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Not Weird Enough

According to the author of a new Catholic handbook, eucharistic adoration should be the new yoga.

Photograph by the author.

Silver Bells

Reading The Polar Express in the wake of mass shootings.

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5 Hot Holiday Worship Spaces

Traditions are great, but they can be stifling. Sometimes things get so rote we tune everything out, including the whispers of the Divine. Take a moment right now. Think about your plans. Listen to the still, small voice. What is it telling you? I’ll tell you what it’s telling you. ‘Cause God told me to…

Art by Emma Bailey

Happy New Year from KtB!

Herewith, in the spirit of the season, a highly subjective New Year’s Eve countdown of our favorite KtB moments of 2013. 10 Illustrated posts by Communicant Mary Valle. 9 New books by Buddha-killers. 8  hot tips on new Buddha-killing movies by Becky Garrison. 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Philosopher. 6  Pieces of original reporting…

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Songs for a Mystical Supper

Those who tire of the holiday clatter and need rest might want to download some selections from Church of the Beloved’s latest digital album, Songs for a Mystical Supper. This Edmonds, Washington, church may be Lutheran in origin but their music will dance with the spirits of  anyone post-Solstice, Hijra, Advent, Hanukkah, or even Festivus.…

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BOOOOO!

You may remember the fateful day, 5 years ago, when Mrs. Hannah Hubbard tried to rise from her grave where she lay buried since 1747, in Concord, Massachusetts. Very spoooooky. . . . Happy Halloween!

"A poverty that would keep us free."

Beware of Christmas Stories

Alternet has a sobering followup to the heartwarming story about the NY City policeman who gave the homeless man a pair of boots. As reported in the New York Times, the object of the policeman’s generosity, a 54-year-old army veteran named Jeffrey Hillman, was shoeless again within days, the $100 pair of boots either sold…

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The Hazards of Chanukah

The psychiatric hospital where I work as an interfaith chaplain has a strict holiday policy: no flammable objects and no decorations with cords on the locked wards. That means no lights on Christmas trees, battery-operated Menorahs, and tea lights How to teach preschool children for Sabbath candles. Last week, a group Jewish high-school students came…

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Getting the Christ Out of Christmas

What would Jesus do with leftovers?

Killing the Buddha

Repent, Ye Wall Street

I do not normally look forward to Yom Kippur. It has always been, for me, a somewhat dutiful holiday, whereby the moral struggles of everyday life, as if they didn’t weigh heavily enough on us already, are magnified by lumping them into a year’s worth of sinful action and, by the magic of the ritual,…

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All in the Coven

Iraqi women voting on December 15, 2005. By james.gordon6108, via Flickr.

Hamdia’s Research

Celebrating International Women’s Day in Baghdad.

Blurry Cub Scouts

Nerdjacking Old Glory

An irritable butch dyke with a fifth of Southern Comfort does her duty at a Boy Scout jamboree.

Hildegard von Bingen.

Tongues of Fire

A Pentecost revival song.

Refugee seder.

A Refugee Passover in Israel

From strangers in the land of Egypt to infiltrators in Zion.

El Greco, "Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane."

There Is No Rock in You

The dreams of sleeping disciples at Gethsemane.

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Lent: Season of Our Hypocrisy

From to-do lists to angels in the wilderness.

Photo by Rachel Signer.

Failing to Fast

Eating my way through Ramadan in Senegal.