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.
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.
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
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.
Recovery in the wake of trauma is a struggle, one we must sometimes work through collectively. Some guiding voices on thinking about grief and hardship with complexity — and move forward in a constructive and compassionate way.
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.
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.
From spectacular images of Holi to supporting an artist that’s meant so much to us, this week’s capsule shares some of our best work — and those of others.
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?
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.
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.
The daughter of an evangelical pastor finds comfort in the questions of an Orthodox rabbi — and his ability to change his mind on women’s issues because of his relationship with his daughter.
Few expressions of religion are as public and inescapable as buildings. Some photos of the best of the best of this year’s religious architecture from Faith & Form.
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.
Why are atheism and agnosticism on the rise? And what does it take to go against your family’s faith? Three young atheists discuss how they began to question their faith and what it was like to leave the church.
Religious traditions take many forms in the U.S. For a Nigerian immigrant’s daughter, it’s creamy frejon that’s the Easter week delicacy.
Following up on last week’s video post, here’s a 3½-minute video snack where a mix of UUs explain how they…
Discover your star birthday with this fun three-step guide!
(photo: Nancy Rosenbaum) Last week, I traveled with Krista, Trent, and Mitch for a production trip to the Black Hills…