Bolivian exhibit sheds light on ancient hallucinogenic rituals

April 3, 2009

boliviaboardA new Bolivian exhibit showcasing a collection of ritual artifacts provides insight into ancient indigenous ceremonies during which shamans took psychedelic substances.

Biggest U.S. Lutheran group advances gay questions

March 31, 2009

The largest U.S. Lutheran church group is about to begin a detailed discussion at the grass roots level on a policy change that would enable people in same-sex relationships to become clergy. Between now and June the debate will spread over some 65 synods covering the 5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

from UK News:

Reform of UK’s monarchy laws – enlightened or meddling?

March 27, 2009

Discussions between the British premier and monarch to reverse religious discriminatory laws going back 300 years have sparked consternation in a conservative newspaper while attracting little response from the Roman Catholic church.

GUESTVIEW: Interfaith encounter at a Catholic school in Brooklyn

By Reuters Staff
March 24, 2009

brooklyn (Photo: Brooklyn, with Manhattan in the background, 21 Sept 2008/Ray Stubblebine)

The following is a guest contribution. Reuters is not responsible for the content and the views expressed are the authors’ alone. Matthew Weiner is Program Director at the Interfaith Center of New York and Raffaele Timarchi is the Interfaith Center‘s education director.

from UK News:

Hindu wants open-air funeral pyres in the UK

March 24, 2009

A Hindu campaigner is going to the High Court in London in an attempt to establish traditional open-air funeral pyres in the UK.

War: is it the ultimate test of faith?

March 23, 2009

faithThere are many things that will test a person’s religious faith and war is among the strongest. “Faith Under Fire: An Army Chaplain’s Memoir”, which will be published this week, is Roger Benimoff’s moving account of his battle with the demons of war that almost cost him his faith and his family. He did two tours in Iraq and you can read my interview with him here.

from Photographers' Blog:

Monks of the Namo Monastery – Audio slideshow

March 17, 2009

Click here or on the image above to view an audio slideshow from the Namo Monastery.

U.S. religious groups united on economic crisis

March 6, 2009

America’s many religious groups agree on one thing: the sinking economy must be the government’s top priority, according to a new analysis of a recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. You can view it here.

from AxisMundi Jerusalem:

Marriage feud threatens new Israeli government

March 4, 2009

Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu. Reuters PhotoAs if Benjamin Netanyahu didn't have enough to deal with in forming a new government in Israel, a feud over getting married threatens to further complicate his bid to secure a ruling coaltion.

from Raw Japan:

Jesus Christ Superstar meets kabuki

February 20, 2009

When I was 14, my best friend and I were obsessed with the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar", and we played the album until we had it memorised.