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Buddhism scholar to speak at UA

Arizona Daily StarArizona Daily Star - Apr 20, 2018
An expert on Buddhism, Asian history and spirituality will speak at the University of Arizona 7 p.m. Thursday April 26. Robert Thurman, a friend of the Dalai Lama and a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist studies at Columbia University, will give the ...  


China's crackdown on Christianity

AxiosAxios - Apr 16, 2018
China's crackdown on Christianity. Catholic nuns at mass. Catholic nuns and worshippers attend Mass ahead of Easter at Beijing's government-sanctioned South Cathedral. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images. "The American family [Charlotte, N.C.] of a ...  


WH Bible study leader ripped for opposing LGBT, Catholicism

OneNewsNowOneNewsNow - Apr 14, 2018
Capitol Ministries President Ralph Drollinger, who leads a weekly Bible study at the White House, is being slammed by the leftist media and pro-LGBT groups for his views on homosexuality, gender roles and the Catholic Church.  


Mormonism's newest apostles reflect growing global reach

San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle - Apr 9, 2018
From my perspective as a scholar of American religion and Mormonism, these developments illustrate Mormonism's transformation into a diverse, global faith. At its highest levels the Mormon church is run by fifteen leaders: a First Presidency, made up ...  


Commentary: Barbara Bush's old-fashioned religion

Salt Lake TribuneSalt Lake Tribune - Apr 21, 2018
Barbara Bush seemed to embody the virtues of womanhood promoted in 20th-century American Protestantism: loyalty, duty and family. Appearances were important, but in the end character mattered more. In 1945, Barbara Pierce married an ambitious war ...  

Jehovahs Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses accused of silencing victims of child abuse

The GuardianThe Guardian - Mar 25, 2018
More than 100 people have contacted the Guardian with allegations of child sexual abuse and other mistreatment in Jehovah's Witness communities across the UK. Former and current members, including 41 alleged victims of child sexual abuse, described a ...  


My Jewish Encounter With Hinduism
Tablet Magazine - Apr 13, 2018

Religions are complex realities. They are constituted by systems of beliefs and rituals. They are embedded in particular cultures. They involve communities and they are mediated to a large extent through teachers and living spiritual exemplars. In what ...  


The future of political Islam: Trends and prospects
Brookings Institution - Apr 16, 2018

Since the 2011 Arab uprisings, the progression of events in the Middle East has provoked new questions on the role of political Islam in the region. The Arab Spring offered Islamist parties the opportunity and challenge of governance, and the widely ...  


Rules of (Jewish) engagement — how I came to live my Judaism 24/7

Jweekly.comJweekly.com - Apr 13, 2018
Until me, no one in my family had visited Israel since 1950, when my great-grandmother made the journey by boat from New York for a yearlong visit to bring supplies to her niece Shifra. Originally from Vilna, a young woman on her own after the war ...  


Australian woman embraces Shiism at Imam Ali's Holy Shrine

Ahlul Bayt News Agency: Providing Shia News (press release)Ahlul Bayt News Agency: Providing Shia News (press release) - Apr 10, 2018
The Public Communication Division in the Religious Affairs Department in the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH) received an Australian woman embraced Shiism. (AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Public Communication Division in the Religious Affairs Department in ...  


Turban-tying event to help Kiwis better understand Sikhism

New Zealand HeraldNew Zealand Herald - Apr 18, 2018
People from all backgrounds will get the chance to feel what it is like to wear a turban at a special event aimed at educating Kiwis about Sikhism. The Auckland Turban Day will be held at the Aotea Square on Saturday afternoon. It is the second time ...  


From the mystical to the political: What is Sufism?

The New ArabThe New Arab - Apr 10, 2018
Different currents of the revivalist Salafism have passed on this literalist and ideological vision into the 20th century. Sufism, however has kept influencing all aspects of Islamic culture. This is why the great Muslim reformists of the end of the ...  


What Might a Chinese World Order Look Like?

The DiplomatThe Diplomat - Apr 13, 2018
Since the Han Dynasty, Confucianism has become the primary backbone of Chinese culture and has great influence on both the country's politics and peoples' lives. Propriety is the key tenet of Confucianism, as it is intrinsically related to each of the ...  


Why Taoism & Environmental Restoration Are Made For Each Other

71 Republic71 Republic - Apr 18, 2018
The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world. That which has no substance enters where there is no space. This shows the value of non-action. Teaching without words, performing without actions: that is the Master's way. ~Tao ...  


