When Monks Say “I Do”: Confessions of a Former Monastic’s Wife


A recent Pew Report shows that those who choose monastic, celibate lifestyles are in steady decline. The number of Catholic nuns in the U.S. has dropped 72 percent since 1965; men in the priesthood have decreased 35 percent in the same time frame. Culturally, it’s easy to understand why there might be fewer monastic volunteers. [Read More...]

Pop Prophets and Religious Pluralism

SOULJOURN: The Book and the Journey Pop Prophets and Religious Pluralism A review by Jim Burklo of NATURAL MYSTICS: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by Varun Soni (Figueroa Press: 2014) Waves of wailing falsetto lifted Rama’s holy name above the reedy voice of the harmonium and the steady beat [Read More...]

Stronger Together: Observing an Interfaith Lent


By J. Dana Trent Author, Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk  Deep-Fried Faith Four years ago, I spent Shrove Tuesday eating my weight in sausage patties and golden pancakes. Then I became a vegetarian for Lent. My first vegetarian Ash Wednesday was met with nausea and a [Read More...]