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    “The ancestors passed these songs to us. These are songs that are gifts to us today. So even though these songs were created 150 years ago, we can still use them today,” says Dr. Arthur Jones, a psychologist at the University of Denver. More

    August 26, 2005 | Comments

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    “We know that we are rooted in Africa, but our sensibilities, our cultural and moral sensibilities, tend not to drive us to appeal for their liberation the same way that we have been driven to appeal for our own,” says Rev. Sean McMillan. More

    August 19, 2005 | Comments

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    Read the comments of Father Mark-Ephrem Nolan, abbot of Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Northern Ireland, on the Irish Republican Army’s July 28, 2005 statement ending its armed struggle:
    The recent IRA statement is an important step on the path to … More

    August 5, 2005 | Comments

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    Every year in New York’s Central Park, the Buddhist magazine TRICYCLE sponsors a demonstration of Buddhist practices called “Change Your Mind Day.” More

    July 29, 2005 | Comments

  • In Israel, there is a new flap about what's kosher -- in this case, whether hummus, the popular chickpea spread, conforms to Jewish law as set forth in the Torah.

    July 22, 2005 | Comments

  • The emerging church movement seeks to apply the Christian message in a contemporary, postmodern culture and is developing new ideas about worship, theology, and mission. Brian McLaren’s provocative writings have become a manifesto of sorts for many in the emergent conversation. But he’s also generating intense controversy, especially among conservative evangelicals. More

    July 15, 2005 | Comments

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    Read more of Kim Lawton’s interview with emerging church leader Brian McLaren. More

    July 15, 2005 | Comments

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    Drug makers and neuroscientists are enhancing what human brains can do, but what are the implications of these developments? For instance, what if brain researchers someday learn to find out what a patient is thinking? Or to predict a disabling disease? Or, right now, what about so-called “smart pills” that improve a college student’s performance on an exam? More

    July 15, 2005 | Comments

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    Transcendental Meditation was widely popular 40 years ago: a technique for relaxation and awareness using certain sounds and ways of breathing, 20 minutes, twice a day. Now, it is flourishing in Fairfield, Iowa, the home of what is now the Maharishi University of Management. More

    July 8, 2005 | Comments

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    Read more of Kim Lawton’s interview about the emerging church with Doug Pagitt, pastor of Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis and author of REIMAGINING SPIRITUAL FORMATION. More

    July 8, 2005 | Comments