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Spiritual Formation in a Top-Down Economy

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 08.29.2016 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Capitalism has a spiritual formation plan. The mythology of being a boss, the Instagram profiles of the wealthy, the deification of the private sector...

Muslim Woman Activist to Sally Kohn: We Fight for You, While You Fight Against Us

Raheel Raza | Posted 08.29.2016 | Religion
Raheel Raza

Political commentator Sally Kohn has made several statements regarding sharia law, which were not only offensive but dangerous. In using her voice to...

An Open Letter to God

ICJS | Posted 08.29.2016 | Religion

The following is a guest post by Tracie Guy-Decker, Associate Director at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. A Baltimore native who returned home (again) ...

Imagining Justice in Baltimore: An Interreligious American Experiment

ICJS | Posted 08.29.2016 | Religion

The following post was written by Heather Miller Rubens. Rubens is the Executive Director and Roman Catholic Scholar at the Institute for Islamic, Chr...

A Rabbi in a Muslim House of Mourning

Rabbi David Kalb | Posted 08.29.2016 | Religion
Rabbi David Kalb

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.

Russia First Foreign Military to Use Iran's Soil Since WWll

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.27.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran Constitution's article 146 stipulates "The establishment of any kind of foreign military base in Iran, even for peaceful purposes, is forbidden."...

What is a Cult ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

The word 'cult' is never benign in religious terminology as it is in the world of art, where Johnny Stonenoggin filmster extraordinaire may cult-ivate...

The Definitive List of Things Women Should and Should Not Wear

Samier Mansur | Posted 08.29.2016 | Women
Samier Mansur

For the past thousands of years we, the patriarchy, have prescribed rules for women on what they can and cannot wear, say, and do. We have seized the right to determine what is appropriate, and what is not appropriate.

It's Called "Battered Race Syndrome." Or, Something Like That

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 08.26.2016 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

We are ridiculed for being angry We are pressured to quietly pacify our pain We are mocked for feeling victimized We are urged to 'forgive' in the fac...

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Does Anyone Really Care?

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 08.24.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Photo credit: Pixabay The following is a guest post written by my friend and colleague, Jerry Cappel. Have you heard of the term, "Body Burden"? It ...

Two Keys Why You Don't Receive & How to Shift It!

Terri Britt | Posted 08.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Terri Britt

As you give yourself permission to receive, your cup will be so full that you'll want everyone else to feel the way you do. You'll serve others by lifting them up. You'll want to give like never before. Your life will be your greatest act of service.

Court Rules Against Seizure Of Prisoner's Wiccan Medallion

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 08.24.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

A three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Chicago has blocked an Illinois prison warden's confiscation of a small pentacle (a five-pointed state within a circle) medallion worn by an inmate as a symbol of his Wiccan faith.

We're All Just Walking Each Other Home.

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.23.2016 | Religion
Living Room Conversations

by Linda Taylor We've just heard that Jesus and the disciples were turned away from a Samaritan village where they may have expected to be welcomed....

Athletes Use Twitter Platform To Powerfully, Pithily Profess

Louis Bolling | Posted 08.22.2016 | Religion
Louis Bolling

As the Rio 2016 and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad come to an end, Twitter has become a major platform for how sporting events, governing bodies and associations, and professional athletes engage and enhance the experience of such spectacles.

The Problem With Religion's Biased God

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 08.22.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Every time there is a natural disaster I hold my breath, waiting for religious people to give their theological opinions - which in the long run are really no more than political ideology dressed in theological garb.

Iran's Grand Ayatollah Reveals Iran's Egregious Crimes Against Humanity

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.20.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

"You [Iranian officials] will be in the future etched in the annals of history as criminals. The greatest crime committed under the Islamic Republic, ...

America, This Is A Test

Catherine Orsborn | Posted 08.19.2016 | Religion
Catherine Orsborn

As we move toward the presidential election, we can expect more politicized responses to the turmoil and tragedies in our world. Reactions that target and isolate people based on their religious identity or racial or ethnic background do not make us safer or stronger.

Trump's country called money

Sherman Yellen | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

History is filled with so much irony it might have been written by Noel Coward, minus the wit. For years the right wing in America accused every liberal of being a Communist and a traitor. Now the right wing is enthralled by Putin and Russia - admiring the thuggery and calling it strength. Trump and Manafort are purveyors of this new myth.

Iran and Syria Gave Birth to ISIS? : SAPRAC and The German-Saudi Alliance

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.19.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The mainstream and predominant narrative depicts Iran and Assad as fighting forces against the Islamic State. Nevertheless, does ISIS actually serve...

5 Tips For My Fellow Muslims

Melody Moezzi | Posted 08.18.2016 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

Ultimately, what I'm asking of my fellow Muslims is simple, and it's something I would ask of anyone, regardless of faith or lack thereof: be yourself; drop your judgment and evangelism, and pick up some mercy and compassion.

Fethullah Gülen: 'I Call For An International Investigation Into The Failed Putsch In Turkey'

Emre Celik | Posted 08.16.2016 | World
Emre Celik

Unfortunately, in a country where independent media outlets are shut down or taken under government custody, a significant portion of Turkish citizens were made to believe -- through relentless pro-government propaganda -- that I am the actor behind the July 15 coup. However, world opinion, which is shaped by objective information, clearly sees that what is going on is a power grab by the administration under the guise of a witch-hunt.

Towards Hope, Beyond The Election

Shea Watts | Posted 08.14.2016 | Religion
Shea Watts

When love is our motivator, and not fear, we can bring this country together. I am a Christian and I am an American.

Iran Is Imprisoning More Americans and Westerners

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.14.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The number of Western citizens being detained and thrown in Iran's political jail, Evin prison, is increasing. Most of those being targeted are from W...

Rediscovering God In Our LGBTQ Siblings

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 08.15.2016 | Religion
Marie Alford-Harkey

We can counter hateful rhetoric with religious messages of love and celebration, as people are doing in Orlando Thursday and Friday. And we can continue to draw on our faith to push us to elect policymakers and enact legislation that helps create a more just world for everyone.

Tisha B'Av: Mourning Through The Ages, Mourning For The Ages

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 08.11.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

One of my most precious possessions is a yellowed, tattered prayerbook that was printed in Vienna in 1859, one hundred years before I was born. The p...