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Dialogue to explore Zen Buddhism, Christianity

Mount Desert IslanderMount Desert Islander - Jan 17, 2018
BAR HARBOR — Bar Harbor Congregational Church pastor Rob Benson and Zen Buddhism teacher Laura Neal will have a conversation about Christianity, Buddhism and the state of religion today in the Deering Common Community Center at College of the Atlantic ...  


5 Myths About Christianity - Michael Foley

TownhallTownhall - Jan 13, 2018
As you may have gathered, many of the accusations against Christianity are based on the misconstruing of its teachings or its historical legacy. .01/13/2018 12:06:28PM EST.  


Neil deGrasse Tyson concurs: Catholicism is the science-friendly religion

Aleteia ENAleteia EN - Jan 12, 2018
In Catholicism, belief in science and God are compatible. In fact, Tyson and Colbert's conversation is a glaring reminder that many Catholic priests and believers have been leading scientists themselves. There are theological and historical reasons for ...  


Mormonism's Crisis of Faith

New RepublicNew Republic - Jan 12, 2018
In the Old Testament, there is a story about Nebuchadnezzar II, the great king of the Neo-Babylonian empire, that holds the root of Mormonism's unique interpretation of Christian theology. The king is tormented by a cryptic dream in which he sees an ...  


Evangelicalism Is a Subset of Protestantism

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Dec 21, 2017
What if we use the biological analogy and make Protestantism the genus and evangelicalism the species? That would mean that evangelicalism is just one more variety of Protestant in a world that includes Lutherans, Anglicans, Reformed, Anabaptists ...  

Jehovahs Witnesses

Secret Documents Reveal Sex Abuse Scandal in Jehovah's Witnesses Church

NewsweekNewsweek - Jan 10, 2018
Thirty-three letters and internal documents, leaked Tuesday by the transparency organization FaithLeaks, expose a series of sexual abuse accusations against a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses church and the efforts the church made to cover up the ...  


Who is a Hindu? Hinduism's DIY kit

Pune MirrorPune Mirror - Jan 21, 2018
What is the goal of Hinduism? If someone replies, 'Moksha, liberation, from the cycle of birth and death,' you witness the impact of British and American ideas on Hinduism. A more appropriate response would have been: Hinduism has no concept of goal ...  


Journalist: I was fired for criticizing Islam

WND.comWND.com - Jan 13, 2018
An award-winning broadcast journalist and book author has revealed that she was fired from her job for criticizing political Islam and warning Icelandic people about its dangers. Christine Douglass-Williams, who authored “The Challenge of Modernizing ...  


Judaism Beyond Slogans | commentary

Commentary MagazineCommentary Magazine - Jan 17, 2018
In 2016, in my capacity as a Rabbi, I chaperoned a Jewish youth-leadership event on social-justice issues. During the program, a teenage boy approached me with a memorable observation. “I might not know that much Torah,” he said, “but I certainly can't ...  


A 'martyr' sniper becomes a hero to Iraq's Shiites

WTOPWTOP - Dec 30, 2017
Many Shiites trumpet the Hashed as champions bringing their community out of centuries of oppression and embodying a belief central to Shiism — that victory will come from martyrdom. The militiamen are seen as the successors to one of the faith's most ...  


'Meet-Your-Sikh' event to bring community leaders together to raise awareness of Sikhism

The RapidianThe Rapidian - Jan 19, 2018
The Kaufman Interfaith Institute, WGVU and the Parliament of World Religions are organizing an event called “Meet Your Sikh Neighbor: Path of God & Story of Mind” to help connect members of community with local Sikh families to learn about the Sikhism ...  


Hip-hop meets Sufism with UCSD-bound French dance troupe Compagnie Hervé Koubi

The San Diego Union-TribuneThe San Diego Union-Tribune - Jan 13, 2018
What happens when the worlds of hip-hop and Sufism meet and merge on stage at a dance performance? You can find out when Compagnie Hervé Koubi makes its area debut Wednesday at UC San Diego. Led by French choreographer Koubi, 41, the 12-man troupe of ...  


East China's Shandong sets up 150 learning centers for Confucianism

XinhuaXinhua - Jan 1, 2018
JINAN, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- East China's Shandong Province has established 150 centers in both rural and urban areas to promote fine traditional culture since 2014, said the provincial culture department. The centers in libraries, officially called ...  


