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Choosing a College for a Common Good

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

Before asking "where" or even "how much will it cost", perhaps it is most worthwhile to first consider "why" when choosing a college. Why college? For starters, one should challenge the common assumption that campuses are mere four-year corridors to higher wages, elevated social status, and comfortable lifestyles.

Health Care's Undiscovered Assets

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.12.2017 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Most Americans are not familiar with professionally trained, board certified health care chaplains who undergo intensive academic and clinical training to bring comfort and meaning to patients and their families.

This I Believe -- Perspectives From a University Muslim Chaplain

Imam Adeel J. Zeb | Posted 02.10.2017 | Religion
Imam Adeel J. Zeb

I believe that I was created to worship the creator, and to serve and treat His creation well. I believe that interfaith dialogue is part of my faith, duty, and calling as a Muslim.

Chaplains, Counselors And Pastors Rush To Help Victims And Their Families In San Bernardino

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.03.2015 | Religion

A day after a shooting during a holiday party at a social services center in San Bernardino, California, left 14 people dead and 21 injured, communiti...

Why Listening Matters Most During Times Of Loss

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 10.05.2015 | Healthy Living

How I ended up working as a hospice chaplain is still a bit of a mystery to me. When I let go of my plans to attend law school after college and inste...

Navy Decides To Keep Chaplain Who Allegedly Shamed Female And Gay Sailors

MilitaryTimes | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion

The Navy has decided not to force out a Pentecostal chaplain who landed in hot water for allegedly scolding sailors for homosexuality and premarital s...

An Iranian-American 'Pioneer' Celebrates 50 years in America

David Shams | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
David Shams

On Feb. 7, Beatles lovers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's arrival in America. While I like the Beatles, my siblings and I will be celebrating a different 50th anniversary: The arrival of our father in the United States.

The Boston Tragedy: After The Nonsense

Robert M. Randolph | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Robert M. Randolph

Eight thousand police from around world came to campus to honor the fallen officer. The day dawned rainy, but it cleared and the sun gave many their first blush of color this spring. The MIT community was surrounded by caring men and women in blue. For students it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Military Chaplains -- Treating PTSD at the Battlefield

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Chaplains have direct access to our troops, as they are experiencing trauma, whether it be sexual trauma or the result of a physical injury on the battlefield.

Ask Pastor Paul: How Can I Talk To Someone Who Denigrates My Beliefs?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I'm not a Christian and I've learned the hard way that when someone believes that no one can come to God except through Jesus that discussing spiritual matters with them is mostly futile.

Wise as Serpents: Finding Trained Trauma Chaplains in the Wake of a Crisis

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.21.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

it's pretty easy to come to town, say you are a "trained trauma chaplain", flash your badge and get assigned to help people who are at their most psychologically and spiritually vulnerable. The potential for doing harm, to the point of spiritual abuse, is high.

Can A Person 'Suffer From Life'?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Do you think that there is such a thing as "suffering from life"? Do you think that people should be able to make their own decision as to whether or not to end their life?

Is College Bad For Religion?

Rev. Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith

Never in my lifetime as a college chaplain have students been so earnest, so convicted, so ready to step into a cultural crossfire between absolutes and steady their eye on cleaning up the mess.

Why Rituals Matter After Disaster

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

Emotional and spiritual care is just about celebration as much is it is about mourning loss and change.

No Poverty Of Spirit

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

What you do with the wealth matters. How you counsel the one percent makes a profound difference. And, relationships built upon common needs build bridges, even as bridges unmaintained may fall at any time.

Ravana, Al-Awlaki And The Hijacking Of Religion

Vineet Chander | Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion
Vineet Chander

We need not look far to find the Ravanas of our time... They are us -- at our weakest, basest, and grossest; people of faith, in our darkest moments of hypocrisy.

The 'Best' Disaster Training

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

CPE is described as helping the patient find meaning in their illness or injury, and process the feelings that, in itself, becomes therapeutic.

Michael Bloomberg, Vice President for Education, Intelligence, & Research -- Creating a Smart Nation

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Below, as a memory aid and brought forward from the second post that named the Virtual Cabinet, are the elements and proposed leaders within the Vice ...

Fit For Duty: Proceed With Caution - Part II

R. B. Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
R. B. Stuart

My sister's cancer brought a roulette of abandonment and fears. The chemo compounded it by stripping away not only the cancer cells, but every living cell and organism that made up who she was.

Scottish Missionaries To Serve Time, Hard Labor in Gambia for Sedition | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

David & Fiona Fulton, two missionaries charged with committing sedition in the Gambia are due in court on Tuesday. David Fulton, a former Major in ...

"Sister Soldier: A Chronicle of Life After Iraq" - Part I

R. B. Stuart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
R. B. Stuart

My sister Fran's cancer appeared at the beginning of January. She felt tired, bloated, and had an unusual feeling of fullness, and immediately thought her term in Iraq was the culprit.