Religious Diversity News

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Coronavirus reshapes Chicago religious practices, but some not changing their ways

Even as coronavirus concerns spread across the world and religious groups in the Chicago area made changes to their practices to deal with the disease, some churchgoers said they aren’t worried enough yet to change how they worship.

At St. James Episcopal Cathedral, a group of about 15 parishioners gathered for an afternoon Mass on Wednesday. Prior to beginning the readings, the Rev. Courtney Reid told the group that some tweaks in the ceremony will apply because of coronavirus concerns, including refraining from handshakes and changing communion practices. She also pointed to pumps of hand sanitizer stationed around the church.

Source: Coronavirus reshapes Chicago religious practices, but some not changing their ways – Chicago Tribune

West Ridge’s YMCA Debuts Women-Only Night To Help Religious Women Work Out

The West Ridge YMCA has started a new program that will allow the neighborhood’s community of religious women to more easily work out.

The High Ridge YMCA, 2424 W. Touhy Ave., has debuted “Women’s Night,” which restricts access to the fitness center to only women. The recurring event allows the Far North Side’s population of Muslim and Orthodox Jewish women to exercise without worrying about their dress.

If Muslim or Orthodox Jewish women are to work out in the company of men, they would have to adhere to modesty standards cover most of their exposed skin. And while there is a budding industry seeking to address this, the issue of dressing modestly makes exercise more difficult for some women.

Source: West Ridge’s YMCA Debuts Women-Only Night To Help Religious Women Work Out – Block Club Chicago

Film follows ‘honest struggle’ of formerly incarcerated Muslims reentering society

Darrell Davis was 18 years old when he was first sent to prison.

By the time the former gang chief was released in 2013, after being found guilty of murder, aggravated battery and armed violence, he had spent more than half of his life on the inside. He had also discovered a new identity as a faithful Muslim, taking on the name “Sadiq,” Arabic for “honest,” as part of his resolution to leave behind his previous life of violence.

The documentary “The Honest Struggle,” directed by four-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Justin Mashouf, follows Davis’ journey as he returns to the South Side of Chicago and builds a new life after 24 years behind bars.

Source: Film follows ‘honest struggle’ of formerly incarcerated Muslims reentering society – Religion News Service

Neighborly Faith urges evangelicals to find a ‘third way’ to befriend Muslims

For evangelical Christians, the importance of evangelizing is right there in the name.

But it’s not the best approach to building relationships with Muslims and people of other faiths, according to Matthew Kaemingk, assistant professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Seminary and author of “Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear.”

“Muslims are not a mission or a project that you work on like a science experiment or something,” Kaemingk told an auditorium of young evangelicals Friday night (Nov. 1) at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College in the Chicago suburbs.

Source: Neighborly Faith urges evangelicals to find a ‘third way’ to befriend Muslims – Religion News Service

As fewer refugees enter the US, one Chicago group decides to go to them

“I didn’t used to live like this.”

The words resonated with Elizabeth Shuman. The speaker — a woman dressed in beautifully designed fabrics, a scarf covering her hair — had invited Shuman and other volunteers into her home in Lebanon and taken great care to show them hospitality.

But the home was a tent made from tarps, insulated against the crisp air as best as possible.

The woman and her family were refugees from Syria and the tent housed all the belongings they had remaining.

Source: As fewer refugees enter the US, one Chicago group decides to go to them – Religion News Service

Meet the Nun Who Now Has Her Own Baseball Card 

Sobieck, a member of Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, autographed 260 of her baseball cards. The summer of 2018 witnessed Sister Mary Jo Sobieck going viral on several social media platforms when the nun used her bicep to bounce a baseball and threw a perfect strike. To the delight of sports enthusiasts everywhere, she then […]

Source: Meet the Nun Who Now Has Her Own Baseball Card – World Religion News

In Chicago, one mosque charts its own path 

On Friday afternoons, the tech startup staffers and other daily occupants of a downtown co-working space here are learning to coexist with a new neighbor down the hall: A small conference room on the third floor has been transformed into a Muslim prayer room. It’s not the most conventional setting for a mosque, but then little about Masjid al-Rabia is typical. Here, congregational prayer is typically led by a woman, as is the call to prayer. In fact, there’s no gender segregation of any sort: Men and wome

Source: In Chicago, one mosque charts its own path – Religion News Service

At 98, Chicago chaplain still brings her ministry to Illinois prisons every Sunday: ‘How can I quit when people need me?’ 

At age 98, Helen Sinclair — a resident of the South Side of Chicago also known as Queen Mother — is still resolute in her mission to spread the gospel and love to Illinois prison inmates, whom she visits weekly.

Source: At 98, Chicago chaplain still brings her ministry to Illinois prisons every Sunday: ‘How can I quit when people need me?’ – Chicago Tribune