community organizing, political advocacy and leadership training.
Police break up Muslim gathering in Kashmir, dozens detained
By Associated Press — August 9, 2022
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Muharram is among the holiest months for Shiites across the world and includes large processions of mourners beating their chests while reciting elegies and chanting slogans to mourn the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein and 72 companions in the battle of Karbala in present-day Iraq.
Afghan man charged in killing of 2 Muslims in Albuquerque
By Associated Press — August 9, 2022
Naeem Hussain was killed Friday night, and the three other men died in ambush shootings. Police in New Mexico’s largest city are trying to determine if the deaths are linked.
Why Alexander Hamilton gave his heart to Jesus at a Texas church this weekend
By Bob Smietana — August 8, 2022
(RNS) — An unauthorized church production of the hit musical caused an uproar among fans.
‘Community Lighthouses’ powered by the sun and volunteers
By Associated Press — August 8, 2022
LaPLACE, La. (AP) — “Community Lighthouses,” outfitted with roof solar panels and a battery pack to store energy, can serve as electricity hubs after a disaster. They're being sponsored by Together New Orleans, a non-partisan network of churches and groups that tries to fix community problems.
Shiite Muslims in Mideast mark solemn holy day of Ashoura
By Associated Press — August 8, 2022
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Security forces, particularly in Taliban-run Afghanistan, were on high alert for any violence. In the past, bloody attacks have marred the festival across in the Middle East, as Sunni extremists who view the Shiites as heretics seize on the holy day to target large gatherings of mourners.
Birthright Israel brings Jews in recovery to Israel
By Michele Chabin — August 8, 2022
JERUSALEM (RNS) — 'Recovery is all about change and healing,' said one person in recovery who took a tour of Israel that allows Jews in recovery to explore their Jewish heritage and faith. 'I feel like a changed man because of this trip.'
Albuquerque killings send fear through Islamic communities
By Associated Press — August 8, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Earlier this week, police confirmed that local detectives and federal law enforcement officers were looking for possible ties among the separate crimes.
Tony and Lauren Dungy: On faith and family, football and race, winning and losing
By Adelle M. Banks — August 8, 2022
(RNS) — 'I think the world looks at us in our times of disappointment much more so than they look at us in our times of triumph,' said Tony Dungy.
Nicaragua police investigating bishop critical of government
By Associated Press — August 8, 2022
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The police statement Friday said the investigation would include a number of people and warned that they would not be allowed to leave their homes while the investigation was carried out.
10 years after shooting, Wisconsin Sikhs lead interfaith conversation on safety 
By Silma Suba — August 5, 2022
(Interfaith America) — In the decade since the Oak Creek shooting, hate crimes against places of worship have been on the rise.
Russell Moore named Christianity Today editor, Lynn Vincent to lead World Magazine
By Bob Smietana — August 5, 2022
(RNS) — Moore joined Christianity Today after resigning as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Vincent is co-author of 11 books.