Tag: Service

Service Honors Two International College Students Who Died In River Rescue

…Imam Wissam-Abdul-Baki of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts said the two cousins from Saudi Arabia did not hesitate to jump into the Chicopee River when they saw the children struggling in the current.  “And they told everyone: ‘This is our nature. This is my nature when you know me directly’,” said the imam…more:  wamc.

Interfaith prayer service held in Springfield to show solidarity with city’s immigrant community

 

A large crowd gathered Thursday night at the South Congregational Church in Springfield to partake in an interfaith prayer service, offering support and expressing solidarity with the city’s immigrant community.

The event comes on the heels of an announcement on June 16 that the church, along with five other congregations, will pursue the establishment of sanctuary spaces in their buildings for undocumented immigrants and families in danger of deportation….MORE: MASSLIVE.COM

Should all Muslims be singled out for the actions of a few? (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Muslim organizations have tirelessly condemned terrorist acts committed by individual Muslims in Political blogger Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative's Houston-based founder, speaks at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which is sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, in Garland, Texas on May 3, 2015. Two gunmen opened fire on Sunday at the art exhibit in Garland, Texas, that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and featured caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and were themselves shot dead at the scene by police officers, city officials and police said. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mike Stone  *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-LAWRENCE-COLUMN, originally transmitted on May 6, 2015.Political blogger Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative’s Houston-based founder, speaks at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which is sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, in Garland, Texas on May 3, 2015. Two gunmen opened fire on Sunday at the art exhibit in Garland, Texas, that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and featured caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and were themselves shot dead at the scene by police officers,  more : RELIGIONNEWS.COM

America welcomes Christians, Jews; atheists, Muslims not so much – Religion News Service

It’s not really clear if this is good news or bad news. People of faith are predisposed to welcoming other people of faith. So I’ll give this the best possible interpretation — that people are hoping they are welcoming,” he said.

(RNS) “When we ask people about what America thinks, what America is like, their answers are influenced by what is flashing in their minds. The news. The…more: