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Shifting My Perspective On Success

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Justine Brooks Froelker

She is out there for all the world to love and judge. She has been born for all the world to embrace or reject. She is shining bright, whether or no...

The Parable of Baltimore

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The parable of Baltimore is one that we need to learn from if our responses are ever to be as deep as the problems are. And admitting that the things we accept and don't accept do indeed have to do with race is a first honest step.

Sharing Faith: How I Found Healing at a Funeral

Barb Abramson | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Barb Abramson

Despite the celebration of life, there is still a family in mourning, missing a wonderful man, husband and father who impacted others in a positive way, as so many shared that day. I know their church community as well as friends and colleagues will rally around them.

When Church Is A Choice

Shelly Wood | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion
Shelly Wood

Whatever the reasons, when parents don't make their kids go to church, I am certain they are doing so out of protection. I have no doubt that the decision is well-meaning. It's not that they are saying that God isn't important. They are saying that religion isn't important to know God. But here's the problem.

7 Things Churches Can Do to Make Queer People Feel Welcome

Erin Duran | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Erin Duran

While I've never believed being Queer automatically counted me out, I've been unable to find a church community that I, as a Trans person, could really call home -- a place I could engage in conversations around faith and sexuality, faith and gender.

Children: The Mother Of All Teachers

Kimberly Muench | Posted 04.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Muench

Before I became a mother, at the tender age of 18, I wondered if I would be any good at it. Worried about whether or not I was mature enough, strong enough, or even smart enough to handle the job, my intuition got the best of me and I chose to jump head first into the position anyway.

Learning From Faith and Lagniappe

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Bil Hitchcock

Joan Driver was so special in one spectacular way. Have you ever known ANYONE who has never had an unkind thing to say about anyway....and not in a sanctimonious way at all...she was just that good.

How to Be Happy in a World of Turmoil

Jose Aristimuno | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jose Aristimuno

How many times have you thought to yourself the following: If only I had more money, if only I had someone to love, if only I had a better job, if o...

'Little Boy' Stands Tall

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.26.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

The movie follows "little boy's" path to faith and shows how it affects the entire town. This is done in a way that is not maudlin, but heart-warming. If it causes tears to flow, well that is the nature of the circumstances, and not a cheap way to wrest emotion from the audience.

The Glory Days: II

John O'Kane | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

The confessional is the perfect refuge from the lights. I wait and listen. How long has it been? A few minutes, an hour? I wish it had a lock. A sanctuary within a sanctuary.

The Churches in America Present a 'God' Who Is Un-Christlike

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Brad Jersak has an important book out--A More Christlike God--that challenges the received lazy "wisdom" of both conservatives and liberals, atheists and believers about Christ. Here's my interview with Brad on this important and beautifully written book.

How I Lost a Kidney and Gained My Faith

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 04.27.2015 | Women
Mary Katherine Backstrom

"You are donating your right kidney, correct?" Sharpie Nurse asked without really needing an answer. "That's what my kidnappers said," I cracked, as she pulled aside my hospital gown. She scrawled a big YES on my right side and a NO on my left. I felt cold.

What are You Playing For? Pitching for a Greater Purpose

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 04.21.2015 | Sports
Jeremy Affeldt

Having a purpose for being a professional athlete will actually help you immensely on the field because you're free from self-absorption. You have a purpose far bigger than yourself, and for me, that purpose is making sure other people have a chance to be successful.

Brittany Snow & Maggie Kiley Have Faith in Dial A Prayer

Kristin McCracken | Posted 04.30.2015 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

Now in select theaters and on nationwide digital platforms, Dial A Prayer is a film about positivity, redemption, and letting the light find its way into the darkest places. I talked with Kiley and Snow about their work together.

How Faith Matters in Battling Smoking Epidemic

David Briggs | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

New studies are adding to a growing body of evidence that religion may help deter smoking, particularly among marginalized groups that have the greatest health risks.

Fierce Trials of Family and Faith in Berkeley Rep's Stunning Head of Passes

Leo Stutzin | Posted 04.20.2015 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

After a short while, it turns into a deluge that pours through the roof in volumes that buckets can't contain; and finally, as lights flicker and thunder roars, it brings down the house. Literally. The roof crashes, floors and walls tilt, and flood waters rise. On Berkeley Rep's Thrust Stage.

I Will No Longer Pay Taxes for War

Matthew Hoh | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

No longer can I look past the reality that my annual voluntary forfeiture of money to my government pays for violence around the globe, at astounding levels, and I am not able to provide any more excuses or rationalizations that paying without protest, that being complicit in funding war without resistance, is not contradictory to my faith and to my conscience.

Are You the Walking Dead?

Tenille Livingston | Posted 04.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tenille Livingston

There are many among us that are aimlessly searching for things without substance. They are merely living, but existing and settling for the crumbs of...

Overcoming a Devastating Loss to Live Again

Eldonie Mason | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Eldonie Mason

In three short years of togetherness he was gone. I went from planning a wedding to planning a funeral; from making the final alterations on my wedding dress to buying a dress for his funeral.

Love and Alka-Seltzer: The Transplant and the Tween

Joey Hoffman | Posted 04.10.2015 | Parents
Joey Hoffman

Flying into Omaha now, I see the skyline (which I call, The Building) and still pine for my Manhattan. But I've realized that home is an internal state, and I've realized that a city girl can thrive outside her natural habitat, as long as she's got love -- and Alka-Seltzer.

Parker J. Palmer on Racial Injustice and the Standard of Faithfulness

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Parker J. Palmer is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, with nearly 10 books and countless articles to his credit.

Damaged Goods

Beth Whitley | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Sometimes, in trying to explain the impact that Rett Syndrome has had on our lives, I have referred to myself and my husband as "damaged goods." People don't respond to this very well.

3 Ways to Feel Happier

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Generosity fosters gratitude by orienting our minds and hearts outside of ourselves. It turns our attention away from the that inner voice of criticism -- that voice that says we are not enough.

The Vulnerable Faith of Brené Brown

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

From the covering of our nakedness in Eden to the polite dishonesty of "putting on our Sunday best", pretense is borne from our fear -- fear of being judged, alienated and rejected. Yet it also becomes the prison that keeps us bound up.

The Radical Challenge of Faith

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Until mid-June, you'll be able to see some of the greatest sculpture in the world on exhibit here in the U.S. The work is on loan from Florence Cathedral, now on view at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City.