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Celebration of Rosh Hashanah: A Time of Repentance and Renewal

September 20, 2021

By Kathy Keary
We begin our exploration of the contemplative nature of Judaism with a peek at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, celebrated each September calling all Jews to repentance and renewal.

As We Turn the Page: A Reflection on Our Contemplative Journey

September 13, 2021

By Kathy Keary
We pause to reflect on our interspiritual journey thus far before turning the page to explore the contemplative gifts offered in Judaism.

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The Islamic View of the Afterlife

September 7, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Islam paints a hopeful and beautiful picture of the afterlife. Each soul will be greeted by a compassionate and loving God. We will continue to evolve as we grow in intimacy with our Maker.

Living Fully, Dying Well: An Islamic Perspective

August 30, 2021

By Kathy Keary
The real reason we shy away from thoughts of death is not because we are afraid of dying but that we are afraid of failing to live fully. How do we live the remainder of our lives with clarity and intention?

“ayah,” or verses from the Qur’ān that talk about Ramadan. (Credit: Photo 15601451 / Fasting © Mohamed Osama | Dreamstime.com.)

Fasting and Pilgrimage: The Final Pillars of Islam

August 23, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Islam teaches that by “disciplining our bodies we nourish our souls. That idea informs our examination of the last two of the five pillars of Islam: Pillar four, fasting and the holy month of Ramadan, and pillar five, the pilgrimage, or the Hajj.

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Islam’s Third Pillar: Almsgiving and Concern for Those in Need

August 17, 2021

By Kathy Keary
A common thread among the many faith traditions of the world is that our relationship with God is lacking if we are not giving ourselves to others. An authentic spirituality expresses itself in service and almsgiving. This teaching is the third pillar of Islam.

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What Muslims Can Teach Christians about Prayer, Part 2

August 2, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Many faith traditions teach that gratitude is key in fostering a sense of personal wellbeing. It’s not uncommon for spiritual leaders to encourage followers to daily list all the blessings for which they are thankful. This applies to Islam as well.

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What Muslims can teach Christians about prayer

July 26, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Muslims are called to prayer five times a day, which is known as the salat. This practice is among the most important obligations in Islam. Furthermore, the tradition places great value on communal worship, a common thread running through many faith traditions.

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Glowing Among Us: My experience of the visible and invisible

July 19, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 14. In my last article, we delved into the visible and invisible worlds. This past week I experienced a deeply moving encounter with the invisible world that I feel compelled to share.

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The Visible and Invisible: The Two-Fold Work for Transformation

July 12, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 13. The journey to inner transformation is a two-fold path. Work in the social, visible realm brings personal growth, while practicing silence, prayer, mediation and mindfulness connect us to the invisible, boundless Mystery.

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