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The Hill Cumorah Pageant. Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Hill Cumorah Pageant. Photo: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Mormon pilgrims bring tourism dollars to Palmyra, NY

With 750 cast members, more than 1,000 costumes, and special effects to rival a James Cameron film, the Hill Cumorah Pageant draws thousands of people to western New York each year.

They come in droves, from around the world, converging on the town of Palmyra to witness a Mormon spectacle taking place way off Broadway.  Go to full article
We’re crossing a line there when you start getting into religious holidays.

Earlier bar closing raises issues of safety, religion

The Essex County Board of Supervisors has approved a measure that changes last call for bars and nightclubs from 4 am to 3 am.

The resolution moved through two committees in April without much discussion. But at Monday's meeting, Schroon town Supervisor Mike Marnell made a last-ditch effort to reinstall holiday closures for bars on Christmas Eve and Good Friday, which generated a brief debate about whether it's OK for lawmakers to set hours of sale on religious holidays.  Go to full article
Orthodox priests lead a Friday night Lenten service in the chapel at the Monastery of St. Silouan the Athonite, near Prescott, Ontario.  Photo: Todd Moe

Crossing borders to create a small-town Orthodoxy

The single most important day in the Orthodox calendar - Easter, or Pascha, is this Sunday. Many Orthodox churches base their holiest days on the Julian calendar, rather than the Gregorian calendar.

Historically, Orthodox communities in the United States have been defined largely by ethnicity and found mostly in urban areas. But a group of Orthodox Christians in the Canton-Potsdam area has created a mission that brings diverse groups together. They don't have a permanent worship space, sometimes share priests with the Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, and even visit a small monastery in Ontario. Their membership includes students, families and seniors. This Sunday will mark the group's first Easter service, or Great Vespers, and a meal of festive foods.  Go to full article
An Amish farm near Heuvelton, NY. Photo: Karen Johnson-Weiner

Old Christmas an old tradition for many Amish in the North Country

For most of us, Jan. 1 marks the end of the holiday season, whether that's a sad goodbye or a relief.

But for some Christians, including many of the Amish people...  Go to full article
Jemila Saleh in her kitchen in Potsdam. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Eritrean refugee finds home in cooking

Eritrea is a small country in the African Horn. It's been at war on and off with neighboring Ethiopia for decades. And since 2001, the government has been sending thousands...  Go to full article
Kateri Tekakwitha shrine in Fonda, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmcordell/">Diane Cordell</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">some rights reserved</a>

First Native saint "beacon of empowerment"

Catholics across Upstate New York and Canada are celebrating the canonization of a 17th century Mohawk woman. She'll become the first Native American saint in a ceremony this...  Go to full article
The Dalai Lama and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Photo: Sarah Harris

Dalai Lama addresses thousands in Middlebury

The Dalai Lama visited Middlebury College in Vermont last Friday and Saturday. Thousands of people descended on the college town to hear his message.  Go to full article
Father Delbel addresses parents and parishioners at a meeting shortly after the school closure was announced.

Champlain's St. Mary's Academy closes its doors

Another Catholic school is closing in the North Country. St Mary's Academy, a pre-kindergarden to 6th grade elementary school within the Clinton County town of Champlain,...  Go to full article
Peter Garrow

The spiritual side of playing lacrosse

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, near Massena, is hosting a day devoted to the game of lacrosse. The event, at Generations Park in Hogansburg, will include some of the best...  Go to full article
Clergy filled the stairwell at the Capitol Building, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push for a hike in the minimum wage. Photo: Karen DeWitt.

Clergy urge minimum wage hike in NY

Religious leaders rallied at the State Capitol to push for an increase in the state's minimum wage. They urged Governor Cuomo to get off the fence and advocate for passage in...  Go to full article

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