Topic: Belief and Practice

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    At St. John's University and Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, Benedictine monks and nuns gathered to hear Dr. Ingrid Mattson share her Muslim faith.

    October 5, 2007 | Comments

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    Read analysis and commentary on the Buddhist protests in Burma by Patrick Pranke and Donald Mitchell.

    September 28, 2007 | Comments

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    Read Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly’s web-only interview with Vincent Lam, a Canadian doctor and writer whose acclaimed first book, BLOODLETTING & MIRACULOUS CURES (Weinstein Books, 2007), was awarded the 2006 Giller Prize for fiction. More

    September 21, 2007 | Comments

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    Whether they are Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist or Reform, whether they gather on a California beach or in a New York City synagogue, Jews share at least one common element at their Rosh Hashanah observances: the shofar.

    September 14, 2007 | Comments

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    Around the world, there are hundreds of classes to which children come to learn how shofars are made. We joined a group in Brooklyn, New York at a class called the Shofar Factory. More

    September 7, 2007 | Comments

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    A segment about the Chinese Buddhist tradition of honoring deceased family members at the place where their ashes are interred. Harry Leong of New York City was our guide as he and his mother remembered his late father at the Chuang Yen monastery in Carmel, New York.

    July 20, 2007 | Comments

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    Catholics of a certain age grew up hearing the Mass only in Latin. But since the 1960s, priests have been allowed to say the Mass in Latin only with the permission of their bishop. The Vatican is now loosening those restrictions, so the Latin Mass may soon become more widely available.

    July 6, 2007 | Comments

  • Read an excerpt adapted from Michael Sledge’s book SOLDIER DEAD: HOW WE RECOVER, IDENTIFY, BURY, AND HONOR OUR MILITARY FALLEN (Columbia University Press, 2005):
    Burying military dead with honors is not a recent practice. Thucydides’ account of the funerary rites of … More

    May 25, 2007 | Comments

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    Observant Jews prepare for Passover by getting rid of everything in the house that is chametz, or leavened. We visited the Orthodox Jewish family of Ari and Shoshana Lerner to see how they were preparing. More

    March 30, 2007 | Comments

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    The question of whether to ordain gay clergy has challenged and divided many denominations, including Conservative Jews. The Orthodox strongly oppose gay ordination, but reform Jews accept it. Now, the Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards has recommended that Conservative seminaries should be allowed to admit gays.

    February 2, 2007 | Comments

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