Looking Back: Rituals
February 24, 2017
Looking Back: Rituals
“Any ritual should have the capacity to deepen your mindfulness,” says University of Virginia professor Vanessa Ochs. It helps you “deal with the chaos of life.”
February 24, 2017
05:12
Perspective on Syrian Refugees: Imam Omar Suleiman
February 10, 2017
Perspective on Syrian Refugees: Imam Omar Suleiman
“They are human beings, and so they have a right to live in peace and security,” says Imam Omar Suleiman, who has made several visits to the refugee camps on the Jordanian-Syrian border. “And if we’re not contributing to the betterment of their situation...are we really the moral standard ...
February 10, 2017
03:38
Shabbat/Sabbath
January 5, 2017
Shabbat/Sabbath
“God gave Shabbat to humanity,” says Rabbi Nissan Antine of Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, Maryland. “It’s about those more interior kinds of things, things about working on your soul, working on your friendships, your relationships. Those are really the important things in life. Those ...
January 5, 2017
03:04
Hanukkah on the River
December 16, 2016
Hanukkah on the River
"When people stand together and see the menorah being lit, we're hoping to inspire them to a greater level of commitment and dedication to their own faith and tradition,” says Rabbi Chaim Block, executive director of San Antonio’s Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning.
December 16, 2016
03:28
Wudu: Islamic Washing Before Prayer
November 23, 2016
Wudu: Islamic Washing Before Prayer
“When it’s time for prayer we say, am I clean?” explains Imam Talib Shareef of the Masjid Muhammad Mosque in Washington, DC. The ritual ablution a Muslim performs before prayer, he says, starts with intentions: “I intend to make the ablution for preparation to stand in obedience before my ...
November 23, 2016
02:16
African-American Spirituals
November 4, 2016
African-American Spirituals
"Spirituals are, of course, the songs that the enslaved crafted to tell the story of their experience. But more than that, to tell the story of their faith and the understanding of who they were in relationship to God, and who God was in relationship to them, and it became a story of freedom,” ...
November 4, 2016
03:35
Blessing of the Animals
October 7, 2016
Blessing of the Animals
“All of nature spoke to Francis,” says Fr James Gardiner of the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC. “The more we learn to reverence all of creation, we might learn to reverence and cherish one another better… I think Francis would approve.”
October 7, 2016
04:50
The Amidah Prayer
September 23, 2016
The Amidah Prayer
“It is considered the time in the prayer service where we are most open spiritually, and we’re really ready to talk to God,” says Rabbi Shira Stutman, senior rabbi at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC.
September 23, 2016
Extended Interview: Rabbi Shira Stutman on the Amidah Prayer
September 23, 2016
Extended Interview: Rabbi Shira Stutman on the Amidah Prayer
"What we're saying is yes, God, I'm in my personal relationship with you, but I'm also in a relationship with all these people around me."
September 23, 2016
06:17
Children’s Hajj
September 9, 2016
Children’s Hajj
At Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, Muslim children sit in tents, pray, throw stones, and make seven circuits around a replica of the Ka'ba as part of a mock hajj, the traditional pilgrimage to Mecca.
September 9, 2016
Church Ushers
September 2, 2016
Church Ushers
“I am an usher because God has given me that talent, and he also has given me a blessing to be a blessing to others,” says Charles J. Brown. a senior usher at the Hemingway Memorial AME Church in District Heights, Maryland.
September 2, 2016
04:04
Laughter Yoga
August 26, 2016
Laughter Yoga
A growing new spiritual practice combines the breathing techniques of yoga with laughter. Practitioners say it helps them achieve joy and spiritual well-being. At a laughter yoga session at Washington National Cathedral, we talk with instructor Diane Cohen, who says laughter yoga releases “that ...
August 26, 2016
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