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Can Atheism Replace Religion?

Michael W. Austin | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Michael W. Austin

We must remember that religion is not merely about making my life better. Religion at its best is about making me better, and a better contributor to the common good.

What's It Like Being Muslim in America?

Zehra Naqvi | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Zehra Naqvi

I'm an attorney, a community organizer, a female Pakistani-American Muslim immigrant. Being Muslim in America means being identified by only one aspect of my identity. It means being told exactly what it means to be Muslim in America and having very little control over the narrative.

Terrorism Is Not A Religious Act

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Religious fundamentalism breeds war and violence and should be opposed by faithful people of all traditions in the support of pluralism and the common good.

Conquering Parkinson's One Obstacle at a Time

Allison Toepperwein | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Toepperwein

Every giggle and snuggle with my daughter is a reward no trophy or medal could compare. I, am a 37-year-old single mom with Parkinson's, kidney stones and tendinitis. I proved what overcoming adversity, determination and strong will can accomplish, slow and steady. Until my next adventure....

Salvation is Only the Beginning

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

If the life of a Christian began and ended with confessing that Jesus is Lord, then love and mercy and grace would be lived out through all Christians everywhere. Salvation alone would make us God's instruments of love and of mercy and of grace.

To Be An LGBT Ally Requires Action, Not An Identity

Timothy Murphy | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

If your allying with the LGBT community began and ended with a rainbow-infused Facebook profile picture, it was a posture. Acting as an ally, however, is rarely a comforting move.

Adrian Wilson's Challenge: Be Who You Are

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Samantha Matcovsky

That task, be who you are, often comes heavy with apprehension, disapproval and ultimately, a challenge.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 8: Dr. Luke Powery on Continuing the Conversation in Churches

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Life has an inexhaustible curriculum, and the lessons are infinite just like God even when it comes to a conversation about faith and science, God and the cosmos, creation and evolution, quantum physics and eternity, imago dei and science, genetics and morality, and health and healing.

Maintaining Faith in the Midst of Doubts

Wes Isley | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Wes Isley

Late last week, I found myself in one of those proverbial dark nights of the soul. You know, those times where you question the existence of God, the ...

What I Wish Others Knew About Adoption

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

There will be difficult times during the adoption process, and afterwards too. It may seem, at times, that your relationship is going backwards. Yet with time, love and patience, adoptions are often one of the greatest gifts of love you can offer a child; a gift that will bless your family, as well.

Your Lost Dream...

Daniela Nikolova | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Daniela Nikolova

In those moments when you have your arms wrapped around a dream that never happened and you are finding it hard to let go... In those moments exactl...

This Idea About Designing Your Dream Life

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael C. Bryan

Designing our life. It's a great idea. I think we should all take it up. Or, better yet, let's call it Dreams By Design. Ah, that does sound like a new store in Soho with windmills and those rather obvious positivity sayings.

Bluebirds From Heaven

Sue Shanahan | Posted 11.10.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

October 9th is the anniversary of my younger sister Ann's death. She died suddenly, of an undetected heart condition in 2008. It hardy seems possible that she's been gone for seven years. When she made her transition she left a huge hole in my life. We spoke every day and spent as much time together as we could.

Axioms for Faith

Victor Udoewa | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

When dealing with doubt, axioms can be extremely interesting for those of us looking at faith from a scientific lens.

Day 1 Faith and Science Series Part 7: Numbering Our Days -- Dr. Tom Long on Life and Death

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

"Teach us to number our days," prays the psalmist in Psalm 90, "that we may gain a wise heart." But what does it mean "to number our days"? And how do we do that wisely in this age of medical science?

Life Itself: Community and Conviction - Parker Palmer's Quaker Wisdom

Samir Selmanovic | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Samir Selmanovic

A decade ago I took one of those online assessment surveys that ask you dozens of questions about your beliefs, values, and practices and then offers you your ideal religion. I was told I would find my meaning and my greatest personal fulfillment as a Quaker.

Jesus is Our Reason and Purpose

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

A lot of people don't get why we're here. They really wonder about the meaning of life. This includes some Christians! So think about the people that don't believe in God. I think they would be even more lost!

The Gift of Doubt

Shea Watts | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Shea Watts

One of the greatest sources of angst I have felt is the religious faithful's responses to my doubt. At first, I tried to be honest about it, but I began to feel that my doubt was not welcome -- in fact, it appears to have been treated as weakness, which carries the social stigma of shame.

A Letter To Hipster Jesus

Sara Schaefer | Posted 11.03.2015 | Religion
Sara Schaefer

Hipster Jesus, you may have been a fantasy after all. Maybe if I truly want to live what I say I believe, it's time to stop defining you at all, even for myself. Life is short, and the only certainty is death. I don't want to spend my tiny moment here arguing over what is right for others.

Mitch Albom's New Book Is Beautiful Music to the Ears

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.03.2015 | Books
Rabbi Jason Miller

Ever since the huge literary success of "Tuesdays with Morrie," Mitch Albom has been trying to reach the same level of storytelling magic.

Reclaiming Salvation for Today

Timothy Murphy | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

"Salvation" is often a dirty word in progressive Christian circles, but when abandoned, it leaves a void for others to fill. Instead, we need to boldly reclaim it.

How Can God Be Real If the World Is So Broken?

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 10.30.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Some people say that people of faith just need to believe in God to make them feel better. It's like we're taking some kind of supernatural pill to relax our nerves. But to those who believe, it's not just about feeling good. And walking with God is certainly not always relaxing.

The Church's Next Mission: Help Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

Today's churches have a tremendous mission opportunity before them; the mission to help children in foster care. Sadly, with roughly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States, the need is so very strong.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 6: Dr. Nancy Duff on the Bible and Genetics: Hear the Animals Singing

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Animal lovers will enjoy this week's Day1 radio program--the 6th in our "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series. The Rev. Dr. Nancy J. Duff addresses the topic of genetics through a biblical understanding of our relationships with animals, and reveals some serious issues we all must wrestle with.

The Foolishness of So-Called Biblical Gender Roles

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Taking an unjust system and making it nicer is foolishness. However, this is exactly what many evangelical groups are doing with patriarchy. Patriarchy, at its core, is a system of injustice, where women are not fully autonomous, but are under the authority of men.