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Hajj 2015: Year of Development

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Mehrunisa Qayyum

In scrolling through these pictures, opportunities for development mean avoiding logistical nightmares and health epidemics.

How An Illinois Mom Converted To Islam And Found Peace And Joy During Her Very First Hajj

Huffington Post | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion

Kristin Szremski is a 53-year-old mom from Palo Hills, Illinois. Born into a Missouri-Synod Lutheran family, she first converted to Catholicism before...

How The Saudis Have Changed Mecca

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As a child, Osama al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric...

The New York of the Middle Ages

Michael Schuermann | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
Michael Schuermann

The most impressive of these hilltop towns is San Gimignano, best approached on foot so you can take it in gradually and understand why some people call it the "New York of the Middle Ages."

What It's Really Like 'Walking The Camino'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

"500 miles on foot. Bunk-beds. Blisters. Stunning landscapes. World-class snorers. Hot searing sun, freezing cold rain. Kindness from strangers. Debil...

The Walk to Fisterra - a Cellist's Journey

Dane Johansen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
Dane Johansen

Beginning in May, I will walk nearly 600 miles on the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route beginning in France and crossing Spain to the Atlantic Ocean. I will carry my cello, performing and recording Bach's Suites in ancient churches along the way.

Popular Pastor Tragically Drowns During Religious Pilgrimage

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.10.2014 | Religion

The body of Reverend Bob Thorn, a popular pastor in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, U.K., was found on Monday after a search of several hours, reports the B...

Mountains of Stories

Augusta Thomson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Augusta Thomson

What if we chose not only to recognize the power of storytelling, but to genuinely value all stories -- anecdotes, objects, memories, causes, narratives, critiques, impressions, the little things we so often overlook?

How Pilgrimage Teaches Us About Lent

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

By walking, we learn what it literally means to walk in the footsteps of those who know the trail better than we do.

13 Healing Pilgrimages

Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

Millions of people each year embark on spiritual pilgrimages around the world , to deepen their faith and gain wisdom. The following 13 pilgrimag...

Who Is Jesus?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Who is Jesus? Why another book on this first-century Jewish man? Why have I spent years studying the life of an itinerant preacher from a backward town?

Ten Things I Learned From Hitch-hiking Around Ireland

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Travel
Ruairí McKiernan

During July 2013 I hitch-hiked around Ireland, recording people's voices and visions for the country, on what I called the 'hitching for hope' listeni...

10 Lessons I Learned From Bicycling Across USA

Zilong Wang | Posted 02.22.2014 | Travel
Zilong Wang

Beforehand, I was asking, "Would I need this item?" (The answer is usually yes.) Now, with limited space, I ask, "Can I survive without this item?" (The answer is usually yes, also.)

Preventing Gun Violence a Year After Newtown

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

A group of thoughtful clergy is taking it upon themselves not just to talk the talk, hold the hands, and hug the grieving, but to walk the walk -- and in this case take the flight and try new approaches to preventing gun violence.

Does the Hajj Radicalize Muslims? You Might Be Surprised By the Answer

Erol Yayboke | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Erol Yayboke

Research shows that increased religious orthodoxy does not automatically translate into extremism and violence.

Courage to Hope: Praying for Peace in Rome

Katherine Marshall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

However complex the causal linkages, religious actors and leaders are central figures in many world conflicts. Understanding what lies behind the contrasting perceptions and the complex realities is a vital (and sadly neglected) part of international relations, in all its dimensions.

Do You Speak Muslim?

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

Do we, in fact, speak "Muslim"? Heading by car from Medina south to Mecca, about a four-hour drive, I had time to consider. The Muslim language is spoken worldwide in unique communities. And here in Mecca it is lingua franca.

Hajj Blog: Goodbye Medina, On To Mecca

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

Being in Medina is like the prelude to a musical, hinting at themes that may rise during the hajj itself.

Peace Pilgrimages for Korea

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
John R. Eperjesi

She traveled without money, slept outdoors and relied on the charity of others for food. When she was not on the road, Peace Pilgrim gave lectures and gathered signatures for several peace petitions, one of which was a plea for immediate peace in Korea.

Dying to Be on a Yatra/Pilgrimage?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Yet another good question that Hindus ought to ask concerns the auspiciousness of dying while on a pilgrimage (yatra). Is it possible to die a "good d...

Unreasonable People: Apply Here

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
Ari Nessel

We all have seeds of inherent goodness that, when nurtured and turned into real commitment, can create transform the world around us. This is exactly what we saw in Shodo Spring.

To the Faithful: Pilgrimage Travel

Dane Steele Green | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Dane Steele Green

Where to go when in search of a LGBTQ-friendly higher power? Believe it or not, they are out there, but you have to know where to look, and how to peel away layer upon layer of spin doctoring to get to the fundamental truths.

In Search of Things Past: Dreaming of Spain and Love

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 07.06.2013 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

Recently I returned to Spain. It was a holiday but also a pilgrimage, a search for something not located in geographical space. I was tracking my parents' dream of Spain, of each other; my own dream of Spain as a place where we'd all been together.

PHOTOS: The World's First Full Interfaith Pilgrimage

William Howell | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
William Howell

Wouldn't it be grand to travel the world and spend time in this monastery, that mosque, this ashram and that temple? Minus many airfares, visas and language barriers, it's now possible.

Pilgrimage To Kailash -- The Mystical Library

Sadhguru | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion

In terms of destination, the pilgrimage to Kailash is probably the greatest that one can make. Kailash is a tremendous spiritual library, and it has been for at least the last few thousand years.