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The Long Journey of Faith Communities on Immigration

Donald Kerwin | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Donald Kerwin

Religious groups have been particularly energized by the callous, even sacrilegious view of immigrants as illegals, criminals and threats, advanced by anti-immigrant politicians, media outlets and advocacy groups.

Paralyzed Man Maintains Faith: 'God Didn't Do This To Me'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion

Bob Bell was a college undergrad in 1989 when he was accidentally paralyzed while roughhousing with another young man. Despite the hardship he has end...

Life Lesson: Embrace the Journey

Jess Ly | Posted 05.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jess Ly

The paths in life are many, but depending on where you live (both figuratively and literally), you may have more specific destinations (goals). This f...

Prayer and Miracles: Cokeville Bombing Lessons Told to a Columbine Survivor

Liz Carlston | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Liz Carlston

As a society we tend to talk around or mock prayer and having faith in God. What is sacred to some, is smeared by others - even after we hear eye-witness accounts of miracles.

Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Here, on every surface of Earth, man has planted his foot, physical or otherwise. We have morphed from quest to conquest with frightening success, as our numbers increase exponentially, mindlessly spreading.

Making Room for Grief Within the Church

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Lexi Behrndt

I'm a Christian, and I sometimes struggle with the Church. Now, don't get me wrong. I love the Church. I am part of the Church. I also know there are areas where we can grow.

How An Unexpected Encounter Turned Around My Lonely Mother's Day Weekend

Mary Novaria | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

The mariachis played horns and guitars in the midst of a large configuration of tables with pink and white balloons floating above. I tried to discern the occasion. Wedding? Baby shower?

Mystery of All Mysteries

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Want to know God? That's the mystery. To know God, I suspect you must give up, let go and be free of all conceptions, all beliefs about God. God is not anything you think. God is really nothing, no-thing.

Religion, Catechism, and Parables

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Catechism classes were part of the Catholic education I received. But regardless of how much we know about religion, isn't it the same truth that we all come to sooner or later?

Chaos vs. Control

Jon Foreman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jon Foreman

The space between Chaos and Control: "Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the h...

Mom Died in My Arms: God's EverLasting 'Gift'

Debbie Davis | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Debbie Davis

I had no idea that being in the same room as someone who passes away can be a "gift." Mainly because that had never happened to me before. And if asked, I would have said, "How awful." Yet, being with Mom for her last breath, was anything but awful.

Changing Sexes, Needing Church (and God)

Peggy Payne | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Peggy Payne

"As a result of being transgender and accepting myself, my faith has grown deeper but still sits on the shaky foundation laid down by my family, the church and society."

'Taking it to the Hill' in Washington D.C., Largest Group of Brain Tumor Advocates Meet with Senators and Congress

Debbie Davis | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Debbie Davis

While this is an annual event that is coordinated by the National Brain Tumor Society, (the largest non-profit focused on brain tumor research and advocacy), this years event was the largest of its kind and biggest group thus far.

Misleading the People, Abuse of Power and the Bible

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Jason P. Stadtlander

Far too many self-proclaimed "Christians" take the Bible face value, with no room for interpretation with regards modern culture and society.

The Kingdom Identity

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Holy and righteous people aren't idol-worshippers or backstabbers or God-haters. We don't gossip, murder, tell lies, steal, or have immoral thoughts. It doesn't square with who we are. We are confident in our understanding of who we are in Christ.

Time, Hope, and Stark Determination... March on... Bay Area Brain Tumor Walk, May 2, 2015 SF

Debbie Davis | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Debbie Davis

It doesn't take a family member or friend to be a brain tumor survivor, or to know someone who has lost their life to this ugly disease, to help fight the fight or 'talk the walk and walk the talk.' But it definitely can make you pay attention and participate.

Remembering Ryan Cruz Saldana

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

On May 2, 2014 Jacqui and Dan Saldana lost their 3-year-old son, Ryan. Although I never met him, a piece of my heart broke off when he died. I learned about Ryan, while he still graced the planet, from my niece Molly.

Shifting My Perspective On Success

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Justine Brooks Froelker

She is out there for all the world to love and judge. She has been born for all the world to embrace or reject. She is shining bright, whether or no...

The Parable of Baltimore

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The parable of Baltimore is one that we need to learn from if our responses are ever to be as deep as the problems are. And admitting that the things we accept and don't accept do indeed have to do with race is a first honest step.

Sharing Faith: How I Found Healing at a Funeral

Barb Abramson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Barb Abramson

Despite the celebration of life, there is still a family in mourning, missing a wonderful man, husband and father who impacted others in a positive way, as so many shared that day. I know their church community as well as friends and colleagues will rally around them.

When Church Is A Choice

Shelly Wood | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Shelly Wood

Whatever the reasons, when parents don't make their kids go to church, I am certain they are doing so out of protection. I have no doubt that the decision is well-meaning. It's not that they are saying that God isn't important. They are saying that religion isn't important to know God. But here's the problem.

7 Things Churches Can Do to Make Queer People Feel Welcome

Erin Duran | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Erin Duran

While I've never believed being Queer automatically counted me out, I've been unable to find a church community that I, as a Trans person, could really call home -- a place I could engage in conversations around faith and sexuality, faith and gender.

Children: The Mother Of All Teachers

Kimberly Muench | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Muench

Before I became a mother, at the tender age of 18, I wondered if I would be any good at it. Worried about whether or not I was mature enough, strong enough, or even smart enough to handle the job, my intuition got the best of me and I chose to jump head first into the position anyway.

Learning From Faith and Lagniappe

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Bil Hitchcock

Joan Driver was so special in one spectacular way. Have you ever known ANYONE who has never had an unkind thing to say about anyway....and not in a sanctimonious way at all...she was just that good.

How to Be Happy in a World of Turmoil

Jose Aristimuno | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jose Aristimuno

How many times have you thought to yourself the following: If only I had more money, if only I had someone to love, if only I had a better job, if o...