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Faith

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.

After Boston: Can You Have Faith Without God?

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Should we have to adopt a belief we don't really hold in order to feel part of the larger American family who were collectively targeted on Monday, and who are grieving and searching for answers as part of one people?

What's Wrong With Having a Little Faith?

Vanessa Pinto | Posted 06.18.2013 | San Francisco
Vanessa Pinto

In a world where so many people search desperately for something to believe in, how can I or anyone judge someone harshly for simply having faith?

5 Faith Lessons From Indiana Jones

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Every Israeli secretly wants to be Indiana Jones. Archaelogy is the country's national pastime. Yet, archaeologists and their discoveries often find themselves at odd with traditional Jews. Their findings put into question foundational parts of the Jewish faith.

It's Cancer: God, Why Didn't You Heal Them?

Rick Hendrix | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rick Hendrix

The Bible says God gives good things to those who ask. God cannot give me a bad gift. He loves me too much. So what was the gift in losing my best friend and mother to cancer?

The War on the Innocents

T. Sher Singh | Posted 06.17.2013 | Crime
T. Sher Singh

There are no ifs and buts about it: the outrage in Boston this week is a crime against humanity.

Boston Marathon Tragedy Can Test Our Faith

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Ana Garcia-Ashley

The loss of life and the sheer violence of this premeditated act are unfathomable but the best tool we have to process and deal with this is our faith and the power of prayer.

Love and Hope in the Wake of Boston

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

We should have stopped trying by now. We should have thrown up our hands in despair and cried, "Enough." We should have relented by now, given up any hope that our lives would cease being punctuated by random violence. We should have stopped hoping for something different. But we haven't.

'Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness, Only Light Can Do That'

Natasha Clark | Posted 06.16.2013 | Good News
Natasha Clark

For everyone who lost a little faith in humanity yesterday, here are a few examples of strength among the darkness.

God Weeps Over Boston Through Us

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

I encourage you each to not spend these moments judging or attempting to discern who is guilty but rather to pray and to give. Pray asking for the abounding mercy and peace of God to be with the responders, medics, grief counselors and clergy.

The Source of Indignity

Robert Fuller | Posted 06.12.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

What people really want in relationships is dignity, not domination. While it's not hard to understand why people who have suffered oppression might fantasize taking a turn at domination, to actually do so is to over-reach.

Getting Through Your Gethsemanes

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

The final week in Jesus' life included especially great depths and heights: He faced a dark night of the soul in Gethsemane, a torturous cross and, ultimately, a glorious resurrection. Identifying with Jesus in His journey keeps us focused and faithful in ours.

Broken People Apply Here

D.J. Wilson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
D.J. Wilson

Jesus came to rescue the broken ones, the downcast and the hurting ones. He came to rescue you and me. With many of us battling for the title of chief, we are all in desperate need of forgiveness and healing.

Finding Moosewood, Finding God

Jack Perkins | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Jack Perkins

In moments of prayerful reflection, I have come to understand that my whole life has been leading to this: From reporting other people's biographies for A&E, to confessing my own in a new book. From broadcasting the news to broadcasting the The Good News.

'All The People I Respect Are Non-Christians'

Victor Udoewa | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

My friend was having trouble reconciling the fact that I am both a scientist whom she respects and someone who calls himself a Christian. How do I tell my friend that being a Christian has not always been foundationally defined on belief, but a transformative way of newly living, a faith?

Rick Warren's Grief: The Comfort And Cruelty Of Speculating On Suicide

Kristen Howerton | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Kristen Howerton

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours I've seen both individuals and news outlets posting speculations about Rick Warren, his son and their relationship, with what I perceive to be an attempt at figuring out what went wrong. This is an awful but real human impulse.

I Believe: Words To Honor The Martyrs Of The Holocaust

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

There are simply no words to describe the atrocities of the Shoah. There are no explanations. It is so challenging to even know what to feel. That is why my second visit to Babi Yar was so much more powerful than my first. It was the singing.

What Growing Up 'None' Taught Me About Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I was raised outside of organized religion, in a spiritual-but-not-religious home. I obviously did not stay a "none." I'm a pastor in the United Church of Christ and I try, for better or worse, to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

The Story of the Common Good (Video)

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We would take the time to sound out each syllable, word, and sentence until they got it right, "With malice toward none, with charity for all ..." While they were learning to read, I wanted them to absorb the words of Lincoln.