Topic: Faith and Spirituality

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    “When a monk gives his life to God, he has to express that in a physical way, not just an intellectual way, and singing involves the whole body and the mind and the soul, and so it’s a wonderful way of keeping this relationship between God and the monk,” says Father Cassian, prior of the Benedictine monastic community in Norcia, Italy. More

    July 31, 2015 | Comments

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    With the approval of plans to build the first new Catholic church in over 50 years and Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the country in September, there are signs of increasing openness to religious life in Cuba after 50 years of repressive Communist rule. More

    July 24, 2015 | Comments

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    “Women have for a long time felt shut out from mosques everywhere. And so instead of trying to argue against whether this women’s mosque should exist or not, they should really be looking at their own communities and wondering how they can make them a more welcoming place for everyone,” says Dr. Laila Al-Marayati, one of the preachers at the all-female Women’s Mosque of America. More

    July 24, 2015 | Comments

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    “To me, the choir is really a microcosm of what a community ought to be. People are not worried about status within their social position or their family hierarchy. What they are worried about is all together singing D major,” says John Maclay, music director of the Choral Society at New York City’s Grace Church. More

    July 17, 2015 | Comments

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    “It’s morally urgent just as we send citizen soldiers to war that we bring citizen soldiers home,” says Georgetown University philosophy professor Nancy Sherman. Despite the moral hurt and guilt combatants feel, civilian society can help them recover “a sense of goodness about yourself, to empathize with the good part of you.” More

    June 26, 2015 | Comments

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    “We want people to understand the history of this church,” says Elder Marcus Nash, a leader of the LDS church who worked on a series of essays about questions of faith and contested church issues. But while this generation of Mormons may be “craving a more complicated narrative” about the church’s past, as Mormon historian Paul Reeve has said, former Mormon Edward Hoefer thinks “some people will accept the essays…and be comforted,” while for others “it will just accelerate their process” of leaving the church behind. More

    June 26, 2015 | Comments

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    “You have here a silence that just breathes in you the greatness of God,” says Mother Superior Maria Michael of the Benedictine Abbey of St. Walburga, situated among grassy meadows and snow-capped Colorado mountains. More

    June 12, 2015 | Comments

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    “All of the experiences that I have during Ramadan when we’re on tour fasting have always been a blessing,” says Native Deen group member Abdul-Malik Ahmad. “So during the month of Ramadan, I feel that it’s my time to say thank you to God, basically, for all these opportunities.” More

    June 12, 2015 | Comments

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    “I just felt that the minute I put my head down to the ground I was really talking to God,” says Nadia Echevrria. More than half of all Latino converts to Islam are women. More

    June 5, 2015 | Comments

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    John Unger is simultaneously the pastor for three churches of three different mainline Protestant denominations, and a state senator in West Virginia. “I’ll tell you that I can’t do it, not alone,” says Unger. “I recognize my limitations, but I believe that with God all things are possible.” More

    June 5, 2015 | Comments

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