Topic: Faith and Spirituality

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    “For me Reiki is another form of prayer,” says spiritual director Lauri Lumby Schmidt. But a member of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops says this holistic healing practice is “not of God.” More

    August 6, 2010 | Comments

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    “Being religious or spiritual has a very profound effect on our biology and our brain,” says neuroscientist Andrew Newberg. “It can change our brain and change ourselves over time.” More

    July 30, 2010 | Comments

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    According to US government figures, more than 40,000 people have been brought in to help clean up the oil and deal with the crisis. But many in the fishing industry say they haven’t been able to get work, and they don’t know when they’ll be able to resume their livelihoods. More

    July 23, 2010 | Comments

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    “There’s no such thing as a hermetically sealed religion or culture. We human beings have been talking to each other since the beginning, and every time we talk to each other we change each other.”
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    June 25, 2010 | Comments

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    “As chaplains we absorb people’s sadness, their brokenness, their depth of spiritual despair,” says Dennis Gibbs, an Episcopal chaplain at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. “In many ways we hold for these inmates what they cannot hold for themselves.” More

    June 18, 2010 | Comments

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    Tom and Kitty Stoner started the TKF Foundation in Annapolis, Maryland, to create green sanctuaries that would “offer a temporary place of sanctuary, encourage reflection, provide solace, and engender peace.” We visited some of the foundation’s faith-based partners in Baltimore to talk to them about how sacred places serve their communities. More

    June 10, 2010 | Comments

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    Jean Sweeney is a spiritual director who says everyone has a story to tell about their spiritual life. More

    May 14, 2010 | Comments

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    Benyamin Cohen has written a book about his year-long exploration of Christianity, and he uses what he learned to reflect on the meaning of his own Jewish faith. More

    April 20, 2010 | Comments

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    In the world’s largest Muslim nation, says Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, “there seems to be a greater willingness both to be openly religious and to be modern and educated at the same.” More

    March 19, 2010 | Comments

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    There will always be a purpose to monastic life, say the sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, as long as there is a need in the world for silence, prayer, simplicity, and balance. More

    March 12, 2010 | Comments

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