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Hands holding an offering bowl. Image by Kahlil Broderick via flickr used under a Creative Commons By Attribution license.
Family, Reflection and Slowing Down (encore) February 23, 2023

Martyn Oliver, says fasting most likely predates organized religion. And we explore how individuals and communities are embracing the ancient ritual of abstaining from food, water, intimacy, and comfort as a response to modern life.

Then, the 19-Day Fast in the Bahá’í tradition begins at sundown on March 1, 2023.  The fast marks the last month of the Bahá’í calendar before the new year. It involves abstaining from food or drink from sunrise to sunset. The multigenerational Ewing-Boyd family of Washington DC invites host, Ambereen Khan, to join a breaking of the fast and share how they do their best to use this time of fasting as an opportunity to slow down, gain discipline, and reconnect with each other.

Martyn Oliver, Ph.D. Faculty Chair of the Department of Critical Race, Gender & Culture Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.

Our theme Breath Deep is copyright MC Yogi.

The songs River Flute and Midsummer Sky
by Incompetech/Kevin MacLeod, J. C. Bach's Lamento performed by Collogium 1704,
and Henry Purcell Didos Lament, performed by Zeynep Öykü all used under a
Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

This week's closing music, New Hope, by Audiobinger,
used under a Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0 license.

Additional music by Blue Dot Session.