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Faith in Baseball? Tougher With A-Rod and PEDs

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

My faith in baseball is rocked. My trust and confidence in the humans who play this game -- and make millions of dollars for hitting, catching, throwing and pitching a baseball -- has lessened.

Ramadan Reflection Day 23: Fatherhood From the Beginning -- Things I Learned During Pregnancy

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

If you are blessed to be a father, don't let any of it pass you by. Start as soon as you find out you are expecting.

Demon Rum: Alcohol May Release Aggression in Religious Individuals

David Briggs | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

Mixing religion and alcohol may be dangerous to other people's health. A new study revealed that religious folks who were not under the influence were the most likely to turn the other cheek, while religious individuals who were intoxicated were the most likely to display aggression.

Ramadan Reflection Day 22: What Does Marriage Mean to You?

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Instead of waiting until you get married to figure out what marriage means to you, start the conversation now. From other relationships in your life, understand yourself and what makes sense for you.

Wherefore Art Thou 'Proof?'

Victor Udoewa | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

Perhaps what is True is that it is more important to live as if Heaven is now, to constantly engage in the act of creating Heaven in all your life interactions.

Ramadan Reflection Day 21: Maureen Dowd, Huma Abedin and the Media's Simplistic Stance on Islam

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Huma Abedin is more than just her Islam. The extremely reductionist approach that many journalists and media outlets have comfortably taken when dealing with Islam and Muslims is getting pretty ridiculous at this point.

Lord's Prayer for a Modern People

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

I want to encourage us to seek deeper within this classic prayer and gleam from it eternal truths of spirituality and personal growth. Christ always had great purpose in all he shared with his followers, we see this in the parables and bold statements he made.

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.