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Are You Closer to Muhammad than to Jesus?

Last summer, the University of Birmingham announced a startling discovery: two manuscript pages carefully stitched into an ancient copy of the Qur’an in the university library prov…

At Lunch with a Terrorist

I was complaining in an Athens taverna to a humane and sensible journalist about how hard it is to explain why there are so few terrorists in the world. In my -particular case, as …

August Is the Month For Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

Here are examples of events that can be offered in your community with the help of a local celebrant.

Becoming Sacred

An evening walk reveals the origins of sacred space, sacrifice, sanctuary, a universal god, and the timeless spirituality of “paying it forward.”

Book Review: Revelation

RevelationA Search for Faith in a Violent Religious Worldby Dennis CovingtonLittle, BrownGrowing up in Birmingham, Alabama, during the heart of the American civil rights movement, …

Book Review: The Path of Modern Yoga

Through the stories of eleven key figures, ranging from Indian yogis to an American-born journalist, author Elliott Goldberg engagingly recounts the path of modern yoga. The approa…

Bringing Grandma Home

Grandma Aggie wants to sit in her family chair. Who could say no to that? But Grandma Aggie is no ordinary grandma and her chair is not the front porch rocker.

Care of the Soul: The Spiritual Imagination

What is the role of imagination in matters of ultimate concern? This is one of the top issues in the spiritual life and certainly in religion: many religious and even spiritual peo…

Christian Mystics

365 Readings and MeditationsBy Matthew Fox“Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more than the…

Connecting with Your Irish Ancestors

Whether they are real—and you are Irish—or not

Film Review: I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your NegroRaoul PeckVelvet FilmAt the time of his death in 1987, the great novelist and essayist James Baldwin left an unfinished 30-page manuscript called Remember This H…

Film Review: The Pearl Button

The Pearl ButtonPatricio GuzmanKino LorberThe Chilean director Patricio Guzman has spent his career chronicling the murders, tortures, and other injustices committed in his country…

Film Review: The Plot for Peace

The Plot for PeaceDirected by Mandy Jacobson and Carlos AgulloTrinity FilmJean-Yves Olivier is not a name well known to history, but he played a critical, behind-the-scenes role in…

How Colors Affect Our Moods

We all have preferences for certain colors, but do colors themselves inherently influence our mood?

ISIS: Rabbi Rami Answers Your Questions

Rabbi Rami’s inbox is full of questions about ISIS. In this special edition of Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler, here is a collection he compiled and comment below to…

Music Review: Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs from Aleppo

Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs from AleppoNawaElectric Cowbell RecordsJust as Amazon rainforests, North Pole icebergs, and Ganges River dolphins have become en…

Peace Lessons From A War Horse

Could you teach a peace-loving and exquisitely sensitive animal to carry you across a battlefield into enemy fire? What would that teach you? A true story…

The Commons: Create First Nations Day

Grandma Agnes Baker Pilgrim, 91, was about to fly to Amsterdam and then on to Africa with her International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, so I knew the oldest living Takel…

The Difference Between Spiritual Advisors and Psychics

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The Heart of Money: What has happened to America?

I can’t breathe.  What has happened to America? How could Donald Trump get elected? I am so horrified and sad when I think about the next four years.Paul Sutherland: Trump and…

The Incomparable Naomi Shihab Nye on Kindness

The poems of Naomi Shihab Nye have an uncanny way of showing up at exactly the right moment to summon you below the surface of your life. The child of a Palestinian father and an A…

The Quest for Justice, Part I

As any detective knows, when something is missing that should be present, a void where there should be a plenum, it is an important clue. Like the archetypal philosophical detectiv…

The Quest for Justice, Part II

The Global Justice Index: A Work in ProgressSam Keen attempts a worldwide "Dow" — an indicator of political, economic, and environmental justice for all. We're asking you: What wor…

The Sensory Experience of Tasting Tea

Every single specialty tea that we drink deserves a slow, measured, attentive evaluation and enjoyment.

The Truth About Herbal "Tea"

How do herbal teas differ from tisanes? Are they really even tea?

Thomas Merton and the Role of Art in Spirituality

An excerpt from A Way to God by Matthew Fox

What Everyone Should Know about Muhammad

Muhammad has become a strangely unifying figure in America—able to get conservative Glenn Beck and liberal Bill Maher to agree that Islam is a backward, medieval religion and a threat to all civilization. Both are making a common, fundamentalist mistake.

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