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Faith

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.

My Parents' Divorce Changed My Life For The Better

Jeaiza M. Quinones | Posted 02.19.2015 | Divorce
Jeaiza M. Quinones

Divorce isn't easy on children. Still, there lies beauty in the end of a marriage when everyone involved is allowed to discover who they truly are.

Ash Wednesday

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion
Suzan Johnson Cook

Ash Wednesday, is the day that Christians begin the season of Lent. It is a sacrificial, introspective, penitent and prayerful time, as we prepare to go to the cross with Jesus, and be resurrected with Him on Easter Sunday.

For Lent... I Will Give Up The Lies

Christine Carter | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Christine Carter

I've never given up anything for the Lenten Season...I'm not sure why. Maybe because I haven't fully embraced the mission of its purpose. And I should. I know I should. But I think much of what people give up for God, is in some way not enough.

5 Ways to Stop Self-Sabotaging Your Dream

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

We all have a dream. To do the very thing that we love to do that makes us feel fulfilled, vibrant, and more alive. The very thing that excites us every day and leaves us in a state of wonder over all of our opportunities for creation.

Singing Songs With Unicorns: My Weekend With LGBT Christians

John Pavlovitz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

There are moments when you're absolutely sure that you're standing on holy ground, times when you feel the awe of something so big and so real, that you're driven to your knees and moved to tears. The Portland Convention Center became such sacred space for me this weekend.

On A Wedding, Fear And Second Chances

Ann Rivera | Posted 02.17.2015 | Divorce
Ann Rivera

This is not my first wedding, this is not my first marriage. And I have felt and am working through a spectrum of unexpected emotions, from shame and guilt to grief and fear.

Heart, Hope and the Holy Spirit

Debbie Davis | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion
Debbie Davis

I once asked someone, familiar with the Bible for many years, to explain to me the Holy Spirit. My friend pointed me to read Romans and Acts in the Bible to learn more. And as I read, and studied, it became clear to me.

Lent Is Around The Corner -- What Will You Do?

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 02.13.2015 | Religion
Gregory P. Demetriou

We still hear the question "What did you give up for Lent?", which is wonderful since it means the tradition is still alive. But, is the "giving up" in adulthood meaningful?

A Love Story for Humanity in a Mumbai Red Light District

To The Market | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Few have ever visited a Red Light District, let alone met the love of their life within one. Abhay and Hoinu are not the average couple, though, so their story is fittingly extraordinary.

Faith and the 5 Year Old

Emily K. Genser | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Emily K. Genser

One of my friends once brought it to my attention that children ask all of their toughest questions in the car. They wait until you are most distracted and, of course, caged in a vehicle, to ambush you.

Obama on the Right Faith

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 02.09.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

There is a hunger for connections. We want to live in communities and societies where we feel safe, accepted, and affirmed, and where the structures promote the highest aspirations of the human being for love and fulfillment.

Finding Faith on Facebook "Prayers For Kylie"

Myiea Coy | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Myiea Coy

Almost a year ago today I received a Facebook message from a close friend requesting that I pray for a 19 month old baby girl named Kylie Elizabeth Rowand.

Keeping the Faith: What Happens When Life Is a Lot

Sarah Jacobs | Posted 02.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sarah Jacobs

Unlike my grandmother, I've never been a religious person. Chalk it up to my love of science, or my Jewish father, whatever the case, the only reaction church elicits is hives and irrational anxiety. But my faith, it seems, does appear to be just as strong as hers.

#VaccinesWork: Open Letter to Parents & Families From Faith Leaders

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

A disease wiped out has returned because of choices that put the nation's health in jeopardy. More responsible choices are demanded.

The Golden Rule of Politics

Tim Goeglein | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Tim Goeglein

We are two people with very different points of view and political beliefs. Whenever we talk, we quickly find issues we disagree on and are certain there are many other differences that we haven't yet discovered.

Sally Kern, Please Forgive Me

Dillon Peña | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Dillon Peña

Sally Kern, I repent for the amount of dislike I had in my heart towards you, because I realized you don't know God. Because, if you do know God like I do then you must realize the hate that has spewed from you is a turnoff for those who desire to be Christ-like.

Your Resiliency GPS

BJ Gallagher | Posted 03.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
BJ Gallagher

The past few years have been increasingly more challenging for me, as I've been taking on increasing responsibilities for my elderly mother's care, he...

One View From the Black Middle Class

Rev. John H. Vaughn | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. John H. Vaughn

There is a commonly held belief among some that there is one black experience and one black community. Not only is this completely untrue, it's harmful. I am proof of this.

3 Lessons Learned From Mentoring Strippers and Adopting Sick Kids

James Carbary | Posted 03.29.2015 | Impact
James Carbary

When we find our identify in our circumstance, we miss out on the opportunity to make our tomorrow better. By choosing to rise above our circumstances, we become a beacon of hope to a world that needs it.

Faith With Honey

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Kathleen Buckstaff

He asked me if I would pray for him, and I said I would. Little did he know that in his asking and sharing, he had saved me. As I drove home, I wiped away my own tears and felt how deeply a meal and a night of song had filled my own cup with faith, sweetness and love.

Who Am I to Judge. BTW, Your Love Is Bad

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Our love is not bad. Our love is not destroying the world. The most significant threat to the family is failure to recognize all families. If the Pope truly wants to reach out to the marginalized, he should truly open his arms to everyone.

My Beautiful Reward and the 7 Lessons It Has Taught Me

Mallory Weggemann | Posted 03.23.2015 | 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.