By Diana L. Eck
Why realizing America's spiritual panorama Is an important problem dealing with Us this present day The Nineties observed the U.S. military fee its first Muslim chaplain and open its first mosque.There are almost immediately greater than 300 temples in la, domestic to the best number of Buddhists within the world.There are extra American Muslims than there are American Episcopalians, Jews, or Presbyterians.
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Episcopalians, Congregationalists, and Quakers are pretty much at peace today. Our battle lines in the culture wars over issues like homosexuality, the family, education, and moral relativism cut straight across Methodist, Lutheran, and Catholic churches and through Jewish communities as well, attracting partisans to one side or the other. Even with the new cultural wars, America’s Protestants, Catholics, and Jews can still affirm “From many, one” given the common historical, civic, and theological ground we already hold.
S. as a refugee. He kneeled, his head shaved, to receive his robes, amid a Cambodian community that by then had three temples in the northern outskirts of Boston. Some of us visited the Vietnamese temple in Roslindale, the 20 A NEW RELIGIOUS AMERICA Chinese Buddhist temple in Lexington, and the new Thousand Buddha Temple built by Chinese nuns in Quincy. The variety was breathtaking. While some, like the Insight Meditation Center, were exclusively devoted to meditation practice, others, like those in the Chinese communities, practiced the chanting and recitations of Pure Land Buddhism.
I had imagined her arrival in New York in 1914 ever since I was old enough to hear the story. Anna Nordquist was no more than twenty when she and her mother, Louisa, and sister, Signe, sailed from Sweden on the Lusitania. They were the last in the chain migration of a large family of Nordquists from Sünne, Varmland, to the American West. Eventually, Anna settled in Anaconda, Montana, and married my grandfather, Theodore Eck, also a Swede. He had come in from Ontario via Sault Ste. Marie. That March morning, walking into the great hall at Ellis Island, moving from room to room as the guides directed, sitting on the benches where Anna might have sat, I glimpsed the slow progress Grandma would have made in her first hours in this new world—lines, desks, luggage, health examinations, more lines.