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Practice, Kindness and a Potato in Tibet

Pilgrimage, from the Tibetan Buddhist point of view, is supposed to be challenging. Enduring physical pain during it is considered a form of purification.

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Rankin Schools Paying for Religion Violation

Magdalene Bedi, a junior at Northwest Rankin High School in 2013, didn't subscribe to an institutional religion, but considered herself spiritual—and not an atheist.

Miss. Methodists Honor Anti-Segregation Ministers

The United Methodist Church in Mississippi has honored 28 white ministers who took a stand against segregation half a century ago.

National Cathedral to Host 1st Same-Sex Weddings

The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin hosting same-sex marriages.

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Kwanzaa Brings Community Together

Drumbeats filled the cold air in the parking lot of the Medgar Evers Community Center Thursday night. Inside, Jacksonians celebrated Kujichagulia, the Kwanzaa day of self-determination.

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On Values and Votes

Though we shared our precious faith, we did not altogether share the same politics.

Man Behind Anti-Muslim Film to Appear in Court

Federal prosecutors said Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, had eight probation violations, including lying to his probation officer and using aliases.

Former President Clinton Urges Religious Tolerance

Former President Bill Clinton says the followers of Islam shouldn't resort to violence when they hear their faith challenged in an increasingly diverse and Internet-connected world.

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Life as Prayer and Dialogue

Much of the anger and dissension we see around us today is the result of the unpardonable practice of mixing politics and religion.

Be Rich and Live

Back in January, I boarded a flight returning from the Dominican Republic. When I fly, I rarely talk much to my fellow passengers, but since it was going to be a few hours, and I was in the middle seat, I decided we all ought to get to know one another because we might have to negotiate bathroom visits and such.

Islam and the Age of Reason

We've come to a time in history when we have forgotten the central role religion has played in the shaping of society. In fact, these are times that have brought unparalleled assaults on religion and religious ideas.

Notes from the Buddha

When I sat down to write about the Buddhist take on "doing good in the world," I began by searching for a few choice quotes from the Buddha himself. Being a contemporary sort of Dharma practitioner, I quickly pressed the power button on my MacBook.

‘Where I Am, You May Not Harm'

Joan Chittister's voice fairly resonates with passion. Her broad smile belies a fierce intelligence and a barely disguised rage at injustice of any sort, especially over systemic injustices of poverty and the state of the world's women and children.

Raise Your Voice

Imam Ali Siddiqui is intimately familiar with the destructive nature of religious fundamentalism and the problems of immigration in the modern world. Born in 1944, his family fled their native India in 1950, in the wake of that country's liberation from the British Empire and India's partition into Hindu and Muslim countries. That division created majority-Muslim Pakistan, and the Siddiqui's family settled there.

Cotton and Churches

In the early part of the 19th century, a group of people traveled to Mississippi to escape some of the ethnic prejudices they faced in other parts of the country. Although fewer in number here than in other places, Irish immigrants contributed to many areas of Mississippi culture, from building grand mansions to founding towns to serving the church.