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Religion

Global convention to focus on theme ‘Pursue Peace’

Against the tragic backdrop of a historic conflict in Europe, Parkersburg will unite with millions around the globe to promote the timely theme “Pursue Peace” as they participate in a six-part annual event scheduled for July and August 2022. Congregations around the globe will unitedly ...

Supreme Court rules against Boston in Christian flag case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that Boston violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist when it refused his request to fly a Christian flag on a flagpole outside City Hall. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the court that the city discriminated against ...

Hinduism: The eternal truth of life

Hinduism, known as the oldest world religion, is believed to have flourished for at least three millennia in areas of the Indian subcontinent. Sanatan Dharma, another name for Hinduism, means “the eternal truth of life.” Therefore, people regard its observance as an eternal duty. Unlike ...

Expanding and deepening our spiritual understandings

The “stay-at-home” policy gave us lots of time for reading, and now the hotter weather provides us another reason for curling up with a book in a cool spot. Learning about various religions can help us not only to enrich our spiritual lives but also to understand our own faith tradition ...

Earth, water, sky: The view from Marietta Earthworks

I am not personally a Native American and cannot speak with a “native voice” regarding deeply held traditions that have been conveyed through time largely in oral form. As an archaeologist, my focus of study is on “material culture”; that is, the objects (artifacts) and deposits (like ...

Jainism: A tradition of non-violence

Paryushana-parva is the holiest period of the year for the followers of the Jain faith. In 2019, that eight-day period is Aug. 28 through Sept. 3. Jainism is an ancient religion of India; its origins trace from millions of years ago up to the 24th leader, Mahavira, who lived in 500 BCE. At ...