Orthodox Epiphany
January 9, 2015
Orthodox Epiphany
For many Christians, celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany means marking the appearance of Jesus. In Western churches, the holiday emphasizes the visit of the wise men to the baby Jesus. But Eastern Orthodox churches focus on Jesus’ baptism.
January 9, 2015
03:31
Messiah Sing-Along
December 19, 2014
Messiah Sing-Along
"I’ve been singing the Messiah for a long time, so it’s very familiar music to me. We do our rehearsals, and we also then reflect ourselves individually about what the music means to us," says Kenneth E. Chadwick, a member of the Fairlington United Methodist Church choir. "The singing ...
December 19, 2014
04:17
Judaism and Feeding the Homeless
November 14, 2014
Judaism and Feeding the Homeless
For the young Jewish professionals he works with in Washington, DC, “social justice is their faith,” says Rabbi Scott Perlo of Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. “If someone needs help from me, I really have to give it, because they are worth, in God’s eyes, just the same as I am.”
November 14, 2014
01:29
Sukkot
October 10, 2014
Sukkot
Yom Kippur “was thinking, sitting, and praying,” says Rabbi James Michaels of the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. “Sukkot is just the opposite.” It is, he observes, “something that really gives us a very nice feeling of being alive.”
October 10, 2014
02:34
Beit T’Shuvah
September 19, 2014
Beit T’Shuvah
"T’Shuvah is repentance, return, and new response. T’Shuvah is change," explains Rabbi Mark Borovitz of Beit T’Shuvah, the House of Return, in Los Angeles and author of the memoir The Holy Thief. "T’Shuvah says that change is possible, and change is mandatory."
September 19, 2014
05:04
Rabbi Mark Borovitz Extended Interview
September 19, 2014
Rabbi Mark Borovitz Extended Interview
"What have I done this year? Am I facing God? Am I facing myself?...T'Shuvah says each day we can improve one grain of sand. We just don’t have to be perfect.”
September 19, 2014
10:21
Janmashtami
August 15, 2014
Janmashtami
On August 17, Hindus around the world will celebrate the birth of Krishna, a major Hindu deity usually depicted as a blue-skinned young man. Nidhi Singh was our guide at a Hindu temple in Chantilly, Virginia during the annual Krishna festival. Originally broadcast August 22, 2008.
August 15, 2014
02:48
Martyrdom of the Bab
July 3, 2014
Martyrdom of the Bab
"The Martyrdom of the Báb commemorates the day when the Báb was finally taken before a firing squad in the northern Persian city of Tabriz," says Hillary Chapman, a Baha'i educator. It's "not a celebration, but a commemoration. But the use of the arts is very much encouraged as a way of kind of ...
July 3, 2014
03:00
Hillary Chapman Extended Interview
July 3, 2014
Hillary Chapman Extended Interview
"The Baha'i belief is that in this day and age one of the meanings of the Kingdom of God is that all people will join together in a common spiritual belief. It may or may not be the same religion but a common spiritual understanding, or the phrase we use in Baha'i is one common faith."
July 3, 2014
10:36
“Ashes to Go” on Ash Wednesday
February 28, 2014
“Ashes to Go” on Ash Wednesday
Watch the Rev. Nathan Humphrey, former priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s Parish K Street in Washington DC, and the Episcopal bishop of Washington, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, as they distributed ashes on Ash Wednesday 2013 at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop.
February 28, 2014
00:50
Tu B’Shevat
January 10, 2014
Tu B’Shevat
This New Year celebration of trees, observed on the 15th day of the Hebrew month Shevat, has grown in popularity because of its connection to the environment. We spoke last year with Eldridge Street Synagogue educator Mattie Ettenheim at a Tu B’Shevat observance.
January 10, 2014
01:52
Sufi Whirling Dervishes
December 13, 2013
Sufi Whirling Dervishes
This expression of Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, "is creating an atmosphere to pray, and it’s an offering. I think it’s just a physical way of expressing this love for the divine, and in the whirling it becomes a meditation," says Manjula Kumar, a program manager at the Smithsonian ...
December 13, 2013