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Inside the First Ever DFS “Buddhism in Film” Series

303 Magazine303 Magazine - Jan 9, 2017
It's a new year, and the month of January 2017 brings us Buddhism in Film at Sie Film Center. Every Tuesday in January Sie will screen a Buddhist-inspired film, chosen by a Buddhist practitioner/Zen meditator and chaplain in Colorado Springs along with ...  


Call me a snowflake, but students of Christianity really do need a ...

Catholic Herald Online (blog)Catholic Herald Online (blog) - Jan 6, 2017
This morning, I was alerted – thanks, Twitter – to the Daily Mail's political-correctness-gone-mad outcry du jour. Theology students at the University of Glasgow, ...  


François Fillon, Embracing His Catholicism, Challenges France's ...

Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal - Jan 3, 2017
When French presidential contender François Fillon marked the Feast of the Assumption last summer, he attended Mass at Solesmes Abbey, a Benedictine ...  


Book review: 'Mormonism and the Making of a British Zion' illustrates history of LDS Church in Great Britain

Deseret NewsDeseret News - Jan 8, 2017
Mormon missionaries first arrived in Britain in the late 1830s. Soon thereafter, thousands and thousands of British converts made the lengthy trek to Utah and became a major part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah native Matthew ...  


The Decline of Liberal Protestantism: A Lesson for Catholics

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Jan 4, 2017
Liberal Protestantism does not just mean all post-Vatican II theology, bad liturgy, or women priests. The term is much older and predates the contemporary decline. Its development occurred in stages from the hermeneutical analyses of Schleiermacher ...  

Jehovahs Witnesses

Jehovah's Witnesses may challenge SC anthem order

The Indian ExpressThe Indian Express - Jan 8, 2017
The latest move by the Jehovah's Witnesses will seek to overturn the apex court's order on November 30, 2016, that all cinema halls in India would play the national anthem before the feature film starts. Written by Maneesh Chhibber | New Delhi ...  


Can Devdutt Pattanaik Really Save Hinduism From Western Distortions?

SwarajyaSwarajya - Jan 1, 2017
Pattanaik has tried to place Hinduism's Western defenders on the “right”of the political perspective, with its critics on the “left”, forgetting that right and left in politics are Western views, not Indian and neither is dharmic. He reflects the ...  


'It's is not merely a religion' Secret party vowing to 'reduce Islam' soars in popularity

Express.co.ukExpress.co.uk - Jan 6, 2017
The mysterious Q Society is now gaining ground and support for the “Islam-critical Movement” across Australia and has decided to embrace the limelight. It is a far cry from the days the group insisted members sign a nondisclosure agreement if they want ...  


Bernard-Henri Lévy with Charlie Rose: Why Judaism Matters | The ...

NY BlueprintNY Blueprint - Jan 10, 2017
The rock-star French philosopher explains how his ideas are shaped by the wisdom and beauty of Judaism, why Judaism and Jewish peoplehood is important ...  


Conflicting Fundamentalisms and Shia Political Power

Fair ObserverFair Observer - Dec 10, 2016
Although a granular analysis of Islamic hierology would be fascinating (and endless), suffice to say that the codified theological authority of Shiism allows for a more rigid adherence to clerical dictates. A significant effect of this structure has ...  


What Does Sikhism Say About Homosexuality?

Feminism in India (blog)Feminism in India (blog) - Jan 5, 2017
Sikhism as a religion is very tolerant and advocates equality. There have been articles by various people about how there are no references to homosexuality and homophobia in Guru Granth Sahib, and if our Gurus had considered it an important subject to ...  


Don't give us lesson on Kashmiriyat or Sufism: Mirwaiz to MRM

Brighter KashmirBrighter Kashmir - Jan 8, 2017
Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq reacted to the Kashmir Student conference held by MRM a sister organization of RSS by saying that “deceptive” efforts will repeatedly be made to lure people by such forces and their collaborators. In a ...  


What is a decent amount to give in a hongbao?
The Straits Times - Jan 6, 2017

"Because in Chinese tradition, especially in Confucianism, love towards a close family member and towards a friend should be different," he explains. In 2015, The Straits Times Life published a story on the hongbao going rate. It was then $8 per packet ...  


Reconstructing Taoism's Transformation in China

New York TimesNew York Times - Aug 8, 2016
In an interview, Professor Kleeman discussed how Taoism provided an alternative political model to the Confucian-based imperial order, how Taoist texts can help deepen our understanding of early Chinese history and why today's Communist government ...  