UNT to host Jainism conference April 14

Denton Record ChronicleDenton Record Chronicle - Apr 3, 2018
The Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of North Texas will host a Jainism and the Environment Conference on Saturday, April 14. Jainism is an ancient religion of India with central tenets of nonviolence, love toward all living ...  


The Forum
BBC News - Apr 11, 2018

What is Zoroastrianism? The Forum. It is a religion that has lasted three millennia, claims to be the world's first monotheistic creed and to have influenced major faiths such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam, inspired artists from Voltaire to ...  

Unitarian Universalism

Northampton Unitarian Church grants sanctuary to undocumented immigrant

The Massachusetts Daily CollegianThe Massachusetts Daily Collegian - Apr 11, 2018
“Our [religion, Unitarian Universalism] is a faith tradition that requires us to side with justice, equality and compassion in human relations. Ours is a faith tradition that honors biblical prophets who sided with the poor and Jesus' radical teachings ...  


5 Things You Didn't Know About Rastafarianism

OkayafricaOkayafrica - Apr 10, 2018
Jah9, who follows Rastafari culture, mentions, "the truth of his imperial majesty is made beautifully obvious when we observe Empress Menen and the uninterrupted union they shared." To coincide with the drop of the new single, "Love Has Found I," the ...  


Pagan & Shinto News: 'Witch Hunt' Offensive? Plus: Spring Festival Returns To Fukushima Town

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Apr 15, 2018
The top stories in Paganism and Shinto for the week Apr 9th- 15th… Left: Depiction of witch hunt [public domain] Right: Festival at Matsubara shrine (for illustration purposes only). By Kaztima109 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by ...  


Seven Types of Atheism review: John Gray on what happens to ...

The Sydney Morning HeraldThe Sydney Morning Herald - Apr 12, 2018
Seven Types of Atheism. John Gray. Seven Types of Atheism. By John Gray. Photo: Supplied. Allen Lane, $45. John Gray is in many ways advancing an argument similar to Terry Eagleton in Culture and the Death of God. For Eagleton religion has not faded ...  


Racists Are Threatening to Take Over Paganism

VICEVICE - Apr 2, 2018
Although the leaders of Nazi Germany were obsessed with Paganism and the occult, it has largely been associated with multiculturalism here in the United States. But with the recent rise of right-wing extremism in America, we've seen a co-mingling of ...  

New Age

This is How New Age Technologies Are Distrupting the Ad-Tech ...

EntrepreneurEntrepreneur - Apr 20, 2018
Ad-tech is an ever-evolving industry and has seen many transformations over the years. With advanced tracking technologies available, brands can have niche level targeting options like hyper-local targeting, audience & contextual targeting and ...  


Meditation after Stephon Clark? World-renowned spiritual leader has message for Sacramento

ABC10.com KXTVABC10.com KXTV - Apr 17, 2018
Nearly 2,000 people attended the meditation master's first ever appearance in Sacramento Monday night at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. Prior to taking the stage, we asked Sri Sri for his message to Sacramento given the recent unrest. "Healing is ...  


Astrology Horoscope & Tarot Card Reading For Today, April 14, 2018 For Each Zodiac Sign

YourTangoYourTango - Apr 14, 2018
Balance + harmony is on the way. Your daily tarot card reading for each zodiac sign's astrology horoscope is here for Saturday, April 14th, 2018. The Sun is in Aries and the Balsamic Moon is preparing for a New Moon in Aries coming tomorrow. Jupiter in ...  


God of War's reincarnation shows big changes can be a blessing

Wired.co.ukWired.co.uk - Apr 20, 2018
God of War has been out of the public eye for five years, a long hiatus that has built up a level of anticipation comparable to the latest Star Wars or this year's Avengers: Infinity War. While every sequel to the 2005 PlayStation 2 title was always ...  


Chicago Hauntings to begin leading Naperville ghost tours

Chicago TribuneChicago Tribune - Apr 23, 2018
Chicago Hauntings Tours is taking over the Historic Ghost Tours of Naperville. Tours of haunted Naperville sites will be led by the organization headed by Ursula Bielski. Bielski is a “historian, author and parapsychology enthusiast” who has written ...  


La Mecánica Popular: Radical Afro-Latin Futurism

NPRNPR - Apr 12, 2018
It's not often that Rosicrucianism and a salsa-playing robot come up in the same conversation — chatting with Peruvian-born, New York-based musician, composer, robotics and software developer Efraín Rozas is a heady whirlwind. Rozas holds a Ph.d. in ...  


