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Peace Dividend: A Model Of Morality

Robert Fuller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

By pinning a name on the rank-based abuse that causes indignity, this model of morality addresses one of my take-away questions from Sunday School: How could we make the golden rule not only self-evident, but self-enforcing?

Why HOPE Is So Important -- Cynthia Maloney

The HOPE Program | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
The HOPE Program

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif The students I work with are adults, many with families to support. Their housing situation can be precarious, and some live in shelters. Those without a high school diploma have few work options and many take GED classes at HOPE.

Snow Days And The Parent Trap

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

Snow days remind me that I cannot script my life or my day, even in our culture that puts planning on a pedestal. Some days may feel like a parent trap, but I have faith in the people around me.

Are You Skeptical, My Friend?

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

When love is the summit toward which we are headed, fear is our biggest obstacle. Yet when we open our hearts to love, we are at the same time opening our minds and choosing love over fear as a guiding force.

Faith and Football

Rick McDaniel | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

Football appeals to many men because it is aggressive, tough and filled with risk. Christianity appeals to me for exactly the same reasons.

Line of Questioning

Kristin Shaw | Posted 04.22.2013 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

"Mama, is God a girl?" Looking down the road, I can see that the questions are only going to increase and get more and more interesting. Years of explanations and serious conversations unfold in front of me, and I wonder how well I will do.

Faith, Doubt And Other Lines I've Crossed

Jay Bakker | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Jay Bakker

Years ago, I believed in a lot of things like heaven and God. And I was told that to really believe in them, I had to eliminate any kind of doubt. The problem was I'd study the Bible and doubts would creep in.

Finding Common Ground Between Sexuality and Spirituality

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

If religious, spiritual, activist and LGBT organizations, alike, are invested in nurturing a sustainable and fulfilling future, they have only to gain from providing the fodder for common ground.

Reconciling LGBT Folks And Jesus: Not Black And White

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

If a heterosexually identified Christian clergy man of color from Nigeria can change his mind about the way God expects him to treat gay people, then the rest of us may be able to do so as well

George Washington's Christian (?) Faith

Darrin Grinder | Posted 04.20.2013 | Religion
Darrin Grinder

Many of today's Christians would argue that a Christian is one who "accepts Jesus as a personal savior," and for that there is absolutely no evidence in Washington's life.

Caroline Myss' 14 Principles Of Happiness

Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

Is God Dying?

William J. Furney | Posted 04.15.2013 | World
William J. Furney

The pope news proved that religion matters, even though increasing numbers of us claim it doesn't.

Hoping For A New Era For The Catholic Church

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

By stepping down from the papacy, a candidate from Latin America, Asia or Africa could be elected as pope. The familiar (read: European) face of the papacy may one day become all but a distant memory.

Why Do I Keep Turning Down Money From God?

Al DeLuise | Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I'm not perfect (shocking) and I have to admit there was that split-second I thought about sweeping the money off the counter and into my pocket -- there was no one there to stop me.

A New Deal For Religion And Science

Robert Fuller | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Under the terms of this deal, religion would be more humble about its teachings, acknowledging that they are sometimes wrong. When science confirms one of religion's guesses, it gives credit where credit is due for having "divined" the answer before it could be established beyond doubt.

Honest Questions About Grief From A Pagan

Wes Isley | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Wes Isley

My partner of 18 years died last year, and in addition to grieving the loss of his tender presence and our precious time together, I've watched helplessly as my spiritual foundations have crumbled around me. I wasn't prepared for this, and I'm having a crisis of faith.

Can We Be Joyful After Newtown?

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

To return to joy, to build a safe world for our children, to heal, we must take a stand against guns. To be people of courage, integrity, heart and grace, we must see it through this time.

Faith in Action

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 04.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

You don't have to have an all-encompassing faith. Start small. Even if faith begins as a tiny seed, that is enough to begin with. In time, and with experience, that single seed of faith is sure to grow.

What Folding Chairs Taught Me About Skepticism

Ben Thomas | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

What is it that separates everyday trust -- everyday leaps of faith, even -- from the kinds of ironclad beliefs that inspire jihads; crusades; leper-kissing; cathedral-building? How does one become so utterly sure of an idea that rests on so many unproven assumptions?

A Dead Child and Childish Things

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Jeanne Bishop

The death of this latest child killed by gun violence happened one day after pro-gun activists heckled Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Jesse Heslin, one of the 6-year-olds massacred in Newtown, CT.

Pastors, Parents and People of Faith: Game Changers on Gun Violence

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Pastors are meant to do funerals for old people who have passed. But when pastors have to bury so many children from the deaths of gun violence, the moral sequence of the world has been turned around.

A Conspiracy We Can Aspire To

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

The word conspire means "to breathe with." My hope and belief is that everyone can experience the beauty and healing power of Community. By embodying love actively and engaging the Beloved within ourselves, we can conspire to transform the entire world into a love-based Community.

No Longer Chained: My Journey From Abuse To Wholeness

Sarah Jackson | Posted 04.01.2013 | Religion
Sarah Jackson

On Jan. 28, 2010, I was tired, cold and hopeless. I was dirty, hungry and broken. It was impossible for me to help myself. Thankfully, the God of the Bible -- the God of love, grace and forgiveness -- knew that and He saved me from myself.

Is There Absolute Truth?

John Backman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
John Backman

This attitude can have profound effects on our world and our deepest selves. By definition, if our orientation is toward pursuing truth rather than possessing it, we are admitting that we don't know, that there is a great deal left to learn and discover.

'I Struggled With Faith After Witnessing Death'

| Posted 02.04.2013 | Teen

This is a teen-written article from our friends at Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization that helps marginalized youth develop their full pote...