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"Golden States of Grace" - New Book Explores Diverse Religions in Increasingly Diverse World
In a world where religious intolerance is increasingly common, a new book - "Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited" by acclaimed photographer/essayist Rick Nahmias - uses California as a window into the diversity of religion in America.
The book, "Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited"
Acclaimed photographer and essayist Rick Nahmias has, once again, gone in search of those living and coloring just slightly outside of the boxes typically deemed "mainstream"
In Nahmias' latest book, "Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited,"
Within the pages of "Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited"
- Cambodian survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide who have established a Cham Muslim mosque in Orange County, California;
- Transcendence, the world's only all-transgender gospel choir;
- A Mormon church designed specifically for a deaf and hearing-impaired congregation;
- A Hindu ashram that incorporates yoga and meditation into their care for HIV/AIDS members;
- Inmates practicing Buddhism under the tutelage of a Zen Master while incarcerated at San Quentin;
- The Immaculate Heart Community, founded initially by dispensated Catholic nuns, pursuing a doctrine that focuses on social justice, the rights of women and advocation for the marginalized;
- A group of rurally isolated Pentecostals and Baptists who travel long distances through California's dusty agricultural communities to meet in prayer;
- The interfaith and multicultural Women of Wisdom who conduct joint faith meetings between women from the "outside" with women inmates at the California Institute for Women;
- The Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo Native American tribes who, under the combined recognition as the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, continue to celebrate their native ceremonies, dances, language and prayer.
"Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited"
Shot in medium format and using black & white film, "Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited"
More information about "Golden States of Grace" and author Rick Nahmias' work can be found online at www.goldenstatesofgrace.com and www.ricknahmias.com.