A Beginner's Guide To Shamanism (& How To Start Practicing These Principles)

YourTangoYourTango - Mar 21, 2018
... to gain access to spirit helpers to facilitate the healing process. They often use rituals to bring them to a trance state. Repeated use of ritual can help them gain access more quickly, and it neurologically changes their brain. The most ...  


We killed our brother for making us poor through witchcraft, suspects allegedly confess

The PunchThe Punch - Apr 22, 2018
Ogunjemilusi added that the suspects confessed to committing the crime, although maintaining that their brother used his witchcraft to manipulate their destinies by rendering them poor. “The deceased, one Friday Enyeokpon 'M' of Ikot Abasi Asutan ...  


Review: Traditional Wicca

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Apr 1, 2018
Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide by Thorn Mooney is one of those books that I'm surprised hadn't been written before, but seems so greatly needed. The book isn't about embracing Wicca as a personal eclectic practice, but rather a guide for someone ...  

Hatha Yoga

Community Calendar
Grand Haven Tribune - Apr 12, 2018

Gentle Hatha Yoga - 2 p.m. at Four Pointes, 1051 S. Beacon Blvd., Grand Haven. SATURDAY, April 14. Alcoholics Anonymous - 7:30 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Alano Club, 419 Fulton Ave., Grand Haven. Closed meeting. Boaters/Personal Watercraft ...  

Ashtanga Yoga

How to survive a heartbreak in Dayton

Dayton Daily NewsDayton Daily News - Apr 13, 2018
-Ashtanga Yoga Dayton. 5. Get some fresh air until you just don't care. We were just named one of ten cities with the most green space by National Geographic because there are TONS of options for getting out into nature and letting the fresh air clear ...  

Bhagavad Gita

Rajasthan civil services exam syllabus revised to add lessons from Bhagavad Gita

Moneycontrol.comMoneycontrol.com - Apr 16, 2018
Bhagavad Gita will no more be just a sacred Hindu religious scripture as it is being introduced as part of RAS 2018 exam's curriculum. Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC) has added a new unit, in the exam, called 'Niti Shastra' which will be ...  

Reiki Healing

North Sydney designer's jewelry will be featured at Cannes festival

Cape Breton PostCape Breton Post - Apr 5, 2018
In 2016, she began exploring Reiki healing, a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing that can involve the use of stones and crystals. That led to her launching her own line of jewelry when she couldn't find anything on ...  

Falun Gong

Former Justice Minister Calls for Release of Canadian Citizen Held in China

The Epoch TimesThe Epoch Times - Apr 12, 2018
Former justice minister Irwin Cotler is calling for the immediate release of Canadian citizen Sun Qian, who has been illegally detained in Beijing for more than a year because she practises the traditional discipline of Falun Gong. “We call on the ...  


Clearwater Council kills land swap with Scientology for a second ...

Tampabay.comTampabay.com - Apr 20, 2018
CLEARWATER — In June, after months of negotiations with city staff, the Church of Scientology bought a vacant lot on the edge of downtown for the purpose of trading it for three small city-owned parc.  

Tarot Cards

Tarot Readings Help Guide Missouri Residents Through Life
U.S. News & World Report - Apr 13, 2018

(AP) — An oversized deck of 78 tarot cards lies on a table between Rexanna Ipock-Brown and Lisa Bruce. "Shuffle the cards," Ipock-Brown told Bruce. "When you've got your energies in them, let me know." Bruce takes a deep breath, straightens her back ...  

Hare Krishna

"The Hare Krishna Movement" chants on in the 21st century, despite a few bumps in the road

Red Dirt ReportRed Dirt Report - Apr 10, 2018
BOOK REVIEW: The Hare Krishna Movement: Forty Years of Chant and Change / Edited by Graham Dwyer and Richard J. Cole (I.B. Tauris) 2007. In popular culture, at least in the years after Beatle George Harrison scored a big hit (1970-71) with his ...  


21st century India synthesis of both Upanishads and Internet: President Ram Nath Kovind

The New Indian ExpressThe New Indian Express - Apr 21, 2018
NEW DELHI: The 21st century India is a synthesis of both the Upanishads and the Internet, President Ram Nath Kovind today said, as he remembered vedic philosopher Adi Shankaracharya's contributions to society. The imprint of Adi Shankaracharya, who was ...  


Easy access to black magic and Satanism via Internet increases exorcism demand

The TabletThe Tablet - Apr 17, 2018
Easy access to black magic and Satanism via the Internet has led to an increase in demand for exorcisms, delegates at an annual course on exorcism at the Vatican have heard. More than 250 people from 50 countries arrived in Rome on Monday to attend a ...  

