In these last nights of Ramadan, gatherings unlike any other time of the year are taking place. Men and women from all walks of life remove from themselves the shackles of the material and for a moment seek to feed only their spirits.
We hope to revise the prayer book once again but some equate the exact text -- particularly the English -- with our congregational tradition. Therefore, any change, no matter how minor, is seen as breech of our historic tradition and an insult to the ancestors.
If you would like to know what the 99 percent of Muslims secretly believe in, man, do I have an absolutely great idea for you: perform ten deeds in ten days as the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan winds down.
I want to encourage us to seek deeper within this classic prayer and gleam from it eternal truths of spirituality and personal growth. Christ always had great purpose in all he shared with his followers, we see this in the parables and bold statements he made.
Better watch out!" the man warned. "He'll getcha!" Go easy with him, I told myself. I knelt and reached out again, slowly this time, talking softly. Dogs need reassurance as much as people do, sometimes more.
We have the ability to renew hope and faith -- within and without. When we only interact with media and the virtual world we don't even see the world as it is.
It was 16-year-old Wendell -- a tall, athletic, African-American young man who has been attending Metro with his family for three years. He paused in the pulpit, bowed his head and prayed, "God, help us to believe peace is possible in this world with so much violence."
No prayers are adequate. In truth, there are no words for such a situation. And so we -- clergy, friends, and loved ones -- usually think, "What am I supposed to say?"
If you're saying criminals target a particular manner of dress And not women, girls, and young men of a certain race Then why isn't it okay to shoot men in suits Who look like executives from JP Morgan Chase
There are two parables in the gospel of Luke that seem to be about praying for the same thing, examples of people importuning God until he finally gives up and just does what they ask.
There are personal benefits to the act of praying itself. These benefits have been clearly documented by physicians, psychologists and philosophers. So here are four keys to praying like a Pentecostal... as an atheist.
While we may experience flashes of inspiration or insight, it is only through ongoing search and reflection that we can hone our spiritual vision. Shabbat Hazon is a time to pause, to allow our tears to flow, so that we might see more clearly.
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I do not know what the answer is for bringing peace to the Near East, and I do not think anyone else, regardless of his or her knowledge and experience, has the answer. But this I am sure of: it will take patience and determination over a long period of time.
Jewish communities might be fighting about fair access to the Kotel, but what is missing from the discussion is Jewish use of holy places in Jerusalem.
The only option for those who did not want to sit in was to be excused, and that often meant being sent to stand in the hallway. Children were made to feel like they were doing something wrong when in fact, it was the state - or rather the school - that had erred.