DMS Youth Coordinator Mehreen Raja stands in front of the doughnut and tea stand at the Dayton Mercy Society's drive-through Eid celebration.
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This weekend, Muslims across the globe celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Because of the coronavirus, communities in the Miami Valley were not able to gather, hug, or eat together as usual. But the youth group at the Dayton Mercy Society (DMS) in Miamisburg dreamed up a drive-through Eid celebration.

The entrance of the Dayton Mercy Society building in Miamisburg. On Sunday the mosque will host a drive-through Eid celebration.
Dayton Mercy Society

This Sunday Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Muslim communities in the Miami Valley have had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic, with sermons conducted over Zoom and families praying at home instead of at mosques. 

In some ways, the pandemic has made Ramadan a bit easier for Chanda Haq’s family in Dayton. Her kids did not have to be in school all day or miss out on track practice because they were fasting. But she felt like something was missing this year.

This month is a special one for people of many faiths, and not being able to gather has been a concern for those who find fellowship to be comforting, and even necessary in tough times. So faith leaders are finding unique ways to reach out to their congregations.

The Hindu Temple in Beavercreek
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The Coronavirus is changing the way Ohioans celebrate their spirituality. Houses of worship are moving their services online and finding new ways to serve their followers.

Emmanuel Catholic Church in downtown Dayton has put the Stations of the Cross online, in a 35-minute video.

In Oakwood, Rabbi Joshua Ginsberg at Beth Abraham Synagogue posted his weekly Dvar Torah on SoundCloud.

History Talk: The Catholic Church and Sexual Abuse

Mar 2, 2019
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Over the last two decades, the Catholic Church has been buffeted by a series of sexual abuse scandals. High-profile investigative reports have uncovered cases of sexual abuse of minors, both boys and girls, as well as nuns and adult women, by Catholic priests, bishops, and members of religious orders. But while clerical abuse has only recently become a news item, it has a much longer history.

When John Shelby Spong came out to our studios in 1999 he was the Episcopalian Bishop of Newark, New Jersey. He was also a mild-mannered lightning rod for controversy.

As you listen to this interview I think you'll begin to understand why Bishop Spong's powerful message might have been creating alarm among some Christians.

Ohio's largest Roman Catholic diocese plans to release a list of priests who have been removed from their posts because of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations.

The Diocese of Cleveland is now the fourth of six in the state to say it will publish a list of priests following a Pennsylvania grand jury report outlined details of sexual abuse allegations.

The Cleveland diocese said Tuesday it will release the names of abusive priests, even if they are now dead.

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More than 150 people attended an open house at the a Bellbrook Mosque over the weekend.

The event, hosted by the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, was organized as part of an effort to increase dialogue and understanding among people of different faith traditions in the Miami Valley.

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As Donald Trump takes office as the 45th president of the United States, some in Dayton’s Muslim-American community are wondering how a Trump presidency could impact them. Trump made a number of controversial statements on the campaign trail about Muslims and Muslim-Americans. These included a proposal to temporarily suspend Muslim immigration, which Trump did not specifically reiterate in his inaugural address Friday.

An Ohio bill seeks to ensure that public school students who want to express their religious viewpoints can get the same access to school facilities as secular student groups.

A House committee is set to vote on the measure Wednesday. The bill also would remove a provision in law that lets school districts limit the exercise or expression of religion to lunch periods or other non-instructional time periods.