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Though we are taught to forgive from childhood, it is not always so easy to do. A daughter reflects on the burden of her father’s perfectionism, the freedom of forgiveness, and the gifts of imperfection.
Courtney Martin’s column on reckoning inspired this unexpected campaign on telling our own stories of privilege.
In a society uncomfortable discussing death, a new museum in Brooklyn is taking up the charge. Barbara Becker offers her perspective on the exhibition, “The Art of Mourning.”
A daughter shares this meditation on the grief and the loss that comes slowly from losing her mother to Alzheimer’s disease. Through the story of Gethsemane, she finds an uncomfortable solace and a quiet rebuke for falling asleep while waiting.
With his “heart full to bursting,” Egyptian-American poet Yahia Lababidi writes a short poem for his native homeland.
Memorials in Berlin and New York remind us to pray for those who have no one to pray for them.
Could the concerns of Jewish and Muslim minorities in Berlin serve as a chance for “secular” Berliners to to examine their own identity? Guest contributor Brian Britt explores the role of history as a distraction challenging modern-day civility.
A joyful lamentation over sealed spaces and the lessons Rosh Hashanah — and the High Holy Days — teaches when we have access to the gifts of our natural environment.
When Jews sing a niggun, Ethan Press writes, this wordless Jewish melody brings the singer into ecstatic union with the Divine.
A doctrinal framework that’s fallen out of favor may be the best hope in giving Christian’s faith a structure and a language they can articulate.
The word “selah” in the biblical Psalms helps one woman reflect and listen to the song before her — whether in verse or in place.
A story of a young woman who put down her digital ways and learned to slow down while living in a special community in Ireland.
An intimate video portrait of an artist who creates daily ritual by creating simple drawings with tea and ink.
Will black Mormons vote for Romney or Obama? Guest contributor W. Paul Reeve offers a historical perspective of African Americans in the LDS Church — and the decisions they must make in a pivotal election year.
Your inner ear has fully formed.
You can hear now. I’ve heard
of mothers playing their unborn babies
Bach and Mozart because classical music
makes the brain’s spatial connections
arc towards one another like the fingertips
of Adam and God in the Sistine.
“The more important thing which spoke to me — above love and all that — was that I had to live for my own identity. I wanted to stand on my own two feet and do what was right, regardless of any social pressure.”
Thirty-four years after he first defied India’s caste system to “marry up,” a Jain man talks about the perseverance and difficulties of marrying outside his caste in India.
As the American public reads of yet another report released on governmental surveillance of Muslim American communities, it is refreshing to know that for the first time since the 9/11 attacks, the US Senate Judiciary Committee, along with various state legislatures and federal agencies, are directly addressing long-held public concerns about racial and religious profiling.
In the Sikh faith, the role of the nurturer is one, among many, of the celebrated roles of all Sikhs, regardless of gender.
The battle over Egypt’s democratic future is at a significant crossroads. But while the fight for succession to Mubarak’s throne is fully under way, the rules of the competition seem to be constantly changing.
At a coffee shop in Delhi, Kanika thought she was spending just another afternoon passing time with her childhood friend…
This past Sunday, I had the great pleasure of sitting next to Mary Emeny at a dinner in Amarillo, Texas where we were showing highlights of Ken Burns’ upcoming film, The Dust Bowl Mary, I later learned, is prominent in the arts and environmental communities in Amarillo.
“The trade of chemist (fortified, in my case, by the experience of Auschwitz), teaches you to overcome, indeed to ignore, certain revulsions that are neither necessary nor congenital: matter is matter, neither noble nor vile, infinitely transformable, and its proximate origin is of no importance whatsoever. Nitrogen is nitrogen, it passes miraculously from the air into plants, from these into animals, and from animals into us; when its function in our body is exhausted, we eliminate it, but it still remains nitrogen, aseptic, innocent.”
In his Time magazine article, “Heaven Can’t Wait,” Jon Meacham contrasts two seemingly competing visions of heaven in contemporary Christianity. One prominent view envisions heaven as the ethereal place one goes when one dies.
MOVIE REVIEW: The documentary Rites of Passage by Jeff Roy follows a 42-year-old practicing Muslim and Indian transgender to Bangkok for gender reassignment surgery and puts her Islamic faith and ethnic identity at the center of the journey.
Physicists have long sought to describe the universe in terms of equations. Now, James Gates explains how research on a class of geometric symbols known as adinkras could lead to fresh insights into the theory of supersymmetry — and perhaps even the very nature of reality.
A thoughtful guest essay on Easter not just being about Jesus’ resurrection but Mary Magdalene too. Take three minutes to listen and read.
As a social media nerd and a nonprofit worker with a heart for Africa, the past month has been fascinating. In…
“There are sufficient members of the world house, among them Muslim Americans, who are not only putting into practice the teachings of their own faith and cultural traditions but also exemplifying the continuing relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings to contemporary social issues.”
I was certain I was going to hate it. All of my four kids have been fans of the series…
In the March 8 Washington Post article “Feminism’s Final Frontier? Religion,” Lisa Miller predicted that American women would soon abandon the…
“‘The reforming groups in the West,’ Muhammad Abduh says, ‘brought their doctrines to a point closely in line with the dogma of Islam, with the exception of belief in the prophetic mission of Muhammad. Their religion was in all but name the religion of Muhammad; it differed only in the form of worship, not in the meaning or anything else.’”
On January 20, 2012, I was invited to speak at TEDxMontpellier in southern France. There, I shared my experience in…
My last two years in Brooklyn I felt fortunate to have the view I did. My windows faced east, and,…
Acknowledging a spiritual dimension may have more positive effects on physical and mental health than most people realize.
Ash Wednesday is today, inaugurating this year’s season of Lent. Cultural customs dictate “giving something up” for Lent. Without any…
The language of “spiritual journey” is commonplace in describing the season of Lent — the 40-day pilgrimage Christians undertake as they trek with Jesus from the wilderness to the garden to the garbage heap of Golgotha and beyond.
Mitt Romney bows his head in prayer in Elko, Nevada while on the presidential campaign trail. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty…
Islam has become an important part of American discourse leading up to the 2012 federal elections and candidates everywhere appear…
As a kind, five-minute gift to yourself, listen to and watch the song by My Brightest Diamond.
A website prompts a man living in Northern Ireland to consider hugs and the deeper meaning of Advent.
“Do not rejoice when your enemies fall, and do not let your heart be glad when they stumble.”—Proverbs 24:17 Photographs…
In Damascus, Syria on May 7, 2001, Pope John Paul II is helped by Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios Laham…
I didn’t get up at 4 a.m. today, but I do hope to catch a good bit of the wedding…
“This is the project of my life,” says sculptor Nihad Dabeet, 43, as he gives a tour of his unfinished…
In Souvenance, Haiti, a woman immerses herself in a stream during a Vodou ceremony that’s celebrated in conjunction with Easter….
The end of Easter in Prague, Czech Republic. (photo: Leonardo Sagnotti/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0) In the Czech Republic, a tradition…
Remembering that the celebrations of Holy Week are not about cataclysmic resurrections, but about bravely entering into loneliness with a small spring of consoling company.
Debra Dean Murphy
The farm and now heritage center of Byron Herbert Reece, who lived and wrote in the Choestoe area of Union…
by Caitlin Shetterly, guest contributor Caitlin with her son at home in Maine. (photo: Dan Davis) What is the American…