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Lessons After Paris: What ISIS Can Teach Us

Karim Beldjilali | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Karim Beldjilali

Ignorance is the root of all of this. Whether it's education that bars women from equal access or the teaching a skewed interpretation of Islam, we progressives must speak up. Islam began as a testament to equality and enlightenment, and it must reclaim itself as a force for peace.

Major Shifts in Science Challenge Religions, and Especially Their Activists

Rory McEntee | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

Pope Francis' May 24, 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, on the state of the earth's environment and humanity's responsibility for action, represents a growing transformational shift in the relationship between science, social justice, progressive secularism, and religious consciousness.

A Message Of Hope From A Gay Interspiritual Minister

Dr. Joyce Liechenstein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Dr. Joyce Liechenstein

Jesus, a great rabbi and master teacher, never said a word about your orientation/identity other than, "You are the light of the world." It is clear to me that if you were going to fry sunny side in hell for eternity because of who you are, he would have at least mentioned it.

A New Monasticism for Our Times, Part 2: Inspiring Transformation in the Heart of Radical Change

Rory McEntee | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

This sense of the sacred is not something that needs to be defined for you, by dogmas or beliefs or teachings, but rather is that which resides deepest in your own heart, in your own being, in your own experience of Life.

A New Monasticism for Our Times, Part 1: The Spirit Behind a Radical Movement for Change

Rory McEntee | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

The spirit that lies behind my work comes from a deep longing to harness our contemplative wisdom for a new age, helping those who long to cultivate their own gifts and graces to serve our human family in the greatest way possible.

A Journey From Unlovable to Beloved: An ex-Jehovah's Witness Reclaims Her Spiritual Heritage

V.K. Harber | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
V.K. Harber

Yes, it's true. No, I'm not going through an early mid-life crisis. Yes, I've really thought about it. No, my values have not changed. Yes, I'm sure. This is how my end of the conversation goes when I tell my friends that I'm in the process of becoming Catholic.

The Religion of Spirituality

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

In 1949, Max Zeller, a disciple of the visionary psychotherapist, Dr. Carl Jung, came to Jung with a dream he could not understand. In the dream, he saw a 'temple of vast dimensions' under construction.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Father of Jewish Renewal, Dies at 89

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 09.05.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

For the most part, Schachter-Shalomi's success was based in his liberal acceptance of people exploring alternate paths of spiritual awakening (from LSD to Yoga), and his legitimizing of alternate possibilities within Judaism.

Resisting The Urge To 'Otherize'

Mirabai Starr | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

As a Native New York Jew who grew up in the counter-culture of New Mexico and spent my 20s in northern California, the American South is as foreign to me as Mongolia. So visiting the Bible Belt is a perfect opportunity for me to walk my talk and reject the impulse to "otherize."

Interspiritual Revolution: How The Occupy Generation Is Re-Envisioning Spirituality And [New]Monasticism

Rory McEntee | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Rory McEntee

There can be little doubt that traditional religious frameworks are no longer speaking to new generations as they have in the past. This is why the Interspiritual Revolution is so important.

Can A Movie Make You Believe In God?

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

As an interfaith educator, how could I not see a film, whose protagonist, a boy named Pi, is born a Hindu, loves Jesus and practices Islam? The theme of interspirituality intrigued me.

Dawn Of The Sixth Sun: The Mayan Pope And Elders Visit The Big Apple

Court Stroud | Posted 12.26.2012 | Religion
Court Stroud

At the mention of the date Dec. 21, 2012, many people picture catastrophe -- floods, earthquakes and war. However, the man often referred to as the Mayan Pope suggests a better image to illustrate the end of the Mesoamerican calendar: a serpent swallowing its tail.

Coming Out As Interspiritual

Mirabai Starr | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

Not only is it acceptable to sift through the wisdom teachings and transformational practices of the world's religions, but it is what we are supposed to do. We are endowed with the faculty of discernment, and we are meant to use it.

A Meaningful Alternative To 'Spiritual Not Religious'?

Carl McColman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Carl McColman

This isn't always an easy position to hold. If religious leaders are unhappy about how many people identify as SBNR, perhaps a new category of religious/spiritual experience is necessary.