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The ex-monk and the Thai sex mafia: helping victims find another way

Global Geneva Magazine

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Wat Arun Rajvaram Community Learning Centre, founded on Buddhist precepts by a former monk, has trained more than 250 Thai young women for work as nurse assistants, jobs aimed at keeping them out of the illicit sex trade, forced labor, and arranged marriages. High school graduates, ages 16 to 19,...

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Climate change mitigation a matter of faith for the United Church of Canada

National Observer

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After its fossil fuel–powered furnace started to fail, St. Paul’s United Church converted its old radiators to electric units in order to better insulate the building and be more environmentally friendly. The church got $25,000 in funding as part of the United Church of Canada’s Faithful Footprin...

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Transgender Pakistanis find solace in a church of their own

Associated Press

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Pakistan's only church for transgender Christians has given its members the safety, acceptance, and joy they are often denied in the conservative, predominantly Muslim country. Called the First Church of Eunuchs – the name, considered derogatory by some, echoes the term for transgender women in S...

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How faith leaders organized to win two major environmental victories in Louisiana

Southerly

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Religious leaders in Louisiana successfully mobilized their communities to vote against a state amendment that would give manufacturers a tax break at the expense of local governments. The interfaith network of 250 religious organizations took on the role of educating their congregations and neig...

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N.Y.P.D. Will No Longer Force Women to Remove Hijabs for Mug Shots

The New York Times

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Two Muslim women arrested on minor charges and forced to remove their hijabs for mugshots sued the New York Police Department and won a settlement that changes the department's policy. The women said they were humiliated and shamed by having to bare their heads in front of male strangers, which i...

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Indigenous Colombians mount a spiritual defense of the Amazon

Mongabay

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Five different Indigenous groups formed an alliance known as the Union of Traditional Age Medics of the Colombian Amazon to practice spiritual ceremonies and community healing based on the ingestion of a potent hallucinogenic tea known as yagé. These groups are at risk of physical and cultural ex...

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