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Harvard Has a Free Online Course on Buddhism That You Can ...

Big ThinkBig Think - Dec 4, 2016
If you wanted to learn more about Buddhism, but needed an easy and authoritative resource, you are in luck. Harvard University made a great course on the ...  


Christianity not everyone's faith
The Register-Guard - Dec 6, 2016

Many so-called Christians seem reluctant to except that their religion is not everybody's religion. They are free to pray in their church, which is indirectly supported by non-Christians. I liken religion to smoking: both are intrusive. Years back, you ...  


Catholicism is growing fast in Norway – CatholicHerald.co.uk

Catholic Herald OnlineCatholic Herald Online - Nov 26, 2016
Norway's official statistics agency says the country's Catholic community has added tens of thousands of members in recent years while the state Lutheran ...  


For families divided by Mormonism, 5 things to do – and not to do

Religion News ServiceReligion News Service - Nov 17, 2016
Mormons believe that “families are forever.” But what happens when a family is broken apart by Mormonism itself, when some leave and some stay and there seems to be no common ground to share about anything? How do we manage our relationships with ...  


Conservative Protestantism and church growth go together, says Canadian researcher
Church Times - Dec 2, 2016

CANADIAN academics have concluded, in contrast with research published by the Archbishops' Council, that theological differences matter for church growth. After studying growing and declining churches in Canada, researchers, led by Dr David Millard ...  

Jehovahs Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses 'demonstrated a serious failure' to protect children: Royal Commission

The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Sydney Morning Herald - Nov 28, 2016
The Jehovah's Witness Church in Australia failed to protect children in its care from sexual predators, a report has found. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its report into the organisation on Monday.  


Hinduism, Diwali and swastikas: Explained

Vancouver Sun (blog)Vancouver Sun (blog) - Nov 1, 2016
One young North American Hindu has confessed in a revealing, tender-hearted piece how he often tries to convince his mother not to put Hinduism's swastika symbol on the doorstep during Diwali. Since most of the Western world associates the swastika ...  


The Challenges Trump Will Face In Confronting Radical Islam

NPRNPR - Dec 8, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make war on "radical Islam." It could mean a major — and risky — escalation of the counterterrorism policies ...  


Debunking Ben Shapiro's Delusional Interpretations of 'Torah Judaism'
Tablet Magazine - Dec 8, 2016

Shapiro's ridiculous claims include his belief that “transgender people are…suffering from a significant mental illness,” that “Torah Judaism…does not support social justice” and that it “explicitly” states that “poor people should not be preferred ...  


Shiism: Iranian Cover for Community Division in West Africa

Asharq Al-awsat EnglishAsharq Al-awsat English - Nov 15, 2016
As per the conference, it seems that the Iranian authorities considered it the biggest national project to spread Shiism and the message of Imam Mahdi in 30 Africa countries. Experts in African affairs admit that the religious-sectarian issue has ...  


Hazel Keech Converts To Sikhism After Marriage With Yuvi, Is Now Called Gurbasant Kaur

MensXP.comMensXP.com - Dec 3, 2016
Yuvraj Singh recently got married to Bollywood actress Hazel Keech. That isn't the news here though. The news is that Hazel will no more be called Hazel from now on. She has converted to Sikhism and her new name is Gurbasant Kaur. Hazel Keech ...  


Battling radicalism with Sufism: Is Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind using Ajmer Sharif for political gains?

FirstpostFirstpost - Dec 6, 2016
According to a front-page news report in the leading Urdu newspaper Inquilab, World Sufi Forum held a similar conclave entitled, “Sufism and Humanity” in Lucknow on 4 December. Sufi Sunni ulema and intellectuals with various backgrounds spelled-out ...  


Confucian Commons RSO Celebrates Growth, Looks Toward Future

The Chicago MaroonThe Chicago Maroon - Nov 11, 2016
“Very quickly after launching last spring, we went through the process of becoming an RSO,” founder Angela Parkinson said. She is a third-year student at the Divinity School pursuing a Master's in Confucianism. “My goal is to keep going—I'm graduating ...  


A Taoist China? Not for Me, Thanks
Sixth Tone - Nov 10, 2016

Of course, my online acquaintance probably only asked because they felt affection toward Taoism as well as disappointment at the lack of influence Taoism has in China today. As the only religion native to China, Taoism has historically been ...  


