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Faith

Whatever Happened to Integrity?

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

I never knew what a big mistake I was making that day in Kingston when I let that "little twig" fall into the mix of cement. Thank God, someone had the concern and conviction to call me on it. The results could have been devastating.

Mountains and Meadows and Some Kind of Wonder

KidSpirit | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Imagination takes energy. Perhaps this is why adults are often less imaginative than children; with all of the work and responsibility that adults have to deal with, it's sometimes difficult to find time to be creative. Not to mention it's downright exhausting.

Ramadan Reflection Day 27: A Prayer for the Night

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.04.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In these last nights of Ramadan, gatherings unlike any other time of the year are taking place. Men and women from all walks of life remove from themselves the shackles of the material and for a moment seek to feed only their spirits.

Ramadan Reflection Day 26: Simple Actions Can Change the World

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.03.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

What's more remarkable to me is that most of those who gave will probably never meet those who they gave to. The motivation wasn't because of kinship rooted in socially constructed value, shared culture or common heritage.

Ramadan Reflection Day 25: A Letter to My Community

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

We have something unique alhamdulillah and it's important for us to grow it. The credentials, resources, and personalities that we find within our community uniquely position us to do a lot. We are poised to build many of the institutions and organizations that our community is in need of.

Faith in Appalachia: A Lesson in Storytelling

Rob Lee | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rob Lee

Faith is the frontier land of our existences in that faith calls us to go, to journey, to explore, to remind ourselves of what we consider important and valuable. Faith is that land just beyond the ridge that yearns for us to explore it.

Ramadan Reflection Day 24: Need, Greed and Our Responsibility To the World

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In these last few days of Ramadan, reflect deeply on what you really need and how you can play a role in encouraging a better mindfulness of our treatment of rest of creation.

Faith in Baseball? Tougher With A-Rod and PEDs

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

My faith in baseball is rocked. My trust and confidence in the humans who play this game -- and make millions of dollars for hitting, catching, throwing and pitching a baseball -- has lessened.

Ramadan Reflection Day 23: Fatherhood From the Beginning -- Things I Learned During Pregnancy

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

If you are blessed to be a father, don't let any of it pass you by. Start as soon as you find out you are expecting.

Demon Rum: Alcohol May Release Aggression in Religious Individuals

David Briggs | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Mixing religion and alcohol may be dangerous to other people's health. A new study revealed that religious folks who were not under the influence were the most likely to turn the other cheek, while religious individuals who were intoxicated were the most likely to display aggression.

Ramadan Reflection Day 22: What Does Marriage Mean to You?

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Instead of waiting until you get married to figure out what marriage means to you, start the conversation now. From other relationships in your life, understand yourself and what makes sense for you.

Wherefore Art Thou 'Proof?'

Victor Udoewa | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Perhaps what is True is that it is more important to live as if Heaven is now, to constantly engage in the act of creating Heaven in all your life interactions.

Ramadan Reflection Day 21: Maureen Dowd, Huma Abedin and the Media's Simplistic Stance on Islam

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Huma Abedin is more than just her Islam. The extremely reductionist approach that many journalists and media outlets have comfortably taken when dealing with Islam and Muslims is getting pretty ridiculous at this point.

Lord's Prayer for a Modern People

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

I want to encourage us to seek deeper within this classic prayer and gleam from it eternal truths of spirituality and personal growth. Christ always had great purpose in all he shared with his followers, we see this in the parables and bold statements he made.

Ramadan Reflection Day 20: Softening the Heart Through Spiritual Retreat -- The Last 10 Days of Ramadan

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.27.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

At times we don't realize how hard our hearts have become. The pursuit of complacency becomes our goal rather than the pursuit of contentment and we sacrifice things that would bring us everlasting comfort in pursuit of those things that simply give us the facade of comfort.

Ramadan Reflection Day 19: Building Spaces for the Silent Majority

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I am an advocate for creating new spaces in the Muslim community. Spaces that cater to the silent majority and are built off of a model with multiple entry points. Spaces that are not reactive to the existing apparatus, but are well-thought out and proactively built.

Faith In God Expressed Through Song By Dying Teenage Songwriter

Religion News Service | Joe Winter | Posted 07.27.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A song about ascending to heaven written by a dying 18-year-old, has gotten 7.7 million YouTube hits and at one point reached No. 1 on the iTune...

Ramadan Reflection Day 18: Adoption, Foster Care and the World's Forgotten Children

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Throughout the Qur'an we find verse after verse that tells us to be kind to orphans and to treat with affection, care and dignity. We should all take a moment to reflect on what is keeping us from being of better assistance to those children who have no parents or families.

Norman Wirzba: Food and Salvation (Video)

Travis Reed | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

What does food and land have to do with salvation? Norman Wirzba invites us into healing and restoration through the reconciliation of the land, our food and with our neighbors.

Ramadan Reflection Day 17: Giving Better vs. Giving More -- Being Smarter With Our Charity

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Many of us tend to give more during Ramadan. Be smart about your giving. Look to support those who have sensible ideas, are visionary in their scope, and have the skills to get done what they are telling you they want to do.

Ramadan Reflection Day 16: Every Teacher Was Once a Student

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

An expert in any arena started out as a novice, and you and I in our paths towards reaching our full potential are no different. Our respective journeys towards a mastery of our skills and acquisition of our credentials, degrees, licenses, and titles starts always with a step one.

Ramadan Reflection Day 15: A Conduct That Is Quranic in Nature -- The Qur'an on Good Character

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Not all of us are meant to be the one that leads the prayer or gives the sermon, but are goodness is not associated necessarily with positions or titles like that. Our sense of character is what will open doors for us in our growth.

Ramadan Reflection Day 14: I Get Sad Sometimes

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Being sad is one of the hardest things to deal with. Since Ramadan I've felt sad at various times. I don't think being sad is necessarily an indication of one's faith, especially not a weakness of it.

Faith So Simple, As a Mustard Seed... So Why Does Religion Complicate Faith?

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Faith is not about either control or distinction. Instead, it is about release, the turning loose of all attachments.

Book Review: If The Buddha Dated

Katie DiBenedetto | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
Katie DiBenedetto

While this isn't the sort of book I would pick up at first glance (it was my book club's choice), I can honestly say that I walked away feeling slightly more enlightened. Enlightened in a spiritual, religious, self-knowing way.