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Poletown saints: A beautiful 125-year-old church lives on despite faith-testing circumstances

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 10/6/2010

Types: Culture, Spirituality

It's hard to hear the priest. His voice has softened with age, he's got a thick Polish accent and his microphone keeps cutting in and out. Still, Father Edward Kaszak pushes forward with the Mass, a little in fluent Polish, some in halting English, giving the most unique liturgy in town.  There ar...[MORE]

Signs of faith: A Detroit mother’s grief is transformed — one nail at a time

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Culture, Spirituality

What can it actually accomplish? It's just a sign, stark and simple, and it declares, in the kind of religious language that saturates the city's culture, that "God said ... Thou shall not kill." And suddenly it was appearing on trees and poles all over town. The woman behind it says t...[MORE]

Rebuilding the temple: A downtown Detroit synagogue is rediscovered - and reborn

By Sallyann Price

Published: 7/14/2010

Types: Culture, Spirituality

When Martin Herman moved to Detroit to begin his academic career at Wayne State University in 1962, fresh from a year's study in Paris on a Fulbright research grant, the city offered six synagogues within walking distance of his home near Livernois and Curtis.  Since Herman's arrival, however, the ...[MORE]

Unseen hands: About those vandalized atheist ads

By News Hits staff

Published: 3/17/2010

Types: Culture, Spirituality

The infidels here at News Hits were heartened a few weeks ago when news broke that a group called the Detroit Area Coalition for Reason placed ads on the outside of SMART buses that read: "Don't believe in God? You are not alone." Given the influence of the religious right in this country...[MORE]

Dead head: Psychic Rebecca Rosen hits Detroit and talks to the 'happy' deceased. No, really.

By Jim McFarlin

Published: 2/17/2010

Types: Culture, Spirituality

She does not see dead people, so get that Haley Joel Osment image from The Sixth Sense out of your head. When little Becky Rosen from Omaha goes to work, transforming herself into Rebecca Rosen, nationally renowned psychic medium, she says she's more likely to see "balls of energy, or waves, li...[MORE]

Aronson's guide for the godless : A WSU prof contemplates America as a not-so-religious nation

By W. Kim Heron, Curt Guyette

Published: 1/7/2009

Types: Culture, Spirituality

Editor's note: Readers can discuss this interview and the questions it raises in the comment section at the end of this article. Author Ron Aronson will be checking our comment board for a dialogue with readers in the coming days. It began seriously with publication of The End of Faith: Religion, T...[MORE]

City mission: Young Mormons on the move

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 7/30/2008

Types: Culture, Spirituality

They were an odd sight. Two clean-cut white kids wearing black pants and white shirts with neckties, wandering through the rubble of a burned-out house in the middle of a littered field on the east side of Detroit. The pair, who go by the names Elder Porter and Elder Sturzenegger, are full-time...[MORE]

Alms & Tithe: At Zakat, Big Brother's the enemy and there's an escape from despair

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 5/28/2008

Types: Culture, Spirituality

From inside an old house in a bleak patch of the east side, Bilal Hajj delivers a message that proposes to transform the lives of the downtrodden. Whether or not anyone's listening, or will ever listen, is another matter. He runs the Zakat Institute, on Willis Street near Mount Elliot, a house-...[MORE]

Wright and the truth

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 4/30/2008

Types: Culture, Spirituality

I went to see the Rev. Jeremiah Wright — now known from sea to shining sea as the Rev. "God Damn America" Wright — speak the other night to the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner in Cobo Hall. Like all loyal Americans who have been subjected to constant bombardment of the famous YouTube vide...[MORE]

Wrap 'em up: This year, make the wrapping as much fun as the gift.

By Penelope Chisholme

Published: 12/8/1999

Types: Culture, Spirituality

Why use boring old wrapping paper to conceal those special gifts? There are many more creative and unusual ideas out there – ones that will make the wrapping just as memorable as the present inside. Some of them are better for the environment than tradit...[MORE]

My breakfast with Santa: After a long night, the jolly one unwinds.

By Chris Handyside

Published: 12/8/1999

Types: Culture, Spirituality

My sources tipped me off. After a night of bending both time and space, delivering presents and/or lumps of coal to all of the good/bad little boys and girls, making merry around the globe (for all the Christians, anyway), drinking ungodly amounts of mil...[MORE]

On Buddha and burglary: The Christmas shopping season allows newswriter Jennifer Bagwell to meditate upon the glaring differences between Western materialism and the Buddhist principle of nonattachment.

By Jennifer Bagwell

Published: 12/8/1999

Types: Culture, Spirituality

"'To give is nonattachment,' that is, just not to attach to anything is to give."—Shunryu Suzuki Nowhere, it seems, is the difference between Western materialism and the Buddhist principle of nonattachment more pronounced than during ...[MORE]

Can't beat 'em, join 'em: Christmas is a weird time of year for Jews, says metrotimes.com editor Adam Druckman. But that doesn't stop him from throwing a big Christmas party, roasted chestnuts and all.

By Adam Druckman

Published: 12/8/1999

Types: Culture, Spirituality

I'm Jewish, so Christmas is a weird time of year. Starting around Thanksgiving, my world becomes a disorienting blur of colored lights, Yuletide music, Claymation TV specials and shopping come-ons. Frankly, it's exhausting. But part of ...[MORE]

DIY religion: Tired of dogmatic doctrines, young people are patching together their own sets of beliefs.

