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According to the Qur'an, Can Jews and Christians 'Partake in the Blessings of Heaven and Earth?'

Kabir Helminski | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Many Christians and Jews, ignorant of what the Qur'an proposes, instead project on Islam a version of intolerance and aggression from their own religious history.

What Jesus, Mary And Joseph Have In Common With Syrian Refugees

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 12.25.2015 | World

Away in a manger was really, really far away. As we celebrate Christmas amid the biggest mass migration of people since World War II, it's worth noti...

All I Want for Christmas is Hope

Sara Barton | Posted 12.21.2015 | Religion
Sara Barton

Do you ever feel that the 24-hour cycle of breaking news literally might break you? That it might break your heart? I have to confess that in light...

The Season of Mary, Spotless Mother of God

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Advent is the season of Mary, when we wait with her as the child forming in her womb readies for his unveiling. And each year a number of questions come up, such as: Is Mary the mother of God? Is she without sin?

The First Christmas Eve

Allen Johnson Jr. | Posted 12.14.2015 | Fifty
Allen Johnson Jr.

As a songwriter and a storyteller, I suppose it was inevitable that someday I would tell the Christmas story in song. In other words . . . write a Chr...

The Extraordinary Sacred Sites Where People Have Seen Visions Of The Virgin Mary

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion

Sightings of the Virgin Mary can happen in the unlikeliest places. Some people encounter her high in the mountains of the French Alps, while others fi...

Woody Allen Directs Placido Domingo in L.A. Opera's Opening Production!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.24.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Imagine this scene: a rehearsal room deep in the bowels of the L.A. Opera facility at The Music Center.

Diplomatic Relations Restored With Cuba - My Trip There With Mary Hemingway!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

You saw the news today......after 54 years the U.S. has restored diplomatic relations with Cuba, with embassies being reopened in both countries. Which brought to mind my trip to Cuba some years ago with Mary Hemingway, the fourth and last wife of America's most famous novelist.

Sacred Sanctuaries in the Fog of Death

Frank Browning | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts
Frank Browning

It's not every day that you find Christian pilgrim's shoes celebrated on Muslim prayer rugs - or Christians, Hassiduc and Muslim travelers gathered together to break bread.

The Shepherd from Bethlehem Speaks

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a shepherd? Most of the time you are bored out of your mind. I sit there and watch sheep day after day. I never wanted to be a shepherd.

Ding Dong Merrily: The Ridiculous Theology of Christmas Carols

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

This year, I've found myself focusing on the words of the songs rather than getting caught up in the emotion of them, and I can't believe what I've been singing all these years.

Mary and Joseph

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Joseph and Mary remind us that Christmas is a genuine love story--the story of God's unwavering love for us and our love for him; the marvelous love of a wife and a husband and the joyous wonder of a first child.

Celebrating Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Actually, we will never know the exact birth date of Jesus. But that really doesn't make any difference, for we know that Jesus was a real person who is still alive and is a very real presence in our lives today. Let us focus on that as we prepare for a blessed Christmas celebration.

Spilled Milk: Back to (Catholic) School

William Lucas Walker | Posted 11.14.2014 | Religion
William Lucas Walker

We figured that as Episcopalians, while we may not be Catholic, we were close enough: same pomp, no pope, less guilt. It surprises some to learn that Kelly and I actually met at church. We still attend regularly. Not regularly enough, as we were soon to find out.

Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday?

The Manly Side of Christmas

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

I've never heard anyone point to Joseph as an icon of biblical manhood. If the Gospel according to Matthew were packaged like People magazine, Joseph of Nazareth's face would grace the cover, for Joseph is the lead story in Matthew's Gospel -- and not for chiseled abs.

Oy Vey Maria! The Virgin Birth as Mistake, Marketing, and Major Distraction

Rev. David Felten | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. David Felten

There really is something about Mary. Catholics aren't the only ones who harbor a measure of devotion to Jesus' mother that can sometimes border on the fanatic. But Mary can be a bit of problem.

A Mormon, a Lesbian and Baby Jesus

Charity Sunshine Tillemann Dick | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Charity Sunshine Tillemann Dick

Many women facing abortion don't see a choice. They see abortion as their only real option. They don't see the possibility of a real life for their children; so why would they bring them into the world?

Luke 1:39-45(46-55): The Other Side of the Tray

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

And there is the key to Christmas joy. The little-known secret of Christmas is that our joy is full when we study and learn from Mary as servant, God as servant, Jesus as servant, and become servants ourselves. When we do, our joy will be full.

#Firstcenturyproblems (Matthew 1:18-25)

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

With just a few days to go before Christmas, many Americans will be rushing around completing their Christmas preparations: doing their last minute shopping, finalizing travel plans, figuring out how to deal with awkward family dynamics.

God's Disguises

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

God loves disguises. So look around you today. And be a bit more curious about the characters that inhabit your life.

The Muslim Jesus

Alayna Ahmad-Benson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
Alayna Ahmad-Benson

Islam rejects that Jesus is the son of God and views Jesus, also known as Isa, as a Prophet and the Messiah of the Israelites. So who was this Muslim Jesus?

How I Pray

Virginia Bell | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Virginia Bell

For years, I prided myself on being an atheist and had no interest in god or religion. Back then, the word "spirituality" wasn't part of our everyday vernacular. But all that changed during the 1970s when spirituality became a buzz word.

Mary: Modern Inspiration for Facing Difficult Times

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Mary believes, Mary ponders, Mary grieves -- an inspiration to modern people, ever experiencing extraordinary joy and extraordinary loss in the midst of ordinary life.

Pitching Baby Jesus to the Paploids: If OK! Was Around in the First Century

Angela Himsel | Posted 02.18.2013 | New York
Angela Himsel

The baby twins on the cover of Shalom! -- the top selling papyrus celebrity mag in all of Israel -- drew Miriam in.