Of religion and politics
The Hindu - Nov 28, 2016

Even if one assumes Sankara lived in the 8th century, it is from the 8th to the 12th century that both Buddhism and Jainism saw great revivals, as seen from sculptures and inscriptions. The Pallava rulers saw themselves as supporters of all religions.  


Kurdish Kakei minority in Iran preserve centuries old songs

RudawRudaw - Nov 23, 2016
It is a characteristic of the Kurdish Hore and Siyaw Chemane that the vocalist sings without any musical instruments, a tradition that goes back many centuries ago. Some have even traced it back to the era of Zoroastrianism, an ancient religion which ...  

Unitarian Universalism

A SONG OF INTERDEPENDENCE The Buddhist & Unitarian Universalist Encounter & What It Can Mean for Us All

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Nov 20, 2016
Today we will explore the meeting of Buddhism and Unitarian Universalism. And with that how new possibilities are emerging, bringing hope for this poor, suffering world. Giving us perspectives useful for us as individuals, and in this hard moment ...  


Teacha Dee travels Rastafari way

Jamaica ObserverJamaica Observer - Nov 14, 2016
Consistent appearances in Europe in the past five years have earned singer Teacha Dee a solid base there. But he yearns for a Jamaican breakthrough and believes his latest song, Rastafari Way , can do the trick. Co-produced by Giddimani Records and ...  


Japan, warriors, and religion: Shinto, The Way of the Gods

SOFREP (press release) (subscription)SOFREP (press release) (subscription) - Dec 3, 2016
For part two, we'll cover the first of the Domestics: Shinto. As mentioned in the last article, Japanese psycho-spiritual practices come in two basic roots. The core of the Domestics root–and the filter through which all Imports become Nihonified–is ...  


Atheism is as much a right as the right to religion

Hindustan TimesHindustan Times - Dec 8, 2016
In the Hindu realm, only the Vedanta, especially the later version of Nyaya-Vaisesika, were theistic; by contrast Buddhism, Jainism, Purva-Mimansa, Samkhya, Lokayata and the original Nyaya-Vaisesika were philosophies of committed atheism, to cite from ...  


Maine man allowed to take ID photo wearing religious horns on his head

UPI.comUPI.com - Dec 7, 2016
... said he had his photo taken for a new ID after he legally changed his name in June, and he was told to sent the Secretary of State's office documentation to explain that the horns he wore in the photo were religious head wear for his "Paganism ...  

New Age

Unlike Barack Obama, Donald Trump actually believes in Britain. A new age beckons for the Special Relationship

Telegraph.co.ukTelegraph.co.uk - Dec 1, 2016
In January 2009, Barack Obama began his presidency by removing a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office. Eight years later, President-elect Trump will likely bring it back, in a symbolic gesture that will speak volumes. America's hard-fought ...  


How to Nail a Job Interview with Meditation

Huffington PostHuffington Post - Dec 7, 2016
Meditation is taking the corporate world by storm, with most successful companies, including the likes of Google and Apple, fully embracing it in their cultures. Luckily, meditation is available to anyone, and it could form a key part of your interview ...  


Using Astrology To Analyze My Company's Personality

ForbesForbes - Dec 5, 2016
I find that one of the reasons people don't believe in astrology is because they barely have a surface understanding of it. They might know their own sun signs, but they usually don't know the signs of the people closest to them, and they definitely ...  


Tibetan Reincarnation Based Play Wins Theater Awards

Voice of AmericaVoice of America - Dec 9, 2016
Tibetan Buddhist reincarnation based American play, 'Oldest Boy' has won three theater awards including the 'Outstanding Choreography' to its only Tibetan actor and production team member Tsering Dorjee Bawa from Theatre Bay Area Award (TBA ...  


Cambridge Science Historian Contemplates Place of Parapsychology

The Epoch TimesThe Epoch Times - May 7, 2016
In Beyond Science, Epoch Times explores research and accounts related to phenomena and theories that challenge our current knowledge. We delve into ideas that stimulate the imagination and open up new possibilities. Share your thoughts with us on ...  


What Explains Our Obsession With Ancient Egypt?

New York TimesNew York Times - Dec 2, 2016
The text is freighted with a history of the pharaohs and digressions on Hermeticism and Rosicrucianism that take us away from the main theme. Plots of novels and films are dutifully outlined, and the book suffers from being long on description and ...  


