American Families of Faith
Apocalyptic Fear and Authentic Faith | Audio Article 19

Apocalyptic Fear and Authentic Faith | Audio Article 19

February 7, 2022

"Religious gatherings often bring a sense of peace and safety, but in this case religious gatherings can spread the very virus everyone hopes they and their loved ones will avoid. Whether you believe that houses of worship should remain open during this trying time, or that they should close, our research has found that meaningful religious practice at home is both possible and beautiful."

 

David Dollahite reads the article, "Apocalyptic Fear and Authentic Faith" which was originally published in MecatorNet on March 25, 2020.

Rock and Religion: The Pursuit of Everlasting Love | Audio Article 18

Rock and Religion: The Pursuit of Everlasting Love | Audio Article 18

February 7, 2022

"For two decades, we have interviewed religious wives and husbands in long-term happy marriages and we asked them how they kept their love alive. We heard relational and religious answers that reflected a variety of wisdom.

"Like most Americans of our generations (X and the Boomers), we also grew up hearing the voices of classic rock and roll. Rock also has its own kind of wisdom about keeping love alive—though often profane and crass—and it too enshrines a kind of sacred quest for Everlasting Love. On Valentine’s Day these two visions of love collide, converge, and clash in unique and surprising ways."

 

Loren Marks reads the article, "Rock and Religion: The Pursuit of Everlasting Love" which was originally published in Public Square Magazine on February 13, 2020.

Romantic Love and Religion—A Match Made in Heaven? | Audio Article 17

Romantic Love and Religion—A Match Made in Heaven? | Audio Article 17

February 7, 2022

"Catholic thinker Michael Novak locates the myth of romantic love in our unfulfilled passion. He distinguishes romantic love from an embodied, other-oriented Christian love. But it’s worth exploring the possibility that elements of the same basic human desire lie at the core of both: a deep and abiding need for profound and lasting—indeed eternal—emotional and spiritual intimacy, the dream of shared meaning and unified fulfillment of our deepest hopes with the “one.”"

 

David Dollahite reads the article, "Romantic Love and Religion—A Match Made by Heaven?" which was originally published in RealClearReligion on February 14, 2020.

Why Do They Tithe? Perspectives on Giving Back to God | Audio Article 16

Why Do They Tithe? Perspectives on Giving Back to God | Audio Article 16

February 7, 2022

"In December, articles and blogs address various aspects of Christmas. We would like to address another important December event for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—tithing settlement. While few people have as many positive nostalgic memories of tithing settlement as they do of Christmas, there are profound spiritual aspects of tithing as a way of giving back to God in gratitude for what God has given us."

 

Loren Marks reads the article, "Why Do They Tithe? Perspectives on Giving Back to God" which was originally published in Meridian Magazine on December 10, 2019.

The Best Practices—and Benefits—of Religious Parenting | Audio Article 15

The Best Practices—and Benefits—of Religious Parenting | Audio Article 15

February 7, 2022

"The research . . . suggests evidence-based best practices for effectively integrating faith and family life, including religious-spiritual authenticity, nurturing parent-child relationships, balancing religious firmness and flexibility, and encouraging youth to have spiritual experiences, sacrifice meaningfully, and pray earnestly—all while parents preach a bit less and listen a bit more."

 

David Dollahite reads the article, "The Best Practices—and Benefits—of Religious Parenting" which was originally published in Public Discourse on February 6, 2020.

Faithful Fathering: Ten Narratives of Wisdom from Fathers of Different Faiths | Audio Article 14

Faithful Fathering: Ten Narratives of Wisdom from Fathers of Different Faiths | Audio Article 14

February 7, 2022

"Over the past 25 years, we have interviewed more than 300 diverse fathers about the challenges and blessings of striving to be a faithful father. From thousands of pages of transcriptions and field notes we have gleaned 10 insights that have left us pondering the world’s most profound job: that of parent."

 

Loren Marks reads the article, "Faithful Fathering: Ten Narratives of Wisdom from Fathers of Different Faiths" which was originally published in Meridian Magazine on June 13, 2019.

What We Can Learn from Ritual and Tradition in American Jewish Families | Audio Article 13

What We Can Learn from Ritual and Tradition in American Jewish Families | Audio Article 13

February 7, 2022

"In reference to those of different faiths, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “Look for their strengths and their virtues, and you will find strength and virtues that will be helpful in your own life.” In striving to live a good, faithful life and foster loving family relationships in an ever-changing world, there is indeed much strength and virtue that we can gain from our Jewish friends and their examples."

 

David Dollahite reads the article, "What We Can Learn from ritual and Tradition in American Jewish Families" which was originally published in Meridian Magazine on September 23, 2019.

What Religious Parents Say Matters Most in Raising Faithful Children | Audio Article 12

What Religious Parents Say Matters Most in Raising Faithful Children | Audio Article 12

February 7, 2022

"[We asked religious Christian, Muslim, and Jewish parents of adolescents], “What do you consider to be the most important things for you to be or do as a mother/father of faith?” [We found] that both mothers and fathers have similar desires to be good examples. Mothers and fathers of faith both reportedly rely on their religion to show them what (and how) they should try to be. Parents reportedly strived to model their relationship with their children in a manner consistent with their belief in God. Many reportedly drew on a commitment to God and their religious faith as a guide for what they should be as parents. Parents expressed their desires to be consistent examples and to live so that what they taught their children was demonstrated in their own behavior. Parents not only wanted to teach their children about their religious beliefs, they also reportedly strived to become models of what they were teaching their children."

 

Loren Marks reads the article, "What Religious Parents Say Matters Most in Raising Faithful Children" which was originally published in Meridian Magazine on October 18, 2018.

Family Prayer: A Sacred Time and A Sacred Space – Findings from a National Study | Audio Article 11

Family Prayer: A Sacred Time and A Sacred Space – Findings from a National Study | Audio Article 11

November 5, 2021

"We’ve all heard that familiar saying, “the family that prays together, stays together.” How does the nature and experience of family prayer create strong families? What can we learn from families that pray together?"

David Dollahite reads the article, "Family Prayer: A Sacred Time and A Sacred Space – Findings from a National Study" which was originally published in Meridian Magazine on March 24, 2019.

The Abiding Power of Sacred Family Rituals | Audio Article 10

The Abiding Power of Sacred Family Rituals | Audio Article 10

November 5, 2021

"Drawing from the diverse families who taught us, we explore, explain, and illustrate why sacred family rituals matter, with the hope that your family and ours will more effectively harness this power in our own homes and families."

Loren Marks reads the article, "The Abiding Power of Sacred Family Rituals" which was originally published in Meridian Magazine on August 16, 2018.

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