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SGI-USA Chicago

1455 S. Wabash

Yes, we know, Chicago's got a serious segregation problem. But no evidence of any such racial divide exists inside the Culture Center at 1455 S. Wabash—the local worship center of Soka Gakkai International-USA, a lay association of Nichiren Buddhism. On the day I visited to attend a celebration of women, hundreds of people of all imaginable backgrounds filled a spacious auditorium with a stage in the front, while a long line of women told one-minute stories about successes they'd had during the previous year. The vibe was gleeful; the presiding attitude was gratitude. SGI offers many types of events, from prayer sessions to music concerts to dance performances, all free. In a world where anger is too easy to find, the Culture Center is a place that brings out the best in people, and where you can feel hopeful about humanity's future. —Lauri Apple

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)