SM Seeks SF for Long Walks and Lots of Leafy Greens
Creation-ism: A Search for the Divine in Tucson's Religious Art
It's not easy being green. Just ask Eric Brent. A strict vegetarian, Brent, 40, founder of the vegetarian Web site happycow.net, said he "did a lot of online dating" trying to find the perfect mate. And for him, that perfect mate had to be a vegetarian.
Hop on Interstate 19, drive for about 15 minutes and you'll end up at one of the biggest cultural monoliths this side of the U.S. The San Xavier del Bac Mission, a solitary white monument starkly contrasting the surrounding desert of the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, is one of the finest representations of classic Spanish Catholic art outside of Mexico. It combines Byzantine, Moorish and late Mexican renaissance art to make worship not just a beautiful act of spirituality, but a beautiful act of creation as well.
The Good News About the Bad News
Why, asks a reader, have new community churches had "such tremendous growth," while older denominational congregations show "declining church attendance?"
New Book Brings Together 10 Years of Thoughts on Faith, Meaning
Jews Revive the Sanhedrin With Plans for a Passover Sacrifice
A new book based on interviews from the PBS program "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly" finds a spiritual hunger beneath the secular veneer of modern culture, with many searching for something beyond the material world.
GUEST COMMENTARY: Loving Us Into Extinction
As Easter eclipses the last days of Passover this year, Christians will focus again on the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus. The Sanhedrin, meanwhile, will literally attempt to resurrect the Passover sacrifice of old.
Muslim Magazines Discover an Untapped Market
(RNS) I have fond memories of growing up in my Southern Baptist church in Lexington, Ky. My father was a deacon, my mother taught Sunday school for 14 years, and - like all good Southern Baptists - we attended services on Wednesday nights and twice on Sunday. Several of our church leaders graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in nearby Louisville.
Holding an American flag and wearing a bright-white grin beneath her head scarf, Wardaw Chaudhary, a 16-year-old from Tulsa, Okla., radiated confidence and optimism, the perfect cover girl to grace the first issue of Muslim Girl magazine.
Jewish Ritual Baths Attracting New Interest
Supreme Court Hears`Bong Hits 4 Jesus' Case
LIVINGSTON, N.J. - They used to be everywhere there were Jews. Mikvahs, ritual purification pools used by observant Jewish women, have been considered so important to Jewish communities that even a sacred Torah could be sold to build one.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday (March 19) in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case, a free speech conflict that has caught the attention of religious litigators nationwide.
Morse v. Frederick is the high court's first student speech case in nearly 20 years, and comes at a time when school administrators and students regularly battle over religious activities in public schools.
Romney Finds Deep Pockets in Heart of Mormon Country
Thousands Gather for Utah Krishnas Annual Holi Festival
One out of every six dollars raised last year by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came from the predominantly Mormon state of Utah, highlighting the relationship between the former Massachusetts governor and the Mormon church.
FOOD: Vegetarian menus root in beefy Buenos Aires
Three thousand people descended on rural Spanish Fork on Saturday afternoon for belly dancing, a vegetarian buffet, bonfire and ritual witch burning capped with a colored powder fight, chanting, singing and moshing.
The term "cocina vegetariana," or vegetarian cuisine, tends to draw blank stares or outright pity from Argentines on the streets of this city, considered by many the red meat capital of the world. But vegetarians need not write Buenos Aires off as a travel destination. Krishna Veggie Lunch is a lively two-room restaurant that serves vegetarian food all day. It is adorned with icons, shrines, paintings, and murals depicting all faiths. It also has a disco ball hanging from the ceiling and a soundtrack that ranges from OutKast to Bob Dylan to Indian dub.
SCIENCE: Stem Cell Scientist Denies Faking Research
SCIENCE: Debate on Interspecies Cloning Reignites
AP WIRE STORY: MUST BE REWRITTEN
Reprinted from NewsMax.com
Disgraced Scientist: I Didn't Fake Stem Cell Research
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
SEOUL, South Korea -- Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk testified Tuesday that he did not order the falsification of stem cell research, and one of his former collaborators said he also had been unaware of the fake data.
Can You Be An Environmentalist and Still Eat Meat?
By PAUL ELIAS
SAN FRANCISCO - It was nearly a decade ago that Jose Cibelli plugged his own DNA into a cow's egg in a novel cloning attempt that was condemned as unethical by President Clinton and landed the Michigan State University researcher in a mess of controversy.
Even though Cibelli and his colleagues patented the so-called interspecies cloning technique, they soon abandoned the research as a failure and the uproar subsided. Now the tempest is brewing all over again.
ISKCON: Mangalore Celebrates Ratha Yatra Festival
There has never been a better time for environmentalists to become vegetarians. Evidence of the environmental impacts of a meat-based diet is piling up at the same time its health effects are becoming better known. Meanwhile, full-scale industrialized factory farming-which allows diseases to spread quickly as animals are raised in close confinement-has given rise to recent, highly publicized epidemics of meat-borne illnesses. At presstime, the first discovery of mad cow disease in a Tokyo suburb caused beef prices to plummet in Japan and many people to stop eating meat.
Six Killed En Route To Mayapur
By Team Mangalorean/Mangalorean.com
Photographs by RK Bhat
MANGALORE: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) held its fourth annual Jagannatha Rathayatra in Mangalore on March 23.
Five members of a family and a driver were killed when their car collided with a mini-truck at Ranaghat area of Nadia district on March 3.
BOOK EXCERPT: 'My Revered Spiritual Master'
This is a traditional English recipe, but one that is timeless in its appeal. The summer fruit pudding is cool and refreshing on those hot summer days. Rasperry is good alone but blackberrys, red currants, black currants and all berry fruits can be combined according to preference.
Delicious Sundal Recipe
I was born in Orissa in a Vaishnava family. From childhood, we knew hare krsna-kirtana, Bhagavata, and Radha-Krishna deities. We knew many Vaishnavas, even disciples of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, in Orissa. Now many have passed away, but there are still a few that are very old. I know them. At the time of my leaving home I had everything - family, wife, seven children, property, and a job. I was a government high school teacher earning a thousand rupees per month. But I gave up everything in search of a real spiritual master.
ISKCON: Serbia 'Stalls' Granting Legal Status to ISKCON, Other Religions
Sundal is a quick and nutritious addition to the dietary repertoire. Whether served warm or cold, it is equally delicious alone or with a crisp salad on hot days. The measurements given are approximations; feel free to vary the amounts according to your own taste.
Books: The Dawkins Confusion: Naturalism ad absurdum
Only three religious communities - the Seventh-day Adventist and United Methodist churches and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) - appear to have been given legal status under Serbia's controversial Religion Law, Forum 18 News Service has found.
Richard Dawkins is not pleased with God:The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction. Jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic-cleanser; a misogynistic homophobic racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal....