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Sara is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin. She is double majoring in Comparative Religions and History with a Certificate in LGBT studies. Her inspiration for religion burst into fruition once she read American Gods by Neil Gaiman. She is extremely fascinated by how all religions have molded the world we live in, and thus loves being part of a community that spreads knowledge about religion around the globe. This past summer she did a project on Norse mythology in Bayern, Germany. She also is a founder and current treasurer of Gamma Rho Lambda (the first and only LGBTQIA+ sorority in the US) at UT.

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04/18/2017

My OnFaith 5: "Philosophical"

The OnFaith Five is a set of questions we all can answer to express our own relationship with faith and connect us in our search for meaning.
03/16/2017

Wat Rong Khun

Also known as the White Temple, this Temple was reconstructed in the 1990s from a Buddhist temple into an art exhibit. Located in Chiang Rai, Thai...
12/20/2016

Yule Celebration

Yule is only two days away! This is an excerpt from Dorothy Morrison's "The Craft, A Witches Book of Shadows"
12/13/2016
12/13/2016

What does it mean to queer Christianity?

For my final in Intro to Queer Studies, I decided to write a zine on Queering Christianity. This was my introduction. I decided to mainly focus o...
10/03/2016

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen

Zen Story (meant for people to meditate on in order to reach a revelation)
"Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided ..." read more
"Father Coughlin was known for his antisemitic views, his spread of communism fear, and his support of the Nazi German regime.Learn more about him here" read more
"Read the Pali Canon on OnFaith here" read more
"Read more OnFaith Five member responses HERE" read more
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"Here are some examples from the Bible:8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.(Job 2:8)3 In..." read more
"This year (2017), Vaisakhi falls on April 14th." read more
"Here's a list of interesting organizations to donate to for lent" read more
"You can read some of the stories in this cycle on this website." read more
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"Sefer Raziel is a medieval grimoire, or a book of spells and mystic tips.  It was mostly written in Hebrew and Arabic, although there are some vers..." read more
"The Reformation was able to gain so much traction and spread so far because of the invention of the Gutenberg press.  Imagining what our new techno..." read more
"The following is the full summary of the event:"Muslims are very popular on social media, mainstream news and political rhetoric. Everyone is talki..." read more

Sara Di Diego shared Chloe Sharples's post How To Share Your OnFaith Five

The OnFaith Five is a set of questions we all can answer to express our own relationship with faith and connect us in our search for meaning.

Sara Di Diego shared Sara Di Diego's post My OnFaith 5: "Philosophical"

The OnFaith Five is a set of questions we all can answer to express our own relationship with faith and connect us in our search for meaning.

Sara Di Diego shared John Alan Shope's post My OnFaith 5: "All One & All Good"

The OnFaith Five is a set of questions we all can answer to express our own relationship with faith and connect us in our search for meaning.

Sara Di Diego shared Susan Barnett's post Miriam's Cup

Like water, Miriam's Cup is a symbol of all that sustains us through our own journeys.

Sara Di Diego shared Tahil Sharma's post Make a Difference this 2017 (Write your letter at tahil@aidemocracy.org today!)

This letter was sent to mosques in Southern California, including my neighboring Islamic Center of Claremont. I have been working with secular humanist, Christian, and othe... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Cary W's post Lent 101

Rev. Penny Ford provides a beautiful explanation of the Christian celebration of Lent.

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Here are some examples from the Bible:8 Then Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.(Job 2:8)3 In every province to which ... view more

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Sara Di Diego shared Navdeep Singh's post Vaisakhi Infographic

Vaisakhi is an important festival for Sikh faith. Check out more about it in this infographic created by Sikh Stage - http://on.fb.me/1CK1u0V

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This year (2017), Vaisakhi falls on April 14th.

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You can read some of the stories in this cycle on this website.