'Choi Soon-sil is sullying tradition, shamanism'

The Korea HeraldThe Korea Herald - Nov 18, 2016
Though its origins are unclear, shamanism has been entrenched in Korean society since ancient times, he said. Korea's branch of shamanism largely believes in hereditary and spiritual shamans -- those whose abilities are passed down generation to ...  


'The Originals' Season 4 Spoilers, Update: New Season To Have Darker Witchcraft? Writer Teased 'Vows Are Made ...

News Every dayNews Every day - Dec 5, 2016
"The Originals" Season 4 is speculated to tap on dark witchcraft that involves the use of voodoo. The speculation surfaced after "The Originals" Season 4 episode 12 title leaked. Additionally, the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries spin-off is ...  


Advice for the Absolute Beginner Wiccan

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Dec 8, 2016
“I used to be interested in Wicca, back when I was a teenager. But life got in the way, and I just put it down. I want to get back into it and start studying again. Can you recommend a book?” The question was casual. We hadn't been friends long, but ...  

Hatha Yoga

Daily Corinthian

Daily Corinthian (subscription)Daily Corinthian (subscription) - Dec 4, 2016
Woman encourages through Hatha Yoga - PICKWICK Tenn. — Educating others about their anatomy one retired pedagogue is encouraging students to take ...  

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga classes to begin in January
VVdailypress.com - Dec 8, 2016

Hesperia Recreation and Park District will be holding Ashtanga Yoga classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday beginning in January at the Lime Street Park Community Center, 16292 Lime St., Hesperia. The classes aim to tone, strengthen and stretch ...  

Bhagavad Gita

The Secret of Life according to the Bhagavad Gita.

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Dec 2, 2016
The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Hindu spiritual text whose name means “the song of the Lord”. Hindus believe the book, which they often refer to as the Gita, contains “the direct message of God” and it is common to find it on bedside tables in hotels ...  

Reiki Healing

Cosmic connect

Times of IndiaTimes of India - Nov 6, 2016
"I have been doing tarot and reiki healing for animals and humans for a couple of years.People even approach me to trace lost pets," says Mahalakshmi, adding that it is easy to communicate with animals as they are more receptive. Every animal has a ...  

Falun Gong

Australia: Falun Gong Practitioners Appeal to Stop Organ Harvesting

The Epoch TimesThe Epoch Times - Dec 1, 2016
On November 21, hundreds of Australian Falun Gong practitioners rallied in front of Capital Hill in Canberra to raise awareness of the ongoing human rights abuses perpetrated against their fellow practitioners in China since 1999. The rally put focus ...  


Scientology gift guide 2016: E-meters and L. Ron Hubbard ...

NEWS.com.auNEWS.com.au - Dec 9, 2016
YES, Scientology believes in Santa Claus. While the March 13 birthday of their founder L Ron Hubbard is one of the primary major celebrations on the ...  

Tarot Cards

'Shut Eye' Lays Its Tarot Cards on the Table

New York TimesNew York Times - Nov 25, 2016
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Casting isn't just about actors. Consider a scene a little more than halfway through the 10-episode season of “Shut Eye,” a new psychic noir series starring Jeffrey Donovan that debuts on Hulu on Dec. 7. In it, a character blows ...  

Hare Krishna

Image: Nityanand Jayaraman/ Facebook.com

The News MinuteThe News Minute - Dec 2, 2016
Activists allege that the Hare Krishna Movement in Chennai has illegally encroached on the land near the Thiruvanmiyur beach to build a large kitchen for its Akshaya Patra scheme (mid-day meals). On Friday, environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman posted ...  


ICCR Plans Seminar on 'Tolerant' Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh

News18News18 - Nov 16, 2016
He translated Upanishads from Sanskrit to Persian with the help of pandits into a tome called Sirr-e-Akbar ("The Greatest Mystery"). He was also known for an open mind towards all religions, made donations to temples, like he did for Keshav Rao temple ...  


Former New Mexico Inmate Sues for Being Prohibited From ...

Christian News NetworkChristian News Network - Nov 13, 2016
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A former prison inmate in New Mexico has filed a federal lawsuit against a chaplain and others for allegedly being prohibited from.  