Taoism temple excavation reveals connections to the Forbidden City: experts
Global Times - Jan 3, 2018

Archaeologists working at the Grand Shangqing Temple excavation site near Longhu Mountain, East China's Jiangxi Province announced on Sunday that the remains of the major palaces unearthed at the site may have close connections to Beijing's Forbidden ...  


Canadian town votes against renaming 'Swastika trail'

The Jerusalem PostThe Jerusalem Post - Dec 30, 2017
Residents pointed out that the swastika is an ancient religious symbol meaning life and good work in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.  


'Life has returned': Iraqi Yazidis celebrate restoration of temple destroyed by IS

SBSSBS - Jan 12, 2018
It is rooted in Zoroastrianism but has over time integrated elements of both Islam and Christianity. Yazidis pray to God facing the sun and worship his seven angels -- the most important of which is Melek Taus, or Peacock Angel. The Yazidi community in ...  

Unitarian Universalism

Church news: local churches announce upcoming events 011318

Twin Falls Times-NewsTwin Falls Times-News - Jan 13, 2018
Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths individuals travel. Congregations are places where people celebrate, support and challenge one another as they continue on their spiritual journeys. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and ...  


The CJIA should not be profiling Rastafari and those with locks
Stabroek News - Jan 20, 2018

On the last four occasions and as recently as January 18th, 2018, whilst an outgoing passenger at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, I was asked to open my locks so that someone could run their hands through my hair. I consider this to ...  


Japanese worshippers brave cold water endurance festival | Daily ...

Economic TimesDaily Mail - Jan 13, 2018
Hundreds of followers of the Shinto religion braved near-freezing temperatures to take part in the annual cold water endurance festival in Tokyo, Japan.  


Egypt might ban atheism

NewshubNewshub - Jan 14, 2018
Mr Hamroush's move is supported by the head of Egypt's Islamic church. "It is necessary to enact laws that deter people from violating the natural instincts of man and punish those who have been seduced into atheism," local media reported Mohamed Zaki ...  


Column: Paganism in the Top End

The Wild HuntThe Wild Hunt - Jan 13, 2018
One of the first times that Paganism hit the mainstream media in the NT was in 2003, when Christopher Dixon, also known by his Pagan name Elfrend, was banned from teaching his two courses, Introduction to Witchcraft and Neo-Pagan Rituals for the Top ...  

New Age

Khajeh-Amiri's New Age Music Night at Azadi Tower

Financial TribuneFinancial Tribune - Jan 14, 2018
C omposer and pianist Mehrzad Khajeh-Amiri, accompanied by his band, will hold a concert of New Age music at Azadi Tower on January 25. The performance will feature a repertoire of pieces created by Khajeh-Amiri, 31, as well as pieces originally made ...  


We compared 6 popular apps that help you master meditation ...

Business InsiderBusiness Insider - Jan 18, 2018
If trying to meditate on your own doesn't seem to be working, there are tons of apps on the market to help you reach your zen.  


Free Will Astrology: Be your real self

NUVONUVO - Jan 21, 2018
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The pawpaw is a tasty fruit that blends the flavors of mango, banana, and melon. But you rarely find it in grocery stores. One reason is that the fruit ripens very fast after being picked. Another is that the pollination ...  


ReinCARnation: All Automobiles Deserve More Than One Life

Four Wheeler NetworkFour Wheeler Network - Jan 12, 2018
From complete whack-a-doodles like Shirley MacLaine to historic heroes like General George S. Patton, many people believe in reincarnation. Maybe it's true, maybe not. Who can really say for sure since the original human chassis goes away leaving the ...  


Alone at home and hearing weird noises – why does it feel so creepy?

Deutsche WelleDeutsche Welle - Dec 14, 2017
"Parapsychologists are typically involved in three different research areas," explains Dr. Ciaran O'Keeffe, Head of Psychology at Buckinghamshire New University in England, who specializes in parapsychology, forensic and investigative psychology. "The ...  


Shadows in the Shadows: The Rosicrucians, A Fake Secret Society, Had a Real Impact on the World

NewsweekNewsweek - Apr 19, 2015
212694 Caption: Mysterious Ceremony A member pf Societas Rosicruciana in America stands in the interior of his society's New York temple, in 1913. Organizations adhering to the teachings of Rosicrucianism continued to crop up centuries after the ...  


Unpopular Pagan Opinions: I Don't Believe in the Three Worlds

Patheos (blog)Patheos (blog) - Jan 13, 2018
Much of the talk of the three worlds in modern Paganism comes from Michael Harner and his “core shamanism” – the attempt to distill the techniques of shamanic practices from the cultures that supported them. Authentic shamanism is practiced within a ...  