Handwriting Analysis

New Hampshire's Signature Issue

Slate MagazineSlate Magazine - Mar 23, 2018
That election cycle, an estimated 275 New Hampshire voters suffered the same fate, losing their right to vote because an official with no expertise in handwriting analysis decided that two signatures didn't match. In the 2012 election, as many as 370 ...  


Art Beat: Ghosts of mill towns past roam at Narrows Center gallery

SouthCoastToday.comSouthCoastToday.com - Apr 19, 2018
“My bobbin's all out, my end's all down. The doffer's in the alley an' I can't get around. It's hard times in the mill, my love.” — Pete Seeger. The art gallery at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River has been on hiatus for several months ...  


AFL great slams 'soft' Demons recruit Lever

AFL.com.auAFL.com.au - Apr 16, 2018
AFL COMMENTATOR Jonathan Brown has blasted high-profile Melbourne recruit Jake Lever, saying he looks soft. The Demons are under fire from all directions after an appalling 67-point loss to Hawthorn in the wet on Sunday at the MCG. It revived all the ...  


Can Ian Somerhalder only play vampires?

Page SixPage Six - Apr 16, 2018
Somerhalder is set to headline “V-Wars,” an adaptation of the IDW graphic novel series, which has received a 10-episode, straight-to-series order from Netflix. The premise of the books revolves around a mysterious virus that starts transforming humans ...  


Flatbush Zombies Are Not Trippin' | GQ

GQ MagazineGQ Magazine - Apr 18, 2018
Flatbush Zombies walk through the world looking like rock stars. Not necessarily in the old-fashioned “guys who play guitars” sense of the term—though they do all have incredible hair. Rather, together, Erick “The Architect” Elliott (Arc for short ...  


Mike Scioscia won't blame sudden downtime for Angels' woes

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times - Apr 20, 2018
They were playing with the unrestrained joy of children, these grown men frolicking among the flurries in Kansas City, all but making actual snow Angels. Then they returned home to discover a real chill. Advertisement. In dropping the first two games ...  


What If Aliens Were Totally Obsessed With Us? | WIRED

WIREDWIRED - Apr 21, 2018
Mercurio D. Rivera is the author of dozens of science fiction tales, many of which are collected in his book Across the Event Horizon. His stories cover an array of topics, but it wasn't until recently that he discovered—thanks to a comment from ...  

Christian Priest

Towards an inclusive stage...

The HinduThe Hindu - Apr 13, 2018
Likewise, the Malayalam play directed by Sasidharan Naduvil and based on N.S. Madhavan's story about a Christian priest drawing inspiration from Colombian goalkeeper Jose Rene Higuita Zapata was nail-biting, reflecting a certain spunk.” According to ...  

Catholic Priest

Kenya: Meet Catholic Priest Who Spreads Gospel Through Rap ...
AllAfrica.com - Apr 20, 2018

A video of a rapping Catholic Priest has gone viral online with users lauding his ability to reach out to the youth in style.  

Catholic Bishop

Catholic bishop explains why he released names of predatory priests; confident none remain in ministry

PennLive.comPennLive.com - Apr 6, 2018
Catholic bishop explains why he released names of predatory priests; confident none remain in ministry. Posted April 6, 2018 at 2:25 PM. Catholic Diocese of Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico on Friday explained what had led him to release the names of ...  

Catholic Pope

Does Hell Exist? Pope Francis Says No In New Interview That Could Change Catholic Church Forever

NewsweekNewsweek - Mar 29, 2018
Updated | Catholic Pope Francis made a startling revelation Thursday by stating that hell did not exist, in an interview with a leading liberal Italian newspaper. In an article titled “It Is an Honor to Be Called a Revolutionary," La Repubblica founder ...  

Protestant Pastor

Vietnam Sentences Pastor to 12 Years in Prison for Wanting ...

Christian PostChristian Post - Apr 7, 2018
A court in Vietnam has sentenced six people, including a Christian human rights lawyer and a Protestant pastor, to between seven and 15 years in prison for "anti-state" activities, according to a report. The Christian lawyer, Nguyen Van Dai, who has ...  

Jewish Rabbi

Rabbi to Rabbi: Finding yourself in the haggadah

Canadian Jewish News (blog)Canadian Jewish News (blog) - Mar 29, 2018
Rabbi Splansky: The Passover haggadah declares, “Let all who are hungry come and eat!” One way to interpret this text is that no seder table is complete without a guest or two – or four. It isn't too late to add to your guest list. Is there someone ...  

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