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Female Prayer Leaders and Islamic Feminism

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This post is by Deika Mohamed and is part of Muslim Women Speak, a series hosted by Gender Across Borders. It was originally posted on altmuslimah. (Above: Raheel Raza, the first woman to lead a mixed congregational prayer in Britain. Image from raheelraza.com.) Omenya Ayad’s article, “Women Leading Men’s Prayer: Defying Inequality or Proving Insecurity,”

Rituals , Spells, and Intuition

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I come from a world where you don’t mess with your ancestors, dreams have meaning, seashells give advice, upside down coffee cups tell stories, and practicing black magic has severe consequences. As a child, I would sit between my mother and aunties’ legs witnessing women tipping stained coffee cups to the side, preaching of ills and/or prosperity yet to come. I would listen intently to them speak of cleansing rituals and baths that needed to be performed to keep evil spirits and negativity at bay. They would mesmerize me recounting dreams where lottery numbers, impending pregnancies, and cheating husbands were part of encrypted messages.

Less and less of a witch….

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I am becoming more and more skeptical of this ritual business. Every time I hunker down to do a pagany (ish) ritual I just can’t do it. I get really distracted or feel really tired. I’m afraid to say this might be the end of witchcraft for me. When I became interested in being a Satanist I did less rituals and found myself more free to do other things. I felt less resentful of not doing that ritual or whatever when I had time. So I didn’t.

Russell’s Teapot

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My knowledge is rudimentary on philosophy and Atheism so I was glad I got a suggestion from a friend to look up Russell’s Teapot. A theory that inspired the legends of the beautiful Invisible Pink Unicorn and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Russell’s Teapot is basically it’s a way to shifting the question (how do you know that God doesn’t exist) made by theists back to them. How do you know a teapot isn’t really making an orbit around the sun somewhere in the vicinity of Mars and Earth.

Why We Need Female Spiritual Leaders

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I spent the last two weeks meditating for several hours a day, maintaining silence, and chanting a hell of a lot — such is the drill at my Zen temple’s annual summer retreat. It’s 24/7 spiritual development on hyperspeed, thanks to the lack of chatter, the lack of internet and smartphone use, and the endless

Mourning and Hoping as a Community

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I’m sitting on my couch at the moment, fuzzy-headed, because I’m on hour 23 of a 25 hour fast. Today is Tisha b’Av, the 9th day of the Jewish month of Av, and it’s one of two 25 hour fasts in the Jewish calendar, the other being Yom Kippur. In many ways, I find Yom Kippur easier. The day (versus the evening before) is shorter, because it’s in the fall. Yom Kippur is a day of atonement and prayer, spent in the synagogue with a palpable sense of desperation and anxiousness. Tisha b’Av, in contrast, is a day of mourning.

Celebrating Sikh baby girls?

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Last Sunday I went to a religious service to celebrate the first birthday of two twin girls. It’s tradition in Sikh communities that the paternal grandparents of a baby throw a party or hold a religious reading to mark the baby’s first birthday. Typically this is only done for male grandchildren, so this was a first for me.

People of Fatih are Pro-Choice

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Today we’re talking to Meghan Smith, the Domestic Program Associate for Catholics for Choice, which was founded in 1973 to serve as a voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health. Meghan integrates CFC’s US policy activities and advocacy throughout the country by fostering relationships with collegial organizations and compiling legislative and policy analyses.

Some Women Were Born To Preach

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When you’re young, friends and relatives ask you the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For Roman Catholic women with strong faith and leadership qualities, it’s a shame that they can’t say, “I want to be a priest.” Although women are defying the strict rules of Catholicism and making it

Women Priests Ordained in Maryland

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An NPR story this week talks about the recent ordination of four priests in Maryland. What made this ordination unique? The new priests are all women. Of course, the Catholic Church doesn’t allow women to become priests. These four new priests are part of a larger group of about a hundred women priests ordained since 2002, who comprise a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

A Lesson In Equality From Adam and Eve

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“So let’s learn about Shavuot,” my teacher said, and I dutifully began to take notes on the holiday. “Shavuot [which began Tuesday night] commemorates God giving the Torah to the Jews. When God was telling Moses to instruct the Jews how to prepare for Matan Torah [Giving of the Torah], God said to Moses, ‘So shall you say to Beit Yaakov [House of Jacob] and Bnei Yisrael [Children of Israel].’ Rashi says that Beit Yaakov refers to the women, while Bnei Yisrael refers to the men. Okay, great explanation. But why does it say the women first?

Head Of St Vitalis, Patron Saint For Genital Diseases, To Be Auctioned Off On Sunday

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If you’re scared of venereal diseases and feel you need extra protection from them on top of what your health center can give you, head over to Duleek, Ireland, this Sunday and where the head of St Vitalis, the patron saint for genital diseases, will be sold at an auction. Lodged in its Queen Anne

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