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Ramadan Reflection Day 20: Softening the Heart Through Spiritual Retreat -- The Last 10 Days of Ramadan

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.27.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

At times we don't realize how hard our hearts have become. The pursuit of complacency becomes our goal rather than the pursuit of contentment and we sacrifice things that would bring us everlasting comfort in pursuit of those things that simply give us the facade of comfort.

Ramadan Reflection Day 19: Building Spaces for the Silent Majority

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.26.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I am an advocate for creating new spaces in the Muslim community. Spaces that cater to the silent majority and are built off of a model with multiple entry points. Spaces that are not reactive to the existing apparatus, but are well-thought out and proactively built.

Faith In God Expressed Through Song By Dying Teenage Songwriter

Religion News Service | Joe Winter | Posted 07.27.2013 | Religion

(RNS) A song about ascending to heaven written by a dying 18-year-old, has gotten 7.7 million YouTube hits and at one point reached No. 1 on the iTune...

Ramadan Reflection Day 18: Adoption, Foster Care and the World's Forgotten Children

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Throughout the Qur'an we find verse after verse that tells us to be kind to orphans and to treat with affection, care and dignity. We should all take a moment to reflect on what is keeping us from being of better assistance to those children who have no parents or families.

Norman Wirzba: Food and Salvation (Video)

Travis Reed | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

What does food and land have to do with salvation? Norman Wirzba invites us into healing and restoration through the reconciliation of the land, our food and with our neighbors.

Ramadan Reflection Day 17: Giving Better vs. Giving More -- Being Smarter With Our Charity

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Many of us tend to give more during Ramadan. Be smart about your giving. Look to support those who have sensible ideas, are visionary in their scope, and have the skills to get done what they are telling you they want to do.

Ramadan Reflection Day 16: Every Teacher Was Once a Student

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

An expert in any arena started out as a novice, and you and I in our paths towards reaching our full potential are no different. Our respective journeys towards a mastery of our skills and acquisition of our credentials, degrees, licenses, and titles starts always with a step one.

Ramadan Reflection Day 15: A Conduct That Is Quranic in Nature -- The Qur'an on Good Character

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Not all of us are meant to be the one that leads the prayer or gives the sermon, but are goodness is not associated necessarily with positions or titles like that. Our sense of character is what will open doors for us in our growth.

Ramadan Reflection Day 14: I Get Sad Sometimes

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Being sad is one of the hardest things to deal with. Since Ramadan I've felt sad at various times. I don't think being sad is necessarily an indication of one's faith, especially not a weakness of it.

Faith So Simple, As a Mustard Seed... So Why Does Religion Complicate Faith?

Steve McSwain | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Faith is not about either control or distinction. Instead, it is about release, the turning loose of all attachments.

Book Review: If The Buddha Dated

Katie DiBenedetto | Posted 09.18.2013 | Books
Katie DiBenedetto

While this isn't the sort of book I would pick up at first glance (it was my book club's choice), I can honestly say that I walked away feeling slightly more enlightened. Enlightened in a spiritual, religious, self-knowing way.

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.