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Thy Will Be Done: A Cancer Survivor's Perspective

Joy Huber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joy Huber

I was diagnosed with stage four cancer at only 33 years old. For some reason the thought of "Why ME? Why is this happening to me?" never repeated over and over in my mind. I certainly wasn't expecting this diagnosis, but I know the statistics.

Faith and Belief Are Not the Same

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 12.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

The next time you find yourself in spiritual crisis, my advice -- attach no value to it, positive or negative. Release your beliefs for the time being, and do not labor at bringing them into congruity with the crisis.

Grocery Store Samaritan's Incredible Reaction To Wallet Theft

Posted 10.25.2013 | Religion

Jessica Eaves was shopping in Guthrie, Okla., earlier this month when her wallet was pinched. She spotted the man she suspected of taking it in a near...

Oprah, Atheists, and the Gift of Ambiguity

David Lose | Posted 12.24.2013 | Religion
David Lose

Yes, you can be well-intentioned and still do harm. That, at least, is what television personality and media mogul Oprah Winfrey learned when she apparently and good-naturedly dismissed Diana Nyad's claim to being an atheist.

The Hollywood Effect: R-rated Films, Violent Video Games Tied to Lower Religious Practices for Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

A steady diet of watching movies such as Ted and Saw through Saw VI may keep young people out of the pews, suggests a new study of R-rated films and religiosity.

Monumental Setbacks = + - Monumental Comebacks

D.J. Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
D.J. Wilson

Have you faced at some point in the course of your life, a V8 moment, where you suddenly find yourself in the throes of a monumental setback, aka, gut wrenching, cookie tossing, catastrophic failure and wondered what the heck happened?

Ending the Gun War Against Our Children

Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris

This weekend, thousands of religious congregations across the faith spectrum are focusing their worship services, education programs, and activities on ending gun violence and child poverty.

The Gravity in Gravity

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.17.2013 | Entertainment
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

In my mind, the film is about transcending gravity; the quest to live life a few feet off the ground. The Kaballah teaches that growth and impact emerge from living outside our comfort zone. The ground offers security but the most memorable moments in life and fulfillment arise when we strive to live a little higher and brighter.

Time to Come Out as People of Faith for Marriage Equality

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Most Christians once opposed the fight for equality for gays and lesbians. Today many Christians and other people of faith are at the forefront of the fight to end discrimination against the gay and lesbian community -- even working to support marriage equality.

Big Churches Getting Bigger

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

While megachurches continue to experience mega-growth, the question emerges: Just how are they growing? While there may be no one "formula" for growing a megachurch, there are some clear and observable patterns and trends to their growth.

Every Day Is the Most Important Day

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

"The Two Most Important Days In Your Life" is about being born, physically and then, later, deeper down, on the inside, in your character. Being born happens to all of us. It's the mysterious gift that gets it all going.

Is Preachers of LA Representing Preachers the Right Way?

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Sadly, this show is about lavish living and we will likely not see one that displays the many sacrifices made by every day preachers and ministers. Producers wouldn't care to show how clergy (often barely paid) help people in many ways. They wouldn't find a show about that kind of preacher exciting and worth watching.

Falling Leaves and Letting Go

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.09.2013 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

In one week, I fly from Chicago to visit my daughter in Vermont. Since girlhood I've dreamt of seeing the changing colors of fall in New England. A dream I cling to so tightly, I'm filled with anxiety. What if I miss it like I did three years ago?

No Victims Here

Molly Reynolds | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Molly Reynolds

"I thank my father for teaching me a very valuable lesson," Levi says. "He taught me how wonderful women are and how much they should be loved and respected -- by showing me what not to do."

Of Mouse and Men

Anthony Romeo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Anthony Romeo

I'm getting to the age where I'm starting to want children. Alright, I desperately want children. But with children comes the responsibility to in...

Tears for My Mom

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

It would have been easy for me as the officiating rabbi to try hide my emotions. However, when I revealed a layer of my soul I offered comfort and ignited the souls of everyone in the room.

Top Mormon Leader Speaks Surprisingly Frankly

Salt Lake Tribune | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) It is wrong to assume that Mormons who leave the faith “have been offended or lazy or sinful,” a top leader told members of t...

You've Never Seen A Bible Like This

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 10.07.2013 | Religion

Zach Myrow wants you to take the Bible with a grain of salt. Literally. His work "Salis Bible / Salt Bible" is part art piece, part social...

How to Break Through the Impasse

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The dominant political parties have allowed their differences to become so insurmountable that they've shut down the inter-party dialogue which is so essential to keeping the engines of democracy running.

The Power of Faith

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Joe Peyronnin

St. Thomas More Catholic Church, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, serves some of New York's most prominent families. But these well-connected and widely traveled parishioners were moved to tears at Sunday's 12:30 pm mass.

Thoughts on Karma...

Megan Staggs | Posted 12.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Megan Staggs

We cannot control the impact of our thoughts, words and actions, but we can be aware of our intentions behind them.

"Love Your Neighbor as Yourself": Failing Grade for Religious America

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Listen to sermons throughout religious America and you are likely to hear variations on the lofty principle featured in both the Old and New Testaments: "Love your neighbor as yourself." But as we well know talk can be cheap.

Government's off, Soup's on!

Wayne Meisel | Posted 12.03.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Just because the government can't bridge gridlock doesn't mean that we can't break bread together. Time for a Soup-in!

The Joy Manifesto: Part II

MeiMei Fox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

When in doubt, forget all the rules, the seven- or nine- or 50-point lists, the how-to guides and the self-help books, the therapeutic techniques, the TED talks, the recipes and formulas... and just love.

Why We Need to Talk About God

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The God I believe in brings a richness and depth to life. The God I believe in makes it possible for us to be fully human. To rise from despair to hope; to transform bitterness into love; to move the world as it is a little closer to the world as it ought to be.