Does college life destroy one’s faith life?

The modern university campus is no place for a believer. Far from the watchful eye of faithful parents, lost among a million to-do’s, surrounded by dormmates and classmates of different faiths or no faith at all, college students are pretty much set-up to become a statistic of those who “have left the church in college.” But it doesn’t have to be this way. Harvard graduate, Rhodes Scholar and now author Aurora Griffin shares forty practical tips on how prospective and current college students can keep their faith in college in her debut book, HOW I STAYED CATHOLIC AT HARVARD.

L.A.’s pioneer in Jewish/Christian relations

On Wednesday, September 28 at 1:00 P.M., historians, rabbis, pastors, and representatives of many civic and educational organizations will gather at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale grave site of William E. Blackstone, recognizing the 175th anniversary of his birth, and his historical significance as a pioneer of respectful relationships between Christians and Jews.


Yale Journal of Music & Religion

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music (ISM) has announced the publication of Vol. 2, No. 2 of Yale Journal of Music & Religion (YJMR), and the appointment of Jeffers L. Engelhardt as its new editor-in-chief, effective October 1.

Scholar speaking at U.S. Department of Education states that parents and love are the keys to raising African American achievement

In a speech at the U.S. Department of Education, William Jeynes, a senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton and a Harvard graduate, presented data from a recent major study on raising African American student achievement. The study was a meta-analysis, which is a very highly regarded statistical approach. This is because a meta-analysis statistically combines all of the studies that have ever been done on a particular topic. The findings indicated that African American parental involvement is a particularly strong means of raising the educational outcomes of their children and that these youth responded particularly well to love, as expressed by their parents and teachers.

Skidmore College receives grant for Buddhist professorship


Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs, NY, has received a gift to establish The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Professorship in Buddhist Studies. The $300,000 grant for the new tenure-track position addresses a priority at the College as it creates a new Religion Department and seeks to strengthen its interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program. The position will be a joint appointment between the two academic units. In granting the award, the Foundation cited its longstanding interest in promoting Buddhist studies and explained that 2016 is the inaugural year in which it is offering New Professorship grants to institutions to establish teaching positions through an open, international competition. Skidmore was selected for an award from a strong pool of candidates by an international panel of distinguished scholars in Buddhist studies.


Guam Senator visits Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) Executive Minister

Senator Rory J. Respicio, the majority leader of Guam’s 33nd legislature, made a courtesy call to Iglesia Ni Cristo Executive Minister Brother Eduardo recently, to present the legislative resolution of Guam that recognized and congratulated the INC on its 102nd anniversary this past July 27. “The Iglesia Ni Cristo is a very resilient Church, and the Church is here to stay,” said the US senator who flew to the Philippines specifically to present to Brother Eduardo Guam’s legislative resolution no. 419-33, which he had introduced and which was supported by 14 other legislators of Guam. “The reason for this visit is to present the legislative resolution which recognizes the 102nd anniversary of the INC, and also to recognize the INC for all its contributions to the island of Guam,” he said in an interview. “I am always indebted to the Filipino people for its continued contributions (to Guam), and I’m here today to recognize the Iglesia Ni Cristo and say that the people of Guam are indebted to the positive act the Church has made to our island,” Senator Respicio explained.

Tricycle Magazine kicks off 25th anniversary celebration with Lex Hixon book launch event

To kick off its 25th anniversary, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, the first independent magazine dedicated to Western Buddhism, will be presenting a unique event with Sheila Hixon on Tuesday, October 25th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greene Space in Manhattan’s SoHo district to celebrate the release of Conversations in the Spirit, a collection of Lex Hixon’s WBAI “In the Spirit’” interviews, published by Monkfish Book Publishing Company.