World leaders meeting in Hangzhou, China may be unaware that a few days earlier a shadow group of religious scholars met in Beijing.
Among all the noise about Mother Teresa - positive and negative - this will be my memory of Mother Teresa.
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, in a prayer...
When tragedies happen, people want to know why they occur. During such harrowing times, answers are incredibly difficult to come by, and as well-meaning as they are, people inadvertently provide meaningless or hurtful answers.
My childhood home was in the woods. My grandparents came to the United States from Italy and cultivated six acres of land with fruit trees, flowers, vegetable gardens, fish ponds, chickens, and a goat named Sicily. This is where I grew up, and it seemed natural that everything was connected. I adored nature and had intimate relationships with the plants, trees, rocks, and water.
As technology advances, so do our tasks. We are able to explore on the internet and chat with people all over the world. But sometimes it feels like we are the tools of technology instead of the other way around.
Bloodshed has returned to Muslim-majority Kashmir, which is partitioned between India and Pakistan. Muslim leaders, and spiritual Sufis in particular, must be constantly wary of the penetration of Islam by trends that seek to increase instability in such difficult situations.
Young Catholics pledge to put the Pope's ecology Encyclical into practice at the first World Youth Day since its release. Photo credits: Bogusz Bile...
The intersection of my identities are that I am black, female and muslim. Many people usually think of muslims as Arabs first and other ethnicities an...
When I was a little boy, I did not know the difference between white people and black people -- and neither did you. Can we grow closer to that child of God we once were? Can we begin again to experience the world as it is?
What words signal to us the presence of a great character, leader, friend? What sounds bring us closer to the sacred? There is a sound, a resonance, beyond words. This universal song holds language and intention. It is where we come together in what is essential: supporting life; protecting the Earth, our brothers and sisters; and being a better person.
Interfaith services following tragedies like the one in Chattanooga are increasingly common place in the American landscape. These memorial services were held after the shootings in Charleston's church and Orlando's gay nightclub.
Finally, Islamic apologetics is a necessary aspect of the experience of being a human being. No matter what religion you come from, we are all commanded by the prophets before us to spread goodwill to our neighbors and strangers. That is the essence of being Muslim, that is the essence of being Christian, and that is most definitely the essence of being human.
Hateful rhetoric by those who aspire to lead is contributing to the divisions in our country. Hate breeds violence, and violence creates more pain and more suffering. At some point, we have to say enough. We have to come together to show a better way.
How do synagogues and mosques in the US relate to (or conflict with) Christian models of organized community? What are some of the textual, cultural, ...
Two years ago--July 8, 2014, to be exact--Monkfish Publishing released How Do you Pray?