Sara Di Diego shared Tibetan Gallery's post Coloring For Meditation

Tibetan Buddhists have long seen art as a powerful meditative practice, but you need not be Buddhist to enjoy coloring the fifty illustrations in Tibetan thangka master Tas... view more

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Sara Di Diego shared Religion News Service's post How to use digital devices this Lent for holy reflection

Practicing 40 days of technoselectivity might actually have a longer-term impact socially and spiritually on one’s daily life. It could even deepen religious devotion.

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The Reformation was able to gain so much traction and spread so far because of the invention of the Gutenberg press.  Imagining what our new technologies could inspire and ... view more

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The following is the full summary of the event:"Muslims are very popular on social media, mainstream news and political rhetoric. Everyone is talking or tweeting about us. ... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Stefanie Mitchell's post INSIDE IRAQ: Lasting Effects of Trump’s Travel Ban

As I sit here in Erbil, I know we all deserve far better national security strategies that exercise caution, protect the lives of vulnerable individuals, maintain loyalties... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Joshua Stanton's post Muslims and Jews Resist Together

Our goals are clear: to equip rising leaders from both communities and build a coalition ready and able to organize together.

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Here's one cute example from the O'Hare protest:Source: view more

Sara Di Diego shared Anne Speckhard's post Are you with us or against us?

Part of the #RESISTHATE series

Sara Di Diego shared Stephanie Kolin's post You're Invited: America the Beautiful and Diverse

Part of the #RESISTHATE series

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These were a series of protests in North Carolina against the state legislature in 2013 through civil disobedience.  This quickly spread to other US states.  The issues the... view more

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It's also frustrating to take note that the majority of Chinese immigrants had been brought to the United States by being coerced to work side-by-side with slaves on sugar ... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Lakhpreet Kaur's post America's Love Hate Relationship with Minorities

America’s relationship with racial minorities, religious minorities, and immigrants has ebbed and flowed with time, ranging from acceptance to fear. Since white Europeans f... view more

Sara Di Diego shared John Bryson Chane's post President Trump's Unthinkable Immigration Order

Americans of conscience who hold to the core values of American democracy and our embrace of freedom of religion ought to condemn this Executive Order and write or call the... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Arvol Looking Horse's post Important Message from Keeper of Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

To understand the depth of this message you must recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today, in reflection of th... view more

Sara Di Diego shared post Martin Luther - PBS Documentary - Part 1 of 2

Martin Luther - PBS Documentary - Part 1 of 2 (Part 2 of 2: at http://youtu.be/zK3iRNWUths Martin Luther OSA (10 November 1483 -- 18 February 1546) was a German monk, Cath... view more

Sara Di Diego shared post Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing - Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Purchase "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" from the album "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals": Amazon: http://amzn.to/WqlRyH iTunes... view more

Sara Di Diego shared post The Buddha - PBS Documentary (Narrated by Richard Gere)

The Buddha - The Story of Siddhartha Gautama is a documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha's ... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Engy Abdelkader's post 7 Myths About Muslim Americans

Indeed, as 2016 draws to a close, myths about Muslims persist, percolating in conspiratorial email chains, hyper-partisan news media discussions and perhaps most critically... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Raymond Huerta's post The Struggles Of A Ramadan Fast (In A Non-Muslim Office)

Life becomes a literal hunger game when you’re fasting for Ramadan in a non-Muslim office.

Sara Di Diego shared post Chapter VII Duty To The LIving And The Dead

CHAPTER VII DUTY TO THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

Sara Di Diego shared Abigail Borah's post Asi Andando - Thus it Comes (The Virgin Birth at Bethlehem)

SAVAE recreates, based on historical musical texts and information, what the music created in the 16th and 17th century Mesoamerican Catholic missions would have sounded li... view more

Sara Di Diego shared post BBC Documentary - An Islamic History of Europe

Visit our new website: http://bestfreedocumentaries.org https://www.facebook.com/bestfreedocumentaries Blog: http://documentarydesire.blogspot.co.uk/ Twitter: https://twi... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Mychal Copeland's post A Hanukkah Giving Ritual Takes the Competition Out of The Season

When Hanukkah and Christmas compete, Hanukkah loses every time.

