Celebrating Faith: Rosh Hashanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah everyone! Previously, my understanding of Rosh Hashanah was limited to the few small-print words that appeared on my calendar every fall. However, with my recent introduction to many wonderful people of the Jewish faith, I have been looking forward to this two-day holiday with great anticipation. So what is Rosh Hashanah? New … Continue reading Celebrating Faith: Rosh Hashanah

Holy Week

You may wonder why someone working towards interfaith literacy keeps writing so much about one religion; Christianity. Fair question. One answer is because I already know a lot about Christianity, growing up within the faith tradition so it seemed natural to start with the familiar and then branch out as I go. The other major … Continue reading Holy Week

Journey to Understanding: Hinduism

As I embarked on this quest for religious literacy, one of my main goals was to overcome common misconceptions about other religions so that I might better appreciate and learn from them. I am constantly amazed as I study and talk to people just how different my outsider perspective is compared to the way they … Continue reading Journey to Understanding: Hinduism

Learning from Lent

Did you know that Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Carnival, Pancake Day, Pączki Day, and many more are all names for a historically much more solemn day? Shrove Tuesday is celebrated 47 days before Easter and proceeds the Lenten season. Taken from the word "shrive" or "to absolve" this day of self reflection, confession, and repentance allows those who … Continue reading Learning from Lent

Thoughts on Faith… Why the answers aren’t just given to us?

I listened to this devotional this week and loved this explanation for the necessity of faith: "Unsuccessful attempts to solve a problem encourage deep processing of the answer when it is later supplied, creating fertile ground for its encoding, in a way that simply reading [or being given] the answer cannot. -Peter C. Brown Failure is useful … Continue reading Thoughts on Faith… Why the answers aren’t just given to us?

Cologne Cathedral

One cannot help but be inspired by the work of so many hands devoted to glorify God through stone, glass, and wood. Thought these offerings have aged and been tarnished by the world around them, the quite faith of the believing, laboring thousands will never diminished.