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Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point, Ignoring the Gospel, and Losing a Generation

Rod Snyder | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Rod Snyder

Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.

Krista Tippett: Pain & Good News (Video)

Travis Reed | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Travis Reed

Krista Tippett reflects on the role of pain in the human journey.

Faith and Brooklyn Fire: Seven Sassoon Children Perish

Temima G. Shulman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Temima G. Shulman

Experiencing grief-as many of us have from the Sassoon tragedy- means understanding that there is something larger than our rational minds, understanding that God's sheet music looks entirely different than ours and whose 'building code' will never make sense to us as long as we are corporeal beings; and it means that we can live more fully if we can accept this.

13 Things Spiritual Leaders Do Differently

Neal Samudre | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Neal Samudre

The spiritual leader stands in stark contrast to the surrounding culture. With the craziness of life constantly trying to dull the impact faith is suppose to have on our lives, the spiritual leader is resolute on his or her conviction that faith is central to everything.

How to Become the Person You'd Want to Marry

Catherine Nagle | Posted 03.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

I once read somewhere that if you're looking for the perfect man to fulfill your dreams, become the woman you would marry if you were a man. I thought this message was right on target and so clear that it got me to start working on my self-image and take my mind off what I expected from a man.

When It Came Time to Deny Myself

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Zachary K. Pearce

Indeed, I had to deny myself my earthly desires, my earthly wants, and take up the "Preaching Elder Cross" and follow Jesus, whom I had already loved, and who wished to call me to this service using the spiritual gifts he gave me.

Happy Birthday, Jack! Anna Whiston-Donaldson On Losing a Child

Melanie Bishop | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

Today Jack would've turned 16. Had he not been swept up by a flooding creek in a friend's backyard in September of 2011, Jack would be with his mom and dad, sister and cousins and friends tonight, celebrating his sweet 16.

Where Does God Go When We Lose?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

In defeat, there is a tendency to close down and be judgmental. When we get down on ourselves, it is easy to forget that the Divine is continually rooting for us to get back up and make the most out of the next opportunity to move forward.

10 Badass Goddesses Who Are The Heroes Of Their Own Fascinating Stories

Talia Lavin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books

Polytheism might've had a bad rap in the Bible, but it’s given rise to some of humanity’s most fascinating and enduring narratives. Some ancient p...

Daily Meditation: A Faith That Never Fails

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion

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

The Day I Learned to Trust in the Deliverer

Christine Carter | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion
Christine Carter

Many years ago, when I was wandering recklessly in my twenties, I went on a weekend getaway with my best friend far off in the country away from the city's scurry and bustle.

The Homesman and My Epiphany

Catherine Nagle | Posted 03.13.2015 | Women
Catherine Nagle

Let us remember to serve others just as the hand of God is serving us. And to keep that feeling deep down within our hearts and souls that it is His approval and birthright that we are entitled to so we may all shine as beautiful woman in the world. Hold your head higher! This story is to remind all the women who may have forgotten.

A Recommitment to Praying With Our Legs

Rabbi Jonah Pesner | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Let the anniversary of Selma inspire all of us to rededicate ourselves to the sacred conversations and actions needed for the pursuit of justice.

5 Kinds of Confidence

Mimi Warnick | Posted 03.12.2015 | Women
Mimi Warnick

Change is inevitable in life and happens a lot more than we usually like it too. However, we have to be confident that change will ultimately lead us to adapt.

Daily Meditation: Doubt And Faith

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion

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

Live Courageously!

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamelle Sanders

Faith is the only currency that can carry you into your prophetic future. Faith simply needs an object to overcome. Faith is not timid. Faith simply takes.

Life After Life

Tim Arnold | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Tim Arnold

I believe there is another world, another life beyond the one we're in now, that's available to us, a more enduring existence open to anyone able to embrace some kind of a "leap of faith," or at least see it as JK Rowling puts it in one of her "Harry Potter" novels: for a "well-organized mind: death is but the next great adventure."

Deepening Our Inclusion of People With Disabilities

Bonnie St. John | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Bonnie St. John

"Disability is represented in all other dimensions of human difference including race, faith, and sexual orientation. Almost everyone will experience a temporary disability at some point in their lives and likely end up with one or more life-long disabilities as they grow older."

Nicaragua: Barb of Sorrow

Daron Hagen | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

Exactly ten years ago, clinging to a rope in the belfry of the Basílica Menor de San Sebastián, Diriamba, Nicaragua, I looked down to see the Christ hanging above the altar, hands and feet nailed with barbs of sorrow to the Holy Rood.

Another Failure of All-or-Nothingism

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For the last three months, we've all been watching the Kabuki drama play out, but the ultimate outcome was never really much in doubt. Like a badly-written detective drama where the audience spots the killer in the opening act, almost everyone knew the Tea Partiers were going to lose this battle.

Dr. Brent Fogel: Santa Monica, California, January 18, 2015

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 03.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

It was one or a combination of Fate, Destiny, Kismet, Serendipity, Chance, Luck or other that brought Dr. Fogel and I together. I had been searchin...

A Note to Jessa's God: We'll Trade You Soup for the Duggars

Sarah Toce | Posted 02.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

Religious extremism is alive and well in the Duggar household, and its ugly tentacles extend far beyond the reach of the family's matriarch, Michelle.

Thinking the Unthinkable

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

There is a part of the soul that stirs at night, in the dark and soundless times of day, when our defenses are down and our daylight distractions no longer serve to protect us from ourselves.

Focus, Contentment and How I'm Choosing to Be Here Now

Laura Aiisha | Posted 02.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Aiisha

Here's the thing. I've been an overachiever all my life. Always trying to be the best, always trying to do several things at once partly because I'm super crazy creative and have so many ideas and so much energy channeling through me, and partly because I'm trying to 'get somewhere.'

A Letter to Lucy: What I Learned As I Rocked My Daughter to Sleep

Wendi Nunnery | Posted 02.20.2015 | Parents
Wendi Nunnery

When we sit together in your nursery, cuddled chest to chest, I feel the weight of glory pressed upon me despite the uncertainty that always tries to take over.