Interfaith Connections

KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine & website for kids created by and for young people to tackle life’s big questions together. Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life’s big questions. Enjoy these perspectives, and be sure to submit your poetry, artwork and writing for future issues of KidSpirit.

Happiness Through Service

by Jung Woo Bae

There is a widespread view that happiness is obtained through reciprocity. In other words, happiness is dictated by how much we receive in any given exchange. But, what would happen when we give without an expectation of anything in return? Will we be left feeling empty, or left feeling full? My Catholic faith has shown

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The Wholeness of Nature

by Katie Reis

I’m not a religious person. I was baptized a Catholic but slowly realized that many of Catholicism’s beliefs and principles did not fit my own. Over the years, I have explored many different religions.   After I visited Japan as part of a student exchange program about a year ago, I became fascinated with Shintoism.

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Sailing Through a Storm

by Ameena Naqvi

The waves crashed softly against the boat, pushing it towards the shore. My grandfather stepped off the boat and tied the rope to the dock. That day my grandfather was going to teach me how to sail. He described sailing as flying over water. It was like freedom to him, to set sail into the

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Grandmother’s Mythic Kingdom

by Noorjehan Asim

I’ve always had a soft spot for the surreal. My fondest childhood memories are of my grandmother’s dark bedroom, dimly lit by a row of candles. Despite Pakistan’s notorious ups and downs with power generation, this darkness was deliberate. During my childhood, evenings were a gateway to a world beyond toys and television. The tedium

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Blood Is Thicker Than Water: Filial Piety in Chinese Culture

by Nathan Zhang

I still remember walking down a dusty country road in the Chinese city of Chongqing early last summer with my dad, my little brother, and my grandmother. We were walking toward a cemetery lined with graves of the forgotten. A car rushed past, and the sun sent waves of heat down upon us. Far ahead was a shop.

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A Personal Exploration of Diversity and Heritage

by Samarth Jajoo

From a young age I was taught to stand up for my beliefs. More importantly, I was taught to appreciate diversity. We can choose to appreciate and tolerate the beliefs of others, along with honoring our personal beliefs. I have grown up with friends from different religions like Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam, and have always

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Caught in the Middle

by Maya Mesh

Some people say that being Hispanic can mean a lot of things. It can mean that you are an honor student, a writer, a CEO, even a Supreme Court justice. But it can also mean that you are oppressed, poor, an alien, an outsider.   Being white can mean a lot of things, too. It

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Powerful Patience

by Marwa Alalawi

Flickering streetlights streamed into my aunt’s bedroom as she hushed my cries with gentle strokes, tucking me into a sea of white linen. It was my first time sleeping at her house. My aunt, who had no children at that time, wished to spoil me by having me spend the night.  I don’t remember what

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The Light Within

by Zainab Umer

The television screams the latest headline with urgent tenacity. It feels like my world is crumbling before my eyes. Surely, all this bloodshed, this hatred, this intolerance, cannot be my religion, my faith, my Islam? Surely this cannot be anything but a gross misinterpretation of a religion of peace and a blatant misuse of power?

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Love’s Final Form

by Grace Snarr

Power is not given; it is within us and cannot be taken away. This is a great responsibility and privilege, one that we humans sometimes abuse. Dani* and I were best friends. We would hang out almost every weekend, and don’t even mention summer! We talked, laughed, and ate together like sisters. We trusted each other enough

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