By Trent Gilliss October 06, 2015

To inscribe the names of the lives lost in Roseburg, Oregon is an act of remembrance. And so we do. Some reminders that we can still find hope in empathy, community, and lovingkindness, despite the immense physical and emotional pain that sometimes befall us.

By Paul Anderson September 27, 2015

Hand-scribed illuminations with superb calligraphy and embossed with gold leaf adorn the The Saint John's Bible, the first one of its kind to be commissioned in half a millennia. Drawing on key parables from the gospel of Luke, a theologian reflects on the enduring, prophetic message of mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation, and being a good neighbor.

By Catherine Ann Lombard July 14, 2015

An American writer living in Egypt during the months after 9/11 experiences the beauty of Ramadan in Cairo. She finds unexpected kinship in the rhythms of the culture and its people, reflecting all that is human: piety and gaiety, charity and ostentation, sacrifice and indulgence.

November 08, 2011

Ash of murdered thousands.The Brooklyn sun on September 11, 2001. (photo: by Joshua Treviño/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)

In a perfect world, or at least a perfectly informed one, most Americans would have known something about Islam as the 21st century opened. They would have been aware that over one billion of the world’s people belong to this faith that emerged from the monotheistic soil of Christianity and Judaism. They might also have known that Muslims would soon be the second largest religious group in the U.S., after Christians. And that statistic might have come alive in American imaginations in the form of the doctors and teachers, parents and citizens it represents.

October 11, 2011

Every day is the anniversary of something. The date on the calendar ripples with other dates, other stories.

September 16, 2011

Last weekend, as the nation marked the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, our collective media gaze focused on lower Manhattan, where the memorial service and dedication led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg had already provoked controversy. Though the focal point of these events was undoubtedly — and rightfully — on remembering those lost, that controversy was a revealing glimpse of contemporary American religion.

September 11, 2011

A moving site in New York City today as family members of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks visit the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during tenth anniversary ceremonies.

September 11, 2011

At Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, a U.S. soldier bows her head during a prayer on a solemn, tenth anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

September 11, 2011

Firefighters from the Clerkenwell Fire Station’s Green Watch observe a moment of silence for their fellow firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York in London, England.

September 11, 2011

Tyrus Colbert, whose father is in the military, sits with his family near the World Trade Center site on the morning of September 11, 2001 in New York City.

September 10, 2011

When we set the script of American civil piety next to the scriptures assigned for the twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we notice that the 9/11-inspired "remember and never forget" meets up with Jesus' outrageous to forgive ad infinitum those who sin against us

August 23, 2011

An entrancing (and somewhat eerie) opening to a magical commission for Trinity Wall Street's youth choir by Robert Moran.

July 27, 2011

Fred Child, host of Performance Today, offers a brief view on the selection.

May 02, 2011

A powerful essay reminding Americans to respect Islam, and not just rejoice in Bin Laden's death — and to use this time as a moment of opportunity to reexamine our motives and ideas in war and peacekeeping.

February 04, 2011

An art exhibition meters terror and co-opts colors with Swami Vivekananda's 1893 speech in Chicago.

September 11, 2010

Sometimes it takes the simple, kind words of a Somali woman to remind us of all to be treasured during these times.