Topic: Faith and Spirituality

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    “What I really loved about researching this book was reading [Abraham Joshua] Heschel on the Hebrew prophets. He says these are some of the most confounding and troublesome men who ever lived, and I’ve always been attracted to brave idealists—the people who take the human condition, the ethical framework, and push it a bit further.” More

    October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    Five years ago, the historic VTS chapel burned to the ground. Now a new chapel and chapel garden have been dedicated that are “fit for the 21st century and the future of the church…so many lives are formed in this space,” says Rev. Ian Markham, dean and president of VTS. More

    October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    Buddhism became a sanctuary for Dr. Barry Kerzin and led to his ordination as a monk. Now he serves as the Dalai Lama’s personal physician and combines his medical wisdom with love and compassion that translate into empathy. More

    October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    The Roman Catholic Church’s understanding of the permanent nature of marriage “is really meant to be a countercultural position,” says Professor Susan Ross of Loyola University Chicago’s theology department. “The Church’s challenge is to find a way to hold marriage as this sacred bond, while recognizing the very human situation in which it falls apart.” More

    September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    “The American post-Enlightenment contractual idea of marriage—that is, marriage is what we decide it is—is an incredibly powerful idea that haunts the minds of American Catholics…The under-65 crowd is much more into contractual understandings of marriage than covenantal understandings of … More

    September 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    “Judaism is very deeply rooted in agriculture, and I didn’t know that before,” says Molly Zimmerman, who had the support of a three-month fellowship from Hazon, a Jewish environmental group, to learn about organic farming. “Being able to learn things from the Torah related to the things that I do day-to-day is just mind-blowing to me.” More

    September 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

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    “What’s wrong with us that we don’t have space for folks to transcend and expand our understanding of what it can be to be female and what it can be to be male?” asks Rev. Emily McGinley of the Urban Village Church in Chicago. Her ministry reaches out to and welcomes transgender people, whom she says pose complex theological questions for faith communities. More

    August 14, 2015 | Comments (16)

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    The Virgin Mary has been a companion throughout important events in Mexico’s national history, says Monsignor Jorge Antonio Palencia. “Our Lady has accompanied the nation across the foundation, through the independence movement, then through the revolution movement.” More

    August 7, 2015 | Comments (34)

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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 | 0 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 | 0 Comments

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