Topic: Belief and Practice

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    Buddhists pay special tribute to the dead during the Bon or Obon Festival — the Feast of Lanterns. More

    July 18, 2003 | Comments

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    The Church of God in Christ, now the fourth largest Christian denomination in the U.S., teaches classic Christian doctrine: the Bible is God’s word. But COGIC members also put special emphasis on the power of the Holy Spirit, of which the surest sign — many say — is speaking in tongues. More

    March 14, 2003 | Comments

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    R & E takes a look at the life of a Trappist monk at Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina. “It’s a life of transformation. It’s about a person becoming more like Christ,” says Father Aelred Hagen. More

    February 21, 2003 | Comments

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    Susan Braunstein, Curator of Archaeology and Judaica at the Jewish Museum of New York, explains the traditions of Hanukkah. More

    November 22, 2002 | Comments

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    Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five so-called pillars of Islam, an obligation of Muslims worldwide. Muslims use a lunar calendar, and Ramadan begins with the new moon. But for devout Muslims, it’s not enough to calculate mathematically when the crescent moon rises. It has to be seen. More

    November 8, 2002 | Comments

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    For nearly a millennium, part of Roman Catholic prayer life has included saying the rosary, with each rosary bead representing a prayer. The rosary includes a set of meditations on the life of Christ, known as mysteries. Use of the rosary, has diminished in recent years but many Catholics say it’s still part of their practice. More

    October 18, 2002 | Comments

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    “It’s good to be able to see where we were and where we’ve come from. So this camp meeting is an opportunity for us to go back and reflect,” says Rev. Randy Mincey. We visit the Rock Springs campground in northwest Georgia, where they’ve been having camp meetings since 1887. More

    October 11, 2002 | Comments

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    “Repentance, prayer, and charity are the hallmark[s] of this season,” says Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, “We search our souls and then we pour out our souls to God, saying, ‘God help us, give us the strength to be the kind of people that we want to be.’” More

    September 13, 2002 | Comments

  • Read an interview with Brad Gooch, author of the new book GODTALK: TRAVELS IN SPIRITUAL AMERICA. More

    May 17, 2002 | Comments

  • Read an excerpt from Brian Doyle’s memoir “Altar Boy.” More

    May 10, 2002 | Comments

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