Nativity Scene Tradition
December 21, 2001
Nativity Scene Tradition
All over the world and in almost every culture, the tradition of displaying scenes from the birth of Jesus has become a cherished part of the holiday season. There is even a group dedicated to keeping this Christmas tradition alive.
December 21, 2001
Hanukkah
December 7, 2001
Hanukkah
Hanukkah is a holiday of freedom, recalling the successful Jewish revolt against the Syrians who had conquered and occupied Jerusalem. We heard the story at the home of Rabbi Bentzion Geisinsky, in Potomac, Maryland.
December 7, 2001
Diwali
November 9, 2001
Diwali
This week, Hindus are celebrating the festival of Diwali, which means "row of light." Menaka Kannan, who participated in a colorful celebration of Diwali in Landover, Maryland, describes the origins and customs of the Diwali holiday.
November 9, 2001
Sukkot
October 5, 2001
Sukkot
During the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot, many Jews build lean-tos, open to the elements, called “sukkahs,” to recall the way their ancestors lived for 40 years in the desert after their escape from slavery in Egypt.
October 5, 2001
Paryushana Parva
August 24, 2001
Paryushana Parva
Paryushana Parva is a festival of fasting, friendship, and forgiveness. Members of the Jain faith are celebrating the holiest time of the year. It coincides with monsoon season in India, which is where Jainism began.
August 24, 2001
Artist Deborah Rosenthal
June 29, 2001
Artist Deborah Rosenthal
Deborah Rosenthal is a respected artist who is also an observant Jew. As a result, her work is often infused with her religious beliefs. Recently, she was asked by the conservative Jewish congregation to which she belongs to create two stained glass windows for its sanctuary. For the commission, she ...
June 29, 2001
Simchat Bat
June 22, 2001
Simchat Bat
While a Bris, or circumcision ritual, has been the traditional way for Jews to welcome baby boys into the covenant, many families are now creating rituals to welcome their baby daughters.
June 22, 2001
Wiccans: Out of the Broom Closet
June 15, 2001
Wiccans: Out of the Broom Closet
Wicca, as modern witchcraft is often called, and its symbol of the pentacle are becoming more visible in today's society. It is a polytheistic, earth-based religion that emphasizes feminism and the environment and encourages diversity of beliefs. It has no theological system or creed, no central ...
June 15, 2001
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Baptism
April 13, 2001
Baptism
Baptism is an important rite of initiation in the Christian tradition, but the baptism ceremony varies depending upon the denomination. Catholics, Orthodox Christians, and many in the Protestant denominations baptize infants. Baptists and Pentecostal Churches baptize only adults or children old ...
April 13, 2001
Church Architecture
November 17, 2000
Church Architecture
The National Conference of Catholic Bishops have approved the first national guideline for church art and architecture. Titled “Built of Living Stones,” the document advises parishes, priests, and architects on appropriate church styles, which reflect solid theological foundations.
November 17, 2000
Divination Art
October 27, 2000
Divination Art
African tribal religions include diviners who are believed to communicate with the gods in the spirit world. Diviners discover and then relate what the gods want, and harness the gods’ powers to help followers overcome illness and other crises.
October 27, 2000
Sukkot
October 13, 2000
Sukkot
Bob Abernethy takes a look at the 7-day Jewish observance of Sukkot.
October 13, 2000