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Pentecost

Shavuot 2016: Celebrating The Giving Of The Torah

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.10.2016 | Religion

HistoryShavuot is a Jewish holiday which celebrates God’s giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. It is also known as the “Feast ...

The Holy Spirit, Pentecost, and a New Heaven and Earth

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

We play a part in this. We need to learn to bend, to move with the Holy Spirit. This implies learning to let go of our own agendas and opening ourselves to something far bigger. As Pope Francis put it, we can prepare ourselves by putting up the sails on our boats so that the Spirit can blow us where she will. Where we'll end up we don't know, but it will be an adventure getting there.

Is Church Membership Still Relevant?

Tim Suttle | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Church membership is not only relevant for our lives, it is a radical act of defiance to the self-service gods of our culture.

Music for the Spirit

Duncan J. Dormor | Posted 05.18.2016 | Religion
Duncan J. Dormor

The experience of diversity in unity which lies at the heart of Pentecost is found again and again in music, and, of course, music has had an important role to play in Christian worship.

No Ordinary Time: A Call to Awareness and Action

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

On Sunday, many Christians celebrated Pentecost, the day in the Liturgical Calendar when the Holy Sprit descends to earth. It is often called the birthday of the church and is timed 50 days after Easter.

Joyful Union

Marta Stemberger | Posted 05.16.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Marta Stemberger

Speaking in tongues is about understanding each other. Yes, it's good to know more than one language, but it's equally important to be able to comprehend the other person's point of view.

How You Can Prep for Pentecost

Jack Levison | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Jack Levison

I'm lying on an ice pack early this morning, doing my back exercises and listening to Pray as You Go, a tool for meditation, with monastery bells, music, and a Bible reading. It warms up my cranky body--and cold morning soul. The reading today is from Acts 2--the story of Pentecost, which goes like this.

The Holy and Great Council: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

With the journey to Pascha having reached its ultimate destination at the glorious Resurrection of the Lord, the Orthodox Church has now embarked on the Pentecostarion period.

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 ...

You Are a Part of God's Story

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 11.30.2015 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

It doesn't matter what you're called in life to do. No matter what your occupation is, you're called to be a part of God's story.

Theology in the Hands of Racist Colonialists

Craig Luekens | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
Craig Luekens

I know that the Church has committed untold amounts of suffering and evil in the name of Christ. (There is no religion, philosophy, or worldview, for that matter, that hasn't, all to greater or lesser degrees of distortion).

Pentecost 2015: History, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 05.23.2015 | Religion

Pentecost marks the end of the 50-day Easter season for Christians and falls on Sunday, May 24 in 2015. History The second chapter of the Book of ...

War Zone Fresco

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

New Yorkers have a rare chance, through August 10, to see a full-cast production of David Edgar's intriguing Pentecost.

Women's Rights, Immigration, Slavery, Martyrdom: Pentecost as Liberation

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The word "Pentecostal" has implications that, unless you identify already as a Pentecostal Christian, is usually a bit of a turnoff. But if we consider the Pentecost story -- the birth of the Christian Church, as many understand it -- as a story of liberation, it's actually pretty exciting.

How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When the young families arrive with their kids, let them teach you about what will keep their kids engaged.

Strutting With the Spirit: A Proposal for Pentecost

Jack Levison | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

However we preach, whatever we teach, whenever we speak, we should be prepared. How? Through a life of study, the practice of learning, even the discipline of memorizing.

Pentecost 2014: History, Facts And Traditions

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

Pentecost marks the end of the 50-day Easter season for Christians and falls this year on Sunday, June 8. History The second chapter of the Book o...

And Then He Was Gone (A Story Before Pentecost)

Mark Osler | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

Christianity is at its best when it offers a way to see and understand the most profound human conditions: joy, love, fellowship, reconciliation. This week before Pentecost offers a view of a nearly universal heartache -- the pain of being left.

Preparing for Sinai: Uniting Earth and Heaven, Words and Wheat

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

From the evening of Tuesday June 3 through the evening of June 5, Jews will be celebrating the festival of Shavuot, which in most of Jewish life today is focused on the revelation and acceptance of Torah at Mount Sinai.

Pentecost: the Salvific Mission of the Church Begins

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 08.24.2013 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Celebrated on the Seventh Sunday (50 days) after Pascha and 10 days after the Ascension of the Lord, Pentecost -- also referred to as Trinity Sunday -- marks the descent of the Holy Spirit on about 120 disciples.

A Dove on a Zipline

Rick Steves | Posted 08.12.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

I was doing my best to stay in my hotel room and finish some writing. But there was a Pentecost festival going on outside, and the energy was building...

Open Letter to Seema Jilani: A Small Step Toward Taking Responsibility For White Privilege

Kelly Figueroa-Ray | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Kelly Figueroa-Ray

In a film class this past semester, 60 undergraduate students, most of whom had never heard of white privilege, were confronted with its realities -- realities that are evident in the tropes, themes, characters and concerns of blockbuster movies.

Christian Salvation As Pentecost

Morgan Guyton | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

In the prophecy from Joel that Peter quotes on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2, God makes an incredible promise: "I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh." What if this statement is taken as the centerpiece of God's salvation of humanity and the world?

LOOK: Artistic Depictions Of The Pentecost

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion

Click through the slideshow to see artistic depictions of the Pentecost Pentecost, the Greek word for 'Shavout' is an ancient feast in Israel that ce...

After The Jelly Beans Are All Gone Comes Pentecost

Jack Levison | Posted 07.18.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

It's official: the end of the Easter season. Pretty soon, in fact, the church will settle in for a long summer of what it calls ordinary time. But not yet.