January 27, 2019
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In a culture that encourages us to be passive bystanders in our mourning, green burials present an alternative that fosters meaningful connection — to ourselves and to the earth.
March 24, 2018
Before the Resurrection, There Is a Simple Meal
The food of our old family traditions can take on new dimensions, as we return to the recipes — and the memories they carry.
January 10, 2018
Comfort Food for the Soul
Winter’s coldness has Omid Safi searching for warmth in his mother’s lentil soup — and asking what it means to find comfort and nourishment in each other. He shares the recipe and some food for thought.
In a turning cultural tide, non-religious Millennials and the Christian church find themselves at odds. But do they have to be?
June 14, 2017
Our Traditions Are Gems Covered in Centuries of Junk
There are gems at the heart of all our faith traditions. Omid Safi on the challenge ahead to polish away the impurities of hatred and greed that keep the light from shining.
December 23, 2016
The Halting Inelegance of Advent
Paul Elie navigates the winding path of Advent, and finds quiet ways to start anew in the meeting of ritual and the rhythms of everyday life.
October 28, 2016
A Living Connection to the Loved Ones We’ve Lost
If you could speak to a passed friend or family member, what would you say? An exploration of the healing that can happen when we stay in relationship with the ones we love, even beyond the end of life
June 30, 2016
This Heavenly Sound: The Ecstatic Music of Islam
The Sufi tradition is infused with the beauty of art and song. Honoring singer Amjad Sabri, Omid Safi celebrates and gives thanks for the spiritual gift of the qawwali devotional.
We often talk about breaking bread around the dinner table, but what about baking bread in community. A young woman shares her encounter with making challah, reconnecting to tradition through intimacy, and reimagining ritual in a secular age.
November 21, 2015
That Ugly Thanksgiving China
Thanksgiving is the one holiday when our columnist's family spent the day together. In her imperfect efforts to revive the tradition of her childhood Thanksgivings, Jane Gross discovers that even small gestures — like keeping a set of gaudy dishes — can be all the tradition she needs.
The Philippine-Catholic ritual of pabasa reveals the power of song to reacquaint us with tradition, bridge superficial divides, and connect us through the kinship of our imperfections.
July 21, 2015
Chanting the World Back Together
At a nondescript ranch house in upstate New York, devotees gather for a practice both incalculably ancient and radically fresh — and in the process, connect with a larger story of the way things have always been: needs and hopes, dangers and joys, smoke and fire. A vivid, rich portrait of Hindu ritual in modern times.
February 28, 2015
The Tree of Contemplative Practices
An illustration of contemplative practices showing the breadth of meditation and mindfulness within traditions. It certainly opens up one's understanding about how these disciplines take root and manifest themselves in our lives, non?
January 23, 2015
An Unofficial Guide to Officiating a Wedding of “Nones”
In a day where more and more wedding ceremonies are not presided over by an official religious figure, there's much to figure out when it comes to designing a ritual. Some practices to consider for modern nuptials.
January 2, 2015
The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet
Tonight, all around the world, many Muslims celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad with festive decorations, devotional songs, and sweet candies. Omid Safi explains the annual ritual in more detail and the debate among Muslims about celebrating it.
An artist of the Bharatanatyam classical dance tradition, Ranee Ramaswamy reflects on how she lives forward the art and imagination of Rabindranath Tagore into the 21st century.
December 23, 2013
How to Make Meaning of the Holidays as a Non-Christian
How does a child of Indian immigrants — and a new mother — who isn't Christian celebrate the Christmas season in the U.S.? By taking it in and making it her own tradition.
March 12, 2010
What’s Your Hindu Star Birthday?
Discover your star birthday with this fun three-step guide!
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