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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.

Questioning Black Religious Faith

Tiya Miles | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Tiya Miles

It turns out that there is a small but increasingly visible African American discussion about disbelief in God, about the narrow sexual and cultural politics of Black churches, and about major moral problems facing us today that may not be suited to solutions from the pulpit.

How To Know When Your Marriage Is Really, Truly Over

Melissa Levis | Posted 04.07.2015 | Divorce
Melissa Levis

To all of you on the fence, take your time. Have faith that you will know when you are ready to know. Then once you know, leap with abandon and never look back. You will land as I have on the glistening shores of beautiful, wide open life.

The Journey of a Gay Jesus

James Brandon | Posted 04.06.2015 | Gay Voices
James Brandon

Could Jesus have been gay? This is not a new question for many theologians, and certainly not for me. I've played the central role in Terrence McNally's gay passion play Corpus Christi for the past nine years now. And with that exploration has come this beautiful yin and yang of backlash and catharsis that has transcended art and completely transformed my life as I knew it.

Between Rocco's and a Hard Place

Charlie Carillo | Posted 04.03.2015 | New York
Charlie Carillo

I'm about to leave the house on my way to the airport and when I pat my jacket pocket to make sure I've got my wallet, it's not there. Don't panic, I tell myself -- it's somewhere in the house.

Good Friday:Christ's Offering and Ours

Christine Carter | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Christine Carter

I always feel a stirring in my heart during Holy week. The weight of a heavy shadow hovers over me, as I reflect on the torturing assault Christ endured on that fateful day.

Teddy's Letters

Stan Duncan | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Stan Duncan

This week the President, Vice President, legislators of both parties, and friends and family near and far gathered in Boston for the opening of the new "Edward Kennedy Institute of Politics."

Raising a Soulful Child

Hallie Sawyer | Posted 04.02.2015 | Parents
Hallie Sawyer

Having a child who feels so deeply and infers things at such a tender age is an amazing experience.

Good Friday Mettle

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Good Friday's a reminder that Jesus stepped up, and not away, from the challenges before him. How to be more like Christ, or in the quirky vernacular, "What would Jesus do?" Good Friday is a day to watch and learn.

For Those Who Do Believe -- Rebuttal to Those Who Don't

Mary McLaurine | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
Mary McLaurine

I do not understand why those that believe their connection to the Divine also believe that their god, their chosen path, is the only acceptable one to walk to enjoy belief, hope and automatic admission in Heaven's gates.

What If You Don't Have Faith in Yourself?

Samantha Bennett | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Bennett

It's a cold, empty feeling, that not-having-faith-in-yourself feeling. Especially in this bright-eyed American culture of mandatory optimism. But so...

Faith in Words

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Nancy Davis Kho

One author gravitated toward talking about trust, another toward courage, a third wanted to focus on doubt, and a fourth wanted to focus on community. And then they asked if I'd talk about humor.

For Those Who Don't Believe...

Christine Carter | Posted 03.29.2015 | Religion
Christine Carter

My daughter shared quite an extraordinary experience ... "Mommy! Guess what happened last night? I saw three ANGELS!!!" Angels. My baby saw angels.

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...