Topic: Faith and Spirituality

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    Best-selling writer and journalist Sara Davidson felt completely unprepared for the reality of dying. Then she met Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement. Their weekly conversations about mortality led to their book “The December Project.” “When you feel you’re coming to the end of your tour of duty, what is the spiritual work of that time,” asked Reb Zalman, “and how do we prepare for the mystery?” More

    August 8, 2014 | Comments

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    “Africa is finding, just as it found its political and economic voice it’s also finding its theological voice, which oftentimes may be different in perspective,” says J. Peter Pham of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, “because of background, because of history, and because of the way they have interpreted revelation as different from what those in the West, in Europe, or North America, are used to or are necessarily comfortable with.” More

    August 8, 2014 | Comments

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    “Of course I was angry for everything that was happening to me, but as time went on in captivity, I just realized for my own self, for self-preservation, that I couldn’t stay trapped in that emotion, that I had to try to find ways to let it out, and that’s when I started developing practices like choosing forgiveness in captivity.” More

    August 1, 2014 | Comments

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    “It’s not like your typical disaster, where churches… clean up after a hurricane or a tornado,” says Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief of Religion News Service. “This is much more complicated.” More

    July 25, 2014 | 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

    July 25, 2014 | Comments

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    Her music often emphasize the sacred in the ordinary, and it is rooted in her Quaker faith. “Some of my best language has come out of the silence” of Quaker meetings, she says, “when I’ve taken the time to listen to something beyond myself.” More

    July 25, 2014 | Comments

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    Extremist rebels have expelled virtually the entire Christian community in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. “It’s mass cleansing based on religion,” says the Syriac Catholic leader of the region, Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan. More

    July 25, 2014 | Comments

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    As thousands of unaccompanied migrant children cross the US-Mexico border, Americans are being challenged by how to respond. “This is what our Catholic faith calls us to do,” says John Andrews of the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino County. But in Murrieta, California, Andrea Rockwood has a different perspective: “We need to fix our system before we can even help anybody. We can’t even help our own.” More

    July 18, 2014 | Comments

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    “The Catholic bishops had a really strong statement saying don’t send the kids back; that would be morally wrong to send them back to dangerous situations. Others in the religious community are saying it’s a matter of law and order.” More

    July 18, 2014 | Comments

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    With millions of people in India suffering from mental illnesses and only five thousand psychiatrists to treat them, many seek out faith healers to fill in the gap. “Access to care is not there, lack of professionals, lack of medication, lack of awareness, lack of knowledge, so all this leads to only one thing,” says mental health advocate Milesh Hamlai. “You go to the easiest and the most available source of help.” More

    July 18, 2014 | Comments

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