When I was holding her in those last moments as her breaths slowed, her eyes, which had half shut and glazed, suddenly opened, focused on me and then beyond me.
In Ramadan you're going to find a lot of people who are coming to terms with certain things about themselves. In order to move forward, they will be taking on obstacles that have existed within themselves for years but they're only starting to see now.
Like the great prophet, we must always remain humble in our spiritual pursuits, knowing our limitations and recognizing the possibility of learning from all those created in the divine image.
Big History is humanity's first and only creation story derived from global collective learning. While secular, it nevertheless reveals a way of thinking and speaking about God that is undeniably and inescapably real.
Taking away control from women is the point, not religious freedom. The goal of this conservative war on women, being facilitated now by the U.S. Supreme Court, is, in fact, doing away with women's control of their reproductive and thus their economic lives.
When people believe that being religious means that some scientific concepts can't be discussed or accepted, damage is done to both religion and science.
Over a billion people are fasting this Ramadan and each one of us is arguably on average producing more waste than during the rest of the year. Iftars are held pretty much anywhere you can think of. The hosts more often than not are using paper plates, sytrofoam cups, and plastic forks in abundance to help serve the large number of guests,
No, says Haviva Ner-David, most known as the first woman to apply to Yeshiva University's rabbinic ordination program and ten years later to receive private Orthodox rabbinic ordination.
ENDA would allow a Catholic hospital or school to fire a lesbian nurse or janitor or cafeteria cashier simply on the basis of her sexual orientation. That is a much broader exemption than allowed for any other group under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And it's abhorrent.
Impelled, he made clear, by Jesus and the gospel of peace, and inspired by other leaders with names like Bonhoeffer, King, and Gandhi, he believed in, preached, and practiced the way of peace. Führer worked with young people who were hungry for freedom and who would pray and march their way toward its realization.
This Jubilee Year, already begun, is in honor of a pope who quit. Not Pope Benedict XVI. We're talking about the first and only pope who willingly and on his accord stepped down from the papal throne before Benedict did in February 2013.
After the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, conservative religionists tried seizing the opportunity to exclude people from their midst whose non-heterosexuality troubles them. The president of my own alma mater was one of them.
The Hobby Lobby case reminds us that when it comes to health insurance coverage, it's not simply about science.
For the most part, Schachter-Shalomi's success was based in his liberal acceptance of people exploring alternate paths of spiritual awakening (from LSD to Yoga), and his legitimizing of alternate possibilities within Judaism.
If there ever was a likelihood that issues of gay rights would provoke a major split in U.S. Christianity, it appears that time may have passed.
Religion (in any form) should exist to assist in the progress of giving us new language, new ways of being and new ways of treating one another. If a religion fails at this, it should be seen as a disease, and like any disease should be eradicated immediately.
More than once, my research as a journalist led me to the most infamous red light district in Pakistan. Heera Mandi, in Lahore, has since the time of Mughals housed courtesans, dancers and commercial sex workers. But time has been unkind to the people here.
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious. --Carl Jung
Whenever Buddhism has...
The Supreme Court's decision to side with Hobby Lobby is a setback for all women, but particularly for many women of faith. Why? Well, let me count the ways.