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The Power of Forgiveness: Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Reverend Mpho Tutu

On April 29th, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu were invited to Huffington Post Live to talk about their new book, The Book of Forgiving. In this video, they talk about their book, a “how-to” book to explain how to go about forgiving others, even in difficult situations. They also … Continue reading

Science and Religion Need Each Other

I remember when I saw the video that was circulating a few weeks ago, showing Stanford Professor, Andrei Linde, celebrating the news that a hypothesis that was central to his life’s work – related to the Big Bang theory – had been confirmed by a colleague, assistant professor, Chao Lin-Kuo. First, I was struck by … Continue reading

Religion Can’t Compete With Entertainment?

One of the most…memorable…experiences that I had in My First 52 Weeks of My 52 Weeks of Worship Project was during Week 24 at the Mountain of Fire And Miracles in Surulere, a community in Lagos, Nigeria. As I share in my book: “The website for their international headquarters describes the church as:“… a full … Continue reading

God: Required or Optional?

One of the most frequent questions that I receive when I talk about the first 52 weeks of My 52 Weeks of Worship Project is, believe it or not, “Did you spend time with atheists or agnostics?” The answer is no. In my quest to be in as many places that I could find where … Continue reading

It’s not too late to Ctrl-Alt-Delete Your New Year

NOTE: This was posted originally in 2013, but I think it’s relevant at the beginning of any New Year, so I’m bringing it back! -my52wow January is well on it’s way, and already some of us are mourning the loss of the resolutions we made less than a week ago. I say, don’t give up … Continue reading

Year End Contemplations – and a new My52WOW Book Club Pick

This morning I had an interesting twitter exchange with a friend that I respect a great deal. She always shares her heart, and she touches many with her talents. This morning she shared that she had had high hopes for 2013 – that it started in such a spectacularly good way, and then exploded, mid-year, … Continue reading

Do you need to have the same religious beliefs in order to be in a successful marriage?

Interesting article from Jesse Bering on Slate about whether or not couples need to have the same religious beliefs in order to be in a successful marriage. What do you think?

If you need nourishment for the journey, get it.

So often, people feel that if they are spiritual, or religious, or subscribe to a specific faith community, then they are expected to weather life’s storms in a specific way. Because today I am contemplating the arrival of life’s challenging situations (whether you have faith or not), I am reposting a blog that was written … Continue reading

How powerful is your connection?

It’s Christmas eve and I am home in Atlanta. Tonight, I will attend a candlelight service at my mother’s church, which happens to be the church I visited in Week 8 of the first 52 Weeks of My 52 Weeks of Worship. Again, I am reminded of #45 of 52 Things that I Learned from … Continue reading

Prayers for all the sacred spaces all over the world and those who go there to pray

In contemplating the horrific news coming out of Atlanta – a situation where a gunman “entered the church calmly, shot the victim, and calmly left the building.” Calmly entered a place of worship. Shot someone who was leading a prayer service. Then left. Calmly. What in the world? Is nothing sacred anymore? Surely there will be … Continue reading