While traditional Islamic jurists prohibit women from leading prayer, a small but growing movement is pushing traditional boundaries with a smattering of services led by women.
Filling the pews, but few in the pulpit. For every 10,000 Hispanic Catholics there is only one Hispanic priest. And Hispanic bishops? They are literally one in a million.
Reflections on religion reporting from a monastery in upstate New York.
Tree shrines dot India’s landscape, encompassing nearly every religious tradition. But tree symbolism resonates in many other cultures too, speaking to universal themes of life.
Amma, India’s “Hugging Saint,” commands crowds of thousands wherever she goes. Her followers estimate she has hugged more than 26 million people worldwide over the last 36 years. I caught up with her tour in Mumbai to experience what her devotees call “darshan.”
Traveling across India’s religious landscape, it is impossible not to notice the stars above your head, beneath your feet and before you eyes. Follow the stars in this slideshow.
Photos by Karla Bruning
Published in The San Francisco Chronicle
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