August 4, 2020

As Pope Francis becomes the first pontiff in the nuclear era to call for total disarmament, all of us – whether secular or religious – can engage through creative and proactive moral responsibility. Read more

July 14, 2020

The curious history of a ritual meant to ward off bad luck, and why it matters in these anxious times. Read more

July 13, 2020

During this trying pandemic, the collaboration between Western science and Eastern philosophy points the way to numerous health benefits and a path to understanding the natural world. Read more

July 10, 2020

The Quran recognizes ‘no superiority of a white person over a black person.’ That notion, radical in 7th-century Arab society of slavery and tribal divides – remains unrealized 1,400 years later. Read more

June 25, 2020

Race, class and national identity mean that views within the American Muslim community vary when it comes to such hot-button issues as policing, protests and discrimination. Read more

June 24, 2020

Religion was no barrier for Southern lynch mobs intent on terror. White pastors joined the KKK, incited racial violence and took part in lynchings. Sometimes, the victim was a preacher. Read more

June 12, 2020

A choral conductor and scholar of sacred music explains what’s missing from church worship with singing banned due to the pandemic – and why live choir rehearsals are still a ways off. Read more

June 11, 2020

A pastor leads a prayer at an outdoor Easter service (Photo: AP/Chris O’Meara) Religious communities have been forced to find alternative ways to worship together during the coronavirus pandemic. For some that has meant going online, but others have turned to a distinctly non-digital practice steeped in this history of the American religious experience: outdoor worship. Prayer sessions in parking lots and services in green spaces formed part of an improvised response to the lockdown by religious leaders and they… Read more

June 5, 2020

To keep congregations safe during the pandemic, religious services must take a different approach. It’s still best to show respect for fellow humans by practicing distancing. Read more

June 3, 2020

Fear is very much a part of humans’ survival, dating back millions of years. Demagogues and others who want to manipulate have learned that this human trait can be exploited, often with disastrous consequences. Read more

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