With the collapse of the United Nations peace negotiations to end the Syrian conflict, we need to step back and envision what an effective Muslim government with the support of the people would look like.
Sin is one of the most misunderstood concepts today. All too often it is tied to guilt and fear which has the potential to be psychologically disturbing.
I believe that I was created to worship the creator, and to serve and treat His creation
well. I believe that interfaith dialogue is part of my faith, duty, and calling as a Muslim.
Another Ash Wednesday has come. Another day when some Protestants will say, "Oh, this is a Catholic observance." Another day when clergy like me will respond that it is a Christian observance, for all Christians.
On this tragic day, the heavens screamed as three angels were killed. But on this very same day, a legacy was born. Here are 10 things we can learn from Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha, in the words of their closest friends.
That we as a nation have allowed this to go on is cause for profound self-reflection and atonement, though, thanks to a supplicant mainstream press, few will ever know that any of this has transpired.
David Bowie's Death,
My Gift Of Grace Game,
The Legacy Letters,
Books About Death,
Children And Death,
Co-Workers And Grief,
Conversations About Death,
Death And Dying,
Death In The Workplace,
Death Of Loved Ones,
Fear Of Death,
Talking About Death,
Talking To Children About Death,
Talking To Loved Ones About Death,
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When the word "death" shows up in our conversations as readily as "love" or "Twitter" or "Facebook" and when you hear discussions about death around the water cooler at work, then you will know that we have made progress. This is what the world needs from us as we struggle to salvage this beautiful planet, which thrives on the cycle of life and death: honest, real and natural talk about death and dying.
One of the hallmarks of any society are the legends that it tells, and often, these legends take the form of biographies. Perhaps some of the best known legendary biographies are the Gospels, which detail the life of Jesus of Nazareth. In a similar vein, the legendary biography of the...
Is there a link between Islam and justice? Would a society following Islamic principles be a more just society? Many Muslims across the world today think so. If only Muslims thought and acted like "true Muslims" in countries where they form a majority, they say, people would act morally, economic...
In contrast to the cold treatment of women and men in those scenes, there are some stories in the Bible that we might perceive as romantic. For instance, in Genesis, the patriarch Jacob loves Rachel so much that he pledges to his kinsman Laban to work for him for seven years to gain her hand.
Welcome back to the Religion: Theories and Methods series. This week we are exploring some of the theories of the Philosopher Frederich Nietzsche. Our next post will introduce the Philosopher Karl Marx. In some circles Nietzsche has earned the title "The philosopher of...
A Walk In The Woods,
Cycle Of Life,
It was a few days before the beginning of Lent when I spotted the tree, a valley oak standing at the trailhead. I was on retreat at the Bishop's Ranch, a bucolic spot deep in California wine country and I had intended to take a brisk solo hike in the woods. But the old valley oak, its deadness, stopped me in my tracks.
Syria Civil War,
WorldPost Middle East,
Power Of Humanity,
LONDON -- Humanity is everybody's business, and an education is everybody's right. So it shouldn't fall only to governments and international agencies to provide aid during a crisis. Inside the humanitarian tent we need charities, philanthropists, businesses and social enterprises all working together.
Of course there is no such thing as the "best partner," but you want your loved one to feel that you are their best partner, right? Whether you're dating, married or seriously committed, the best gift you can give your loved one is to be supportive.
Words can do incredible damage, but they can't hold a candle to silence. Often it is those words that have been withheld which leave the greatest scars upon us. It is in that terrible absence that we are dealt the harshest blow by those who claim to love us.
I know that God, Allah, Jesus, Bhagwan, Buddha are all names of the same higher power that created all of us. The same powerful being that created all of us from love, yet we separate ourselves from each other trying to prove that our religion is better than the other.
Lent, for me, is not about (and has never been about) sacrifice or penance or appeasing some unexamined heritage. It's about interrogative love, passionate justice, and learning how to wonder again in the midst of all the awful, awful sadness. It's about asking how beauty might occur in the midst of our fragile, decaying lives.
Christian pastors and bloggers have the right to endorse or support any candidate and any president they wish. However, when Christian leaders compare the president or a presidential hopeful to Christ, they must backup their claims with facts.
Who told you that you are worthless in the eyes of God? Who convinced you that you cannot meet expectations? Why did you believe them? Were they people who you thought loved you? They might have even tricked themselves into believing they loved you or were helping you, but they...
Just because you identify within LGBTQIA+ community does not mean you are unable to have a meaningful, loving, and redeeming relationship with God. If He did not wish to have you as His child, your moment of conception would not have occurred. He knew you before He placed the stars...