Category: Religious Communities

Simple Living & High Thinking

A professor of religion and ethics discovers the spirituality of spinning cotton khadi while living among the sisters of the Brahma Vidya Mandir ashram. By Swasti Bhattacharyya

Citizens of Two Realms

During her year as a monk, a millennial discovers reverential awe in the midst of chaos. By Eloise Skinner

After the Death of Chabad’s Messiah

Why do Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson’s followers in Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidism continue to believe in his messianic identity more than 26 years after his demise? By Joseph Newfield

Nuns and Nones Meet on the Edge

The pull that some Nones feel toward contemplative, social action has led to an unlikely collaboration with nuns, described as an “apprenticeship in prophetic community.” By Katie Gordon

A View From the Minaret

A day trip to Caesarea spurs memories of a childhood visit and reflections on how a disastrous past can go unseen even when it is in full view. By Linda Dittmar

Conversations with Nuns

After a year at a women’s monastery, the author reflects on Eastern Orthodox Christianity less as a religion and more as a therapeutic treatment to move closer to God. By Amelia Perkins

Reflections on Pope Francis

Pope Francis has already set a very different tone, but do these differences in lifestyle and message signal a significant transformation within the Roman Catholic Church? By Francis Schüssler Fiorenza

The How-To’s of Accessibility

Accepting people with physical and intellectual disabilities into religious congregations often has more to do with attitude and effort than with economics. By Mark I. Pinsky

Spiritual but Not Religious

Many moderns tend to presume practicing religion risks making one less spiritual, but sophisticated writings by medieval monastics suggest that traditions, texts, and rituals provide the very means for engendering a spiritual like. By Amy Hollywood

Another Eros

One woman’s revealing year away from the erotic. By Amelia Perkins