Browsing: Religion

Diwali is the five-day festival of lights celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the world. The International Club organized a Diwali celebration Oct. 25 for all to experience the traditional festival of new beginnings, the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness. At the Diwali celebration there was a large dance floor for everyone and also henna and rangoli stations for people to spend more intimate time together. Anushka Rajbhndari, graphic designer for the International Club, was in charge of the henna station. According to Rajbhndari, henna is made up of “the dried leaves of the plant…

Written by Nick Fustor; Video by Madison Bess With a nation divided and negative discourse swirling among national conversations, members of the Ithaca, NY community are looking to make a positive impact. Chris Biehn, a junior at Ithaca College, is organizing “Believe in Love”, an event aiming to unite Ithaca residents through community service and a large gathering on the Ithaca Commons on April 22. Biehn works with the Love Button Global Movement as an ambassador.  The Love Button Global Movement is a non-profit dedicated to spreading love and kindness throughout the world through community service and support services. The…

Haley Doran & Emma McQuade In a mission to help students find their goodness, Yoga Farm, a wellness center in Lansing, N.Y. offers educational classes and workshops to students seeking courses in yoga and meditation. Christopher Grant and Daniela Hess, co-directors of Yoga Farm, founded the wellness center in the spring of 2015 after listening to the call of Spirit. “For as long as I could remember, I wanted to be a part of a group of people who were living and learning together – diving into some of the deeper truths about what it means to be a human…

By: Maddison Murnane and Avalon Singer ITHACA- In light of the hatred and division in the world today the different religious communities in Ithaca came together to spread the message of peace and unity. At 7:30 p.m. on April 7 members from all different cultures, races, religions and backgrounds gathered together at the First Unitarian Church of Ithaca. The event, The Justice for All Concert, was coordinated by the Ithaca Friends Meeting Quaker community. Although the concert was aimed at all human rights issues, there was a specific emphasis on systematic racial issues and how to solve them as an intrareligious…

By: Sophia Tulp and Nicole Mance Ithaca first became a sanctuary city in July of 1985. Granting “[protection] and [maintaining] human rights for Ithaca’s citizens and for all who come within its borders,” was the resolution created by the Common Council for El Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees of the time. The debate over Ithaca’s sanctuary status continues today over two decades later in regards to refugees from the Middle East during the times of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Shortly after the election, The City of Ithaca’s mayor, Svante Myrick, took to Facebook to pledge his help in the fight…

By Rachel Mucha and Anne Uhle The excitement was palpable as dozens of children ran around the museum’s crowded rooms, stuffing colorful eggs into their bags. While many children were preoccupied with the egg hunt, others were playing with dinosaurs toys or learning about prehistoric eggs from workers. All of this was a part of the Dino Eggstravaganza that the Museum of the Earth holds every year during the Easter season. The Dino Eggstravaganza was happening long before the Museum of the Earth even existed. Twenty years ago, it was simply called the Dinosaur Egg Hunt, and it took place…

By Alexis Forde and Will Uhl St. Paul’s United Methodist Church hosted an inventive service for Good Friday on Friday March 25. For the second year, the service featured a five-piece band playing a jazz interpretation of The Passion, the story of Christ’s crucifixion, which gave a modern twist to a usually traditional service. The pianist of the ensemble, Nick Weiser, composed this piece while he was a music director at an Episcopal Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Once in Ithaca, he continued to rework and refine it. Weiser explained some of the changes he has made to the piece…

By Kayla Dwyer and Taylor Zambrano Cornell alumnus Kelechi Umoga used to see church as just another obligatory Sunday activity. This changed during his sophomore year, when he joined a Bible study group. “I began to question everything up to that point. Like what defined me — grades, the way other people thought about me, and that was my identity: being successful and going to Cornell,” he said. “But then I came here and I began to realize that I can’t depend so much on grades, … I realized I had to base my life on a foundation on something…

By Mallery Rockwell and Arlana Shikongo Nagiane Arriaza believes in Ithaca’s qualities of progressiveness, liberalism and artistry as much as the next Ithaca resident, however, she lives with a fear familiar to many other Muslim immigrants. Arriaza is a member of the local Muslim community and recent attitudes towards Muslims nationally have been violent. This has left many members of the community afraid for their safety. However, a new mural painting project in downtown Ithaca hopes to celebrate the diverse Muslim culture that exists locally and remind them that they are at home here, too. Arriaza is the Project Coordinator…

By Aaron Laramee and David Stern One-by-one, people filtered into the room where Dr. Garima Singh and Meenakshi Manivannan sat, smiling warmly at those who entered. The room was so quiet and relaxed that the scene acted as a stark contrast from the bustling streets of Cornell lying just outside the double doors. Art of Living’s Ithaca chapter hosted an open session that taught community members how to harmonize breathing rhythms as a way to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. This meeting was part of Art of Living’s weekly lessons that take place at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Friday…

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