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I love this way of viewing this religious text, thank you for sharing this!

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One thing to keep in mind is that patriarchy is not inevitable.  In a case study of a tribe of baboons, with Dr. Robert Sapolsky, all of the alpha males died after eating s... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Brian McLaren's post The Christmas Message We Need

Jesus didn’t rise to prominence along the normal alpha-male route of threats of eye-for-eye revenge, but by way of nonviolent resistance, forgiveness, healing, and reconcil... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Sara Di Diego's post Yule Celebration

Yule is only two days away! This is an excerpt from Dorothy Morrison's "The Craft, A Witches Book of Shadows"

Sara Di Diego shared Sarah Newman's post Why Hanukkah Should Be Spelled Chanukah — and 7 Other Facts

Eight things everyone should know about the beloved Jewish holiday.

Sara Di Diego shared Andrew Henry's post Why December 25th for Christmas?

Everyone assumes that early Church authorities chose December 25th for Christmas to coincide with the already popular Roman holiday of Saturnalia. This may have some basis ... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Evan Moffic's post 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Chanukkah

Is it Chanukkah . . . or Hanukkah? What’s with the jelly donuts? Why eight nights? And more.

Sara Di Diego shared Sara Di Diego's post What does it mean to queer Christianity?

For my final in Intro to Queer Studies, I decided to write a zine on Queering Christianity. This was my introduction. I decided to mainly focus on Christianity because in... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Corrie Mitchell's post 20 Christmas Songs That Are Better Than the Ones You’re Listening To

Tired of hearing the same old Christmas songs each season? Give these renditions a listen.

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As a liberal college student from a conservative family, I often come across this opinion.  So here are my thoughts.First, I'm always shocked when people completely disrega... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Jon Meacham's post The Dangers of Blind Belief

This Presidential Season, Will Faith Shape Us or Strangle Us?

Sara Di Diego shared William Wilson Quinn's post Post-Election Healing: What Buddhism Can Offer

What is the Buddhist view of eradicating this socio-political suffering, and how can we heal ourselves as a culture, society, and as a polity?

Sara Di Diego shared Katharine Rhodes Henderson's post Women Wage Peace

Fed up with conflict, Palestinian, Jewish, and Druze women march together in solidarity.

Sara Di Diego shared Michael Wear's post When Anger is All We Can See

Author Drew Dyck describes the dangers of our rage-soaked politics.

Sara Di Diego shared Sarah Mangum's post OnFaith Conversations: Antoine Leiris, author of “You Will Not Have My Hate”

On losing his wife in the Paris attacks and why love still trumps hate

Sara Di Diego shared Mike Ghouse's post The Future of Islam after the Election

Muslims will strengthen our democracy, and the political future of America will remain a bright spot and the hope for the world.

Sara Di Diego shared Deepak Chopra's post Post-Election Healing: How to Be Part of the Solution

You must first see that the world’s wrongs have their seed in you.

Sara Di Diego shared Simran Jeet Singh's post Denouncing Donald Trump, Finally

Racial and religious minorities have been living in a nightmare of hateful rhetoric; why are other Americans just waking up to its hurtful effects?

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Most parts of ancient religious texts were meant for a different time, context, and world that the world we live in now.  Plus, the key feature that always made America dif... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Sarah Mangum's post The 2016 State of the First Amendment

Read the full report here http://www.newseuminstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/FAC_SOFA16_report.pdf

Sara Di Diego shared Brian McLaren's post Are Evangelicals at the Come to Jesus Moment? Let’s Hope So.

The White American Evangelical Project into which I was born and to which I dedicated much of my younger life -- it’s painful for me to admit this – has harmed this country.

Sara Di Diego shared Jon Meacham's post Faith In the Public Square

God, or at least an evocation of the Almighty, was there in the very beginning.

Sara Di Diego shared Sally Quinn's post My Ten Years of Debating Faith—Around the Table

The founding editor of OnFaith reflects on ten years of meaningful conversations and the need for community today.

