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A Greenhouse Gas Fast for Lent and Passover

Donna Henes | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Donna Henes

Perhaps we need to undertake a Greenhouse Gas Fast during this holy season. How about giving up carbon emissions for Passover and Lent? This sacrifice would ritualize our intention to abstain from wanton waste by pursuing a more sustainable way of life.

Lenten Privations?

Scott Cairns | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion
Scott Cairns

The point here is that the energy of saying "no" to one thing or another is far less efficacious than the energy of saying "yes" to something (Someone) more desirable.

May Ash Wednesday Be About Substance Rather Than Form

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

What if Lent were not about giving up something that makes us happy, but taking something on that makes us better, maybe even joyful? What if the purpose of Lent were not to be miserable but to live life more abundantly, not less?

Ashen Foreheads and Ashen Hearts

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

The season of Lent is not first about fasting or self-denial; it's about serious participation -- here and now -- in God's divine forgiveness with all his people, from the heart: God's pardon of us and our pardon of others. It doesn't change God, it changes us. It changes our hearts.

Lent: Spring Training for Christians

Wayne Meisel | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Starting Wednesday, I will forsake all sugar, salt, meat, junk food, fast food, coffee, soda, caffeine and all things alcoholic (I do drink non alcoholic beer which I affectionately call Lent beer).

What I've Learned From Two Years of Intermittent Fasting

James Clear | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
James Clear

You can't live an unhealthy life in other areas and expect one thing to solve all of your problems, but you can slowly add a piece here or there, continue to self-experiment, and gradually develop a health strategy that works for you, your goals, and your lifestyle.

Go Home Gwyneth Paltrow, You're Drunk (On Lentil Soup)

Jamila Rizvi | Posted 03.11.2014 | Celebrity
Jamila Rizvi

Memo to Gwyneth: 6 cups of hot water with a couple of random chickpeas floating in it, do not a soup make.

The Time for Immigration Reform Is Now

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Immigration is about families. Immigration is about building a stronger community, society, and economy. The momentum is building, and we can no longer afford not to act.

Why a Climate Activist Fasted Nine Days for Immigrant Families

Tom Weis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Weis

As someone who believes all social justice issues are interrelated, here was a chance to take a stand in defense of families being torn apart by an immigration system that flies in the face of our nation's immigrant history, and the bedrock American value of justice for all.

They're Going Hungry: A Chat With the Young Americans Fasting at COP 19

Ben Jervey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Ben Jervey

Around the world, supporters have been "standing with the Philippines" and many have joined in a solidarity fast -- including a number of American youth here in Warsaw.

Fasting for Climate Justice at the UN Climate Negotiations

Adam Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Adam Greenberg

This fast isn't about us. We're fasting because people are suffering and dying from the impacts of climate change, in the Philippines and all over the world. We're fasting because we can't wait any longer to act.

Why We Fast: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship

Eliseo Medina | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eliseo Medina

While pundits speculate about Boehner's political weakness, the truth is that he has a historic opportunity to wield the Speaker's gavel as an instrument of justice.

Does Intermittent Fasting Work?

Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living

By Yuri Elkaim for U.S. News Intermittent fasting is something people either want to know about, should know about or have never heard of. Here's a...

Halloween and 9 Tricks to Beat Cravings This Season

Jill S. Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jill S. Brown

Food is fun this time of year! Deprivation is not the solution. Learning mindful eating behaviors is the secret and it takes some practice.

Breakfast Champions or Chumps? How Breakfast Can Accelerate Aging

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

A growing body of research demonstrates that the stress of fasting triggers a cascade of adaptive responses that slows the aging process. The concept of beneficial stress is known as hormesis, an adaptive response of cells and organisms to a moderate (usually intermittent) stressor.

Why I Fast: A Meditation for Yom Kippur

Jacob Combs | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Jacob Combs

Towards the beginning, the primary motivation for my fast was probably a sense of obligation and maybe of accomplishment. But over the course of a decade, I've come to look upon my fast as a privilege -- a complex, deeply personal opportunity.

Why Even the Non-Religious Should Try Religious Fasting

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

By sheer nature of the added emotional component with which one takes on such a task, the act of fasting naturally entails a process of personal introspection and growth.

25 Reasons to Fast This Yom Kippur

Oren Mendez | Posted 11.09.2013 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Yom Kippur is the jewish day of atonement. It is traditionally spent with a 25 hour period of fasting, in order to repent all the sins you've committed in the past year. And you know you committed a lot.

The Dormition: Pascha of the Summer

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The ecclesiastical year, which begins on September 1st, has been divinely developed by the Church Fathers with feasts and fasts to aid our life in the God-Man Christ. The longest and strictest fast, Great Lent, paves the way for Pascha (Easter), the Feast of Feasts.

Ramadan Reflection Day 28: Finding Success Through Failure

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In a few days Ramadan will be over. It'll be tougher to fast, but you should still fast. It will be harder to eat and pray together with friends, but you still should. It will be more difficult to give to those in need, but your giving should never stop.

Farewell to a Month of Thanksgiving and Hello to a Holiday

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Arzu Kaya Uranli

In Islam, you have to fast with meaningful intentions. Without any intentions, fasting is simply suffering from hunger. Fasting creates a state of mind that can be achieved through true effort. It can be the evolution of personal understanding and brings personal revival.

Ramadan Reflection Day 25: A Letter to My Community

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

We have something unique alhamdulillah and it's important for us to grow it. The credentials, resources, and personalities that we find within our community uniquely position us to do a lot. We are poised to build many of the institutions and organizations that our community is in need of.

Celebrating the Spirit of Ramadan from Turkey to America

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Joshua W. Walker

As the world continues around us and we come to the end of Ramadan, I hope we each can reach back to our own moments of calm reflection and serenity to contemplate the broader connections we share as human beings first and foremost.

Do Away With Moon-Sighting

Munira Syeda | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Munira Syeda

However endearing, it is time for the American Muslim community to phase out moon-sighting and replace it with astronomical calculations as a standard to determine the annual Ramadan schedule.

Understanding a Billion Muslims: Ten Days, Ten Deeds

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

If you would like to know what the 99 percent of Muslims secretly believe in, man, do I have an absolutely great idea for you: perform ten deeds in ten days as the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan winds down.