Mail-order magic: the rise of subscription witchcraft

The GuardianThe Guardian - Jan 16, 2018
Here is something to gladden the heavy, mid-January heart: magic – or magick, if you will – is back. You may argue that it never went away, but a new generation is using social media to spellbind followers. Witches and wiccans have YouTube channels ...  


The Wild Hunt | Tag Archive | Southern Delta Church of Wicca

The Wild HuntThe Wild Hunt - Jan 3, 2018
LAKE CITY, Ark. — Whatever challenges might exist for Pagans living in a Bible Belt, members of the Southern Delta Church of Wicca seem to have overcome them in the tiny community of Lake City. Last month, members of this branch of the Aquarian ...  

Hatha Yoga

Canal Winchester news: Hatha Yoga classes to be held at community center

Lancaster Eagle GazetteLancaster Eagle Gazette - Jan 17, 2018
Canal Winchester Community Center presents Healthy Community Series: Hatha Yoga. The class will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 18 and 25, at the Community Center. Hatha Yoga improves and maintains strength, flexibility, range of motion, and promotes ...  

Ashtanga Yoga

Yoga classes offered at Bonifas

Escanaba Daily PressEscanaba Daily Press - Dec 30, 2017
According to Bruss, yoga provides a great way to strengthen and tone muscles along with increase flexibility. In this class, students will learn how to synchronize breath with standing postures to increase the benefits of their workout. “Ashtanga yoga ...  

Bhagavad Gita

Meet Nadeem Khan, winner of the state-level Bhagavad Gita competition

YourStory.comYourStory.com - Jan 10, 2018
Sixteen-year-old Nadeem Khan, who recently won the state-level Bhagavad Gita shloka recitation competition in Rajasthan, is passionate about learning Sanskrit. He finds the language quite simple, interesting, and easy. According to him, the Bhagavad ...  

Reiki Healing

Fremont woman to hold monthly Reiki meetings

Fremont News MessengerFremont News Messenger - Jan 12, 2018
BELLEVUE - For Patricia Zilles of Fremont, Reiki is a way of life that allows her to stay strong and healthy both physically and mentally. Zilles is a Reiki master practitioner and the owner of Reiki Healing Touch. Starting on Feb. 6, Zilles will host ...  

Falun Gong

More Than 800 Falun Gong Practitioners in China Sentenced to Prison Unjustly for Their Faith

The Epoch TimesThe Epoch Times - Dec 14, 2017
China's judicial system is opaque and arbitrary, but especially so when it comes to the cases of Falun Gong practitioners who are arrested and charged simply for their faith. In October, 76 year-old Falun Gong practitioner Liu Xiyong was called to the ...  


Scientology Series Co-Hosts Leah Remini, Mike Rinder Defend Paul Haggis Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

UPROXXHollywood Reporter - Jan 15, 2018
Leah Remini and Mike Rinder have released a lengthy statement on the sexual misconduct and assault accusations being leveled against Oscar-winning filmmaker and prominent Scientology defector Paul Haggis. "Paul Haggis deserves, based on his record as a ...  

Tarot Cards

2018 on deck, the tarot cards say…

Louisville Eccentric ObserverLouisville Eccentric Observer - Jan 3, 2018
I don't know, but when I have questions I look back on my witchy youth and pull out my tarot cards. No worries, I can't tell you when you're going to die. It's not magic — it's a skill anyone can learn. I own about 15 decks. Reading for a lot of ...  

Hare Krishna

Things you only know if you're a Hare Krishna devotee in London

Time OutTime Out - Jan 12, 2018
'I was working in investment banking and earning a decent salary but engaging in lots of drinking and drugging. I realised the path I was on was a dangerous one and decided to look at alternatives. After some years of practice and training, I took vows ...  


Interfaith Voices: Searching for God in the small things

Corvallis Gazette TimesCorvallis Gazette Times - Dec 30, 2017
In Hinduism, the ancient texts — the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Mahabharata — reveal their view of God. Modern people might ask how to utilize Hindu wisdom today. In light of Hindu teachings, how might they tell us where God or the ...  


A new generation of LA Satanists finds community in blasphemous times

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times - Jan 5, 2018
It was a great night for a heterodox generation of new self-described Satanists who are upending old “Rosemary's Baby” and “Helter Skelter” stereotypes in service of radical politics, feminist aesthetics and community unity in the divisive time of ...  

