Council meeting invocation speakers are invited by the City Council President “based on a personal relationship she has with them.” According to the members of The Satanic Temple, the City Council discriminated against them by denying them the opportunity to say the opening prayer at a recent public meeting. The City Council meetings typically begin […]
The “Atheist Christmas Coloring Book” is aimed towards the rational thinker. Rick Marazzani's The book, even though it uses the word Christmas, does not perpetuate the Christian belief. It instead explains the origins of Christmas along with the multiple legends which blend to form the tale we read now. The Atheist Christmas Coloring Book represents […]
In its 19th year Jamaica Plain's Latin American Cultural Family Network, La Piñata returns to Spontaneous Celebrations with their traditional Latin American Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration! A holiday remembering and connecting with family and friends who have passed on.
OUTSIDE, a traditional community altar (with fire) will be built, where all are welcome to come and remember/celebrate loved ones lost. As always, the fire ceremony will include traditional live music and dancing by the kids of La Piñata (... Read more about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
THE FRANK R. WOLF INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT WILL NOT ONLY PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE RELIGIOUS, BUT OF THE NON-RELIGIOUS TOO AND PREVENT HARASSMENT OF ATHEISTS.
Atheists, humanists, and other freethinkers will finally be given official protection against harassment by the U.S. government. This has been made possible after U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act. The updated Act will not only benefit religious minorities in America, but will also enable the government to intervene in cases of persecution of religious...
"In culture today we tend to spend a lot of time thinking about how to succeed in one or the other endeavor that we undertake. But we tend to spend very little time thinking about how we succeed as a human being," says Professor Miroslav Volf, head of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. More →
The Religion, Health, and Healing Initiative (RHHI), under the direction of Dr. Susan Sered, was established in September 2000 in order to further cross-cultural studies of the intersections of healing and religion. The impetus for the initiative was the desire to turn rigorous intellectual attention to the many ways in which religious practices, beliefs, and institutions construct, and are constructed by, experiences of illness, health, and healing cross-culturally.
While the RHHI has run its course, other programs dedicated to the study of religion and healing continue exploring this rich aspect of contemporary culture. The Boston Healing Landscape Project, under the direction of Linda Barnes, is an important source of information on religion and healing in Boston, especially in African Diaspora communities.
During its four-year course, the Religion, Health and Healing Initiative generated several bodies of work.
Religious Healing in Boston: A series of essays exploring ways in which diverse Boston communities draw on religious and spiritual practices and ideas in response to illness and suffering. Highlighting a variety of Boston areas communities, the essays offer windows into the many ways in which members of our society draw upon religious and spiritual resources at times of illness and suffering. The papers originally appeared in three publications edited by Susan Sered and produced by the Center for the Study of World Religions.... Read more about Susan Sered