Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: A Sleepover With The Mennonites

The Mennonites are best described as being like Amish who use more technology. Women in long dresses and bonnets, men in slacks and suspenders–they have cars, digital cameras, and even computers. But they use such tools for their single person in life: to do God’s work. And to stay on task, they resist exposure to…
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My Southern Experience: Religion (& Politics) And The South

The South is religious, right? That’s the stereotype. Maybe it’s only in appearance. An attendee at my presentation in Minneapolis theorized that Minnesotans are just as religious. But they’re Lutheran–so are reserved, don’t wear their spirituality on their sleeve, and conduct a drastically different worship style. Short of any research on who is more spiritual, I can…
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Ayla Travels The World, Part 6: A Christian’s Insights On Muslim Egypt

Ayla’s last stop in Europe on her 3-month global trek was to the Vatican. She was able to enjoy this home base of Christianity just before jumping to another continent–and another religion. On February 11, Ayla arrived to Egypt. In this week’s story she offers photos, another wonderful video, and some words about the culture clash and…
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Religion In Uganda: I Visit A Temple And A Mosque

What religion are people in East Africa? Christian? Muslim? Tribal mythologies? Witchcraft? How about dread-locked Rastafari? Yes. Contrasting people of Europe or China, those in Africa are especially open to religion. This openness combined with the influence of outsiders over recent centuries, means a lot of different faiths have taken hold. In June, I was…
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Privilege Vs. Rights: An Important Distinction

When I was in grade school, Mr. Dexter, the bus mechanic, gave a speech to us kids about proper bus safety and how if we didn’t comply, we wouldn’t be allowed the transport. He’d say with authority, “Riding the bus is a privilege, not a right”. Now that I look back on it, I’d bet…
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50 Shades Of Shame

Guest writer, Erin Fahey, shares her insight about the controversial book, 50 Shades of Grey.  We don’t have to look too far for sex. It’s often a medium to attract attention and push sales. Our curiosities keep us looking. But at the same time, sex is a private matter not to be discussed beyond the confines of a…
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Anger Of Muslims

The narrative surrounding the protests and violence in the Middle East is that it is occurring because a film called Innocence of Muslims depicts Mohammed. It’s against Islamic law to create images of their prophet, and this movie certainly crosses that line as it has an actor portraying him. This same reason was credited for…
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The Witches Next Door

When I told my housemates I was interviewing random residents in our neighborhood, one spoke up saying, “Oh, you gotta talk to the pagan house.” That phrase, “pagan house”, along with some description given by that housemate, Tom, conjured up images of young adult women living in a secluded, nocturnal, spell-bound lifestyle. Other neighbors, though,…
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The Divisive Creative

On one hand, we all like a creative person. We like their music and art and books and movies. We like their sense of humor and marvel at “how they came up with that” so-and-so invention or idea. But on another level, we don’t like creative people. My boss at a restaurant didn’t like creative…
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