As the eyes of America watched the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol July 10, I feel thankful for the Black church and the principled role that it played in bringing a community together at a time that could have led to even greater strife and turmoil.
At Passover seders and in Christian churches this week, families will gather to observe the religious holidays. While some adult children will join in, many will do so out of a sense of obligation rather than practice. More than one-third of all millennials say they are "religiously unaffiliated" today, the highest percentage ever in Pew Research Center polling.
The 14th Dalai Lama, the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader of Tibet, opened the U.S. Senate session on March 6 with a prayer, which Senate Historian Don Ritchie believes to be a first for a Buddhist.
For more than 60 years now, Congress has set aside one day to be a National Day of Prayer (May 2 this year) - which, it turns out, older Americans may observe the most faithfully.
It isn't the best movie ever made and it wasn't the best book ever written, but there is something about "Bless Me, Ultima" that makes the story of a boy's journey through the magical time of his youth a rich and compelling tale.
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