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Interfaith Leaders Gather To Promote Peace In The Heart Of The Christian South

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion

Renowned spiritual leaders and activists will convene in Louisville, Kentucky for the 21st annual Festival of Faiths later this month to address strat...

How Do You Spell Compassion?

Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D. | Posted 04.08.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D.

So, what is the world you want to live in? It seems that the first step each one of us can do is simple. It just takes the decision to do it. Transforming our passion into compassion.

Life in the Grey Zone

John Feffer | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
John Feffer

A gray zone, according to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), is a place where Muslims have rejected an "us-versus-them" world of belief and unbelief that puts the caliphate in the right and the "crusader coalition" in the wrong.

Freedom of Religion, the New Economies, and the Golden Rule

Blair Forlaw | Posted 01.14.2017 | Religion
Blair Forlaw

These "economies" of people coming together to create, share, give, and add value are spreading organically around the globe as more and more members of all generations strive to create a world where everyone can participate and all can thrive.

A Birthday Gift for the Dalai Lama -- Global Compassion Education

Emily Hine | Posted 07.03.2016 | Impact
Emily Hine

While I love his wish, I say let's take it a step further: Let's give His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the gift of global compassion education by mainstreaming compassion training in schools, communities and businesses around the world.

Goodness Isn't Relative

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.10.2016 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

One of the core tenets of the postmodern theory that swept through academia since the middle of the last century was an assertion of moral relativism.

Europe's New Frontier: From Social Democracy to Governance That Fits

Elza S. Maalouf | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Elza S. Maalouf

While the West has taken for granted the cultural complexity it has built over the centuries, it should not assume that everyone is ready to assimilate into it without proper guidance.

LISTEN: No, Religion Does Not Cause All Wars

Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal liv...

What Ferguson Needs Is Compassion: Faith Leaders

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Lilly Fowler | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion

ST. LOUIS (RNS) Some might argue that if there is one thing this city could use more of right now, it’s compassion. Even before civil unrest surf...

Raising Compassionate Kids, Rethinking Compassion for Adults

Andrew Andestic | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Andrew Andestic

Are we compassionate only to our children, house plants and those who pay us well or smile back at us at the customer service counter? Is compassion bigger than this?

Daily Meditation: A Case For Compassion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Case Against Certainty

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We've become intolerant of doubt, especially self-doubt: we don't know how to live with the notion that we might be mistaken while continuing to strive to be reasonable.

Karen Armstrong Recalls A Dying Nun's Lesson In Kindness

OWN | Posted 02.07.2014 | OWN

At age 17, world-renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong entered a Roman Catholic convent. From the start, Armstrong says she had trouble adjusting...

The One Belief That Ties All Religions Together

OWN | Posted 12.03.2013 | OWN

Bestselling author and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong has conducted decades of research on the world's religions, and says there's a universal theme...

The Simple Way You Can Practice Compassion Today

OWN | Posted 12.02.2013 | OWN

Best-selling author, religious expert and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong has studied all of the world's great religions. She says she's identified t...

Let Go Of The Desire To Know It All

Posted 09.12.2013 | OWN

So many of us are terrified of what will happen if we don't have all the answers. Find out how to surrender to faith -- and happiness -- from the auth...

Mindfulness, Music Appreciation and Empathy

Patrick Groneman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Patrick Groneman

Music is a language of energy, a "vibe" of emotions and joy. It speaks to our core desires and feelings. It spans language barriers and political borders, making it a powerful means through which humans can connect.

Don't Mess With Joan Brown Campbell!

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.17.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

What an honor to be up here for this roast of Joan Brown Campbell. Look at her everyone - such pretty eyes, such a nice smile - she just looks so sweet. Well, don't be fooled.

Objectivity Impossible for Muslims?

Deanna Othman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Deanna Othman

What remains central to this discussion is not the content of Reza Aslan's work of scholarship, but the role his identity plays in his ability to act as a scholar.

Am I Really a Christian?

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

To be a Christian, I needed to get to know Jesus and learn how to treat others with love rather than lead a self-centered life. I didn't think this required belonging to an organization.

WATCH: The Mysterious Medical Condition That Caused This Woman 'Moments Of Absolute Terror'

OWN | Posted 06.12.2013 | OWN

When she was a Roman Catholic nun, and for many years after, religious author and scholar Karen Armstrong was plagued by mysterious ailments. Fainting...

WATCH: A Former Nun's Source Of 'Terrible Shame'

OWN | Posted 06.08.2013 | OWN

Karen Armstrong is an acclaimed religious author, prestigious TED Prize winner and one of the world's foremost religious scholars -- not to mention a ...

Faith Isn't Irrational, But Beliefs May Be

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Religion has become improverished and identified with an irrational belief in far-fetched stories -- if taken as literal fact -- which were intended as parables symbolic of larger truths in human life.

A Timely Interview With Jon Ramer About Creating Collective Compassion (Part 1)

Russell C. Smith | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

Jon Ramer is a software entrepreneur turned social engineer, a civic leader, a community organizer, an inventor, and a musician. He is the designer an...

WATCH: Ideas For Change, Karen Armstrong On Charter for Compassion

Posted 08.16.2012 | Business

“Never treat others as you would not like to be treated yourself.” Karen Armstrong describes this as the golden rule of spirituality that should b...