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Slaveowners used to support their practice by citing the Bible:"They asked who could question the Word of God when it said, "slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi's post 30 Strangers at a funeral

A group of Jews perform the ultimate kindness for a woman who was going to have no mourners at her funeral.

Sara Di Diego shared Korin Robinson's post Demons and Heroes

meditation on personal heroes & demons

Sara Di Diego shared Misty Bowman's post Let go

Sara Di Diego shared Caleb Cunningham's post A Biblical View Towards Immigration & Immigrants

A survey of what the Bible teaches concerning immigration, immigrants, and illegal immigration.

Sara Di Diego shared Matthew Best's post You don't have to be a jerk about it

How do you interact with people?

Sara Di Diego shared Pat Cooper's post Spiritual Warfare - Page Two

Thoughts on engaging the enemy.

Sara Di Diego shared Raymond Huerta's post When we Hate In The Name of Religion

A short poem by Joy Josephs. Her work can be found here https://joyjosephs.wordpress.com

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Loki's most wellknown children (Hel, Fenrir, and Jormungandr: view more

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In the beginning of Life of Pi, the narrator says that this story he will tell will make the reader believe in God.  The story consists of a young boy, Pi, who is stranded ... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Andrew Henry's post Using Computer Models to Study Religion?

We often categorize the discipline of "Religious Studies" among the humanities or social sciences. But what if we apply the tools of computer science to "Religion?" What ca... view more

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Sara Di Diego shared Sara Di Diego's post Vestiges of Druidism in the Ceremonies of the Church of Rome

From Book the Fifth of The Veil of Isis, or Mysteries of the Druids

Sara Di Diego shared Sara Di Diego's post The Vestiges of Druidism in Rustic Folklore

From Book the Fifth from The Veil of Isis, or Mysteries of the Druids

Sara Di Diego shared Andrew Henry's post Bill Maher vs. Ben Affleck: A Religious Literacy Case Study

A concrete, and very public, example of how religious literacy would have helped move a conversation about religion to a more fruitful conclusion.

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Check out this video showing the Jack in the Green festival in Hastings.Source: view more

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Sara Di Diego shared Douglas Boin's post How Christianity Really Started (Huffington Post)

Originally appeared at the Huffington Post as "How Christianity Really Started" March 12, 2015

Sara Di Diego shared Michael McKissick's post What Does "Spiritual But Not Religious" Actually Mean?

A growing number of Americans are identifying as "Spiritual But Not Religious," but what does that actually mean?

Sara Di Diego shared Johnny Dark's post How did Lucifer Fall

The Fall Of Lucifer

Sara Di Diego shared Robin Fennelly's post Stand Down! Mars Retrograde and More..

An article discussing the use of planetary retrogrades specific to the current dates and use from a pagan perspective.

Sara Di Diego shared Connor Wood's post Introducing the Modeling Religion Project

This post introduces the Modeling Religion Project, a three-year research project in Boston and Virginia that uses social simulation techniques to study religion in human c... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Tom Goodman's post An Interfaith Discussion

On Jan. 19, 2015, members of the Austin interfaith community gathered at the King Seabrook Chapel at Huston-Tillotson University for the discussion “Why Am I Here? Answers ... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Mary Lee's post What is the Purpose of Religion?

In essence, all religion is to teach The Way of Knowledge, to bring the individual into the direct experience of Knowledge, the deeper mind beyond the intellect, the mind t... view more

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America did not start as "One Nation under God", since that statement came to be in 1954 as a response to communism.  During the Cold War America tried to distance itself a... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi's post Arrogant Bread

Why are leavened foods forbidden to be eaten on Passover?

Sara Di Diego shared Peter Hovis's post Where did “Easter” get its name? Where did the concept of an Easter egg and bunny originate?

