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The Lost Art of the Segregated Thanksgiving Table

Alan Singer | Posted 11.27.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

As a lead in to Thanksgiving, the New York Times Wednesday "Food" section featured a high school class's Thanksgiving dinner in Hartsville, South Caro...

These Chilling Interviews Expose Western Stereotypes About the Arabic Language

Brian Hanley | Posted 11.26.2015 | Religion
Brian Hanley


Holi Rollers: Religious Ecstasy in Spanish Fork/Appropriate Appropriating?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

From one perspective, the undulating and gyrating masses (thousands upon thousands at any given time and throughout the weekend in March of this year) could have been observed at any number of places: a rock concert, a dance club, or a college party.

Supergirl, Please Fix My Computer

Greg Schwem | Posted 11.25.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

With the holidays approaching, it seems a perfect time for Supergirl to perform some task so spectacular that it meets my "thank God you're here," criteria. How about this?

Thanksgiving and Its Discontented in Montgomery County, Maryland

Dana Beyer | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Dana Beyer

In a month when our attention has been riveted to waves of Syrian refugees flooding Europe, and punctuated by atrocities in Paris, Beirut, Kenya, and Mali, one of our American communities is once again under attack -- Muslim Americans.

An Eye for an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind

John Dear | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
John Dear

That Friday evening I was just beginning to lead a weekend retreat at the Kirkridge Retreat Center in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, when we received word about the terrorist attacks in Paris. Like everyone else, we were grief-stricken, but we regrouped and became even more determined to dive deep into our retreat.

Walking Dead: Rorschach Test for Faith

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

Our core cast of characters in The Walking Dead, have more going on than solely surviving. And that is why we love them and root for them and suffer when they suffer.

When Life Knocks You Down...

Sonia Gul Baluch | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Sonia Gul Baluch

In my life... I've learned to make new friends, which creates a strong bond. I learned to be there for them, when something goes wrong. I gave them m...

Women in Ministry: When the Call Is Enough

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

What is interesting about the biblical examples of women who were called into ministry is that though there is no defined call narrative, the women simply took the charge from God and did what God called them to do.

The Domination of Black Friday-ism

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

One of the dominant ideologies that now surrounds Black Friday seems to be both loud and clear: Our value as human beings is often dictated by our capacity to produce and consume.

No Guarantees for the Righteous (Parshat Vayishlach, Genesis 32:3-36:43)

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

The Torah is famously laconic about the emotional lives of its central characters. We are left to imagine what Abraham was feeling as he walked up Mount Moriah with his son Isaac at his side, or what Rachel felt when she discovered that her older sister Leah had laid with Jacob in the marital bed intended for her.

Does Religion Have a Place in the Outdoors?

Aaron Pomerance | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Aaron Pomerance

it seems pretty obvious that religion has a direct correlation to the outdoors and vice versa. Well, in the 21st century, that does not seem to be the case.

Black Friday: Can't Buy Love (Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36)

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

Let's work on all of this during this season. Let's talk to one another. Let's refuse to buy into the consumer mentality. Let's spend our time and resources on each other in more faithful and spiritual ways.

Giving Voice to Grief

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

It goes without saying that no two people grieve in the same way. Everyone's needs are different at a time of loss, as are everyone's emotions. But in giving voice to one's own grief, others who have not been given the chance to express themselves can likewise find their voice.

Are Religious Children "Meaner than Secular Children?"

Dr. Anne Hendershott | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Dr. Anne Hendershott

There are so many problems with the research design, methods, analysis and conclusions that no one should take this study seriously.

How Words Are Getting in Our Way

Noah Kim | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Noah Kim

We often think of life as what we see and think and hear, but what does it all mean without words? We construct our social reality with language, and language in turn creates its own reality.

Behold the Beauty of Bhutan

Emily O'Dell | Posted 11.23.2015 | Travel
Emily O'Dell

Two weeks ago, I headed to the Himalayas for the adventure of a lifetime in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Since I was invited to speak at the Royal Palace...

Syrian Refugees Are Welcome by This Godless Atheist

Staks Rosch | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Staks Rosch

he way I see it, human beings are fleeing oppression and we have a secular moral obligation to help. America is a nation of immigrants -- many of which came here fleeing oppression. We should be able to empathize with these Syrian refugees.

The One Thing We Must Do About Paris, Terrorism and Religion

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Frederick W. Schmidt

People are the problem. Not religion. Religion is simply the pretext that some murderous souls use for the evil that they do.

Political Tone and the Faith Community: Can We Close the Divide?

Dan Glickman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

We have so many things to be thankful for as Americans, and I think most folks will probably be thankful that they can turn away from the rhetoric and often mean tone of the campaign, at least for the family celebration of Thanksgiving.

What ISIS Wants

Jon Foreman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Jon Foreman

You can take many things from me, ISIS, but you cannot take my heart. I refuse to join you in your Dead World of hatred and fear. Even if you take my life, I refuse to believe in your God of hatred.

From Seeing to Understanding

Jack Vawdrey | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Jack Vawdrey

I have a pretty enthusiastic American Literature professor here at the University of Southern California. Actually, enthusiastic might not be the right word for it; I think the words "intellectual agitator" best describe his personality. He's one of those guys that want you to question everything that you know and believe, but in a good way.

Conservative Judaism Seeks its True Name

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Conservative Judaism is quintessentially the Judaism of relationship. Balancing relationships with other Jewish denominations, reaching out to the non-Jewish world, and most important, understanding our tradition as one in continuing dialogue with God.

Prayer and Meditation in the Aftermath of the Paris Attacks

Rabbi Or Rose | Posted 11.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Or Rose

Prayer is not enough, it must lead to concrete action in the world. But prayer and other contemplative exercises can serve as powerful vehicles for individual and collective reflection, illuminating our path to purposeful action.

Christians Should Be Terrified

Randy Paul Oetinger | Posted 11.22.2015 | Religion
Randy Paul Oetinger

What is the difference, after all, between taking a sword and hacking the head off of children ... or shutting children out out by means of our governors, knowing they will freeze to death because they have no shelter from the bitter cold of winter?