Seven Heroes, Seven Faiths

“The grieving are calling out to Jesus–and God and HaShem and Krishna. They are chanting passages from the New Testament, the Torah, Unitarian readings, and the Vedas.| The crew of Columbia represents an extraordinary variety of faith traditions:

  • Kalpana Chawla – Hindu
  • William McCool – Roman Catholic
  • Ilan Ramon – Jewish
  • Rick Husband – Charismatic
  • Laurel Clark – Unitarian
  • David Brown – Episcopalian
  • Michael Anderson – Baptist

“This is just the way America is right now. Seek the best and the brightest, and you’ll invariably scoop up a great assortment of faiths.”

Seven Heroes, Seven FaithsBeliefNet)

I wish I had the time to delve into this excellent compilation of brief bios, commentaries on the funeral/memorial services associated with each faith, and links to off-site resources on the religious traditions of each astronaut.