Religion

The Faith We Found

by Jash Kalyani

Human beings are an integral part of the world. A world without humans would have the most untamed and undisturbed forms of nature, where the trees are as green and the rain is as wild as ever. The flowers would bloom, having no one to pluck them, and the cattle would meander, having no one

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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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A Hidden Apartheid

by Shouryaman Saha

She is a 19-year-old from Bangalore, Karnataka, in southern India. She is unemployed. She has a high school diploma, but will not continue her education. She speaks Kannada and minimal English. She is tall. She is slim. She has olive skin and serious eyes. Her laugh is light and sugary, but her smile is saccharine.

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Judaism

by Zoe Siegel

Jotting down my life in an unknown language, Understanding it is not always what it seems, Doing what I believe is right, following my heart, Admitting I’m in my own world, where no one can point a judging finger at me. I honor my family and ancestors through my unspoken words and sacred actions, Smiling

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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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Our World: An Interdependent Web

by Anna Zimmer

I was not raised in a family where religion played a big role. I have always known that both my parents were Christians at one point in their lives, but they drifted away and by the time I was born, they were both atheists, happy to have their Sunday mornings free of commitments. When I

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Mother Tongues

by Gary Eberle

Human beings come into the world hard-wired to speak any human language. Each of us, at birth, is cap-able of making any sound humans can make, and any baby can potentially under-stand any human tongue. As we grow we learn a particular language — our “mother tongue” — and our ability to learn other languages

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Faith in Myself

by Shikha Vinodanandan

Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life’s big questions. In each issue, three teens from different backgrounds respond to a question posed by the Editorial Board, based on the theme. This quarter the Ed Board asks: What does your faith or

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The Ultimate Superpower

by Gracie Griffin

Interfaith Connections is a column for teens to dialogue about how their faith or wisdom tradition influences their view of life’s big questions. In each issue, three teens from different backgrounds respond to a question posed by the Editorial Board, based on the theme. This quarter the Ed Board asks: Is searching for truth an

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