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NEWS: Epiphany in Russia: a Holy Polar Plunge

Epiphany in Russia can be a chilling experience–especially for those who choose to take the plunge. Each year thousands of Russian Christians gather to the “growling spring” at Sergiev Posad, outside of Moscow, to plunge themselves into the holy—and freezing cold—water. According to tradition, growling spring is believed to be the site where Russian Orthodox Saint … Continue reading

NEWS: The Significance of Fleshly Encounters

In “Touch and American Religions” historian Candy Gunther Brown explores the importance of human touch in practice, whether defined by traditional religion or alternative therapeutic movements. She points to the rather lengthy history of the Western tendency to create a hierarchy of senses – how they are valued and perceived. She suggests that the Christian … Continue reading