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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.

Have A Little Faith

Ron Kronish | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

While Mitch Albom's "Have a Little Faith" is a book about two people of two very different faiths, it was written, as the author tells us at the beginning of the book, "in the hope that all faiths can find something universal in this story."

When Faith Kills

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

I am deeply saddened by the inevitable results of "faith" misguided, "faith" turned from a blessing to a curse, "faith" twisted from the spiritual tool of strength and inspiration it was meant to be into an instrument of pain, sorrow and death.

LOOK: Portraits In Faith

Frank Fredericks | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

Portraits In Faith is the world's most extensive oral history/testimony project conducted by one person on the subject of faith. Daniel Epstein has interviewed and made portraits of 400 people from 27 countries representing well over 50 religions, denominations and spiritual followings.

A High-Wire Walk With Faith Not To Fall

Guideposts | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

The two-inch-wide steel cable felt cold and wet beneath the elk-skin-soled moccasins my mother had made me. I slid one foot forward, then the other. Below was the lip of Niagara Falls, where 600,000 gallons of water per second plunged 170 feet straight down to jagged rocks.

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."