Call for deeper research on Jainism in TN

News TodayNews Today - Dec 30, 2016
Chennai: If we want to understand the recorded history of Tamils, one probably has to start with Jainism in Tamilnadu, for such has been its influence on the land and its history, said Chennai 2000 Plus Trust president R Rangaraj, while delivering the ...  


Christianity, Islam and Judaism Got Their Beliefs From Zoroastrianism? Morgan Freeman Thinks So

ChristianTodayChristianToday - Jan 14, 2017
Are Christian beliefs not original? Actor Morgan Freeman believes that an ancient religion that still exists today, Zoroastrianism, is actually the source of beliefs not only of those practicing Christianity but also those who belong to the Islamic and ...  

Unitarian Universalism

Hey Pagans! Check out CUUPS!

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Jan 13, 2017
CUUPS is not a coven or affiliated with any tradition (beyond Unitarian Universalism). Personally I find this structure to be very liberating. This assumed base level of pluralism makes community and mutual respect the central values we have to uphold.  


The True Story of Rastafari

The New York Review of BooksThe New York Review of Books - Jan 6, 2017
For Jamaica's leaders, Rastafari has been an important aspect of the country's global brand. Struggling with sky-high unemployment, vast inequality, and extreme poverty (crippling debt burdens from IMF agreements haven't helped the situation), they ...  


Shinto ceremony that involves feeding a carp alcohol criticized as “animal abuse”

RocketNews24RocketNews24 - Jan 12, 2017
In the main part of the Carp Releasing Exorcism, the jinxed men and women proceed to the riverside with the guys carrying a bucket containing a live carp and the ladies holding a large bottle of nihonshu. A Shinto priest leads the way, blessing their path.  


9 Powerful Quotes on Atheism

Big ThinkBig Think - Dec 13, 2016
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Vespers of the first Sunday of the advent inside St.Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 01 December 2007. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images. The disparity between how humans feel about themselves and how we treat the ...  


Column: Toward a More Sustainable Paganism

The Wild HuntThe Wild Hunt - Jan 7, 2017
Respect for the Earth, however that may be interpreted by a practitioner, is one of the common hallmarks of Paganism. The concept of following an “Earth-based” religious path is a common attractor for seekers, and — perhaps in an effort to make ...  

New Age

Trump And The New Age Of Titans

Huffington PostHuffington Post - Jan 12, 2017
Trump And The New Age Of Titans. It's not a video game. It's Washington in the Trump era, and we've just seen an unsettling preview. 01/12/2017 04:33 pm ET. 330. Howard Fineman Global Editorial Director, The Huffington Post. The Washington Post via ...  


Inscape: Where Inner Peace Comes With a Gift Shop

New York MagazineNew York Magazine - Jan 9, 2017
To reach enlightenment, guests at New York's newest luxury meditation center must first pass through the gift shop. The retail space at Inscape, which opened in the Flatiron District in November, offers “gifts for yourself and others to nourish your ...  


Freewill Astrology: Golden Statues
Salt Lake City Weekly - Jan 4, 2017

I thought of you when I read a tweet by a person who calls himself Vexing Voidsquid. "I feel imbued with a mysterious positive energy," he wrote, "as if thousands of supplicants are worshipping golden statues of me somewhere." Given the astrological ...  


The Microlino is the electric reincarnation of the Isetta

TreehuggerTreehugger - Dec 29, 2016
Years ago we wrote about how tiny cars were “almost cheaper than walking”, and praising the virtues of BMW's postwar Isetta. Because for most of the driving that people do, they don't go that far, don't go that fast, and don't carry very many people ...  


How One Man Used a Deck of Cards to Make Parapsychology a Science

Atlas ObscuraAtlas Obscura - Dec 27, 2016
In a lot of ways, that's a space also occupied by the man who pioneered their use, Dr. Joseph B. Rhine, founder of the Duke Parapsychology Lab. Rhine's interest in the paranormal took hold in 1922, when he was a young plant physiologist earning a Ph.D ...  


Show Your Work: Silence & Skepticism in Modern Witchcraft

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Jan 9, 2017
I think it's history is still pretty grand, stretching far back into the Western Magical Tradition and into more contemporary sources like Co-Masonry and Rosicrucianism. Gardner's “maybe it happened maybe it didn't” alleged initiation in 1939 adds just ...  


