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Throttle Up

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 10.15.2011 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

At two minutes to launch (T-minus-two) everyone started cheering and clapping. Atlantis was really going to go!

A Blessing Of The Motorcycles

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 07.21.2011 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

The sacred can be found in the most unexpected of places: at work, at home, or on a 2005 black cherry Harley Davidson Road King with bored out cylinders and custom pipes. It's all holy.

Ash Wednesday And The Value Of Tradition

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

Not all who find themselves moved to religious ritual are finished seeking. Those who will bear the mark of Christ's cross on Ash Wednesday do so for different, even disparate reasons.

Remember You Will Die (It Helps You To Be Alive)

Kent Annan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kent Annan

Each Ash Wednesday, if you go to a church that does this sort of thing, a version of "memento mori" happens when you go to your knees and a cross of ashes is marked on your forehead.

Whom Can I Trust?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Trust, cemented by ritual, is the indispensible ingredient of human community and research indicates that nothing builds trust quite like religious ritual.

Vision 2011: Presence And Connectedness Through Ritual

Jennifer La Lima-Ortmuller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jennifer La Lima-Ortmuller

Rituals become something to look forward to, a source of peace and connectedness. Making ritual a part of our daily lives also gives us perspective on our place in the scheme of the universe.

Don't Blame the Song, Blame the Packaging

Susan Deily-Swearingen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Susan Deily-Swearingen

On the home page of AOL News last week I encountered this opinion piece by Kevin Blackistone, "Time to Turn Off National Anthem Before Sports Events,"...

The Pope, The Environment And Religiously Inspired Self-Restraint

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

The deepest roots of our ecological crisis lie in a narrow, secularized understanding of progress.

Making Male Circumcision Humane: A Jewish Moral Imperative

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Human rights start at home. We must defend them for children in the Jewish community as much as adults in others. Day eight in the life of Jewish boys should be no exception.

Get the Christmas Cards Ready

Peter Y. Sussman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Peter Y. Sussman

It's not a moment too soon to be thinking of sending Christmas cards -- next year's Christmas cards.

Dealing With Grief Through The Holidays

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

While grief is an exquisitely private matter, in order to move on, most of us need someone to bear witness to our truth in grieving.

The Ritual Season

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Those who seek power have understood the political punch of myth and ritual. They have always manipulated these central components of social life to further their interests -- and none of this changes during the Holidays.

How The Celestially Auspicious Occasions Of The Past Are The Holidays Of Today

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Though few people in our crowded cacophonous urban world live in focused alignment with the earth, the holidays we celebrate are the living legacy of the oldest seasonal observances.

PHOTOS: EXHIBITION SPOTLIGHT: Pages From Ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead At The British Museum

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

WHAT: 'Journey Through the Afterlife: The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead' WHEN: 4 November 2010 - 6 March 2011 WHERE: British Museum Great...

What Is The Biggest Divide In The Jewish Community?

Paul Golin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Golin

Literally millions of American Jews are headed toward the exits, and we aren't putting nearly enough resources toward trying to convince them that it's worth it for them to engage or re-engage.

The Religion (and Race) of the President: Obama as National Scapegoat

Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.

President Obama has become our national scapegoat. Americans are good at exorcising demons, in order to affirm our inherent goodness, but we find it terribly difficult to look directly at ourselves in the mirror.

'Noun Faith' Produces Consumers, But 'Verb Faith' Produces Citizens

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

The word translated as "faith" in the New Testament simply means "trust." Do we trust in unprovable speculation about metaphysical realities by those who know better, or do we trust in a grounded, earthly, integrated faith?

Showered With Stars

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

When our annual revolution takes us through zones heavily littered with disintegrated comet trash, we see the spectacular sky shows called meter showers.

Spring Cleaning for the Soul

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

The promise of renewed life prompts us to prepare a sacred and auspicious way for its anticipated arrival. We are moved to purge and purify ourselves, and make a fresh start.

Would you drink your own urine if it would save your life?

Lisa Guest | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Guest

A healer from Guatemala suggested I drink my own urine. Is that what my life will become? Instead of my morning ritual with PERO (coffee alternative) I'll be sipping my own morning's waste material?

Sleep Ritual: A Day In Bed

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

On the first page of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins, his character calls in well to work. He maintains that he just feels too darn good to report for his job. That always struck me as an excellent idea.

Festivals of Light in the Dark

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Since the earliest of human times, folks have joined together in the warmth and glow of community in order to welcome the return of light to a world that is surrounded by dark.

Why Sarah Jessica Parker is Jealous of Carrie Bradshaw

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

I have to admit that each time I watch a re-run of Sex and The City, I'm jealous of Carrie Bradshaw's friendships. The foxy quartet seems to have infinite time and opportunity to sit, talk, and laugh.

New Year's: Once In A Blue Moon

Donna Henes | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

We no longer see ourselves as active and response-able participants in the connective universal plan, but rather, the boss of it. Ironically, this leaves us feeling disturbed, disempowered, disconnected.

Sex Magic: Fuel Your Dreams Into Reality

Dr. Elsbeth Meuth and Freddy Zental Weaver | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elsbeth Meuth and Freddy Zental Weaver

I came across sex magic in the context of my tantric studies and teacher training a number of years ago. I've learned to marry my orgasmic energy with an intention to manifest what I wanted to bring into reality.