Posts Tagged ‘spirituality’

April 2nd, 2012

The fiercest love of all

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Reading the entries posted at Frequencies, an online project that alleges to be “a collaborative genealogy of spirituality,” brings out the bitchy side of my temperament.

When Thomas Tweed asks, “Is ‘spirituality’ a noun? A verb? Something else?,” I want to send him a pocket dictionary that he can consult in future moments of linguistic crisis, so that he does not produce overwrought prose that only calls attention to himself. (Confidential to TT: it’s a noun.)

March 27th, 2012

Rising alternatives to organized religion

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In a recent issue of TIME, Amy Sullivan writes of a 2009 study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and an example of American expats in Mexico that both suggest Americans may prefer to grow their own when it comes to religious congregations.

March 15th, 2012


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I love the story about Shakeela Hassan. I just told it again last night, in fact. In the late 1950s, Shakeela Hassan arrives in the U.S. from Lahore, to begin a medical internship at Northwestern University. She is greeted at the airport by Malcolm X, a young minister in the Nation of Islam, who was sent to meet her because of a chance encounter between her brother-in-law and the NOI prophet, Elijah Muhammad. Her husband’s family is related to the Pakistani publishers of the most widely read English-language translation of the Qur’an, and although Shakeela Hassan never joins the Nation of Islam, she becomes a regular dinner guest at Elijah Muhammad’s home, a great admirer of his wife, Clara, and the improbable designer of the hats which become Elijah Muhammad’s trademark. As readers of Frequencies: A Collaborative Genealogy of Spirituality will know, this is a much-too-short version of the story Winnifred Sullivan recounts in her eponymous entry.

February 1st, 2012

“On Being” Buddhistipalian with Rosanne Cash

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January 5, 2012’s episode of “On Being with Krista Tippet” is a conversation with Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny Cash, a singer-songwriter and author in her own right.

January 18th, 2012

Frequencies 91/100 – 100/100

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Today marks the hundredth entry in Frequencies.

January 4th, 2012

Frequencies 81/100 – 90/100

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Today marks the ninetieth entry in Frequencies. In the ten most recent entries, Benjamin Zeller climbs a stairway to heaven, David Shorter looks for Indian spirit, Lynne Gerber weighs in, Christopher White bathes in the blood of William James, Susan Stinson sings a sweet song of salvation, Randy Martin dissects the debt crisis, Benjamin Anastas prospers, Shaul Magid prevaricates, Darren Grem fries chicken, and Elijah Siegler submits to the algorithm.

December 21st, 2011

Frequencies 71/100 – 80/100

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Today marks the eightieth entry in Frequencies. In the ten most recent entries, Luís León lights a spliff, Wendy Cadge provides spiritual care, Varun Soni talks to college students, SherAli Tareen questions Park51, Erin Martineau moves to the farm, Andrew Ventimiglia takes a course in miracles, Nathan Schneider searches for proof, Rocco Gangle draws a diagram, Ludger Viefhues-Bailey reads German ladies magazines, and Laura Marris contemplates loss.

December 8th, 2011

Frequencies 61/100 – 70/100

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Yesterday marked the seventieth entry in Frequencies, a co-production of The Immanent Frame and Killing the Buddha.

November 23rd, 2011

Frequencies 51/100 – 60/100

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Today marks the sixtieth entry in Frequencies.

November 10th, 2011

Frequencies reaches 50th entry

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Yesterday marked the fiftieth entry in Frequencies.