On an ideal Sunday, I get up and quietly make my wife breakfast, so that I can present it to her with great gusto before she's emerged from bed. After dining and doing the dishes, I throw on my gym clothes and go for a run and a lift, as I've been doing since high school. If it's a truly fortunate afternoon, I then get on the grungiest clothes I can find and meet my guy friends at a bar to holler at the screen while watching football and guzzling beer. (No buffalo wings, of course; I'm…
Added by Joshua Stanton on January 27, 2011 at 11:01am — No Comments
Honesty does strange things to people. Apart from being wonderfully cathartic, honesty is contagious. When you sit across from another person and share a moment of honesty that transcends superficial niceties you can’t help but share back. It’s as terrifying as it is transformative.
Some of us may have experienced this type of honesty with a family member, close friend or partner, but who has ever experienced it with a stranger? How about with an entire group of strangers? Yeah, it’s…Continue
Added by Allana Taylor on January 27, 2011 at 6:57pm — No Comments
This month, it became clear that Americans must do more to prevent violence. A congresswoman was shot in the head in what seems to have been a politically motivated assassination attempt - only surviving by luck or miracle. Six others have died and many more were wounded. our country is in a state of mourning.
Of significant note, American religious leaders from myriad groups have stepped up to comfort families, visit the wounded, pray for victims, and speak out against the…
Added by Joshua Stanton on January 25, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments
By David Agren, Catholic News Service
From the National Catholic Reporter
MEXICO CITY — Retired Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, known as the champion of the poor and indigenous in southern Mexico, died Jan. 24 of complications from long-standing illnesses.…Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on January 25, 2011 at 2:49pm — No Comments
Holocaust and Genocides is a Muslim initiative to build bridges among Americans, particularly among Muslims and Jews, small efforts go a long way in building goodwill and goodwill paves the way to building relations locally and perhaps globally.
I appeal to a few (1/100th of 1%) among us to do what Muslims are supposed to do; to verify before judging and instead have a vision. We need to be participating and contributing members of the society; goodwill has its own…
Added by Mike Ghouse on January 25, 2011 at 7:03pm — No Comments
We need a genuine sense of responsibility
Kemetic thought for the day
We need a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.
Pharaoh & Spiritual leader of the Kemetic Federation & Faith.
Added by barry von clemens on January 26, 2011 at 7:15am — No Comments
When I am invited to attend Muslim salaat (one of the five daily prayer sessions) I sit in the back with the other women. I comply with gender customs as a guest. I cover my hair under hijab without hesitation, and I do not raise my voice in song. Strangely enough, considering my personality, I do not have any problem with this.…Continue
Added by Jenn Lindsay on January 22, 2011 at 7:59am — No Comments
I can picture it now: the old man with a scowl eyes me suspiciously from the bed as I stand in the hospital room doorway. He has just come out of open heart surgery, or has been given a terminal cancer diagnosis this morning, or he’s here to live out his last days with the help of some good strong meds. I am his chaplain, and he asks me one devastating four-word question: “Are you a…Continue
Whenever people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I almost always had the same answer: Ariel.
I wanted nothing more than her thick, red hair, tiny waist, and natural gift for song. Her codependent fish friend Flounder, stern…Continue
Added by kaanestad on January 16, 2011 at 10:44pm — No Comments
Welcome back to Project Conversion! For my second entry in the Arts and Culture week, I explore the motivations and theology associated with vegetarianism within the Hindu context. See site for more here!
Added by Andrew Bowen on January 13, 2011 at 7:17pm — No Comments
This past weekend I’m sure many private hours and religious services were spent mourning the recent deaths in Arizona, and praying for surviving victims and families. Today we are all talking bout the attempted assassination of Representative Gifford – but what should we be saying?
We struggle sometimes with how to be with one another in the face of a tragedy. One common response has been to adopt this event as evidence for some pre-existing political narrative. But I think this…Continue
Added by Hannah Kardon on January 13, 2011 at 3:44pm — No Comments
from Ahram Online
Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as…Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on January 13, 2011 at 12:24pm — No Comments
We think too simply about cause and effect. We Americans are submerged in the tragic illusion that we are separate individuals who make ourselves. No one is self-made. And the politician Hubert Humphrey was right to say that there is nothing worse than for a person to think that she has made herself. Because nothing could be further from the truth.
So many times in the past week or so it has been said that the lethal actions of Jared L. Loughner are ‘not connected’ to Tea Party…Continue
Added by Paul Joseph Greene on January 17, 2011 at 11:07am — No Comments
From The Huffington Post
Violence like the weekend shooting in Arizona is scary. Random violence, like the death of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time this weekend is particularly terrifying.
In the face of such terror, we seek reasons and explanations. We want to know who and what is to blame, hoping that if we could figure that out and make it go away, we would be free of such…Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on January 11, 2011 at 7:59am — No Comments
From The Huffington Post
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Driving through downtown Port-au-Prince, it can be difficult at first to see much change from a year ago, when a devastating 7.0 earthquake devastated this impoverished island nation.
The presidential palace is still in ruins, with thousands — among an estimated 1 million homeless Haitians — living in massive tent city across the street. Around the corner, a tent city remains on the grounds of…Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on January 10, 2011 at 6:45am — No Comments
This article was co-authored with Anne C. Epstein, MD, FACP.
Human rights start at home. We must defend them for children in our community as much as adults in others. Day eight in the life of Jewish boys should be no exception, even as we engage in the ritual excision of foreskin from their penises. Both the pain and unnecessary foreskin can be cut together.
We first read of circumcision in the Torah Portion Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1 - 17:27). God makes a…
Added by Joshua Stanton on January 8, 2011 at 8:43pm — No Comments
by Abdul Malik Mujahid
from the Huffington Post
I was horrified to read about the New Year’s Day bombing that killed 21 worshipers at the Coptic Christian Saints Church in…Continue
Well this is my fifth post on this inter-religious site, so I thought I might share some thoughts on the topic. I've intentionally kept my first four posts tradition-specific. I'm a United Methodist Christian and any inter-religious dialogue I enter begins there. So…Continue
As of January 1st, Project Conversion is officially underway! The year starts off with Hinduism, and although there is much to learn about this rich and ancient faith, I'm having a lot of fun in the process. The first blog post is here for details about my first day.
Added by Andrew Bowen on January 2, 2011 at 11:06am — No Comments
CIOGC offers heartfelt condolences to the Coptic Christian communities in Egypt and Chicago and calls for solidarity and patience
Added by Abdul Malik Mujahid on January 2, 2011 at 5:59pm — No Comments