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Antonia Blumberg works for HuffPost Religion covering a range of faith and spirituality topics. She is passionate about interfaith activism and strives to explore the ways in which religion plays out in contemporary media and politics. Antonia graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Anthropology.

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5 Questions With Rebecca Parrish, Director Of 'Radical Grace' Film About Americans Nuns

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2015 | 7:57 AM

A new feature-length documentary follows the social justice activism of three American nuns deemed "radical" by the Vatican.

Drawing on the brave commitments to social justice of Sisters Simone Campbell, Jean Hughes and Chris Schenk -- all members of activist group Nuns on the Bus -- "Radical Grace" explores...

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Daily Meditation: A Prayer For Travelers

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 9:08 AM

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features a prayer from the Jewish prayerbook, published by the Rabbinical Assembly. Whether you're...

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Beltane 2015: Facts, History And Traditions Of The May Day Festival

(19) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 10:02 PM

May 1 marks the Celtic festival of Beltane, also referred to as May Day. As spring is underway and summer approaches, many neopagans and Wiccans around the world celebrate Beltane. Here are some facts and traditions to know:

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1. Beltane is one of

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Buddhist Monastery In Nepal Takes In Thousands Displaced By Earthquake

(10) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 5:39 PM

Tens of thousands of people have been left homeless by Nepal's devastating earthquake on Saturday, but a fraction of these have found temporary shelter at a Buddhist monastery in the hardest-hit region.

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The Shechen Monastery, just outside Kathmandu, is housing roughly 2,000...

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Daily Meditation: Glory

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 8:53 AM

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features the Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Choir's performance of the song "Glory," written by...

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Pope Francis Jokes About Argentine Ego, Calling Himself 'Jesus II' With President Of Ecuador

(19) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 11:13 AM

Pope Francis can crack a joke, especially when it's at his own expense.

On Tuesday, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa shared with his 2.1 million Twitter followers a joke the pope made after the two world leaders met at the Vatican that day. Correa had attended a...

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Daily Meditation: Exodus

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 8:58 AM

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features an iconic song by reggae group Bob Marley & The Wailers. "Exodus" asks...

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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr: 'A Riot Is The Language Of The Unheard'

(90) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 9:12 AM

America has witnessed months of protests against racism and police brutality following the killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and other unarmed black Americans. Now Baltimore has erupted in anger in the wake of the unexplained death of a 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died last week...

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Daily Meditation: Unity

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:55 AM

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features a poem by beloved author Maya Angelou. "On The Pulse Of Morning" reminds...

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Daily Meditation: Song To The Moon

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:17 AM

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features a song from Antonín Dvořák's opera, Rusalka, performed by renowned singer Renée Fleming....

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In Match Up Between The Pope And The Philadelphia Eagles You Know Who Won

(8) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 7:57 AM

Pope Francis is due in Philadelphia in September, and the city's football team will be nowhere in sight.

According to Sports Illustrated writer Peter King, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on July 8, 2014 requesting that the Eagles be out...

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Daily Meditation: Fear No Evil

(5) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 9:51 AM

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features Psalm 23 from the Bible, which addresses fear. If you are living with...

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This Response To An Islamophobic Demonstrator Is Totally Perfect

(445) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:17 PM

When an anti-Muslim demonstrator stationed herself outside the Islamic Center of Ann Arbor IN Michigan last week, a member of the congregation decided to counter the woman's hateful message directly.

The demonstrator's sign read, "I serve a risen savior Jesus Christ. Muhammad is dead." Congregation member Dr. Hamad Houwari

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United Methodist Church Raises Millions In Small Donations To Fight Malaria

(9) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:35 PM

The United Methodist Church gave $9.6 million on Wednesday to the Global Fund, a health-focused nonprofit based in Geneva, to help the group fight malaria. It was the single largest contribution to the fund by a faith organization, and was made possible largely through grassroots efforts by congregants.

Local fundraising...

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Daily Meditation: Come Back To Your Breath

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 9:06 AM

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features a guided talk and meditation by Sharon Salzberg. Whenever you need to throughout...

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Former 'Real World' Star Thinks Christianity Has Become Too 'Feminized'

(366) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:08 PM

Somehow, a recent Fox News discussion about the Islamic State's recruitment strategy veered into another equally urgent issue: the "feminized" church.

Rachel Campos-Duffy, best known for her stint on MTV's "The Real World: San Francisco," appeared on Tuesday's episode of Fox News’ “Outnumbered” to discuss the recent

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Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu To Co-Author Book On Joy

(17) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 2:31 PM

The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are joining forces to bring more joy to the world by co-authoring a book on the emotion.

On Saturday, the Dalai Lama met Tutu as the archbishop arrived at Kangra Airport in Dharamsala, India to begin work on the book. The pair traveled...

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Caring For Creation: 11 Nature Prayers For Earth Day

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 9:11 AM

Caring for creation is something that all the residents of this beautiful, diverse, and breathtaking planet have a stake in. Earth Day, which falls on April 22, is the perfect opportunity to pay respect to the sacred bond between nature and humanity.

Many faith traditions emphasize the importance...

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Daily Meditation: Caring For The Earth

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 9:07 AM

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features a poem by Inayat Khan, the founder of The Sufi Order in the...

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In The Middle East, Muslims And Jews Work In Unison To Care For The Environment

(57) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 12:25 PM

Before arriving at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel in 2010, Yosra Albakkar, 28, had never met an Israeli or a Jewish person. That would soon change, as the Jordanian Muslim woman got to know her fellow students -- who hailed from Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian territories and...

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