Handwriting Analysis

Making the best of science

Reading EagleReading Eagle - Jan 15, 2018
Using the ingredients in this kit, plus a few additional items from home, you and your young CSI sleuths will learn about fingerprints, handwriting analysis and spatter science (looking at drops of liquid to determine how high they were dropped from ...  


Loop Special Report: Top 10 ghosts haunting Vikings

TwinCities.com-Pioneer PressTwinCities.com-Pioneer Press - Jan 12, 2018
Minnesota Vikings receiver Cris Carter sits alone on the bench in the closing moments of the Vikings' 41-0 loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in East Rutherford, N.J. (Jim Gehrz / Pioneer Press). By Kevin ...  



Resident AdvisorResident Advisor - Jan 11, 2018
Catharsis - A Purging of Demons Since rebooting a few years back, Zhark Recordings has become a go-to label for murky, introspective techno. It releases music made for dance floors without being beholden to them. The label's boss, Kareem, has turned in ...  


Of Gods and Vampires: A Break Down of What's Going On with 'American Gods' and Bryan Fuller

Black Girl NerdsBlack Girl Nerds - Jan 14, 2018
My heart has been prematurely mourning the death of my beloved American Gods television show since the late November 2017 announcement that Bryan Fuller and Michael Green would not be returning as showrunners. The problem? Reportedly the budget, which ...  


See the Zombies' End Preview Released Today

Dread CentralDread Central - Jan 16, 2018
Readers will recognize our hero from the Wounds graphic novel I released last year. That story took place inside the hero's mind. Trauma and isolation caused him to construct different scenarios, and we readers were left to piece together the past and ...  


Analyzing Angels Starting pitcher candidates

Halo's HeavenHalo's Heaven - Jan 19, 2018
You can never have too much pitching. This is a fact. Even the World Series bound Astros and Dodgers used 11 and 10 starting pitching during their 2017 drive to the Fall Classic. For their part, the Angels have 13 different pitchers start games last ...  


Google Maps: Is this bizarre Martian coincidence proof of aliens?

Express.co.ukExpress.co.uk - Jan 18, 2018
GOOGLE MAPS is a tool used by many to explore our world. Now it seems one bizarre coincidence is being used in an attempt to prove aliens exist. By Emily Hodgkin. PUBLISHED: 13:47, Thu, Jan 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55, Thu, Jan 18, 2018. Play Video. Play ...  

Christian Priest

Colorful Christmas Celebrations from Around the World

teleSUR EnglishteleSUR English - Dec 25, 2017
Photo:REUTERS/Saumya Khandelwal. A Christian priest performs prayer at a church during Christmas celebrations in Chandigarh, India. Photo:REUTERS/Ajay Verma. A policeman stands guard on the roof of a church during the Christmas celebrations in New ...  

Catholic Priest

Kenyan Catholic Priest Arrested for Sodomy

Voice of AmericaVoice of America - Jan 16, 2018
A Kenyan police report says a Roman Catholic priest is in custody for allegedly sodomizing a man. Police said Tuesday that villagers in Muranga County in central Kenya had been monitoring the priest whom they suspected of being gay and alerted local ...  

Catholic Bishop

Peter Shao Zhumin: Detained Chinese Catholic bishop freed

BBC NewsBBC News - Jan 12, 2018
Peter Shao Zhumin's disappearance since May triggered a public spat between China and the Vatican.  

Catholic Pope

Roman Catholic Pope Francis affirms support for Egypt's counter-terrorism and peace efforts in ME

Ahram OnlineAhram Online - Dec 27, 2017
The ambassador expressed Egypt's appreciation for the Vatican's pivotal role in spreading peace in the world, conveying El-Sisi's greetings and best regards to Francis. Pope Francis paid a visit to Egypt in April, meeting with El-Sisi, Coptic Orthodox ...  

Protestant Pastor

Protestant pastor in Indonesia charged with blasphemy
Catholic Culture - Dec 15, 2017

Protestant pastor in Indonesia charged with blasphemy. December 15, 2017. » Continue to this story on UCANews. CWN Editor's Note: Over 100 Indonesians have faced blasphemy charges since 2005; this case is the first involving a Christian leader. The ...  

Jewish Rabbi

Dale Wyngarden: Religion has no place in public affairs

HollandSentinel.comHollandSentinel.com - Jan 10, 2018
It is grounded in the teachings of a radical Jewish rabbi some 2,000 years ago. In a country subjugated by the Roman Empire and dominated by a religion rife with proscriptions, he taught such subversive stuff as loving enemies, befriending the outcast ...  

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