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All Saints' Day

Me and My Saints

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

This year, in our church's All Saints celebration, I lit a candle to my birth parents Ken and Sophia, to birth grandparents Clinton and Jessie, to Katie and John, my saints I'll never meet, but whose genes are the weft and warp in the tapestry that is me.

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Why Death Is On The Minds Of Many Major Religions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion

As his friends in Milwaukee don costumes for Halloween parties this weekend, 23-year-old Felipe Beltran will be observing a different tradition around...

An All Saints Ode to the Outrageous Expectations of an Extravagant God

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

My house is appropriately decked with jack-o-lanterns in the window, a bowl of candy is on the counter ready for any goblins who stop by this evening and the "Happy Halloween" yard flag is flying off the porch.

Queering All Saints and All Souls: Celebrating the Queer Body of Christ

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

The queer saints gather to break bread together, to keep Sabbath, to pray, to watch and witness, to hope, believing in the Beloved Community of unconditional grace that we have not yet seen in fullness -- only in a glass darkly in our queer koinonia. This is true love for God, without self-interest, with nothing left to gain.

Daily Meditation: All Souls

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Windy City Happening: Redmoon Theater's Boneshaker 2013 (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 02.02.2014 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

With November over, I take a look back at my favorite event this month -- Redmoon Theater's spectacular Boneshaker bash celebrating both Halloween and All Saint's Day!

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Anatomy of a Memorial

Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Miller Jen Hoffman

It occurs in a month full of and surrounded by relevant observances and seasons: All Saints and All Souls, when we remember the dead; Thanksgiving, when we express gratitude; Advent, when some of us anticipate Word-made-flesh.

LOOK: Incredible Photos Of All Saint's Day In The Philippines

Posted 11.01.2013 | Religion

All Saint's Day observances have commenced in the Philippines with candles and cemeteries. Families have been sprucing up the tombs of family members,...

10 Halloween Photos From Around The World

Posted 10.31.2013 | World

Halloween is here, and with it a slew of ghosts, pumpkins, witch hats, and candy filled tote bags! Though the western-style Halloween is believed to h...

An All Hallows' Eve Vigil to Begin Transgender Awareness Month

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

All Saints' Day also marks the first day of Transgender Awareness Month, with its own equivalent annual vigil, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance to commemorate those slain in anti-transgender hate crimes.

All the Saints: (Luke 6:20-31)

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

In the Bible, blessings and curses are not 'how-to' instructions. Instead, blessings and curses create a set of values, an ethos that shapes how people are to understand God, themselves, and the world.

5 Amazing Facts About Día de Muertos

Dana Holmes | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

While the fall is the season for Día de Muertos, it's also when monarch butterflies arrive in Mexico. Legend has it that the butterflies are the souls of the deceased returning to earth.

Celebrating All Saints Day in the Philippines

Kevin Richberg | Posted 09.16.2013 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

Both Halloween and its temporal neighbor, All Saints Day, have their roots in age old Christian mythology, but they're celebrated in different countries with very different traditions.

Krakow's Surprising Autumn Charms

Trish Kinney | Posted 01.19.2013 | Travel
Trish Kinney

Poles place flowers, candles and lanterns on the graves of family, friends and loved ones. By the time darkness falls, the cemeteries are ablaze with light and people.

Not All Celebrate Dead with Food

Elio Leturia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Elio Leturia

Celebrating death, especially with food, seemed so strange to me as South American Latino. When I asked about this to my Mexican friends they said that it was a way to celebrate the life that the dead person had had in this world.

PHOTOS: Colorful Scenes Mark Day Of The Dead

Posted 11.01.2012 | World

On the heels of Halloween comes yet another eccentric holiday: El Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead, which contrary to what you may think, is ...

The Saints Were, Yes, Funny

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Indeed, the more you know about the actual lives of the saints, the more it strikes you as bizarre that so many statues, paintings and mosaics of the saints show them as unsmiling men and women.

LOOK: El Día de los Muertos: An American Holiday

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 11.01.2012 | Latino Voices

As the trick-or-treating winds down, another holiday will begin. People around the country will light candles, craft images of death and visit the...

Día de los Muertos

Mary Pritchard | Posted 12.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

We're all so concerned with getting ahead and keeping up with the Joneses these days that sometimes we forget that one day the Joneses won't matter anymore. And that's the day you need to prepare for.

World Celebrations For Day Of The Dead

Posted 12.28.2011 | World

Each year in the beginning of November, millions around the world honor and remember their deceased loved ones. From Latin America to the Philippines,...

Every Day Is 'Day Of The Dead' In Mexico Drug War

AP | By MARJORIE MILLER | Posted 12.29.2011 | Latino Voices

MEXICO CITY -- Nearly two decades after I had left Mexico, I arrived back on Day of the Dead, a colorfully macabre celebration harkening back to the A...

The Courage To Live Eternally

Rev. Dean Snyder | Posted 12.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dean Snyder

As Christians prepared for All Saints' Day, I want to propose that choosing to believe in life after death may actually be an act of courage.

'Day Of The Dead' Expanding In U.S.

AP | By RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 12.19.2011 | Latino Voices

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico -- Growing up in South Texas, Kiko Torres saw the Day of the Dead as an obscure holiday celebrated in southern Mexico. Few peo...

Rich And Poor, From St. Luke To Warren Buffett

Thomas Worcester | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Thomas Worcester

In Luke's story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus makes clear that his disciples must not spurn the poor and the injured, they must not pass by those requiring healing and assistance.

The Halloween Dilemma: Should Christians Trick or Treat?

Posted 12.17.2011 | Religion

Can Christians celebrate Halloween? It's a question that comes up every year for Christians who get 'spooked' by the idea of their children dressing ...