On Shrove Tuesday 2010, I ate my last piece of golden, delicious sausage while listening to “When the Saints Go Marching In.” A Lenten practice of consuming no meat unfolded, followed by a turkey-less Thanksgiving, and an Advent with rice and beans.
There were two reasons for my going cold turkey as a vegetarian: survival in an interfaith marriage to a devout Hindu, and a spiritual exploration of what it might mean to practice nonviolence and environmental sustainability as a Christian vegetarian.
Why is it that the book of Mark, unlike the other Gospels, is so short and fast-paced and contains so little of the teachings of Jesus and so few miracle stories? About a third of the Gospel is preoccupied with the passion of Jesus, and yet the author has little interest in dwelling on the question of why Jesus had to die.
A century ago, a period of stunning Christian growth began. Africa's independent churches claim John Chilembwe as a symbol of a new native Christianity, free from its paternalistic and missionary roots.
A coalition of Muslims has raised nearly $50,000 to help rebuild black churches in the South that were recently damaged or destroyed by fire. “To many, it is clear that these are attacks on black culture, black religion, and black lives,” one of the Muslim organizers said. Faatimah Knight, a 23-year-old student at Chicago Theological Seminary, was one of the instigators of the fund-raising effort, which took place during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month devoted to fasting and alms giving. Arson is suspected in several of the church fires (CNN, July 9).