Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration of African-American culture, so it is more than fitting that for the past 28 years the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in East Elmhurst has observed the holiday. Comment.
The city’s lawyers were back in a courtroom last week asking a federal appeals panel to overturn a ruling that prohibited the city Department of Education from barring religious institutions from holding worship services in public school buildings during after-school hours. Comment.
Members of the Societá Gioventú Quagliettana take part in the 2012 Fiaccolata di San Rocco, a candlelit procession in Astoria Saturday, held to commemorate the death of Saint Rocco. Nearly 100 people participated in the event. Comment.
It was a unique sight Monday when men wearing bow ties spent hours wishing residents of the South Jamaica Houses “as-salamu alaykum” as they waited for the leader of the Nation of Islam, who arrived by police escort just as the exterior lights were starting to come on at the 40 Projects. Comments (1).
After American freedom of speech clashed with Islamic tradition and honor in Egypt, Queens residents with ties to the Middle East condemned the violence as tempers continued to flare in Muslim communities across the globe. Comment.
One year ago, Little Neck Jewish Center member Warren Shapiro worked with his synagogue to launch a monthly singles night with hopes that he and his congregation companions could find their bashert, or special someone. Comment.
Apostle John Boyd Sr., who started the New Greater Bethel Ministries under a tent in Cambria Heights, died earlier this month of natural causes at 85. By 2012 his church was 2,000 strong and his radio ministry reached an estimated 150 million each week. Comment.
The word on the streets of Cambria Heights over the weekend was “Shalom!” as thousands of Hasidic Jews from all over the world made the trek to the Ohel Chabad Lubavitch to mark the 18th anniversary of the death of Rabbi Menachem Schneerson. Comment.
This year’s edition of the annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson will be a three-day affair and come at a time when the Cambria Heights community is opposing a planned expansion by the Ohel Chabad Lubavitch. Comment.
It was unexpected but welcome news for two Queens Catholic priests, including one from Floral Park, after Pope Benedict XVI promoted them to auxiliary bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn, according to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano. Comment.
Dozens of people attended the Holy Metropolis Greek Orthodox Church of America Cathedral of Markella’s Procession of the Epitaphios in Astoria Friday evening. The religious service commemorates the Greek Orthodox holiday of Great Friday, which marks Christ’s death before His ascension on Easter. Comment.
Paul Drake was all that a local pastor should be and more, members of his church said, but after five short years since arriving at the Community Church of Little Neck, Drake lost a battle with cancer and died last Thursday. He was 56. Comment.
At a protest outside the office of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, demonstrators said they were angry about the congressman’s support for the federal mandate that all insurance plans cover the cost of birth control. Comment.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly did his best at a breakfast earlier this month to explain and justify his department’s undercover surveillance in mosques and Muslim student associations within and outside the city. Comment.
Minister Eva Duzant, the president of the Cambria Heights Development Corp. and a member of the 232nd Street Block Assoication, was ordinated into the gospel ministry at the Southern Baptist Church in Manhattan. The event was held in collaboration with the United Missionary Baptist Association, the Empire State Baptist Convention and the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Comment.
Flushing civics and lawmakers want the city Board of Standards and Appeals to deny plans for a Mormon church that exceeds zoning regulations, but the agency recently gave a green light to a similar application in southern Queens. Comment.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly did his best at a breakfast Saturday to explain and justify his department’s undercover surveillance in mosques and Muslim student associations within and outside the city. Comment.
Ceremoniously renaming a street can be a long, bureaucratic process, but more than 200 years after Flushing’s Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded, the institution’s name now adorns Union Street. Comment.
Astoria has long been defined by its ethnic groups — first it was the Italians, then the Greeks — and last week the neighborhood’s Muslims took a large step toward establishing themselves with the grand opening of the Muslim American Society’s community center on Steinway Street. Comments (1).
By the time this newspaper reaches your hands, religious services will be banned by the city Department of Education in public schools. The DOE set Sunday as the final day when the doors would be open to religious services. Comment.
Our Lady of Lourdes celebrated Catholic Schools Week with a performance by students during Sunday Mass and an International Festival, featuring food from the countries where families in the parish are from. Many members of the congregation are from Haiti, Guyana, the Philippines and dozens of other countries. Comment.
The Jamaica Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomed members of the community to its new location on 163rd Street for an open house Saturday and Sunday. The six-story building will offer religious services, classes and other activities. Comments (4).
Hundreds of people proceeded through Flushing Sunday during a Shia commemoration called the Arbaeen of Shuhada-e-Karbala, which commemorated the death of the Prophet Muhammed’s grandson Imam Hussain during the Battle of Karbal, as well as Hussain’s bodyguard and cousin, Ghazi Abbas. Comment.
As clergy leaders from Queens Congregations United for Action, we minister to families from all walks of life struggling to make ends meet. It is not just that we are living through hard economic times. Comment.
You would have to be a man of faith to ask for $3 million, joked Monsignor John Tosi, but the pastor’s prayers were answered by the parishioners at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Whitestone. Comments (6).