August 9th, 2012
02:56 PM ET

Gold medalist returns to Olympics as spiritual guide

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

London (CNN)– Madeline Manning Mims has a message for the athletes at the London Olympics.

"They are loved. They are a part of humanity in a very special way and what they do matters," Mims said.

She's not talking about being loved by the fans - she's talking about being loved by God.

Mims is a gospel singer and a sports chaplain, and she's no stranger to the Olympics.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Christianity • Sports

Pronounce it for me: Sikh
A shirt at a New York vigil honoring victims of the Wisconsin temple shooting.
August 9th, 2012
02:00 PM ET

Pronounce it for me: Sikh

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - As terror struck the heart of the Sikh community with Sunday's mass shooting at a Wisconsin gurdwara, a Sikh house of worship, the tiny American Sikh population was thrust into the spotlight.

Many Americans were hearing about the faith for the first time.

Among all the questions surrounding the 500-year-old faith, one stood out.

Do you pronounce it like "sick" or like "seek?"


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Sikh • TV

Sikhs host vigil for Wisconsin temple victims across from White House
Some Sikhs at the Washington vigil wore orange turbans to show solidarity.
August 9th, 2012
11:28 AM ET

Sikhs host vigil for Wisconsin temple victims across from White House

By Anna-Lysa Gayle, CNN

Washington (CNN) -
A couple hundred people from various religious backgrounds gathered across from the White House on Wednesday night for a vigil honoring the victims of Sunday's attack on a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee.

The event's organizers wore T-shirts that said “United against Hate” and distributed orange ribbons, one of the colors on the Sikh flag. Some Sikhs wore orange turbans as a symbol of pride.

Turban debate: to wear or not to wear?

“I wanted to have a vigil where it was everybody together in the nation’s capital, in front of the White House," said Sabrina Mangat, a Howard University senior who helped organize the vigil.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Sikh • Violence

August 9th, 2012
05:38 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, August 9

By Arielle Hawkins, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: The Sikh turban: at once personal and extremely public
Harkirat Singh Soin remembers a day in 1999 when, after much contemplation, he finally took a seat in a barber's chair. All his 18 years, he'd worn long hair, first in a top knot, then in a dastar, or turban. It was an expression of his Sikh faith and a distinct mark of his identity.

CNN: Christian college student's idea leads to rally for burned mosque
When 20-year-old Ashley Carter heard about a mosque burned to the ground in her town this week, she was shocked. "I was very saddened," she told CNN on Wednesday. "I thought it was very evil." So Carter, a student at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, texted a friend, suggesting they organize an event "promoting acts of love."


- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Uncategorized

About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.