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Rabbi addresses group in temple. Middle Eastern musicians are behind him.

Rabbi Joshua Stanton, center, and Naz Georgas, standing, dressed in white, introduce a concert of spiritual music by Mohammed Zaman Zaki Taji Qawwal brothers in the sanctuary of East End Temple, a synagogue near Union Square in New York City. Photo courtesy of Cordoba House

Jews and Muslims in New York bond over shared space and shared values

When a Muslim group needed a place for youth religious education, it began meeting at a synagogue. This arrangement led to friendship and learning -- and activism.

Man painting sign for St. John's Episcopal Church 2000 Mural March

The artists of Washington, D.C’.s, P.A.I.N.T.S. Institute spent all day Sept. 5, 2020, creating vivid, social justice-themed images on the plywood-covered stained glass windows at historic St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House. Photo by Rachel Jones

Churches in the nation's capital seek to balance welcome and security

After a fire, protests and the tear-gassing of peaceful demonstrators, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., boarded up its stained-glass windows and reluctantly agreed to the installation of a chain-link fence. But the congregation is finding ways for their building to remain a place of welcome and refuge, as are others in the city.

Before the pandemic, members of the church and others gathered in the Rev. Jessica Ketola's home for meals and worship. Although meals and other activities are on pause, worship still takes place on Zoom. Photos courtesy of The Practicing Church

The Practicing Church in Shoreline, Washington, seeks to live out its faith in the neighborhood

Borrowing from the Roman Catholic tradition of the parish, the pastor of a Vineyard house church focuses on serving the geographical area in which the church is located.

The Rev. Liz Walker, the Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond and Dr. Anthony Fauci discuss the COVID-19 vaccine as part of a webinar series offered by Roxbury Presbyterian Church. Photo courtesy of Roxbury Presbyterian Church

Churches in predominantly Black communities can play a key role in vaccinating against COVID-19

Disparities in medical treatment and a history of clinical abuse have undermined trust in COVID-19 vaccines for some Black Americans. Faith leaders are helping through relationships and models for outreach.

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