• Prayer

    Redlands’ faith groups pray for Charlottesville

    REDLANDS >> Members from various faith and community groups in town gathered Thursday evening at First Presbyterian Church to pray and express concern following last week’s violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, involving white supremacists and counterprotesters that left three dead and many injured. “We gather tonight because we know...

    Sandra Emerson

  • Racial and ethnic discrimination

    4 Southern California faith leaders reflect on Charlottesville violence and the ‘toxin of white supremacy’

    The Southern California News Group surveyed faith leaders around the region on how they thought it was best to heal and move forward as a nation following the “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally and the eruption of violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Three people were killed, including a 32-year-old counter-protester who was rammed into by a car driven by an Ohio man as she crossed the street. • RELATED STORY:

    Brenda Gazzar

  • Religion & Worship

    ‘Meet a Muslim’ events hope to dispel misconceptions

    FREMONT, Calif. >> When Moina Shaiq realized even her friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California newspaper: “Questions and answers about being Muslim.” The ad offered ideas for questions: Are women oppressed in Islam? What is the Islamic view of terrorism? How does Islam view other religions? She set up shop at a coffee house in the San Francisco Bay Area city of...

    By KRISTIN J. BENDER Associated Press|

  • Health care services

    Leap of faith: Will healthcare ministries cover your costs?

    Martin Estacio was shelling out $800 per month for a health plan that didn’t fit his two-state lifestyle. The retired San Bernardino firefighter lives between Oklahoma and California. But his health insurance policy, purchased in Oklahoma, didn’t cover non-emergency care outside the state. So Estacio dropped his plan this month and took a leap of faith. He joined Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM), an alternative to health insurance that offers a religious...

    By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News|

  • Vandalism

    Redlands police investigate break-ins at local mosque

    REDLANDS >> Muslims who once looked forward to their Friday afternoon prayers at the Islamic Society of California have in recent months approached the mosque with anxiety. “We wouldn’t know what to expect,” Dr. Mohammad M. Hossain, the center’s founder, said Friday as the mosque opened to welcome members. For the past several weeks, when Hossain arrived to open the small center at 11210 Alabama St. he would find the mosque had been vandalized...

    Beatriz Valenzuela

  • Religion & Worship

    Riverside Imam accused of anti-Semitic sermon that called Jews ‘tyrants’

    Local and national Jewish leaders are denouncing comments from a Riverside imam who they say called Jews “unjust tyrants” and prayed to Allah to “destroy them” in a recent sermon.Imam Mahmoud Harmoush made the statements July 21 at the Islamic Center of Riverside, which posted a 31-minute video of the sermon on YouTube three days later. He was set to meet with concerned Riverside Jewish leaders Monday evening, July 31.The remarks came the same day as an...

    Stephen Wall

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