The name “Easter” has its roots in ancient polytheistic religions (paganism). On this, all scholars agree. This name is never used in the original Scriptures, nor is it eve... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Sam Shryock's post Ostara and the Very Special Eggs

Have you ever wondered what Easter Bunnies have to do with eggs? Enjoy this tale linking the two of them together

Sara Di Diego shared post Human Rights and the Uniting Church Triennial Assembly: A Gay Christian Perspective

Uniting Church 2012 Assembly website: http://assembly2012.uca.org.au/ UnitingJustice website: http://www.unitingjustice.org.au/ The proposal that caused me all the worry:... view more

Sara Di Diego shared post 043 Homosexuality and Buddhism

http://5minutedharma.com/ In this episode we want to deal with homosexuality from a Buddhist perspective. Homosexuality is one of those hot button issues that polarises peo... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Peter Hovis's post Gay Marriage Debate

Gay Marriage

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Despite what it sounds like on the campaign trail, Americans of all religious backgrounds are opposed to curtailing freedoms for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peop... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Kyle Bearden's post The Starvation Epidemic

Understanding the truth on spiritual poverty and how it parallel with physical

Sara Di Diego shared Korin Robinson's post The Many Faces of Wiccan Divinity

Thoughts on deity within Wicca From: https://sablearadia.wordpress.com

Sara Di Diego shared Sam Shryock's post Regaining Control of Your Beliefs - The Importance of Study

The study of theology is necessary to avoid ignorance that can lead to accepting wrong ideas or doctrines. We need to separate information from pseudo-information.

Sara Di Diego shared Sam Shryock's post Worshiping the Divine in a Contemporary Pagan Way

By not being tied down by the customs of an established religion or by the dogmas of a revealed one, Pagans interact with the Divine in very creative, individualistic, and ... view more

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Sara Di Diego shared Paige Turner's post Catholic City Hub – Singapore, China

Located in the heart of Singapore, the Catholic City Hub serves as a place of spiritual escape. The building’s narrow facade, featuring thousands of rippling lines, is insp... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Jonathan Hamman's post Lost & Found Sons

sermon on the parable of the prodigal son

Sara Di Diego shared Sam Shryock's post The Spiritual DNA of a Contemporary Pagan

Examining Contemporary Paganism using the religious-impulse model established by Robert Norton and Richard Southern.

Sara Di Diego shared Mary Lee's post Where will you place your faith?

The times ahead will destroy your faith in so many things. They will reveal your dependence upon these things and all the assumptions that are associated with them. All the... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Sam Shryock's post “I don’t make the rules, I just follow them.” – Wiccans Creating Their Own Religion

Do you take control of your beliefs, or do you allow others to tell you what to think? Do you value their experiences more than your own? Do you see yourself less sacred th... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi's post 5 Fascinating Facts about Jews in India

Little-known facts about this ancient Jewish community.

Sara Di Diego shared Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi's post Egyptian schools finally teach children about peace treaty with Israel

President Sisi's administration enacts overhaul of national curriculum, scrubs out Muslim Brotherhood influence.

Sara Di Diego shared Jessica Garza's post Padma Awards 2016: Should spiritual leaders accept awards from the government?

Does spirituality deserve to be considered as a field of human endeavour? It most certainly does, writes award-winning dancer Ramaa Bharadvaj.

Sara Di Diego shared Sarah Mangum's post Head of Bhairava

Date: Malla period, 16th century Culture: Nepal, Kathmandu Valley Medium: Gilt copper with rock crystal and paint

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Bhairava means "terrifying or terrible" in Sanskrit.  He is an angry manifestation of Shiva associated with annihilation.  Learn more view more

Sara Di Diego shared Sarah Mangum's post Ganesha Mask

Date: ca. 1700–1750, Culture: Southern India, Tamil Nadu, probably Thanjavur district, Medium: Wood with cloth and polychrome. This artwork is part of Encountering Vishnu: ... view more

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Read Narasimha's story here.

