Because people know about my interest in all things faith and worship related, I receive many invitations to participate in different religion and spirituality experiences and experiments. A good friend of mine, Dereca Blackmon and her partner in ministry, Karen Fry are starting a new community called the Open Door. You can find out more … Continue reading
In Week 48 of the first 52 weeks of My 52 Weeks of Worship, I had the pleasure of visiting Temple Sinai in my hometown of Atlanta. I ended up there because of the one rule that governed my year-long journey: “If someone invited me to worship at their place of worship, I had to … Continue reading
It is quite ok to believe one thing, and stand shoulder to shoulder with people who believe something else.
As I have been in conversation with others about My 52 Weeks of Worship, there has been interest and inquiries about the worship communities that I have visited along the way. When I posted the list of places that I visited in the first 52 weeks of my journey, I remember a comment in response … Continue reading
Some books are simply delicious. You know the ones – you savor every word, you don’t want to put it down, you read slowly, and then re-read because you are enjoying it so much it makes you sad to think the book will ever end. That was my experience with the last My52WOW book selection, … Continue reading
It doesn’t take much to look around this world and see that there is a need for understanding and love, instead of fear and hate. Still reeling from the death of Trayvon Martin, the resulting protests and revelations, and stories that abound about people who die every day in this world unjustly, I was shocked … Continue reading
During my first 52 weeks, I investigated the concept of being strong. Often, I think – if you subscribe to a specific faith, people expect that you are strong, that you don’t worry, and that you don’t have any problems. If you are human, no matter how you worship, that is not always the case. Often I … Continue reading
In my last discussion at DePaul University, a student asked me if I had spent any time with atheists. In my first 52 weeks, I did not, but since then, have considered atheist perspectives just as I have considered traditions and perspectives from different world religions. I respect anyone who has thoughtfully considered what they … Continue reading
In wandering around the internet, I found a great new site called Urban Cusp. The tagline for the site is Lifestyle. Faith. Culture. Social Change. Fascinating. On the site, I found an interesting perspective on how faith manifests itself in one person’s life, and within a specific community. The author, Lauren Maxwell, intertwines ministry, culture, history … Continue reading
Watch this inspiring story about an all girls basketball team at W.D. Mohammad High School, a Muslim school for girls in Georgia. They went from 0-20 to 21-1 in two years under the coaching of Fard Abdur-Rahman. He coaches in the memory of his sister, who was killed by her boyfriend 8 years ago, after … Continue reading
My visit to a Hindu temple last November left me thinking – boy do I have alot to learn about the Hindu religion. ALOT. So, this article in the fantastic elephant journal resonated with me as it gave me a little more insight into a particular Hindu deity. But even more importantly, it was just … Continue reading
Today in Chicago, it is raining. But last weekend, inspired by some time that I spent in Golden, Colorado, and by a friend who encouraged me to choose the “Church of the Great Outdoors,” as my weekly place of worship, I took a walk by the always beautiful Lake Michigan, and reflected on the fact … Continue reading
Commentary: Laughter, religion match made in heaven Why didn’t the pastor of Water City Church come to Interfaith Laughter Night? He thought it was an April Fools’ Day joke. About 50 people gathered for Interfaith Laughter Night, Friday April 1 at the New Moon Café. Representatives of nine different religious traditions participated; joke tellers ranged … Continue reading
Well, Can’t blame this pastor for pushing the envelope. Thanks to Cara Anthony for sharing this humorous sermon snippet.