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First Female President Appointed at New York Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Lakeesha Walrond Appointed as First Female President of New York Theological Seminary New York, N.Y.  New York Theological Seminary’s (N.Y.T.S.) Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond as its new president. Dr. Walrond brings more than two decades of leadership in academia and ministry that will help shape new and […]

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Philanthropy: Channeling The Godliness Within All Of Us

New York, N.Y. My name is Isaac J. Kassin and I am a 2012 Luce Leader. Before I begin I would like to thank the J. Luce Foundation and St. John’s University for inviting me to speak tonight. It’s a great opportunity and I hope to contribute as much as I can. The beautiful woman […]

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Hajj Stampede Toll Climbs to 1,453 in Saudi Arabia

Washington, D.C. An Associated Press count shows that at least 1,453 pilgrims were killed in a crush and stampede near the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mecca during this year’s annual hajj pilgrimage, far more than the kingdom’s official toll. The higher count comes from tolls offered by 18 countries through their officials or state […]

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Pope Appeals to World in Climate Change Encyclical

Vatican, Rome. The Vatican has released a landmark letter by Pope Francis saying global warming is mostly man-made and calling it one of the most important issues of the day. The 191-page encyclical released Thursday said a “very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climactic system.” “Humanity […]

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Thich Nhat Hanh’s New, Passionate Love Letter to the Earth

Paris, France.  At this very moment, the Earth is above you, below you, all around you, and even inside you. The Earth is everywhere. You may be used to thinking of the Earth as only the ground beneath your feet. But the water, the sea, the sky, and everything around us comes from the Earth. […]

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Muslims Around World Celebrate Eid al-Fitr – Including U.S. Soldiers

Jakarta, Indonesia.  Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr festival, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Worshipers gathered in mosques in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, to begin the celebrations Thursday. Iraqi Muslims exchange greetings after the Eid dawn prayers outside mosque on the first day of […]

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NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg Wishes New York Ramadan Mubarak

New York, N.Y.   NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg Wishes New York a Ramadan Mubarak: New Yorkers in all five boroughs celebrate the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which calls us together in a spirit of reflection. Mayor Bloomberg meets with leadership of the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center, January 03, 2012. Photo Credit: Edward Reed. One […]

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Up-Close Look at Group’s Grassroots Effort to Reduce Homelessness

Bronx, N.Y.  It is an understatement to call homelessness a growing problem. More accurately, it’s a tragedy. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that an average of more than 50,000 people slept in New York City homeless shelters for the first time in January (a record), with families becoming the largest category of the nation’s homeless population. Having volunteered […]

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