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If We Repent, Then We Can Talk About Marriage

Jonathan Walton | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

If Christians actually modeled intimacy in singleness and marriage and not fake pictures of happiness and how-tos on managing loneliness, then maybe people would want to know the Christ that we profess and the marriage He defines.

You Have Permission to Walk Out

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Caroline Garnet McGraw

My guilt gauge is overly responsive. It goes off at the slightest 'infraction,' so I can't look to it for a true reading. Instead, I can acknowledge false guilt, then make a deliberate choice about what I want to do.

Still Standing - It's Not Over Until God Says It's Over

Eldonie Mason | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Eldonie Mason

One again she thanked God that she escaped another brush with death, physically intact.

A Birthday Prayer for My Daughter

Kara Lawler | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Kara Lawler

My daughter will be one this weekend and after years of dreaming of a baby girl, I was given her. I prayed for her; I begged for her; I cried about her. I've always known her, even before she was formed.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Do I believe that most mosques today would let recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak to their congregations? Probably not. Do I think there is a problem with that? Yes, definitely. Our failure to engage diversity in our communities, inclusive of diversity in terms of life experience, leaves us potentially stunted in our individual and communal growth.

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder - But What If There Is No Beholder?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Something big and white and cloudy was lurking in the steep canyon below our house. I stood up from my computer and peered out the window for a better look. It was flowering tree, growing wild.

The Moment I Learned How to Fail

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 06.26.2015 | Sports
Jeremy Affeldt

Mariano Rivera. Babe Ruth. Christy Mathewson. Sandy Koufax. Jeremy Affeldt?! I sometimes wonder if I told people just how close (and how many times) I came to quitting the game altogether, whether they'd even believe me.

Ramadan Reflection Day 8: Reflections Through Sickness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In that moment I took a breath in, I felt more spiritually connected to God than I had ever before. The realization of a blessing is as simple as breathing.

Self Empowerment

Nipa Shah | Posted 06.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nipa Shah

Almost everyone who knows me will agree that confidence is one trait that I have in spades. But three years ago when I met a college buddy from 30 yea...

Fool's Talk -- The Kinship of Wit and Wisdom

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

The book is called "Fool's Talk," written by the Oxford-educated cultural scholar and author, Os Guinness. And if Twain and Chesterton were writers who marshaled wit and paradox in commending wisdom, Guinness richly mines many a classic vein of wisdom, and wit, to help Christians in our time discern what it means to be winsome, and compelling, in commending faith.

Praying While Black

Kelly Brown Douglas | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Kelly Brown Douglas

We do not live in a post-racial society. This too is a myth that serves to sustain the status quo of white privilege. Moreover, we will never live in a "post-racial" society until this country makes it a national priority to confront the racialized myths upon which this country was built and which continue to negatively shape the day to day realities of black life in America.

Thank You Mother Emanuel

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Killing people in cold blood in a sacred space, trespassing on holy ground, I don't fully understand it, nor do I fully understand the faith of those still standing at Mother Emanuel's, after the horrors they've faced there.

Faith and the Confederate Flag

Rob Lee | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Rob Lee

My family bloodline is bound up in a dark part of American history. With a name like Robert Lee the question I undoubtedly receive most about my name is, "Are you related to him?" and the answer is yes, yes I am.

Support Charleston: Forgive!

Colleen Turner | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Colleen Turner

Despite tragedy, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is providing the world with an example of what the American faith community could be.

Why A Muslim Woman Attended A Major Jewish Conference

Zehra Naqvi | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Zehra Naqvi

Before the Summit started, I sat in my hotel room, willing myself to act braver than I felt and do the strange thing of attending a Jewish conference as a Muslim woman, committing to being comfortable with being uncomfortable.

The Faith it Took Me to Fail

Timothy Tukes | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Timothy Tukes

Many of us will avoid failure at all costs. We sacrifice our relationships, health and dreams just to not appear like a failure. We avoid risk and doubt our abilities. Instead of relying on faith and hard work, we work and worry.

Why We Need To Stop Replying #AllLivesMatter

Adam Phillips | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

I've noticed on my social network feeds that many of my white sisters and brothers reply #AllLivesMatter. Yes, yes they do. But do my white sisters and brothers realize that in this very moment these microaggressions are like another death by a thousand Facebook posts?

Ramadan Reflection Day 4: How to Be Truly Rich -- On Surat al'Adiyat Part 2

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

For those who missed my last reflection, I had started to discuss the profound impact the 100th chapter of the Quran, Al 'Adiyat, had on me. At a time when I felt quite isolated and confused, I found solace in it like I had never found in the Qur'an before and it helped me to read the Quran in an entirely different way. It helped me to understand the human condition, my own condition, in a deeper way.

Pagans Around the World Join the Pope in Calling for Environmental Action

John Halstead | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

Contemporary Pagan religious practice commonly fosters a sense of spiritual connection with the Earth. Pagans actively try to cultivate a harmonious relationship with the non-human natural world.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: On Surat al'Adiyat -- Qu'ranic Advice on Gaining Contentment Through Gratitude

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I had read this verse over and over throughout my life, but when I read it that day, it felt like I was reading it for the first time. I didn't know how to be appreciative, and the impact it was having on me was quite severe.

Why Is This Happening to Me?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

It's very refreshing to know that mindfulness has grown over the years and has entered the mainstream today as one of the many ways of demonstrating prayer.

Ramadan Reflection Day #1: #CharlestonShooting -- Healing Requires Admitting We're Sick

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

A failure to acknowledge and deal with illness doesn't mean that it's not there. I can pretend like I'm not sick, but my body will let me know otherwise. We can pretend like our society is not in pain and in need of healing, but atrocities like Charleston will let us know otherwise.

Why Do the Hateful Choose Our Houses of Worship?

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

There's a reason the hateful choose houses of worship. It's because that's where so many of us put our hope. You can commit a hateful act anywhere, but if you really want to hurt a community, you choose the place they worship.

We Must Rebuild God's Home By Saving Each Other's

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

This massacre occurred on the very anniversary of a failed slave revolt, a rebellion that played a significant role in the African American liberation movement in South Carolina. Last night, that church that was torn by bullets. Violence is not God's path. We must sing louder than weapons.

When Sex Does Not Sell: How Faith Influences What We Buy

David Briggs | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Be sensitive to local markets with targeted campaigns, some scholars advise. What sells in Beverly Hills may not go over so well in Manhattan, Kansas.