Topic: Belief and Practice

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    Iconographer Seraphim O’Keefe talks about how icons play a role similar to fasting in the Orthodox tradition. Both, he says, are ways of finding order and beauty. More

    May 1, 2013 | Comments

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    Read an interview with the Rev. Fleming Rutledge, preacher and author of THE UNDOING OF DEATH (Eerdmans), a collection of sermons for Holy Week and Easter, conducted by RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY Editor, Missy Daniel. More

    April 19, 2013 | Comments

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    MaryAnn KcKibben Dana, pastor of Idylwood Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, Virginia, and her family are spending one day a week without computers, work, or other distractions to see if a modern family can spend “holy time” together. More

    April 5, 2013 | Comments

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    “Just being in conversation with our loved ones is a way to get in touch with the sacred part of life and so with the right intention and the right attention I think we can really see how God encounters us in all aspects of our lives.” More

    April 5, 2013 | Comments

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    “Pilgrimage becomes a metaphor for life,” says Rev. Kenneth Semon. “We’re following our Lord, who goes before us.” More

    March 29, 2013 | Comments

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    “Christianity is a corporate religion. It’s not something you do by yourself. The act of getting down and doing something only the lowest of slaves would do really defined what it means to love one another as he loved us.” More

    March 29, 2013 | Comments

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    Maha Kumba Mela or Big Pitcher festival commemorates a story that describes the god Vishnu’s fight with demons to gain possession of a golden pitcher containing the nectar of immortality. During the battle, some drops fell to the earth on the pilgrimage sites. More

    January 18, 2013 | Comments

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    “The rabbis going back to Maimonides and earlier felt that the lights of the Hanukkah lamp were sacred,” and if you couldn’t afford a gold or silver lamp “you could use an egg shell, or a nut shell, or a potato carved out.” More

    December 7, 2012 | Comments

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    “It is prescribed that you should put the lamp in your doorway,” says Susan Braunstein, curator of the Jewish Museum of New York, “so that the people walking on the street will see the lights and know that we are celebrating the miracle.” More

    December 7, 2012 | Comments

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    “Not only are we pointing to these different saints and celebrating all of the good things during their lives, but we’re hopefully encouraging one another to become the saints of this age,” says Brother James Cuddy, who explains the celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween. More

    November 2, 2012 | Comments

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