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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.

DOMA Victory: A Huge Leap Forward Even As Much Work Remains

Lynn Schusterman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion
Lynn Schusterman

We in the Jewish community must ask ourselves what role we are going to play in changing policies and practices that discriminate against LGBT Americans. We have a special responsibility and civic duty to ensure that all Americans are treated with dignity and equality.

AIDS: The Dawning of Light in the Midst of Darkness!

Pernessa Seele | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Pernessa Seele

Seven years ago, I moved back home to the land of my birth -- the South! It appears that AIDS stigma and ignorance has won the day in the South. HIV prevention is unavailable in most school systems, homes and faith institutions.

Doma Down, Queers Up

Donna Schaper | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Donna Schaper

The Supreme Court has done us a big favor. In supporting gay marriage, it has encouraged the larger movement for human rights for gay people to deepen and to spread. We get a double gift from the Supreme Court decision: we get to talk about sex and about scripture.

Our Full Spiritual Potential

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

This understanding of evil enabled me to strengthen my faith in God. I see Jesus, and other great spiritual teachers, as models for what we can become, by evolving beyond this kind of obsolete survival behavior.

A Forgotten Masterpiece

Richard Koch | Posted 08.25.2013 | Religion
Richard Koch

Whether the early Christians intended the claims of resurrection to be taken literally or symbolically is unclear. But one powerful modern interpretation holds that it is about "the necessity of dying to various forms of superficial life if one is to have life abundant."

Finding God the Lazy and Loving Way

Bridget Fonger | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Bridget Fonger

Recently, I heard another teacher say that dogs never forget their mission on this planet, while we humans do. The implication was that we are all put on this Earth to love, and yet we consistently forget and lose sight of our assignment.

The S&M of the Evangelical Church

Leonard Wrigley | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Leonard Wrigley

Bondage. From the point of view of some gay men, and perhaps some women too, it may very well not be a bad thing at all. Whatever tickles your pickle, right? But in the evangelical Pentecostal church in which I grew up, a different type of bondage was a very bad thing indeed.

The Faith Of A High Wire Walker

Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion

Nik Wallenda took just 22 minutes to walk across the Little Colorado River Gorge on a two-inch thick steel cable, 1,500 feet over the water - with no ...

Summer Swim: Living Life

Suna Senman | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

The backstroke is living in faith, like walking on water. You trust the invisible substance of life and your ability to move peacefully on the surface of physical concerns with your face to the source of life's energy.

A Big Mistake Ministry Teams Make

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Is my team sufficiently challenged? If they are, then their gifts and capacities are being stretched and utilized. If they are not, the team is, at least in some ways, probably languishing.

Faith in Difficult Times

Cindy Bird | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Cindy Bird

Faith is a funny thing, we think we know what it is and then realize that it's something entirely different. Difficult times brings out our true faith just as it brings out our true personality and buried fears.

When Truth Is Revealed

Tani Brown | Posted 08.19.2013 | College
Tani Brown

For me, religion is not about telling another person what to do, and I feel many practices need clarity. For me, it is about balancing my center. My family and my grandmother Rodell's ring are my center. They are the things I will forever come back to.

A Faith Voice Weighing in on Marriage Equality

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

Now is the time to dispense with the classic stereotype that religious leaders oppose same-sex marriage. A growing multifaith movement of religious leaders is helping the faithful understand how religious teachings and text compel celebration of LGBT people and relationships, not rejection.

Faith, Sex And Google: Cyberporn Takes Emotional, Spiritual Toll On Religious Americans

David Briggs | Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

That a large number of Americans appears to face particular anguish related to the proliferation of pornography merits dialogue and understanding, not ridicule.

Losing Control and Learning to Trust: My Unexpected Diagnosis

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

This is a very personal column. In December of last year, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Fathers Matter, Especially After Divorce

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Not only do fathers matter, but fathers could play the most definitive role in shaping the future faith of their children -- especially divorced fathers.

Lifelong Service: A Queen, a Nun and Me

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Norma Cook Everist

Queen Elizabeth served the Commonwealth. Sister Mary Owen served the common health. The Queen has served faithfully, consistently, responsibly, day after day, year after year, with modest warmth and wisdom. So did the Sister. And the world changed around them both.

Why I Am Not A Believer

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

When I say I am not a believer, it doesn't mean I believe nothing. It is that belief is not central to my religious and spiritual life. As a matter of fact, belief holds little importance to me at all.

Ready to Let Go

Sue Shanahan | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

And why are children the most beautiful flowers of all? Because they allow themselves to be who they are. Without agendas, they flourish in the now. Whether the sun shines or buckets of rain pour, it's a good day.

Believe in Something

Shelby Doherty | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Shelby Doherty

It's life-changing decisions like these when you really need to believe that this is all part of the plan. Don't look at bad decisions or bad outcomes as a negative thing; instead find the positive that comes out of them, because there is always a positive even if you don't realize it yet.

My Road To Inspiration

Guideposts | Posted 08.03.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

From the time I came across a certain old film, I've steered a course different from most television reporters. While the journalism world speeds up on Twitter and aims for quick ratings hits, I've slowed down and trusted in viewers' inherent goodness.