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Seeking a Secular Community in College

Matt Camarda | Posted 02.10.2015 | College
Matt Camarda

We should spend less time denying there's a big man in the sky and more time wrestling with its moral implications -- trying to build lives as rich, purposeful and filled with beauty as those of the faithful.

10 Historical Photos and Stories of Drag Queens

LGBT News | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices
LGBT News

"Queens," or men who defy gender norms and dress as women, have always been present in the LGBTQ community and pop culture. Their journey has been long, but as a society we have progressed to a level of acceptance which has unfortunately not always been a part of our culture.

What Planned Parenthood Means to Me

Susan Chatzky | Posted 02.09.2015 | Women
Susan Chatzky

All people are valuable and have something to offer. What they need is the opportunity and the encouragement. Planned Parenthood provides sexual and reproductive healthcare, education, information, and outreach to more than five million women, men, and adolescents worldwide each year.

The Measles Outbreak: A Predictable Surprise

Terry Newell | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Vaccination rates in many locales have dropped below the 95-percent level needed for "herd immunity." For too many, it seems, the individual's "right" to avoid vaccination trumps that individual's responsibility to help protect the community's most vulnerable citizens, who cannot be vaccinated due to age or medical condition.

The Re-Education of We Are the Ones

Adebukola Ajao | Posted 02.06.2015 | Black Voices
Adebukola Ajao

WATO stresses the pronoun "WE." We encourage all sisters and brothers in the struggle to find their passion, and use it to create positive change, because the goal of a true leader is to create more leaders.

You Can Be Anything You Want to Be (Well... Sort Of)

Mark W. Guay | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

Agency, as a quick reminder, refers to one's ability to act in his world. It's the ability to make choices and then act on them, or not act on them, given the influence of one's environment. These include what we are in control of and those we are not

This February, Heart Bomb the Historic Place You Love Most

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 02.05.2015 | Arts
National Trust for Historic Preservation

At its heart, preservation is about love -- love for buildings, love for places, love for history, love for community, and love for the people who rally together to protect all these important things.

Connecting With Children Through the Arts

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Melanie Hope Greenberg

I can say with certainty the best part of having a publishing background is meeting the people who read my books and like my art. I will confess, my most favorite part is connecting with young audiences.

Resonance

Lynda Freeman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

I fed him and showered him and fell in love with him. I invited him to stay and he did. He moved in with me. It took us eight years to commit to marriage, but we already had the relationship. We've been together for 32 years.

Thanks to Community Outreach, Obamacare Is Working for Diverse Groups

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

Among those who were uninsured, 87 percent of the individuals surveyed spoke a language other than English. Not surprisingly then, being able to get information that was easy to understand and in a person's primary spoken language was one of the deciding factors in getting covered.

100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A New Paradigm for Civic Engagement

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Co-authored by Francine Madera, MADERA inc. Access to information has changed dramatically in the past 2,200 years, yet the basic structure and fun...

Finding Our Society Beyond the Walls of Separation and Fear

Garrett Paknis | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Garrett Paknis

When our ideologies include any sort of oppression, whether it's hatred or an exclusion of self from community, we are disregarding the divine truths of life and need to question how to fully develop our human potential.

Want to Fight Human Trafficking? Volunteer.

Susan Danish | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
Susan Danish

Let's take as a given that an important piece of the solution to this seemingly intractable problem has to be creating awareness at the community level, where the traffickers actually make their money.

Suburbs of Survival, and the Democracy of Placemaking

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Those of us who style ourselves as "urbanists" -- myself included, much of the time - tend to get a bit snobbish and condescending about, you know, ordinary people.

The Value of Partnership

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
Jim Finkelstein

It's the beginning of a new year, which means desks are organized, inboxes are empty, and the gym is full. Many of us are trying new things -- or at least will for another week or so -- but come February we will be back to our old ways and finding the same results as 2014.

A Grieving Community and the Healing Power Of Giving Back

Michelle Vale | Posted 03.25.2015 | New York
Michelle Vale

Let this be a calling and reminder to all, that no gesture is too little. You can help people and communities who are suffering, in a variety of ways. Monetary contributions are great, but time is just as precious.

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Wall Street Refugee Now Tells The Stories Of Those Fixing Our Country

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact

Greg Behrman's resume highlights include Wall Street worker, federal government official, scholar and military veteran. But the latest entry could be ...

Building a Stronger Liberia After Ebola

Karin Landgren | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Karin Landgren

At this juncture, Liberia must address the factors that made it possible for Ebola to spread so quickly -- including the deep mistrust among Liberians, weakly-functioning social services, poor accountability and an overly centralized government.

A Residency of One's Own

Jill Di Donato | Posted 03.22.2015 | Books
Jill Di Donato

It's exactly when you're feeling depressed about your writing career, or overly anxious to the point where you are doubtful about the work, that you need a residency.

Why Do You Care What Other People Think?

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Dr. Gail Gross

Since primitive times, humans have relied on relationships to survive. If a man or woman was accepted into a tribe, then he or she had a greater chance of living to see another day. The person who was cast out would most likely not have survived the primitive world on his own.

MLK, Jr. Asked Us 'What Are You Doing For Others?' Here's How We Answered

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact

In a legacy as profound as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, one thing is for certain -- the civil rights leader lived to help those who needed him most....

How to Break up With Everyone!

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 03.18.2015 | Comedy
Stephanie D. Lewis

It's true -- good help is so hard to find. But does that mean we need to stay monogamous for the rest of our lives with the people we pay? I needed to get braver at getting rid of the inadequate individuals I paid good money to -- so I kept a little journal to see where I had gone wrong.

Building a Shared Vision: The Next Step in American Progress

Irv Katz | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Irv Katz

The nonprofit sector has become an indispensable part of the American economy and society. While there have been cuts in government investments, if the past hundred-plus years (as well as the interest and vigor of the millennials) are any indication, the sector will continue to grow.

LGBT Community: Evangelical Scholar Calls for Full Acceptance in the Church

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Few issues have been more divisive within the church of the 20th and 21st century than the "full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church."

Some Assembly Required: A Church Without God

Jim Burklo | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

At the door, I was greeted by cheerful people who urged me to sign in on a clipboard, and, to my astonishment, I was handed a bulletin. Why should I have been surprised? Can't bulletins be godless, too?