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Religion

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 ...

Freedom of religion-an interfaith perspective

Freedom of religion – an interfaith perspective July 4 marks our declaration of independence. Our founding fathers then formulated the United States Constitution and its first ten amendments to bring the ideals of that declaration into reality. The First Amendment guarantees the right of ...

Rev. Thomas to retire after more than 46 years of ministry

Reverend Richard Thomas is retiring from the pulpit after more than 46 years of ministry. He has been the minister in 18 United Methodist churches in Ohio, six UM churches in Indiana, and two Presbyterian churches in Missouri. He has served the past 13 years at the Tunnel-Warren Chapel Charge ...