All faiths seek to make sense of the miracle of life which we all share. We have been taught to see our differences, when in fact our similarities are more striking. Tolerance is part of being a New Yorker.
We don’t represent any religion
In colonial times, Roman Catholicism had a major influence on the Latin world, but Latins are of all faiths including science, nature and nothing at all. Protestantism was a historic response to some of Catholicism’s failings. Judaism has a big influence on what it means to be a New Yorker and an American. Islamic Spain produced a civilization equal in stature and influence to the Roman Empire and the Renaissance. Voodoo, Santería and Candomblé are important faiths across the Black Americas. Indigenous beliefs are also part of who we are as Americans.
In competition, faiths demonize each other. But if any human faiths are false, they are all false; and if any human faiths are true, they are all true.
The earliest human concepts of faith are based on the forces of nature. The sun, moon, wind, and water are in everywhere around the world. We make the mistake of naming them, claiming them and then fighting over who knows the right name.
These are some of the names of the Great Spirit: Kishelemukong, Wakan Tanka, Teotl, Hunab Ku, Inti, and Olodumare, Bondyé, Atabey, and Ahura Mazda, Yahweh, Father, and Allah.
They are Lenape, Sioux, Aztec, Maya, Inca and Cuban, Haitian, Dominican/Puerto Rican Taíno, and Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian and Islamic, but they are all names of the One.
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Spiritual Places in NYC
We invite everyone to respect New York City’s faiths.
Sunday, June 28, 2020 ✝️
FINANCIAL DISTRICT, NYC
Old New York’s iconic church on Broadway at Wall St is Episcopal
UPPER WEST SIDE, September 1654 ~ The first Jewish group arrived in New Amsterdam fleeing the Spanish Inquisition which had followed them to Recife in Dutch Brazil. They formed Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, America’s first Jewish congregation.
# jewish sanctuary fridays
1 West 53rd St
at Fifth Avenue
WEST VILLAGE, NYC ~ New York’s oldest Spanish-language parish has daily masses in Spanish & English. That stretch of 14th St was once NYC’s “Little Spain.”
A Romanesque Revival church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that is the home of Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
1 East 65th St at Fifth Avenue
Upper East Side, Manhattan