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"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.

52 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

1. Life is good. Not always, but mostly. And when it is not so good, be assured it will get better.

At the Intersection of Addiction and Grace

Heather Kopp | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Heather Kopp

Who used to live in dread of being exposed as an alcoholic and would rather die than declare it from a podium? The only explanation is that Noah and I are walking, talking miracles -- living proof of God's goodness and grace.

Faithfully Serving Those Who Serve: Maryland Houses of Worship Lift Up National Guardsmen

Chaplain William Sean Lee | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Chaplain William Sean Lee

When we bring religious groups into the circle of resources available to those who serve, we can better support Guardsmen and women spread across the state, some of whom live hours from the nearest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) facility.

Continuing to Learn What's Important

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I learned so much from him in my early years as a chaplain, and I was privileged to learn from him, yet again, almost 15 years later, as we talked about his dying.

Words Matter. The Word Matters. Especially at Mass

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

My discontent with my current church experience is not based on a single homily or even a series of homilies or homilies in general; it's based on the whole package.

Light Go On -- Part XI -- Presents

Thomas Bähler | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

Great Spirit faith is the right word faith came into my life brought into my life by you and I have faith that you will bring me more presents than...

Father Greg Boyle: Kinship & Kingdom (Video)

Travis Reed | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

"No kinship, no justice. No kinship, no peace." Father Greg Boyle on kinship, compassion, unity and the Kingdom of God.

Heaven Forefend the Pope Is Sane!

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The pope just told the American Catholic religious right to shove off. He said that the political game they've been playing on behalf of people like the Koch brothers and Tea Party -- in the name of morality -- threatens, the moral structure of the Church.

On Having Faith, Watching Oprah, and Being Gay

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Cassie Premo Steele

On the day after I realized I am a lesbian, I invited over the woman I was in love with (we hadn't been together in any sexual way; we had not even hugged or kissed) so that we could watch Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. The guest was Brené Brown, whose new book was about vulnerability.

Does Faith Make A Difference?

Chaplain Mark R. Johnston | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Chaplain Mark R. Johnston

Many who have deployed into combat and have witnessed first-hand the violence and killing that characterizes war often return home with the uncomfortable realization that the value structure they once maintained, and perhaps called "normal," does not necessarily fit any longer.

15 Things Not to Say to a Recovering Fundamentalist Christian

Samantha Field | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Samantha Field

There have been plenty of things I've heard since I left Christian fundamentalism after spending 14 years (more than half my life) in it, and most of them make me want to tear my hair out.

Why Weight Loss Depends on Your Faith

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

There are a lot of pieces of the weight loss puzzle and you'll need them all in place to make it work. But your faith is a big piece of the puzzle. Having the right faith will open the door to them and set you on the path to their fulfillment.

Faith in Action: When #NeverForget Becomes Remember to Live Your Dreams

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Cecilia T. Capers

My friend put her dream on hold because of financial concerns hoping that time and the right circumstances would eventually work in her favor. Her life and untimely departure from this world left an indelible impression on me to pursue my aspirations.

Fresh Air: Sukkot

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

It's time to leave our homes and head outside to our Sukkot. What exactly are we commemorating?

Immigration Reform Now: The Intersection of Religion, American Political Will and Reason

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Rabbi Steve Gutow

Across race, religion, gender and geography, the American dream holds us all together. We believe that even the most disadvantaged can come to this country and thrive. Keeping the undocumented in the shadows cuts against our founding principles

Can There Be a Decent Human Civilization Without Religion?

Robin Ince | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Robin Ince

The roots of charity, empathy and altruism are not in religion, they are in our evolution -- these are the roots, but we can rise above them. We have begun to. Isn't it time we grew from our adolescence to the young adult stage of our existence?

I Know What God Looks Like (Luke 15:1-10)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Do you want to see what God is like? It just got harder to do so on Wikipedia. Wikipedia still has an article called "God," and it hosts a range of ever-changing perspectives.

A Revolutionary Sermon

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

For a deeply faithful person, in any major religion, there can be no enemies. This is a radical way of life and it requires a language that can convey its power and relevance even to non-believers.

Homecoming Sunday: When Opening Our Doors Isn't Enough

Wayne Meisel | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Anyone reading the religion section or blogs and posts knows that there has been a lot written about why Millennials don't go to church. Rather than ask for an explanation, my question is: why isn't the church reaching out, and supporting, and loving on the Millennials?

The End of An Era: Can We Embark on a New One?

Satpal Singh | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Satpal Singh

For centuries, women have been looked down upon in almost all cultures, societies and countries. We forget, or ignore, that women are children of the same God as men.

A Crisis of Faith

Rick McDaniel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

What then are the root causes which are at the heart of a crisis of faith? We can see these in the lives of five great men of God in the Old Testament. Men who did some of the greatest exploits that have ever been done in the name of God.