Category Archives: Religion

Jesus for the non religious – Retired bishop John Spong on religion – video

Jesus for the non religious – Retired bishop John Spong on religion.

SourceCode10 Published on Oct 17, 2012 
Who wrote the bible and was it inspired by God? How many disciples did Jesus have? Did he have woman disciples and was he married?

Religion: How an ancient Islamic holiday became uniquely Caribbean

How an ancient Islamic holiday became uniquely Caribbean

Hosay procession in St James Trinidad. Nicholas Laughlin, CC BY-NC-SA

By Ken ChitwoodUniversity of Florida

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A throng of Trinidadians line up along the streets of St James and Cedros to admire the vibrant floats with beautifully bedecked models of mausoleums. Their destination is the waters of the Caribbean, where the crowds will push them out to float.

This is part of the Hosay commemorations, a religious ritual performed by Trinidadian Muslims, that I have observed as part of the research for my forthcoming book on Islam in Latin America and the Caribbean.

What fascinates me is how a practice from India has been transformed into something uniquely Caribbean.

Re-enacting tragedy             Continue reading

GCA honours 90-year-old, Dharmaaacharya Pandit Ramlall at the 2018 Awards Ceremony

90-year-old Guyanese honored at GCA Awards

Award recipients with GCA plaques, citations and certificates.

The Guyana Cultural Association, New York, on Wednesday, August 28, honored 90-year-old, Dharmaaacharya Pandit Ramlall Ji, a priest and scholar, who pioneered the Phagwah and Diwali parades in Queens.

He was among a group of gifted, accomplished Guyanese, at the 2018 Awards Ceremony at Brooklyn Hall, on Joralemon Street.     Continue reading

History of Capitalism: The Tragic and Shameful Roots of the African Slave Trade

via History of Capitalism: The Tragic and Shameful Roots of the African Slave Trade

Ramayana in the Park 2018 was Spectacular! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Ramayana in the Park 2018 was Spectacular!

Ramayana 2018

– By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

It was love and humility all the way. The idea was to keep the name of Lord Rama alive and to sing his glories in New York, and beyond. He gave us perfect weather in which to chant His name.

The tenth anniversary of Ramayana in the Park was historic in several ways. It was the first time that several of our distinguished Pandits would ascend the Asan and deliver their sermons or pravachans to the public.

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St. Andrew’s Kirk quietly celebrating two centuries – by Francis Quamina Farrier

St. Andrew’s Kirk quietly celebrating two centuries – by Francis Quamina Farrier

St Andrew’s Kirk

Bells may not be ringing. Fire Works may not be exploding. Buntins may not be fluttering from its more that 100 foot tall steeple. There may not be a big parade along Brickdam, but this year, 2018, when the city of Georgetown is also quietly celebrating a special milestone, (175 years old), the iconic wooden St. Andrews Kirk, is quietly celebrating its 200 year of existence and service to the nation.  

There are many special houses of worship in Georgetown which, by-and-large, are taken for granted by most of us. They include the St. George’s Cathedral, the Smith’s Memorial Church, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and Christ Church among others. Most times such special buildings are lamented only when they are no longer with us.             

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By secular standards, the Catholic Church is a corrupt organization: Neil Macdonald – CBC News

Solutions for priestly abuse: wiretaps, search warrants, informers and ordaining women (Stefano Rellandini/Reuters)

WARNING: This column contains disturbing details

Imagine for a moment that a big, admired multinational corporation, one selling a beloved product, was employing large numbers of male pedophiles and rapists, operating in rings all over the world, and that their crimes had been uncovered in Australia, Ireland, Canada, the Philippines, Belgium, France, Austria, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Britain, Germany and the United States, and, further, that senior executives had systematically covered up and suppressed evidence, transferring and enabling hundreds of predators, betraying thousands of victims.

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Third Annual National Anti-Violence Candlelight Vigil – September 9. 2018

Vigil Letter: Third Annual National Anti-Violence Candlelight Vigil – Sunday September 9. 2018

800 Jews, Christians, Muslims sing Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ in Jerusalem – video

800 Jews, Christians, Muslims sing Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ in Jerusalem

Koolulam mass singing event at Tower of David Museum joins disparate voices in a show of unity coinciding with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

 JULY 8, 2018, 12:50 PM

Jews, Muslims and Christians, young and old, most of them strangers to one another, they were forgoing a night’s sleep for the chance to sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in three languages and three-part harmony as a show of unity from Israel.

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Going home and passing have replaced death – By Adam Harris

Going home and passing have replaced death

These days there is a lot of euphemism surrounding one’s death. People hardly say that someone is dead. Instead, we would hear that the person has passed or that the person has gone home. Sometimes the message is simply that someone has gone.

Then there is the funeral. It is no longer a funeral service; it is a going-home service. Often, too, one is not actually saying farewell; one is celebrating the life of the person.           Continue reading

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