North Carolina's Moogfest unveils three profound themes for 2017

MixmagMixmag - Jan 10, 2017
Transhumanism focuses on the ethical, social and aesthetic challenges that come with the integration of technology and biology, Techno-shamanism raises conversation on the spiritual and conscious effects of music on the human mind and energy and ...  


Lions poisoned, beheaded 'for witchcraft potions' in South Africa

Al-ArabiyaAl-Arabiya - Jan 16, 2017
South African police say poachers have decapitated and chopped the paws off three male lions, apparently for use in traditional medicine. Police.  


My First Little Workbook of Wicca

The Wild HuntThe Wild Hunt - Jan 6, 2017
In 1968, she enrolled in the newly-established public Grace King all girls high school in Metairie, where she met a group of friends who were all interested in Witchcraft and Wicca. In a 2008 interview for The Times-Picayune, Rieth spoke candidly about ...  

Hatha Yoga

Williamsport Sun-Gazette - Jan 9, 2017

Ciccarelli received hatha yoga teaching certification from Shambhava Yoga Center in Rollinsville, Colorado and also is certified to teach yoga for wellness and meditation in the shambhava tradition. On some Saturdays, alternate teacher Matt Fox will ...  

Ashtanga Yoga

Why Ashtanga Is a Daily Practice: Miley Cyrus Vows Never to Skip Yoga 10 Days Straight Again

Counsel & HealCounsel & Heal - Dec 29, 2016
Singers Billy Idol (L) and Miley Cyrus perform onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo : Kevin Winter/Getty Images). Miley Cyrus is an avid practitioner of ashtanga yoga.  

Bhagavad Gita

Gita Jayanti: Happy Birthday to Bhagavad Gita, the Sacred Hindu Text

World Religion NewsWorld Religion News - Dec 10, 2016
Gita Jayanti is a Hindu festival celebrating the birth of the Bhagavad Gita which is considered to be one of the greatest Hindu scriptures. The festivity is scheduled every 11th day of the Shukla Paksha of the Hindu month of Margashirsha. This year ...  

Reiki Healing

Reiki tips for holiday peace

The Union of Grass ValleyThe Union of Grass Valley - Dec 20, 2016
For those wishing to learn more about the Reiki precepts and Reiki healing, beginning and advanced Reiki classes are offered throughout the year at Grass Valley-Nevada City Reiki Share, 11532 Myrna Drive, Grass Valley (five minutes south of Grass ...  

Falun Gong

Chinese Public Prosecutor Admits 'No Laws Against Falun Gong'

The Epoch TimesThe Epoch Times - Dec 27, 2016
The Chinese Supreme People's Court building in Beijing on Mar. 30, 2006. On Dec. 23, a public prosecutor in Chongqing indirectly stated that he could find no legal basis for the campaign of prohibition and persecution against Falun Gong, the ...  


Brandy CAUGHT At Scientology Fundraiser Despite Denying Involvement In Controversial Church

Radar OnlineRadar Online - Jan 13, 2017
Brandy must finally admit the truth about her involvement in the Church of Scientology now that explosive footage of her at a fundraiser was released! The singer was rumored to have joined the church following her 2006 car crash, and left around 2009.  

Tarot Cards

Everything You Need To Know About Reading Your Own Tarot Cards

Elite DailyElite Daily - Dec 29, 2016
People use tarot cards for a number of purposes: The could be seeking guidance at important turning points in life or maybe they just want a cool party trick. Reading tarot cards can be an intimidating project. I avoided it for years, mostly because I ...  

Hare Krishna

Hare Krishna, another devotional for Nag?

ChitramalaChitramala - Jan 12, 2017
King Nagarjuna is already in a devotional mood with his upcoming flick 'Om Namo Venkatesaya' which is gearing up for release. Latest update from writer J K ...  


India can emerge a superpower: Suriname
NYOOOZ - Jan 8, 2017

Balance of power Quoting from the Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads, the 36-year-old Vice-President recited verses in Sanskrit during his nearly 15-minute address on the “Role of diaspora youth in the rransformation of India” organised as part of Youth ...  


Satanism causing free speech debates in Boca Raton
Sun Sentinel - Dec 22, 2016

The prince of darkness is causing a stir in Palm Beach County's southernmost city this holiday season. The latest incident to come to light: After a church that worships Satan asked to be included, the Palm Beach County School District declared a ...  

