At the Passover Seder table, Jews read from a guide called the Haggadah, which tells the story of the Jews' exodus from Egypt. Rabbi Judith Halevy of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue in California is our storyteller, updating the familiar tale with the story of Miriam, Moses' sister. LILITH magazine editor Susan Weidman Schneider invited us to her Seder to help tell the women's story.
Holy Week events begin with honoring the entry of Jesus Christ into the city of Jerusalem and end at his resurrection. R&E's story of Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday and is told by three narrators: Monsignor John Meier of Catholic University in Washington; Barbara Brown Taylor, an Episcopal priest in Georgia; and Reverend Charles Adams of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.
Church historian Martin Marty seems to be just about everywhere. He studies the impact of religion on health, travels around the country to explore religion where it's practiced, writes columns and reviews, and more. But perhaps Marty's greatest contribution has been as teacher, what he refers to as his true calling. The energetic pastor is booked two years ahead and scheduled to a minute, using every spare moment of his time.
There's a 10-mile-long stretch of New Hampshire Avenue in Maryland lined with churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. Located just outside Washington D.C., it's literally a drive-by tour of America's new religious landscape, strikingly diverse.
Marianne Williamson blends Christian ideas and language with eastern philosophy and a hip attitude. She emphasizes direct, personal experiences of the sacred outside any organized religious tradition. Williamson's teachings about spirituality have touched millions of seekers and also caused many traditional believers to ask, "What is her appeal?"
In her popular lectures and in her book, THE HEALING OF AMERICA, Marianne Williamson discusses a spiritual reawakening taking place in America. According to Williamson, this is the result of the baby boomers emergence from a spiritual hibernation. As she sees it, many who were young in the 1960s are now ready to apply spirituality to politics.
The Church of the Savior was founded in 1947 by an ex-paratroop chaplain, Gordon Cosby, his wife Mary, and five others. It settled in a large house in Washington, D.C., and its members' first priority was total commitment to Christian life. Although it's never had more than 130 members, many church historians say it's become one of the most admired places of worship in the country.
Just outside Washington, DC, there's a 10-mile-long stretch of New Hampshire Avenue. It's lined with houses of worship: churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. It's been called the Highway to Heaven. It's literally a drive-by tour of America's new religious landscape, strikingly diverse.