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The Road to Pentecost: Lent is over, Easter has arrived. Now what?

Wayne Meisel | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Easter has arrived and the long journey of Lent is over. At church on Sunday, Pastor Dave proclaimed, "Christ has Risen." The congregations responded ...

Scientists Weigh In On The Truth About Breakfast

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.31.2016 | Healthy Living

We at The Huffington Post have no problem calling breakfast the most important meal of the day, and generally, experts don’t either. Long term studi...

Easter and Esther: Tales of Violence and Hope

Michelle M Hamilton | Posted 03.22.2017 | Religion
Michelle M Hamilton

Purim is upon us and this year (2016) it falls during the Christian Holy Week. In some ways these two holidays could not seem more different.

Environmental Destruction, Technology, and the Season of Lent

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 02.23.2017 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Photo credit: Pixabay On a spring day in Minnesota I walked down to the lake to watch and to listen as I usually did at lunchtime. Then I heard it - ...

Fasting, Clearing, Praying, Loving: Lent for All of Us

Rev. Libby M. Grammer | Posted 02.14.2017 | Religion
Rev. Libby M. Grammer

The Lenten season is now upon us. We have met together in worship to receive ashes and Holy Communion. Many of us have made commitments to fast from an item or an attitude.

My Dirtly Little Diet Secret Has Become a Hot Trend

Jill S. Brown | Posted 09.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Jill S. Brown

I have a dirty little diet secret. I used to be ashamed to talk about it, until recently. Conventional diet beliefs denounce this method and here I ...

Kickstarting Your Longevity Genes -- The Epigenetic Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Dawson Church | Posted 09.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Dawson Church

It's been 20 years since scientists discovered that putting mice on a super-low-calorie diet extends their lifespans dramatically and combats age-rela...

Salvation by Joss Carter, a Review

Ken Ludden | Posted 08.30.2016 | Arts
Ken Ludden

In his recent performance art tour de force, Joss Carter presents Salvation. This work is meticulously put together, deeply researched, and brilliantly effective.

Not So Fast: Understanding the Science of Cleansing and Fasting Diets May Help Everyone

Melinda Ring, MD | Posted 07.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Melinda Ring, MD

Without that data, a diet fad is just that -- a fad. To solve our obesity crisis we need solutions that offer health benefits that last a lifetime.

Calling Millions of Muslims to Secretly Check in for This Flight

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 07.13.2016 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

To my Muslim family, you know Ramadan starts on June 18 this year. Many in the West believe it's a month when we abstain from food and drink during daytime. That's true. But in reality, Ramadan is about abstaining from all carnal desires, not just food. It's a spiritual flight requiring us to follow certain protocols.

"But...Don't You Get Hungry?"

Yasmin Khan | Posted 07.04.2016 | Religion
Yasmin Khan

Fasting is a great test of your mental fortitude and willpower. How much are you willing to sacrifice for your own betterment, and how much are you willing to invest into yourself? I believe this to be the crux of Ramadan and the hardest part to grasp.

On Belief vs. Identity: Letter to a Young North American Muslim

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Remember, your religious beliefs are not you. They are simply part of the medium you were cultured in when you were raised.

Ramadan Reflection Day 13: Hunger Is Not A Choice for Some But Giving Is

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.30.2016 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

They had no tangible means to move it so one came up with the idea of saying a prayer to God by a sincere deed that they had respectively carried out at some time prior for Him.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Do I believe that most mosques today would let recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak to their congregations? Probably not. Do I think there is a problem with that? Yes, definitely. Our failure to engage diversity in our communities, inclusive of diversity in terms of life experience, leaves us potentially stunted in our individual and communal growth.

Having a Smaller Carbon Footprint in Ramadan

Zaher Sahloul | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Zaher Sahloul

We are blessed to welcome Ramadan again this year. It is a time for fasting, spiritual fulfillment, emotional rebalancing, mental reflection and physical purification. Ramadan is the ideal time for balancing the spirit, the mind and the body.

Fasting Diets May Do A Whole Lot More Than Help You Lose Weight

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.19.2015 | Fifty

It seems that folks who do occasional fasts may be on to something. New research from the University of Southern California has found that periodicall...

Why a Devout Catholic Is Fasting During Ramadan

Rudy López | Posted 06.19.2016 | Religion
Rudy López

As the executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, a national organization that builds power with workers through faith-rooted organizing and advocacy, my faith and values are what ground me and call me to do this work.

Ramadan Reflection Day 2: Juneteenth, Dylann Roof and the Continued Struggle for Equality

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.19.2016 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

It's a true story about a high school football team in Virginia dealing with deep-rooted issues of race as they become the first team in their district to integrate have both black and white players.

It's Ramadan! Here Is the Conversation Muslims and Non-Muslims Will Be Having in the Coming Days...

Yasmina Blackburn | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
Yasmina Blackburn

Ramadan is a time to recharge our bodies, minds and souls. It's a time for spiritual rejuvenation. It's time to break habits and focus on improvement. And when you are fasting and giving up all physical and worldly temptations, you are in a mental state to take on spiritual challenges more than ever before.

Ramadan Reflection Day #1: #CharlestonShooting -- Healing Requires Admitting We're Sick

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.18.2016 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

A failure to acknowledge and deal with illness doesn't mean that it's not there. I can pretend like I'm not sick, but my body will let me know otherwise. We can pretend like our society is not in pain and in need of healing, but atrocities like Charleston will let us know otherwise.

Muslims With Diabetes Face A Tough Choice During The Ramadan Fast

The Associated Press | KARIN LAUB | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — For years, diabetic Shawkat al-Khalili ignored his doctor's orders not to fast during the holy month of Ramadan when most of th...

Fasting for an End to Starvation Wages

Rudy López | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Rudy López

Fast-food workers and the millions of low-wage workers trapped in the margins of our economy are changing the world. Leaders in the faith community are standing with them along with tens of thousands of concerned people who believe in fairness.

Why I'm Fasting This Month and Giving Up Half of My Stuff

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Yes, I know Jesus wasn't a juicing freak. He didn't have a dietician. And he sure as hell didn't eat kelp, quinoa, or some other hippie stuff I can't even pronounce. At least not that I know of. So what's the point?

Living Orthodox Great and Holy Lent

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The fight is concurrently corporate and private; the faithful join together often in distinctive divine services, such as the Pre-sanctified Divine Liturgy and the Salutations to the Theotokos, while simultaneously striving secretly in prayer, fasting, the study of scripture and almsgiving.

Frigid Weather, Lenten Fasts, and Buried Joy

Charles Redfern | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

What a rush. My New England homeland tunnels through snow in sub-zero temperatures and I'm loving it. And I'm loving that I love it -- which sounds like I'm whupping it up over the gloomiest Lent since the Dark Ages.