Handwriting Analysis

What a Big Signature May Say About Your Personality ...

HowStuffWorks NOWHowStuffWorks NOW - Dec 7, 2016
A study links signatures to personality, despite science debunking handwriting analysis. Learn what your sig may say about you at HowStuffWorks Now.  


Ghost Recon: The Ghosts of Bolivia

PolygonPolygon - Dec 9, 2016
We explore the setting for Ghost Recon Wildlands, Ubisoft's largest ever open-world game.  


Interior play key as Demons wrap hectic stretch at UTEP

El Paso Proudnsudemons.com - Dec 3, 2016
EL PASO, Texas – Inside play will be at a premium Saturday night when Northwestern State wraps up its busiest stretch in the 2016-17 college basketball season by visiting Texas-El Paso. Tipoff is 8 p.m. (CST) at the Don Haskins Center between the ...  


Van Helsing's Neil LaBute on looking ahead to Season 2: More ...

BlastrBlastr - Dec 8, 2016
We spoke with the showrunnerabout the closing of Season 1 and what to expect in Season 2.  


Samsung Set to Bomb their US Note7 Zombies out of Existence on December 19

Patently ApplePatently Apple - Dec 9, 2016
Back in early November Patently Apple posted a report titled "New Zealand Telecommunications to Officially Cutoff Samsung Note7 Zombies from Accessing the Net." I noted in the report that for years Samsung ads had mocked Apple's iSheep for lining up ...  


Artist's angels are symbols of transcendence

The Winchester StarThe Winchester Star - Dec 9, 2016
This is a painting in the exhibit “Sasha's Angels” on display at the Barns of Rose Hill. prev. next. The Winchester Star. BERRYVILLE — A new exhibit at the Barns of Rose Hill will transport viewers to the world of angels through art by Alexander Anufriev.  


What if the aliens in Arrival had 'thoughtful' horse eyes or purple skin ruffles?

The VergeThe Verge - Nov 29, 2016
Cinema Blend interviewed Arrival concept artist Peter Konig today, and he gave them a glimpse at a number of alternate universes — his other designs for Arrival's aliens, the heptapods, show all the worlds that might have been. Konig emphasizes that ...  

Christian Priest

Escape from Isis: Christian priest thought his end had come

Plymouth HeraldPlymouth Herald - Nov 28, 2016
A Syrian Christian priest who was captured by Isis, but later escaped in disguise on the back of a motorbike, has brought a message of peace to the Westcountry. Father Jacques Mourad spoke to the Western Morning News before addressing an audience at ...  

Catholic Priest

James J. Ambrogi, 80, Catholic priest

Philly.comPhilly.com - Nov 20, 2016
James J. Ambrogi, a popular Roman Catholic priest known for his expertise in managing church construction projects and for his concern for the poor, died Friday, Nov. 18, after a short illness. Teresa Diamond, a family friend, said Father Ambrogi, 80 ...  

Catholic Bishop

Maine Catholic bishop blesses restored cross at Waterville cemetery ...

Kennebec Journal & Morning SentinelKennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel - Nov 30, 2016
Bishop Robert Deeley of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland presided over a dedication ceremony Wednesday that drew more than 100 people to see the ...  

Catholic Pope

Senior Chinese Catholic: Pope betraying Jesus Christ?

U.S. News & World ReportTRUNEWS - Nov 28, 2016
Senior Chinese Catholic: Pope betraying Jesus Christ? Pope Francis leads his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican November 27, 2016. Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 84-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong, says any agreement where ...  

Protestant Pastor

China's Christians Vow to Defy New Rules Banning Organized Worship
Radio Free Asia - Nov 17, 2016

Beijing-based Protestant pastor Xu Yonghai, who heads the Beijing Sheng'ai Protestant Family Church Fellowship, said his group would continue to meet in defiance of the rules, however. "Article 41 of the revised 'Regulations on Religious Affairs ...  

Jewish Rabbi

Chief Rabbi calls on Jewish leaders to stand down following Child Abuse Royal Commission

SBSSBS - Dec 1, 2016
A leading Jewish Rabbi has dismissed victims of child sex abuse, saying 'you're not that damaged' and likening abuse to the embarrassment of diarrhoea, writes Andy Park. "If somebody has failed to carry out their legal obligations to protect children ...  

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