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Faith as a Way

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

Faith is about finding ourselves again; helping our neighbor do the same; and trying to figure out how together we might heal the places of brokenness in our lives and the world around us. Faith demands that we keep a place for hope and meaning at our center.

My Writing Journey Toward Publishing

Carol Hoenig | Posted 09.14.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

It wasn't as though I always intended to be a novelist, but had a story I felt important to tell. (Yes, at that point I didn't know the difference between show and tell, and earlier drafts did a lot of telling.)

Ramadan Reflection Day 5: On Malala's Message

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.12.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

What's important to realize about Malala is that she isn't standing up just for her own rights, but for the right of others. And even after she was given accommodations for herself, she continues to speak for those who aren't able to have their voices heard.

Getting Through Life's Struggles With a Leap of F.A.I.T.H.

Mary Pritchard | Posted 09.11.2013 | Books
Mary Pritchard

The latest addition to my bookshelves is an interesting one. Successful model, turned alcoholic, turned real estate superstar, turned women's life recovery and empowerment coach Mal Duane tells her story in Alpha Chick: Five Steps for Moving From Pain to Power.

National Service: A Game Plan for the Church

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Following are six ways the church can step up, be relevant to the service world and contribute to its success and depth.

3 Other Things Christians Ought to Worry About

John Backman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
John Backman

We've spent decades fighting over sex, sexuality, and gender. To a large extent, however, we have missed speaking out on other weighty matters: the megatrends of our age.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: On Parents and Marriage Choices

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Built into our tradition is a prayer the purpose of which is to help us make decisions through turning to God. The number of people who I have seen who try it and don't really know how it works is quite large.

My Preferred Jesus

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

In our culture and too often in the Church today we are quick to make Jesus after our own image. There are several "preferred Jesus" models we tend to invent.

Lifting the Veil: Obama Has Compromised My Notion of Hope -- Which Has Led to Greater Faith... And Not in O

Loren-Paul Caplin | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Loren-Paul Caplin

My loss of hope in the vision of change that Obama inspired -- and it's subsequent morph or collapse into my individual Faith -- is not a binary phenomena. It's not an either/or, all or nothing, in or out thing.

Ramadan Reflection Day 2: Richness Through Reflection

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The month of Ramadan consists of 30 days of fasting. Each of those days serves uniquely as a potential source of benefit, and none should be undermined in its respective value.

The Source of Faith

Garret Kramer | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

The human mind is wonderfully designed to rise above any and all circumstances. Everyone is naturally resilient. Faith is innate to us all -- it's not something you can lose.

Am I Really a Christian?

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

To be a Christian, I needed to get to know Jesus and learn how to treat others with love rather than lead a self-centered life. I didn't think this required belonging to an organization.

'I'm Never Pain-Free But I Don't Allow My Circumstances to Stop Me': Interview With Candida Sullivan

Harriet Cabelly | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Harriet Cabelly

How does someone go through life being constantly stared at? Candida Sullivan is a pro at managing and living her life in a manner that elevates her and others beyond her external deformities.

Ramadan Reflection Day 1: The Different Forms of Fasting

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

While I break my fast with with friends and family, the men and women of Guantanamo will have their fast purposely broken far away from any family -- some being detained now for almost a decade.

God Is Pulling Me Through Depression

Stanice Anderson | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Stanice Anderson

Maintaining long-term recovery from addiction is one thing. Add to that, a diagnosis of clinical depression and severe degenerative arthritis and we'r...

Gay Equality in Conservative Churches -- the New Frontier

Timothy Kurek | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Timothy Kurek

Thousands of dynamic, unsung heroes of the cause are stepping forward and challenging the status quo. They are straight men and women, gays and lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals alike, and while their message is unified, their methodology is innovative and unique.

Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Spiritual Leader of Our Time

Lorna Byrne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Nelson Mandela is the greatest spiritual leader of our time. He always listened to God and did everything God asked him. He has been able to change the world because of his deep belief and trust in God. This level of faith is exceedingly rare.

Legacy of Newtown: New Communities for Mental Health

Jane Marcus, Ph.D. | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion
Jane Marcus, Ph.D.

It took the Newtown tragedy -- along with Virginia Tech and Aurora and Gabby Giffords -- to get us thinking about mental illness in this country.

DOMA Victory: A Huge Leap Forward Even As Much Work Remains

Lynn Schusterman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion
Lynn Schusterman

We in the Jewish community must ask ourselves what role we are going to play in changing policies and practices that discriminate against LGBT Americans. We have a special responsibility and civic duty to ensure that all Americans are treated with dignity and equality.

AIDS: The Dawning of Light in the Midst of Darkness!

Pernessa Seele | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Pernessa Seele

Seven years ago, I moved back home to the land of my birth -- the South! It appears that AIDS stigma and ignorance has won the day in the South. HIV prevention is unavailable in most school systems, homes and faith institutions.

Doma Down, Queers Up

Donna Schaper | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Donna Schaper

The Supreme Court has done us a big favor. In supporting gay marriage, it has encouraged the larger movement for human rights for gay people to deepen and to spread. We get a double gift from the Supreme Court decision: we get to talk about sex and about scripture.

Our Full Spiritual Potential

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

This understanding of evil enabled me to strengthen my faith in God. I see Jesus, and other great spiritual teachers, as models for what we can become, by evolving beyond this kind of obsolete survival behavior.

A Forgotten Masterpiece

Richard Koch | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Richard Koch

Whether the early Christians intended the claims of resurrection to be taken literally or symbolically is unclear. But one powerful modern interpretation holds that it is about "the necessity of dying to various forms of superficial life if one is to have life abundant."

Finding God the Lazy and Loving Way

Bridget Fonger | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Bridget Fonger

Recently, I heard another teacher say that dogs never forget their mission on this planet, while we humans do. The implication was that we are all put on this Earth to love, and yet we consistently forget and lose sight of our assignment.

The S&M of the Evangelical Church

Leonard Wrigley | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Leonard Wrigley

Bondage. From the point of view of some gay men, and perhaps some women too, it may very well not be a bad thing at all. Whatever tickles your pickle, right? But in the evangelical Pentecostal church in which I grew up, a different type of bondage was a very bad thing indeed.