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My Beautiful Reward and the 7 Lessons It Has Taught Me

Mallory Weggemann | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Mallory Weggemann

I was looking toward my future with hope, excitement and anticipation, it was a new chapter in life for me and I couldn't wait for what lay ahead. Until one day, everything I knew and everything I was looking forward to changed in the matter of a split second.

Do Atheists Get Scared During Supernatural Horror Movies?

Quora | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Quora

If the point of watching a scary movie is to be scared, and one has no part of their worldview that accepts the possibility of the events being depicted happening in some way to themselves, how can a scary movie do its job, for them?

Where Do You Stand on Humanity Right Now?

Braden S. Thompson | Posted 01.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Braden S. Thompson

Can you remember the last thing that restored your faith in humanity? Was it when a stranger went out of their way to help you? Maybe it was watching ...

Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and the Hindsight Luxury of Thinking I'd Do the Right Thing

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I hope I would have done the right thing. I hope I would have marched, and been arrested, and stood in solidarity, no matter what the personal cost. But the reality is that most white folks in Atlanta, even those who knew what was happening was wrong, did nothing.

How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

It is very important to remember that fundamentalism in all our faith traditions -- Muslim, Christian, and Jewish -- will be far more effectively defeated from the inside than from the outside.

Calling Out My Angel

Sue Shanahan | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

I may add magical elements to the piece, but they are always based on photos. I need to do that to get the realism that my muse demands. I was a little leery about drawing an image that lived only in my mind, but I decided to give it a shot.

5 Questions to Ask About Faith in Emerging Markets

Chris Seiple | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Chris Seiple

The influence of faith in South-East Asia can be like the air: it is so pervasive that it's invisible, a sometimes unobservable influence that saturates society, consciously and subconsciously, unobservable to the outside eye.

David Oyelowo on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Wallis

Many historians just see King as a "civil rights" leader, but they don't fully understand how being a minister and a faith leader made his role in the movement possible. Oyelowo believes, after the years of research into King and the civil rights movement, that King could not have led this movement had he not been a "man of faith."

We Are a Country of Cowards

Jonathan Walton | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

We don't want to talk about race and religion because it might get awkward. We don't want to talk about sex because we might say the wrong thing. We can't speak about gay marriage and climate change because we're afraid of offending someone or sounding too open- or closed-minded. So we talk about work or complain or rave about the latest iPhone.

There's No Such Thing As Saying 'I Love You' Too Much

Madina Lawlis | Posted 01.13.2015 | Weddings
Madina Lawlis

Forgiveness and love, these are the things that make up the core of our entire existence. In my traditional and somewhat conservative Muslim-Arabic family, you didn't really say "I love you." Honestly, it was hard enough wishing my parents or brothers a happy birthday, let alone actually telling them that I loved them.

Leaders Like MLK Are Not a Thing of the Past, But We Must Shape the Moral Frame of Our Day

Macky Alston | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Macky Alston

I want to offer three recommendations to all who believe in freedom and are praying that 2015 is the year that future history books and major motion pictures show that we stood as communities and as a nation for justice for all. Having worked with so many powerful voices in this current generation, I believe we can.

An Open Letter to Millennials

Stephanie Gates | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Stephanie Gates

I hear you're living in your parents' basements, watching reality TV, and waiting for the perfect job to land in your lap. But the real you? The Millennials I talk to every day? You're nothing like that. I need you, Millennials. I need you to remind me that change is still possible, and darkness will never win in the end.

Why We Made the Controversial Decision Not to Cut a Gay Character From Our Faith Film

Victor Hawks | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Victor Hawks

When shopping our film around, we were asked to cut Trevor and his entire storyline. Major studio players and sales agents at big agencies all the way down to smaller distribution houses all said they "loved the film" but needed Trevor to be cut simply because he was gay, as the "core Christian audience will not accept a gay character." It wasn't a discussion but an ultimatum.

In Rural Alaska, Orthodox Christmas Melds Yup'ik and Religious Traditions

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Alaska Dispatch News

Under delicate snowflakes crocheted by the town mayor, beneath a grand chandelier imported from Russia, a Yup'ik priest in a remote Southwest Alaska village led parishioners in song, prayer and praise day and night this week for Orthodox Christmas, or Slaviq.

On Being Unbowed

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 01.08.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

With the new year, what I feel in addition to excitement is a renewed confidence in my community, a belief that no matter what comes or what the future holds, we can make it, because we made it through last year.

"Dear Chiara Natasha:" An Update

Karen Zainal | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Karen Zainal

What happened next was also a surprise. I began receiving emails and Facebook messages from other people who read the letter and, moved by Chiara's situation, wanted to help in some way.

Margins and Wordless Wonder

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I'd spent the past few weeks feeling completely lost, purposeless, and alone, but in the simple actions of that little girl, I began to realize the simplicity and power of hope and faith in our world. All I needed to do was to figure out a way of silencing all the noise around and inside of me, and begin to focus on the beauty of a moment, the belief in the wonderful.

Musical Artist Fernando Ortega On Doubt, Racism and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Fernando Ortega is a profoundly gifted musician, singer and songwriter, who grew up in New Mexico near the Rio Grande, and spent time in Ecuador and Barbados due to his father's work with the U.S. Department of State.

There Is No Place for God in Religious Indoctrination

Sara El-Yafi | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Sara El-Yafi

As long as we cling onto our indoctrinated identities, this world will be racked with the most insufferable pain, for these identities will forever demarcate our differences when what we need most is to find our common aspirations.

It Takes a Village

Dan Fotou | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Fotou

There is a lot of hurt on all sides that boils to the surface when we learn of the suicide of a teen who was desperate for clarity, for acceptance, for love, and for inner peace. But instead of doing the challenging work of finding entry points for discussion that can lead to understanding and eventually acceptance and healing, so often we're reinforcing this "us vs. them" dichotomy.

Born Again, or Blind?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

I want to explore the beauty in the dark recesses of our world. I want to talk with with those outside of the spotlight, the unheard voices muttering in the dark. I want to settle in the shadows. I no longer wish to bring light to those in the darkness.

The New Year: Ready to Move On

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.31.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

Each January 1st, as I take our tree down, I'm reminded to let go of the past to make room for the new. When I pack up a box of vintage ornaments, there is one thing I'm always conscious about not putting on the shelf.

Dear Chiara Natasha

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Karen Zainal

I am and will continue to pray for you, my sister. Many things may not make sense right now, but have hope in a God who knows and sees more than we do. Where we see no open doors, He sees one that we don't even know exists. You are very strong, and you are very loved.

Translating Tattoos: Lessons From the ER

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

It's easy to condemn what we don't understand or would never do ourselves. But maybe we should pause to consider the messages that tattoos are sending. In the process, we might love and understand our neighbors just a little better than before.

My Ever Upward Mothering

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I mothered. I mothered not my own children, but I mothered nonetheless. I mothered in a way that I am accepting and embracing, but also defining for myself.