"Ramadan is that really intense, focused way of fasting and working on our own selves," says Rahima Ullah, "and then working on our relationships to others and ultimately to God."
An interactive museum in Brooklyn teaches children and their families the universal values rooted in Jewish tradition.
It's good to use bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs to inculcate environmental values, says Rabbi Lawrence Troster, a religious environmental leader: "Protecting the Earth is a mitzvah, and I mean that in the sense of a commandment. We are required to take care of creation. It’s not a choice."
Sunitha Mani is an Indian Hindu, born in America. Her mother calls her a modern girl. Even so, as she prepares for her marriage, she is going the traditional route, and then some.
"He deserves to pray. He has a right to faith, too," says Safiyyah Muhammad of her autistic son, Sufyaan. Their mosque in Irvington, New Jersey and other houses of worship are working to accept and include people with disabilities and special needs.
St. John's University history professor John Rao, a traditionalist Roman Catholic, has made the three-day pilgrimage from Paris to Chartres Cathedral more than half a dozen times and says the experience is filled with ritual, ceremony, and spiritual fervor.
David Masci, a senior research fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, discusses religious, ethical, and moral perspectives on lifting federal funding limits on embryonic stem cell research.