African ingenuity in life and in health

I am a great admirer of African ingenuity. On the wall next to my desk is a small example – an illustration of a lovely woman at work grinding meal. The work of art is entirely made of butterfly wings. It’s not only the brilliance of the art that impresses me, but the ingenuity of […]

Photos: Beauty and color of Holi celebrations

(RNS) Hindus celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors, to mark the arrival of spring using brightly colored powder, flowers, song and dance. This beautiful scene occurs all over India — and recently, around the world — welcoming spring.        

Science vs. religion? There’s actually more of a three-way split

(RNS) Meet the “Post-Seculars” — the one in five Americans who no one seems to have noticed before in endless rounds of debates pitting science vs. religion. They’re more strongly religious than most “Traditionals” (43 percent of Americans) and more scientifically knowledgeable than “Moderns” (36 percent) who stand on science alone, according to two sociologists’ […]

What’s God got to do with football devotion? Plenty

(RNS) Did God lift Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s overtime pass into the end zone on Sunday, rewarding the prayerful Christian player with a championship victory and a trip to the Super Bowl? Millions of Americans may think so. “One in four Americans believe there will be a 12th man on the field, and that the […]

Pope Francis to moms: It’s OK to breast-feed in public

VATICAN CITY (RNS) While baptizing 33 babies in the Sistine Chapel on Sunday (Jan. 11), Pope urged mothers to breast-feed their infants if they were hungry. “Mothers, give your children milk — even now,” Francis said. “If they cry because they are hungry, breast-feed them, don’t worry.” The pope departed from his prepared text, which […]

Contemplating Christmas

A discovery – a big discovery – happened when the first Christmas was celebrated over 2,000 years ago. Shepherds were tending sheep and praying just outside of Bethlehem. Suddenly the glory of the Lord shone around them and an angel encouraged them not to fear. Just what is this glory that outshines darkness and calms […]