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Passover discomfort over slavery

As Jewish people and our friends and guests sit down to Passover Seders, we will hold the Passover matzo aloft … Continued

A holy impatience: Supreme Court must right a great wrong on marriage

GETTY IMAGES Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in … Continued

Crossing the cultural divide between Arabs and Jews

I grew up in a home with socialist values. We were a secular family with a strong Jewish cultural upbringing. … Continued

Sultans of Satire aims to bridge gaps with Muslims, Arabs through comedy

LOS ANGELES — Unshaven and wearing a black hoodie and cap, Omar Elba looked out from the lectern, surrounded by … Continued

World Alzheimer’s Day: The healing depths of togetherness

Caring for an Alzheimer’s sufferer may sometimes seem like being next to someone who is a world apart. Perhaps David … Continued

Born again, or born anew?

This is the story of a fundamentalist Christian, turned decidedly … unfundamentalist. For a long time, the “certainties” of religious … Continued

Truth: Who needs it?

NEW YORK — The view out my eighth-story apartment window rarely changes. Lights go off and on, and occasionally a … Continued

National Cathedral a broken building for a broken world

As I made the 12-hour flight back to Washington from Iran this past September, I reflected on the American hikers’ … Continued

Freedom is a God-given legacy

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

From Selma to Montgomery; From Alexandria to Cairo

A Muslim holding the Koran (top L) and a Coptic Christian holding a cross are carried through opposition supporters in … Continued

Civil discourse: Speaking truth in love

Cardinal Donald Wuerl Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl answers questions from the media at Our Lady’s chapel following … Continued

Egypt’s Facebook revolution: is it spiritual?

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

Religious leaders must safeguard life

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

WJW The Ancient Border

“Remove not the ancient border.” Mishna Peah 7:3 In Helen Simonson’s lovely debut novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a very … Continued

Nobel inspiration: Albert Schweitzer

While I was sorting old books from my father’s library, a yellowed envelope tumbled out. It was a letter I … Continued

Black Friday is the high feast day of our thing-centered cult-ure

By Carson Weber The English term “culture” is derived from the Latin cultus: worship or reverence.  It’s a mode of … Continued

65th anniversary of bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: a spiritual reflection

By Jane Smith Bernhardt On August 7th, the Hiroshima International House in Japan will offer an exhibit of my colorful … Continued

God’s disaster response team

By Frank Santorasenior pastor, Faith Church This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the day many Christians celebrate the promised outpouring of … Continued

Saint Patrick and the Texas School Board

By Grady E. Meansauthor I’m having my glass of Guinness last week and thinking of all things green (the color … Continued

Interfaith light in the darkness

By Tamara Millerrabbi, chaplain Several months following the tragic and untimely death of Officer Stephen Johns at the Holocaust Museum … Continued