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
Greetings from Istanbul! I decided to tag-a-long with my husband on his latest business trip to Turkey. It has been incredible on so many levels. One of the best things about this trip (besides the Turkish delight) has been learning more about Islam. Istanbul is over 90% Muslim and it doesn't take long in this … Continue reading Adventures in Istanbul
I am very excited today to have my friend Liz from Michigan, USA share her thoughts on Maundy Thursday as a guest writer here on Gathering Faith. I have long admired Liz and am so grateful she was willing to share some experiences and traditions that have inspired her. Here is what Liz had to … Continue reading Maundy Thursday
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
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
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
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?
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.
Hello from England! Yes, we made it safely to the land of our fathers and are having a blast exploring our new home. Our first guests were Tim's sister and niece who came to town just two days after we hopped the pond ourselves. Of course we set off immediately to London to see the … Continue reading Religious Literacy Challenge: Westminster Abbey