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No Time For Crime: Study Finds More Religious Communities Have Lower Rates Of Black, White and Latino Violence

David Briggs | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Can religion help reduce violent crime? Some new research suggests the answer is yes, both by creating a moral climate that fosters respect among n...

Just Christian You Say

Ron Nikkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

See, I claim to be a Christian and I'm true to that Ya' favorite rapper claimed he strapped, but never packed a tool In fact, I know some Christian ca...

Believing Is Almost Everything

Susie Spain | Posted 01.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Susie Spain

Sometimes the smallest things that happen can be miracles. Sometimes the smallest moments are miraculous. The point is that we believe.

The Blessing of Blessing

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Whether or not you choose to pray before meals, or faith is central to your life, or you believe in God, I encourage you to take the time to pause, even for just a moment, to recognize the good fortune that you do have in this world.

Cebu City, My Lost Wallet and the Kindness of Humanity

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Humanity is us and when we give up on the kindness of people, in many ways we give up on ourselves and worse, we gradually allow ourselves to do the very things that we so loathed at the start.

Eleven Myths About Going to Seminary

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Law school? Don't like to read that much. Business school? Not very good with numbers. I kept coming back to the idea of seminary. I knew that I needed to find a way to sustain my commitment to the service and justice work I had done all of my life.

Searching for God at Trader Joe's

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This past week, I visited Trader Joe's in Stamford, Conn. searching for God. I posted two questions. First, what item would be #1 on God's shopping ...

End-Of-Life Decisions Rooted In Faith, Family --And Mistrust For Blacks, Hispanics

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 11.21.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (RNS) “A higher power will deliver me.” “If Jesus suffered, I’m going to suffer.” “I have a daughter, why would I need an...

The Role of Women in the Bahá'í Faith

KidSpirit | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
KidSpirit

I'm a 12-year-old girl who has grown up in a community of Bahá'ís. It is really astonishing to be a part of a religion that is not common around New York, or any place, actually.

Why We Fast: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship

Eliseo Medina | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eliseo Medina

While pundits speculate about Boehner's political weakness, the truth is that he has a historic opportunity to wield the Speaker's gavel as an instrument of justice.

Exchange Religion for Faith

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We can't own the truth. No particular tribe has a patent on it. It hovers somewhere out there in the middle, between all the oppositions that bedevil our societies right now.

Does the Universe have a Purpose?

Victor Udoewa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

I wonder if it's possible to consider this question apart from the existence of an intelligent designer. Even without such a designer, can the universe have a purpose? And for those of us who do not believe in a designer, does this universe have a purpose?

Out With the Old, In With the New

Bethany Saad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bethany Saad

After welcome greetings and scattered hugs, we start each session by sharing success stories about how we did with our personal health goals that week. Arabs, Muslims, Christians and Jews in our group now receive a weekly healthy dose of applause.

Seminaries that Change the World: A Growing List of Transitioning Institutions for Transformational Times

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Question: Where do you go to graduate school if you want to change the world? Answer: Yale Law School, Harvard School of Education, Stanford School of Business, the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, Wesley Seminary or Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Just Love

Ron Nikkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Love without justice is sentimentality Justice without love is brutality Where love and justice meet there is vitality of life. The more I think abou...

12 Universal Truths To Live By

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Howard Samuels

Life is hard. But there are people out there who seem to have an idea of how to stay optimistic in these changing times.

Maybe It's Time Christians Learned These "Non-Christian" Habits

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Speaking the truth invariably creates conflict because someone won't like it. So we have a choice - either stand up or shrink back.

Wounded Recovering Evangelicals Unite! (One Who Wrote to Me)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

I got this email from someone I'll call "Wounded Recovering Evangelical", who gave me permission to post it here but says "That being said, please r...

On Millennials and Faith

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

It seems the topic du jour in religious circles is the waning faith of Millennials. While I've enjoyed reading the opinions and commentaries of the experts, I thought maybe it was time to have a Millennial lend her voice.

Are You Manifesting Your Dreams?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Manifesting does not mean sitting around waiting for spirit to bring you what you want. It means that you are disciplined to take the actions you need to take to eventually bring about your dreams.

Violets Have Broken the Rocks; Underground Faith

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Whenever the church forgets its true role, and becomes tyrannical in judging others' spirituality or self-righteous in celebrating its own sovereignty, it stands in danger of becoming an empty vessel.

Saving Faith

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

For many, the past few weeks have been discouraging, given the state of our politics and culture and what many vulnerable people across the country are experiencing. But despite the frustration and even grief sometimes I have been reminded of the importance of "saving faith."

Is Do-it-yourself Faith Dangerous to Your Soul?

Jacob Weber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jacob Weber

Take Madonna's Kabbalah study. Most folks see the pop icon's immersion in this obscure wing of Jewish mysticism as another narcissistic celebrity accoutrement, like Paris Hilton's dog or Angelina Jolie's children. But hold up: Could this judgement stem from our own spiritual insecurity?

What Being Jewish Means to Me

David Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Harris

As recent surveys reveal a disturbingly large number of American Jews -- millions, in fact -- who feel disconnected from their Jewish identity, allow me to share what being Jewish means to me.

William Friedkin, The Exorcist Director, Says Film Is About the Mystery of Faith

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Tavis Smiley

2013-10-29-tavisexorcistblog.png Tonight on PBS, I sit down with award-winning director, producer and screenwriter William Friedkin. Can you believe it's been 40 years since the screams in The Exorcist? Friedkin reflects on the making of the film and the genre in Hollywood that followed.