Sara Di Diego shared Shawn Bose's post Surya Namaskar

Sara Di Diego shared post Chapter III. The Fashioner Of The Universe In Myths And Legends Of China

Myths and Legends of China: Chapter III. The Fashioner of the Universe

Sara Di Diego shared Mary Lee's post The Age of Women

The New Message has been sent into the world to prepare humanity for a future that will be unlike the past. Therefore, for women, they must have a future that has been unli... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Sarah Mangum's post Mandala of the Sun God Surya

Date: Early Malla period, dated 1379, Culture: Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, Medium: Distemper on cotton

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In the Golden Legend (which originally takes place in Libya), St. George saves a princess (and her town) from a plague-bearing dragon with the sign of the cross.  St. Georg... view more

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This is the current Dalai Lama.Source: view more

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"Creator" has other names, such as the Great Spirit, Unetlanvhi, and "the Apportioner".  He is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient.  Work Cited: view more

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Some modern scholars and activists have begun pointing out the homoerotic of this relationship in the bible.  Such as the following verse that sounds eerily similar to a bi... view more

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Watch Rabbi Dan Liben sing this family friendly song:Source: view more

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I read an interesting poem about this aspect of witches by Alessia Di Cesare, For the Men Who Led the Witch Hunts:"When a woman found a safe haven in the flowers of the ear... view more

Sara Di Diego shared Carey H's post The Witches Soul

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After reading this story years ago, this passage always humbles me whenever I remember it.  If we think along these terms, we all can mature as human beings.

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I was asked to discuss why people in the LGBTQI+ community decide to label themselves such when godly people see them as human beings.  They also wanted to know why we clas... view more

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A discussion on the Jewish point of view on abortion on Deily explores this idea in more depth.  You can read it view more

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The Upanishads are the philosophical reflections present in every Veda.

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Puritans, also known as the pilgrims on the Mayflower, believed that humans were naturally depraved and born into two levels of sin they could never escape.  The first was ... view more

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"In 1147 crusaders murdered some 20 Jews, among them the community’s three rabbis. The bishop of Würzburg tried in vain to protect the Jews of the city, and following the e... view more

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Sadly, attacks against Jews in London happened long before and after this infraction.  March 22 of this year a mob of twenty drunk men and women yelled, "kill the Jews".  T... view more

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Their supposed 'crime' was violating holy communion, thus they were tortured and then burned alive.Source:So Deeply Scarred: A History of "Christian" Antisemitism by Howard... view more

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The story of Coyolxauhqui goes like this: Coyolxauhqui's mother, Coatlicue, was out one day when a feather fell down from the sky.  She put it against her breast and then r... view more

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We actually talked about this story in a religion class this past year.  The class was based on the Roots of Religious Toleration, and this was our first topic in our Moder... view more

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This road is the tiny line from "Phillipi" to "Thess" on the map.Source: view more

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This is the oldest standing Jewish place of worship in Europe.  Bishop Rüdiger Huzmann brought Jews here in order to protect them, from 1184 to 1349.  It was a essentially ... view more

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After the Holocaust, Speyer was abandoned until people inhabited the town once again in 1989 (when the Iron Curtain fell). Work Cited: view more

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Behind the great tales of Merlin and King Arthur, real historical figures with these names existed.  People believe that the real merlin was a druid or witch doctor.  Some ... view more

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"Mishna" means "study by repitition" in Hebrew.  The Mishna is regarded as the first major work of Rabbinic literature.Work Cited: view more

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Mencius was the second most famous Confucian philosopher, after Confucius.

Sara Di Diego shared Ben N's post Tigers Above, Tigers Below: Pema Chodron on Savoring Each Moment

Pema Chodron shares a story, a parable about savoring each moment as though it were our very last.

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The sage, Kindama, had the power to change into animals.  Also, Pandu killed both Kindama and his wife wh... view more

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This refers to a "supranational community with a common history", or a nation without the same ancestors or geography.Work Cited: view more

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The Pew Research Center is a non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C.  It is known for it's research in social issues.

