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More Than A Platitude, Praying For Others Promotes Hope, Optimism

David Briggs | Posted 07.27.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

My prayers are with you. From Pope Francis attempting to console the survivors of the Oklahoma tornadoes to neighbors trying to comfort a friend with cancer, it is a familiar sentiment uttered whenever misfortune strikes. But what do those prayers mean?

A Sanctuary Of Healing, Born Of Tragedy

Guideposts | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Six months after the brutal murder of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary is becoming a reality. We want it to be a place of peace, peace born of terrible, incomprehensible violence. Peace is the only answer to evil. Because no amount of hate, no gun or bullets, can kill love. Especially the love of a child like our daughter, Catherine Hubbard.

Invoking God's Great Name

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

We praise you, God, for providing a world in which the only true hierarchy begins with you and immediately ends, equally, with each one of us. In here, out there, everywhere.

Tragedy and Love in Oklahoma City

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Two elementary schools had been hit by the level EF4 storm. Children were dead. Parents who flocked to the school were reportedly kept away from the perimeter so that rescuers could hear any voices that might be crying for help. My first thought as I surveyed the rubble was, Why?

No Job, No Man, No Sleep

Vicki Abelson | Posted 07.20.2013 | Fifty
Vicki Abelson

Being single again at this stage of my life doesn't thrill me, but that's not what's keeping the sandman at bay.

Meet The Canine Minister To A Man With Alzheimer's

Guideposts | Posted 07.18.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Casey wasn't the most popular dog in her owner Carol Baird's neighborhood. She had a heart of gold but a nose for trouble. So when a man rapped on Carol's door, said he lived three blocks away and then asked for her dog's name, Carol braced herself.

Sewing Machines, Bicycles, and More

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Nearly seventeen years ago, my friend and his wife lost their 34 year old son to cancer. A friend of the son who attended the funeral was doing mission work in the Ukraine and offered to take the son's clothing back with him to the impoverished nation

'Til Death Do Us Part

Lisa Longo | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Any contract that has at its essence an invalid clause is in and of itself invalid. So to me, every marriage is invalid as long as two adults are barred from marriage. It is an immoral clause, and a moral cause.

The Eyes Of Faith

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Many choose to view God as distant. Observable. Manageable. Close enough to consider. Distant enough to never impose nor interfere. From a distance, no wonder is ever too wonderful, no power too powerful, no master ever too masterful.

Defeat, Humility, Joy

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

A remarkable book about Russian monks, published last year, reads like something from the middle of the 19th century. You feel transported back in time to the era of Russian faith that gave birth to Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Yet, the non-fiction tales collected in "Everyday Saints" are entirely contemporary.

Wounded Faith

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

We all have secret pain. We all have brokenness. We all have wounds that do not fully heal despite all the salve we put on them. The truth is that no matter our circumstances in life, there is still heartache and pain.

A Queer And Joyful Noise

James Lecesne | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
James Lecesne

On June 1 New York City's Cathedral of St. John the Divine will throw open its doors for Queer First, an event that we hope will be annual, to demonstrate to LGBTQ youth citywide that we've got their backs, and to connect them to the Spirit in the most ecumenical way.

Sunrise Faith

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

Twenty years ago a dream was planted in my heart. I wanted to create a picture book. Over time, it was put on the back burner as "real life" took over. Finally, finally my longing is being realized.

Rankism vs. The Golden Rule

Robert Fuller | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Many insist that man's predatory practices are undiminished and ineradicable. But an opposing trend is becoming visible. While admitting that "the arc of the moral universe is long," Martin Luther King Jr. believed that "it bends toward justice."

Not to Worry, My Sister, Not to Worry

Caroline Tredway | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Caroline Tredway

During May, ALS Awareness Month, let's pay special tribute to my sister Nell, all the others living with this disease, and those who have gone before them. Think of them the next time you take a step. Embrace your child. Speak softly to your loved one.

Making A Farce Of A Faith: Where Do We Draw The Line?

Deanna Othman | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Deanna Othman

Countless comedians have been branded as racist, misogynistic or homophobic, and as a result their careers have gone the way of the dinosaurs. So why is the lampoon of Muslims as terrorists acceptable?

Simple Babblers Abound

Carol Hoenig | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Carol Hoenig

Many of the people who define themselves as Christians often miss the mark when it comes to what the Bible teaches.

The Folly Of Perpetual Victimhood

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

As members of the Muslim community in the U.S., we have a deep responsibility to undertake an introspective analysis and explore why U.S. Muslims engage in forms of violence.

A Good Life Without God

Richard Abrons | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Richard Abrons

Big topic. All encompassing. From Ra to Zeus to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad to Buddah. From Cotton Mather to Rush Limbaugh. From the Crusades to Shiites and Sunnis. Well, leave me out.

Face to Faith: How I Learned To Give Love And Never Lose Faith

Jesus Guillermo Vargas | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Jesus Guillermo Vargas

Tito's friendship showed me to give my love to everyone who deserves it before it's too late. I never had the chance to tell him just what a great human being he was.

Ram Dass, Island Boy

Roger Housden | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Roger Housden

He swung into our line of vision, swiveling his wheelchair around finally to face us in his spacious living room, his back toward a large window with a vista onto the Pacific Ocean in Maui. Ram Dass was beaming, joyous.

You Say, 'Jesus is the Only Way!' I Say, 'Mystery of Mysteries'

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Sure, you can "know" God, as the inner, inexplicable and transformative personal experience. But do not ever, my friend, do not ever be so arrogant as to assume you actually "know" God, in terms of explaining God or understanding God.

Believers, Atheists, Why Can't We All Get Along?

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Sandra Charron

The energy and ardor we see flung with feverish force at the sight of certain key words would be far more beneficial if harnessed and used to rid the world of its eternal anger and insults.

Up-Close Look at Group's Grassroots Effort to Reduce Homelessness

Jim Luce | Posted 07.02.2013 | New York
Jim Luce

It is an understatement to call homelessness a growing problem. More accurately, it's a tragedy. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that an a...

Ancient Cyrus Cylinder Stirs Modern Passion And Debate

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Scholarship complicates our widely accepted and most popular images of Cyrus the Great as a uniquely benevolent ruler who instituted policies of peace and tolerance such as the world had never seen before. As it turns out, the famous Cyrus Cylinder was not revolutionary.