Topic: Faith and Spirituality

  • Dhammakaya-Temple-v1-FEAT

    Leaders of the largest Buddhist temple in the world want it “to be like Mecca is in Islam, a global center,” says Rachelle Scott, an expert on the group and assistant director of religious studies at the University of Tennessee. “Critics question the intentions of the temple. They think that the primary intention is to make money.” More

    June 13, 2014 | Comments

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    “I have a hard time conceiving of a God completely removed from suffering,” says Christian Wiman, a lecturer in religion and literature at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. “Once I understand the notion of Christ participating in suffering, then it makes more sense to me.” More

    June 5, 2014 | Comments

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    “Poetry had always been the place where I’d experienced God and it’s still the place where I feel lifted out of myself and given something I could not understand in any other way.” More

    June 5, 2014 | Comments

  • shavuot-grains-FEAT

    The Jewish holiday of Shavuot, says Rabbi Shira Stutman, is a time of “rejoicing in the harvest, rejoicing in this gift of Torah that God has given us, and rejoicing in the ability to learn from Torah in each and every generation.” More

    June 5, 2014 | Comments

  • Rabbi-Stutman-v3-FEAT

    Watch more of our interview about the meaning of Shavuot with the director of community engagement at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC. More

    June 5, 2014 | Comments

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    The number of people in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is going up steadily as a result of the lower age limits for both men and women who want to serve as missionaries. More

    May 30, 2014 | Comments

  • pope-francis-trip-final-FEAT

    The pope’s pilgrimage is intended on one level to commemorate the 1964 meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras that ended a thousand years of estrangement between Eastern and Western Christianity. But there are other agendas as well: interfaith dialogue, the Middle East peace process, the diminishing Christian presence in the Holy Land, encounters with Jewish and Palestinian religious and political leaders. More

    May 23, 2014 | Comments

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    (Photo: AP) “When I first saw him, I was so traumatized I had to be taken to the hospital for 10 days,” says Alice Mukarurinda, recalling her first encounter with Emmanuel Ndayisaba at a reconciliation group. He nearly killed her during the genocide. “I managed to forgive him. I believe it was God’s power.” More

    May 16, 2014 | Comments

  • Jordan-River-v5-FEAT

    The Jordan River is the central location for many sacred stories of Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Modern Christians in particular are known to journey to the site some consider to be the religion’s actual starting point. “Why did they insist to build their churches here? Depending on the Bible, depending on the pilgrims’ accounts and the archeological studies,” says Rustom Mkhjian, assistant director of the Jordan River baptism site, “we know this is the spot where Jesus was baptized and Christianity started.” More

    May 8, 2014 | Comments

  • december-v2-FEAT

    Best-selling writer and journalist Sara Davidson says she 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 facing 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,” asks Reb Zalman, “and how do we prepare for the mystery?” More

    May 2, 2014 | Comments

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