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A Christian’s journey through Islam

A Christian’s journey through Islam

Jonas Yunus* Brussels – All over the globe, the Muslim community finds itself caught in the middle of strenuous societal debates. With Islamophobia on the rise in the West and extremism in the...
A Post Ramadan Lesson: Two Boys Forgo a Royal Feast

A Post Ramadan Lesson: Two Boys Forgo a Royal Feast

Rabbi Allen S. MallerOnce upon a time a King went out to hunt on a very warm day in the Fall of 2007. After a few hours he felt very hot and tired, so he decided to stop for lunch. His servants...
Hospitality, Community, and Friendliness

Hospitality, Community, and Friendliness

Mollie Griminger*Originally published in KidSpirit’s God issue. In her essay for the Global Beat, Mollie reflected on whether people with different conceptions of God could live together...
Armenian church on Akdamar Island hosts first baptism in 98 years

Armenian church on Akdamar Island hosts first baptism in 98 years

Armenians from Turkey and around the world have descended on Akdamar (Akhtamar in Armenian) Island on Lake Van for an annual Divine Liturgy on the island’s 10th-century church, which was reopened...
Sukkot 2013: The Welcoming, Glorious Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle Explained

Sukkot 2013: The Welcoming, Glorious Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle Explained

The Jewish Feast of the Tabernacle, Sukkot, in 2013 begins at sundown on Wednesday, September 18, and ends at nightfall September 25. The Festival of Booths, as Sukkot is also known, is observed from...
A Reflection on the Yom Kippur Liturgy — Repentance Through Acts of Righteousness

A Reflection on the Yom Kippur Liturgy — Repentance Through Acts of Righteousness

Ron KromishAs we approach the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which comes at the end of ten very special days called “the days of Awe,” I am mindful of how much the...
Diyarbakır church to display Armenian legacy

Diyarbakır church to display Armenian legacy

One of Diyarbakır’s most famous churches, the Armenian church of Surp Giragos, is set to become a city museum hosting artwork and artifacts depicting the Armenian history in the city. Earlier, the...
Ramadhan and Fasting

Ramadhan and Fasting

Özgür Koca*Ramadhan, the ninth month of lunar calendar, is a time of joy, generosity, compassion, and breaking bread with others.At the heart of Islamic belief stands the reality of God, the One,...
Rosh Hashanah 2013: The Jewish New Year Explained

Rosh Hashanah 2013: The Jewish New Year Explained

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is celebrated in 2013 from sundown on Sept. 4 to nightfall on Sept. 6. The Hebrew date for Rosh Hashanah is 1 Tishrei 5773.Though Rosh Hashanah literally means...
Francis calls for prayer and fasting for peace in Syria

Francis calls for prayer and fasting for peace in Syria

Thomas Cox Imploring peace in Syria, Pope Francis Sunday called peace makers around the world to fast and gather for prayer next Saturday, Sept. 7th.He said prayer services will be conducted in St....