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Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama visits East Bay, gives advice on achieving happiness

About 3,000 Tibetans and curious East Bay residents gathered at the Berkeley Community Theater early Sunday morning to hear the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, give a talk entitled “How To Achieve...
Some of California's most important historical figures are buried at Oakland's Mountain View Cemetery.

What it really means to move a body at Mountainview Cemetery

At more than 226 acres, Oakland's Mountain View Cemetery is a final resting place for some of the Bay Area's most notable figures. And docents there are uncovering new and interesting tombstones all the time,...
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Cinco De Mayo in Oakland’s Fruitvale

Coatlicue drummers and dancers occupied the island between East and West-bound traffic on International Blvd in Oakland, as they celebrated and prayed. With shells at their ankles and feathers on their crowns, over a dozen...
"The shootings in Newtown are a tragedy, but I live in a community where Newtown happens every day," McBride said. "We need to have targeted approaches to addressing gun violence, not just universal strategies."

Pastor Michael McBride speaks out against gun violence

In January, about a month after the massacre that left 27 people dead in Newtown, Connecticut, Vice President Joe Biden met with a group of 12 religious leaders to discuss national strategies to combat gun...
Bishop J.E. Watkins of Jack London Square Chapel, which holds services in Liberty Hall, speaks at Tuesday's press conference. Photo by Charles Berkowitz.

Tenants rally against eviction of church, nonprofits from Garvey Building in West Oakland

A coalition of tenants and concerned community members seeking to stave off the eviction a church and its programs from a historic West Oakland building held a press conference Tuesday morning at which speakers called...
The West African Highlife Band performs at the downtown Oakland City Center to celebrate Kwanzaa.

The West African Highlife Band performs in downtown Oakland for Kwanzaa

The sounds of rhythmic drumbeats mixed with guitar, keyboard and bass notes, accompanied by the rustle and rattle of a beaded gourd filled downtown Oakland with the melody of African-inspired songs in recognition of Kwanzaa,...
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Bay Area same-sex marriage advocates react as Supreme Court takes on Proposition 8

The four-year legal clash over California’s Proposition 8 may be coming to an end—the US Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear the case on the state’s same-sex marriage ban, and make its...
Raman Osman and Tanya Stum do vocals during a music rehearsal for the upcoming Islamic arts and culture workshop in Oakland.

“Doorway to Islamic Civilization” workshop series in Oakland seeks to combat Islamophobia

Zawaya, literally “aspects” in Arabic, a Bay Area non-profit focused on developing multicultural programs and the Arab arts, is organizing “Doorway to Islamic Civilization,” a series of arts and culture workshops that will be held...
Retired Pastor Bob Matthews outside Plymouth United Church of Christ in Oakland. His t-shirt reads, "execute justice, not people". Matthews supports Proposition 34, which would repeal the death penalty in California.

Religious leaders voice support for Prop. 34

A billboard sitting on a hill next to Plymouth United Church of Christ in Oakland reads “Abolish the Death Penalty,” and there’s a “Yes on 34” placard pinned just below. More posters supporting Proposition 34...