By Kirk Diedrich

Published: 11/17/1999

Types: Culture, Spirituality

It’s Saturday night. I’m on my way to Genesis, a 7:30 p.m. service at Kensington Community Church in Troy. It’s not the time, or day, I’d expect to head to church, but that’s what sets apart this particular event. "We ...[MORE]

Legendary Detroit : From snake gods to 9/11, modern skepticism has shifted

By Nancy Kaffer

Published: 11/14/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

Have you ever driven down Knock-Knock Street? Been menaced by the White Lady of Tanglewood Drive? Run screaming from the Werewolf of Grosse Pointe?   The 18th-century legend of Le Loup Garou, the east side wolfman, doesn't get much press these days. And it's hard to find Knock-K...[MORE]

Losing grace: A magnificent church’s last Masses

By Detroitblogger John

Published: 10/24/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

On a chilly Sunday, an organ plays a somber hymn during Mass at an old Catholic church in Delray, in southwest Detroit. Words by Father Edward Zaorski echo through the mostly empty wooden pews. Some of the few dozen people are teary-eyed. As with a number of Detroit churches that have closed in...[MORE]

Onward, secular soldiers : The religious wrong candidates do to us

By Katha Pollitt

Published: 9/26/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

An amazing thing has been happening here in God’s own country: For the first time in living memory, religious skepticism is hot. In the past two years a whole slew of atheistic polemicists — Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens — have been on or near the bestseller list,...[MORE]

Getting psyched: Yeah, there are frauds and phonies. But Jewel Sheldon promises she's the real thing.

By Neil Dixon Smith

Published: 8/4/1999

Types: Culture, Spirituality

The first thing you need to understand about Ann Arbor’s Jewel Sheldon is that she comes across as one of the most reasonable, practical people you’ll ever meet, a straight-talking, 4X4-driving, middle-aged mom who grew up outside Battle Creek....[MORE]

Fortune tattling: Tele-psychic tells all (only $4.99 a minute).

By Debbie Nathan

Published: 8/4/1999

Types: Culture, Spirituality

The phone rang, and as usual I grabbed it as fast as I could. "Thank you for calling the Psychic Network," I said, mixing my normal "come on kids do the dishes now!" voice with a breathy attempt to sound otherworldly. "I’m Debo...[MORE]

Thou shalt advertise: God's word is getting louder and splashier – here's why.

By George Dila

Published: 6/23/1999

Types: Culture, Spirituality

By now, you’ve probably seen the messages from on high – high above metro-Detroit freeways on billboards, that is. "What part of ‘Thou Shalt Not’ didn’t you understand? – God" "Let’s ...[MORE]

Zen and now: Hamtramck monks save energy with a green remodel

By Charles Maldonado

Published: 8/15/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

It probably goes without saying, but Buddhist monks look wildly out of place in a metal scrap yard. And, upon entering one, you can only imagine how the barely contained chaos of one of these places must feel for ordained monk Hilary Moga (her Buddhist name is Myung Ju Sunim) and monk-in-trainin...[MORE]

A holiday to remember: In our family, we celebrate Kwanzaa by giving handmade gifts to friends.

By Desiree Cooper

Published: 12/23/1998

Types: Culture, Spirituality

Family stories are like piles of fertile compost. They are made up of moments left behind by one generation, and if spread over the right places, can nurture many generations to come. Holidays are the best times to share those stor...[MORE]

Death of a hero

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 7/25/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

Rabbi Sherwin Wine, the founder of Humanistic Judaism, was killed in a car crash in Morocco last weekend, in a freak accident that hauntingly recalled the death three months ago of the great writer David Halberstam. This community is vastly poorer as a result. Three weeks ago, over dinner, I ...[MORE]

Breaking stained-glass ceilings: Women ministers bring subtle changes to the male-dominated profession of preaching.

By Curtrise Garner

Published: 3/31/1999

Types: Culture, Spirituality

It was June 1974 when Wilma Johnson heard the voice of the Lord telling her to do his will. "And that’s what I did," she says. "I knew it was a commandment. I had no choice, no questions." For Johnson, the Lord’s will...[MORE]

Free Will Astrology

By Rob Brezsny

Published: 6/27/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Welcome to Part Two of your outlook for the second half of 2007, Aries. We’re checking up on how you’re progressing with the long-term tasks you were assigned six months ago. I hope now you’re seeing how much you have to learn. This has been and will continue to be an idea...[MORE]

Moore’s grand slam

By Jack Lessenberry

Published: 6/20/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

I went to the tiny town of Bellaire in northern Michigan last weekend to see the world premiere of Sicko, Michael Moore's new movie about health care in the United States. I didn't go to the press showing; I bought a regular ticket, to see what the audience's reaction would be. Frankly, I was p...[MORE]

Free Will Astrology

By Rob Brezsny

Published: 6/20/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

ARIES (March 21-April 19): We’re almost halfway through 2007. It’s time to take inventory of how well you’re capitalizing on this year’s unique opportunities. So let me ask you, Aries: Have you been making reconnaissance missions into previously forbidden territory? Are you seeking adventures beyond...[MORE]

Free Will Astrology

By Rob Brezsny

Published: 6/13/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t take your time, Aries. Move double fast and strategize from many angles, always thinking 10 steps ahead. Don’t keep your hands clean, either. Play with the muck and roll in the mud and learn from the dirt. And don’t you dare be measured and balanced. Instead, be an i...[MORE]

Free Will Astrology

By Rob Brezsny

Published: 6/6/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

ARIES (March 21-April 19): "Surreal hope" means having faith in a future opportunity that at first appears in an out-of-context situation. Say, for example, that you have an unsettling initial exposure to a stranger who, you will eventually realize, is an important ally. Maybe when you see...[MORE]

Black Christian hate

By Larry Gabriel

Published: 5/30/2007

Types: Culture, Spirituality

When I was in high school, a small group of football players would brag about going out on Friday nights to beat up fags.I didn't hang with that crowd, and I don't know what standard they used to ascertain who was a fag. In retrospect they probably couldn't even tell who among our fellow stude...[MORE]

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