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Wounded Faith

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

We all have secret pain. We all have brokenness. We all have wounds that do not fully heal despite all the salve we put on them. The truth is that no matter our circumstances in life, there is still heartache and pain.

A Queer And Joyful Noise

James Lecesne | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
James Lecesne

On June 1 New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine will throw open its doors for Queer First, an event that we hope will be annual, to demonstrate to LGBTQ youth citywide that we've got their backs, and to connect them to the Spirit in the most ecumenical way.

Sunrise Faith

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

Twenty years ago a dream was planted in my heart. I wanted to create a picture book. Over time, it was put on the back burner as "real life" took over. Finally, finally my longing is being realized.

Rankism vs. The Golden Rule

Robert Fuller | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Many insist that man's predatory practices are undiminished and ineradicable. But an opposing trend is becoming visible. While admitting that "the arc of the moral universe is long," Martin Luther King Jr. believed that "it bends toward justice."

Not to Worry, My Sister, Not to Worry

Caroline Tredway | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Caroline Tredway

During May, ALS Awareness Month, let's pay special tribute to my sister Nell, all the others living with this disease, and those who have gone before them. Think of them the next time you take a step. Embrace your child. Speak softly to your loved one.

Making A Farce Of A Faith: Where Do We Draw The Line?

Deanna Othman | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Deanna Othman

Countless comedians have been branded as racist, misogynistic or homophobic, and as a result their careers have gone the way of the dinosaurs. So why is the lampoon of Muslims as terrorists acceptable?

Simple Babblers Abound

Carol Hoenig | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Carol Hoenig

Many of the people who define themselves as Christians often miss the mark when it comes to what the Bible teaches.

The Folly Of Perpetual Victimhood

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

As members of the Muslim community in the U.S., we have a deep responsibility to undertake an introspective analysis and explore why U.S. Muslims engage in forms of violence.

A Good Life Without God

Richard Abrons | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Richard Abrons

Big topic. All encompassing. From Ra to Zeus to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad to Buddah. From Cotton Mather to Rush Limbaugh. From the Crusades to Shiites and Sunnis. Well, leave me out.

Face to Faith: How I Learned To Give Love And Never Lose Faith

Jesus Guillermo Vargas | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Jesus Guillermo Vargas

Tito's friendship showed me to give my love to everyone who deserves it before it's too late. I never had the chance to tell him just what a great human being he was.

Ram Dass, Island Boy

Roger Housden | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Roger Housden

He swung into our line of vision, swiveling his wheelchair around finally to face us in his spacious living room, his back toward a large window with a vista onto the Pacific Ocean in Maui. Ram Dass was beaming, joyous.

You Say, 'Jesus is the Only Way!' I Say, 'Mystery of Mysteries'

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Sure, you can "know" God, as the inner, inexplicable and transformative personal experience. But do not ever, my friend, do not ever be so arrogant as to assume you actually "know" God, in terms of explaining God or understanding God.

Believers, Atheists, Why Can't We All Get Along?

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Sandra Charron

The energy and ardor we see flung with feverish force at the sight of certain key words would be far more beneficial if harnessed and used to rid the world of its eternal anger and insults.

Up-Close Look at Group's Grassroots Effort to Reduce Homelessness

Jim Luce | Posted 07.02.2013 | New York
Jim Luce

It is an understatement to call homelessness a growing problem. More accurately, it's a tragedy. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that an a...

Ancient Cyrus Cylinder Stirs Modern Passion And Debate

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Scholarship complicates our widely accepted and most popular images of Cyrus the Great as a uniquely benevolent ruler who instituted policies of peace and tolerance such as the world had never seen before. As it turns out, the famous Cyrus Cylinder was not revolutionary.

Holes in the Fence: The Human Story Behind Immigration Reform

Patrick Furlong | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Patrick Furlong

As I stood there on the Mexican side, with my American students, we witnessed the miraculous: A young father, living and working in the United States, was given a chance to stand in the door of the fence, and hug and kiss his five year old daughter living on the Mexican side, for the first time ever.

Why Jason Collins Coming Out Matters: A Reflection From His Classmate

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

What a joy to see Collins unleash some of the best impulses within us. He is doing what I wish more religious leaders would do: speak to our highest values, refine our spirits, help us build a better world for all of God's children.

The Testament Of Mary: Blasphemy Or Blessing?

Fr. Edward L. Beck | Posted 06.28.2013 | Religion
Fr. Edward L. Beck

This enraged and grieving mother Mary grabs us by the throat and demands that we listen to the story that she has been preordained to tell.

The Mystery of Who We Are

Tara Brach | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Probably the deepest inquiry in any of the spiritual traditions is the question, "Who am I?" If we look behind the roles and images that our culture gives us, behind the ideas that we internalize from our family, who's really here?

Born Under a Dancing Star

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.25.2013 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

Children know what medieval artisans knew when they purposely left a mistake in their tapestry -- perfection is boring. Idiosyncrasies are what make life interesting. Thank goodness, because we all have them.

To Sing Is To Pray

Rick Hamlin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

Someday I might lose my chops; I fear a wobble has entered my voice already, a vibrato big enough to drive a truck through. But I will sing, sing at the top of my lungs until I can't anymore, I will sing with my last breath. It's all prayer.

Don't Let the Boston Bombers Stop Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Ana Garcia-Ashley

While we do not yet have all the facts on how or why the Tsarnaev brothers turned against a country that took them in when their parents said they were being persecuted, it is not reason enough to turn our backs on the 11 million people already here working.

There's Healing And There's Healing

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

When violence strikes, God wants to comfort us and help us heal. I believe that God wants us to help each other heal.

But Where Is God?

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

We seek to make meaning even in the most senseless tragedies. Sometimes this raises deep spiritual questions as we confront the paradox of God's goodness and omnipotence.

Earth Day Lessons

Kathleen Rogers | Posted 06.20.2013 | Green
Kathleen Rogers

In short, Earth Day participants not only get alot done, they also demonstrate that human beings everywhere are driven by their faith, their conscience, their sense of duty, or by a moral imperative to save the planet. It is staggering to think about one billion people working together in a collective action.