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Ramadan Reflection Day 11: Boys Will Be Boys, But Not Always Men

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

It's unfair to young boys and men that we don't expect more from them. They end up being quite immature, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and lagging behind in their personal emergence of adulthood, especially when compared to their female counterparts.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Thoughtful Fasting

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Everyone knows that giving is good and the helping people out is good, but we rarely emphasize what the etiquette around that might be and how to do it well. Many of us give, but not many of us give to the best of our ability.

Thoughts on Turning 30: Be Curious, Tango, and Make It Count

Patrick Furlong | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Patrick Furlong

Life these last 10 years has had some incredible ups and some awful downs, but for the most part I have primarily lived in between those extremes, and for that I can say I feel incredibly blessed.

None Shall Make Them Afraid

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

"None shall make them afraid" -- that is the biblical refrain that has come to me over and over again in light of the Trayvon Martin tragedy.

Ramadan Reflection Day 9: Understanding Our Responses to Challenges

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

There is a sense of achievement that should stem from completing a day's fast during the intense heat and long hours of the Summer, but the process and challenge of the fast can yield much more than that.

A Prayer to Turn Life's Disaster's Into Destiny

D.J. Wilson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
D.J. Wilson

All around me the world as I have known it, is collapsing. Our dreams to make another difference in this world are in danger of becoming just another foolish person's whimsical thoughts.

Ramadan Reflection Day 7: Building Tender Hearts

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The heart's function is to love and it will love that which we put in its presence, so a certain mindfulness is needed in order to avoid allowing for it to be an abode of things that are neither healthy for it or for us.

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.