Handwriting Analysis

Rock Star TV Preacher Joel Osteen's Handwriting Reveals His Real Truths: An Expert Analysis

PaperCity Magazine (press release) (blog)PaperCity Magazine (press release) (blog) - Jan 5, 2017
Now, She's back on PaperCity, and not a minute too soon, with the first in a series of handwriting analysis of high-profile folk. Now, Weiser, who lives in Houston, puts her considerable powers to work deciphering what makes Joel Osteen tick. After ...  


Ghosts in the Graveyard Debut New Music Video

Dread CentralDread Central - Jan 11, 2017
A.D.S.R. MusicWerks has signed Seattle based Shock Rock/Darkwave band, Ghosts in the Graveyard. Their debut album, Monsters for the Masses, will be released October 2016. The band was formed in June 2014 by Filmmaker/Musician Byron C. Miller ...  


Lady Demons not taking winless Sam Houston lightly

Alexandria Town TalkAlexandria Town Talk - Jan 13, 2017
NATCHITOCHES — For the second time in a week, the Northwestern State women's basketball team will face an opponent looking for its first Southland Conference win. The Lady Demons will hope for a better outcome Saturday when they welcome Sam ...  


New movies this week: NASA pioneers, a monster and vampires ...

Herald ReviewHerald Review - Jan 5, 2017
Movies about black women "human computers" revolutionizing NASA and a fantasy true to its young-adult novel roots are excellent new films in theaters this ...  


Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Zombies in Spaceland strategy guide

PolygonPolygon - Jan 5, 2017
Call of Duty's zombies mode has remained relatively unchanged since World at War. Any given map contains a number of new secrets and Easter eggs to hunt, but mechanically, barring the occasional odds and ends like Shadows of Evil from Black Ops 3, ...  


Angels Have Interest In Matt Wieters

MLB Trade RumorsMLB Trade Rumors - Jan 11, 2017
It is certainly interesting to hear of the Angels' interest. There hasn't been much chatter surrounding Wieters, who has watched as several potential suitors pursued other routes to fill their needs behind the dish. But there are a few possible landing ...  


Meeting aliens in Elite: Dangerous was 'a truly terrifying experience'

PolygonPolygon - Jan 12, 2017
Last week a years-long mystery began to unfold in real time for fans of Elite: Dangerous. Commanders in the spacefaring game from Frontier Developments finally made first contact with an unknown alien race. Their accounts, and the videos they've shared ...  

Christian Priest

Kerala Christian priest arrested for molesting 11-year-old boy

Times of IndiaTimes of India - Jan 2, 2017
KOCHI: A Malayali couple settled in Haryana admitted their son in a boarding school near Moovattupuzha to get him acquainted with the culture of Kerala, police said on Sunday, after arresting the school principal on complaints of sexually abusing the boy.  

Catholic Priest

Abia Catholic priest loses home to fire, while celebrating Mass
Vanguard - Jan 9, 2017

ABA—Property worth over N5 million, belonging to a Catholic priest in Aba, Abia State, was reportedly gutted by fire at the Omuma area of the city, yesterday. The priest, Rev. Father Charles Ubawuike, presides over St. Martins Catholic Church on Omuma ...  

Catholic Bishop

Catholic Bishop: Atheism, Stupidity, Weak Church Leading to Rise of Islam in Europe

Christian PostChristian Post - Jan 13, 2017
A Roman Catholic archbishop warned that the rise of atheism in Europe, along with the acceptance of moral decadence that "goes against God," is leaving room for the dramatic rise of Islam in Italy and other places. REUTERS/Paul HackettMuslims attend ...  

Catholic Pope

Pope must excommunicate Mugabe
DailyNews - Dec 18, 2016

“I recently wrote a letter to the Roman Catholic Pope and delivered it at the Vatican City embassy in Mt Pleasant asking him to excommunicate Mugabe because what he is doing to this nation does not show that he is a Christian,” Mugadza added.  

Protestant Pastor

Court in China's Guizhou Jails Protestant Pastor on Spying Charges
Radio Free Asia - Jan 6, 2017

Authorities in southern China have sentenced a pastor of an unofficial Protestant "house church" to two-and-a-half years in jail on spying charges, his lawyer said. Pastor Yang Hua of the Huoshi church in the southern province of Guizhou was handed the ...  

Jewish Rabbi

People of faith: Jewish rabbi, pastor to lead Torah class at St. Peter's

The RepublicThe Republic - Dec 31, 2016
On the one hand, the Rev. Chad Foster serves as a Christian minister and director of life at St. Peter's Lutheran in Columbus. On the other, the 42-year-old Foster also works as an ordained Messianic Jewish rabbi. In other words, a rabbi who believes ...  

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