One day, we too may be at the wrong end of a gun, facing someone who believes we deserve to die. And then we may regret all the hours we wasted complaining, bitching and condemning those we thought were wrong and wish that we had spent more time dancing, loving and brightening life ourselves.
The term that best encapsulates the dots I am trying to join up here - spirituality and home design - is well being: that is our 'elephant'. Whether it's the thread count of the Egyptian cotton sheets you're sleeping on, your newfound yoga addiction, or unquenchable prayer/meditation habit that keeps you sane, we're all essentially doing the same thing when it comes to these lifestyle choices.
Religion and sex, avocados and toast, Kanye and Kim... matches made in heaven (excuse the pun) right? In some ways of course, the words 'religion' and 'sex' are often seen together, bandied about with phrases like "steer clear", "not with them", "can't use that" and "after marriage" attached.
A wedding is a completely personal event, and there's no right or wrong way to do it. But for me, to make solemn promises in front of a god I don't believe in, using language I didn't agree with, in the kind of building I rarely visit, seemed a pretty insincere way to kick off a marriage. But there was one thing that religious weddings offer that I really wanted - reflection and preparation.
We cannot leave vulnerable young men open to the exploitation of extremists, both for our own security, and their own wellbeing. If we simply see prisons as warehouses, designed to confine, then we should not be surprised if extremists see them in a similar way - as places where they can collect damaged young men for their jihads, and their crusades, wholesale.
Despite the vast majority of Brits being secular in outlook and largely indifferent to religion, our political structures and institutions have failed to keep pace with changing demographics. This leaves the privileged position of the established Church looking increasingly incongruous with the reality of modern life.
Yet again religion is in the dock, and yet again those of faith who abide by the law and seek to do good are being tarnished by others of faith who act illegally and engage in dubious practices.
I imagine myself sitting in a New York theatre, one with velvet red curtains and a single microphone occupying the stage. Qasim Rashid walks out from ...
For so many reasons, it was good this story dominated the headlines over the weekend; showing positive tales of cooperation can occasionally grab headlines alongside the usual media diet of conflict and tension of religion-related stories. His appointment won't be a miracle cure to ingrained prejudice but he now has an awesome opportunity to enhance interfaith understanding from his City Hall pulpit.
The Jehovah's Witnesses are going viral. Social media users have discovered 'One Man One Woman', a short animation about same-sex marriage. In the...
We don't have to like religion, or agree with everything it says, but for our own sake we should put its role in context. In doing so, we can address the true causes of the violence in the world today.
Humanity needs the Christ too much for humble hearts to give up on God and sacrifice the hope of genuine, Christian healing.
If she is serious, she will appreciate that retaining the whip and the status quo was not in the interests of herself, her party or its ties with the Jewish community. If, despite the disciplinary process, she acts on her words to enhance her efforts with the community, we should all sit up and take notice. Going forward, she has an opportunity to make a real and much-needed contribution. Over to you, Naz Shah.
I am sorry. For someone who knows the scourge of oppression and racism all too well it is important that I make an unequivocal apology for statements and ideas that I have foolishly endorsed in the past.
Does anyone really think that marking people for exclusion helps win arguments? Or increases tolerance? Or makes the world a better place? Or makes the world safer for those with minority views or opinions or customs? I don't. If you disagree, please, do tell me where you think I'm going wrong.
Sometimes with birthdays of 'a significant age' you are celebrating no more than the fact that someone has survived for a very long time. In the case of Queen Elizabeth II, however, we do not simply celebrate years but virtues as well. For me I think our Queen has demonstrated three great virtues, all particularly commendable because they are rare in our age...