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You can learn about Joseph Smith according to the Church of Later Day Saints here. view more

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Pazand is one of the writing systems used for the Middle Persian language.  It was primarily used for commentaries for the Avesta.  It's different from Pahlavi, primarily b... view more

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Edward William West translated five volumes of pahlavi texts for Professor Max Müller's Sacred Books of the East series in the late 1800s.Work Cited: view more

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The Avesta, also known as Zend Avesta, is the holy scripture of Zoroastrianism.  It contains the religion's law, liturgy, and cosmogony. made up of the teachings by the pro... view more

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Bacchus is another name for Dionysus, the Greek god of wine.  Since alcohol was very important to Greek society, he makes a very good comparison to tea rituals and culture ... view more

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Wakis are secondary roles. "Usually the first actor to enter the stage in noh plays, the waki sets the scene and draws out the tale of the shite by posing questions. Many w... view more

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These are miniature house altars dedicated to a singular kami, or shinto deity.Work Cited: view more

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This connects to the verse in Chapter 2 "Therefore having and not having arise together".  B... view more

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Galunlati is very similar to the Nordic Valhalla.  The great spirits used to reside there until it got too crowded, so they decided to see what was underneath.  They reside... view more

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Guru Nanak is the founder of Sikhism.  It is believed that his spirit was passed on to the other nine Gur... view more

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Ha means "sun" and tha means "moon" in Sanskrit.  Thus Hatha yogu is about the unification of two opposite forces.  Also the sun embodies masculine energies, while the moon... view more

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It is a classic read during full moon rite. It is the godess telling witch when and how to worship. What make it stand out as a form of worship is the focus on the feminine... view more

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The Irish name for May Day is Beltane, of which the second element, 'tene', is the word for fire, and the first, 'bel', probably means 'shining or brilliant'.  Beltane, as ... view more

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This poem occurred after Basho was asked an unanswerable riddle by his mentor, Boncho.  Instead of coming up with a possible answer, he simply replied with this haiku.Work ... view more

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There are remains of Buddhist viharas, or monasteries, from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD in Lumbini.  There are also remains of Budhist stupas, or memorial shri... view more

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This synagogue was created for Baghdadi Jews for fled due to the persecution from their governor and Wali, Daud Pasha.  Work Cited: view more

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St. Xenia married a young colonel named Andrei, who died before they could have children.  She sold all their worldly possessions and disappeared for eight years, supposedl... view more

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Otherwise known as a raven.Work Cited:http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/ca/scc/scc19... view more

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Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple because of the holy monkeys that reside in the north-west parts of the temple. view more

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The Lotus Temple in Delhi has become the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent, and the main attraction of Delhi.

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Prophets in the Old Testament understood that the purpose of war had become a punishment for rebellious Israelites.  Thus they dreamed of a world without war, and thus a go... view more

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This is actually an image of Isa al-Masih's ascension to heaven.  He is also known as the Prophet Jesus.  This is an old Turkish rendering of this event.Work Cited: view more

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Although an extremely high percentage of Americans are Christian, 4.7% of the population are affiliated with other religions.  This amounts to 14.1 million Americans identi... view more

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Visakha Puja was the day Buddha was born, gained enlightenment 35 years after, and then died 45 years after that.Work Cited: view more

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This was about 90 CE.Work Cited:http://jewishchristianlit.com/Topics... view more

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King Asraja was a contemporary brave and religious king.  He was called Tunde Asraja because he had one hand amputated.  (Tunde means one hand amputated).  The songs bards ... view more

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Theopolius means "lover of god" and thus this letter could be addressed to any reader.  This could mean this "Theopolius" might not be a real person and just be a figurativ... view more

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The Haggadah.

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St. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Jesuits, or Society of Jesus, which was responsible for spreading education across Europe before Bibles were available in the vernacular.... view more

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In the Old Testament, prophets are referred to as slaves/servants.  Thus they are the servants in this allegory.Work Cited:Attridge, Harold W., Wayne A. Meeks, Jouette M. B... view more

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Kitbas-i-Aqdas can be read here.

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Letters of recommendation were heavily used by early Christians to convert people far away.  This was usually used by travelling missionaries, like Paul.Work Cited:Attridge... view more

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1 Corinthians was written in response to a letter that has not survived.  The main purpose of Paul's letter was to strongly persuade the congregation to not be prideful and... view more