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Liza Dora | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Liza Dora

I used to pray every night. Starting in the 4th grade, every night before bed I slipped my rosary over my head and slept with it on. The dreams I had were terrible. I've always had a ton of nervous energy, and at night it led to dreams of running, and falling, and fighting for my life. I prayed not to dream. I asked God to take them all away.

An Adoption Story: Planting the Seeds of Hope Part 2

Michelle Colon-Johnson | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Michelle Colon-Johnson

If you have the opportunity to be a part of a child's story, you will not only be making a difference in their lives, but in all the lives of those who they might touch throughout their lives.

Standing in Solidarity: A Faith-Rooted Call to Action With and for Black Women and Girls

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Together, we can stand in solidarity, striding to a faith-filled future of freedom from sexism, freedom to live into an economy that values that worth and work of black women and girls.

A Love Letter From a Daddy's Girl

Allison Toepperwein | Posted 12.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Allison Toepperwein

As I walked in the room, three adults sat there watching my every move in judgement. I was only 9 years old. I walked up and one by one, I shook their...

People of Faith

Leslie Jacobson | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
Leslie Jacobson

Why did this nice Jewish girl from New York spend the last night of Chanukah at "A Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas", occurring...

Jerry Falwell Was 'Packing' During Chapel at Liberty University a Couple of Weeks Ago: What He Wasn't 'Packing' Was the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Seth Kaper-Dale | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
Seth Kaper-Dale

As outrageous as Donald Trump has been over the past few months the most sickening display I've seen yet by a public figure was Jerry Falwell's addres...

The War at Home: Four Ways Good Faith Can Help Defeat ISIS

David Briggs | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What much research proposes, and history also teaches, is that democracy flourishes when we start with the idea that all people are created equal, and endowed with certain inalienable rights.

Alzheimer's Caring: How Faith Communities Can Serve People with Dementia and Their Families

Jade C. Angelica | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Jade C. Angelica

People are afraid of Alzheimer's. According to surveys, Americans are more afraid of getting Alzheimer's than we are of dying. So we deny it and we avoid it for as long as possible. It's only when Alzheimer's knocks at our own door, it seems, that we seek information, support, and healing.

When Hope Seems Lost, Remember This

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Caroline Garnet McGraw

When my brother Willie was diagnosed with autism, he was three years old and I was five. Neither of us had been to church yet, so I didn't have much ...

How To Release Them From Their Debt

Catherine Nagle | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I've come to understand that sometimes the pain that we think comes from someone else's actions or behavior might actually be caused by our own though...

Things Not Seen: The Meaning of Faith in a Society of Instant Gratification

Sheridan Brown | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Sheridan Brown

One of the most common arguments I hear that God either is not real or is not involved in our lives is that there is no concrete evidence God has done...

An Adoption Story: Planting The Seeds Of Hope Part 1 of 2

Michelle Colon-Johnson | Posted 12.12.2015 | Parents
Michelle Colon-Johnson

When couples look to adoption they sometimes wonder if they can love an adopted child as they do a biological one. The Rubels express while it has not been an easy road that there is no question of the love they have for the children. They are their children and that their love is unconditional for them.

The Christmas Homework

Sue Gober | Posted 12.11.2015 | Religion
Sue Gober

My assignment for the 2015 Christmas season to you is this: Find a Christmas object and DON'T pack it up or put it away. Keep it out front where you will see it every day to remind you of the birth of our Savior. Just don't let it get lost in the mundane clutter of life like I did. This is the best gift you can give yourself this year.

We Can See God Best In The Darkest Of Times

Arman Islam | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Arman Islam

Disclaimer: I was not literally stuck in a dark forest, the scenario is metaphorical I was resting my back against the bark of a tree as my bottom m...

5 Ways Christians Are Repelling Non-Believers

Amber Hill | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Amber Hill

Often times, I think the biggest fault of Christians, is we assume everyone believes what we believe. So when we are faced with a controversial topic, like gay marriage or abortion, our immediate reaction is to shove Jesus down each other's throat.

Fresh From Heaven

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Sue Shanahan

I am sure about something. Small children know from whence they came. They are still a part of heaven. That is why one of the easiest ways to feel the presence of the Divine is to connect with a child.

Stepping Out on Faith: Straight From New York to Paradise in a Day

Jennifer C. Walton, LPC | Posted 12.09.2015 | Hawaii
Jennifer C. Walton, LPC

The moment I decided to leave everything that was familiar and over 5,000 miles away from New York City to an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was the moment that has forever defined the rest of my life.

How I Maintain Faith During Tragedy

Sajdah Nubee | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Sajdah Nubee

I have to remember amidst the horrifying stories of senseless attacks and retaliation that this is a test. My faith is being tested. We are all being tested.

Love's Final Form

KidSpirit | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion

I waxed and waned until I found power within my own happiness. I didn't have to rely on the happiness of others anymore. I deepened my relationship to truth and light, not necessarily in my religion. It was a flowing and deep river of self-trust and self-learning.

3 Unexpected Miracles from the Media's Assault on Prayer

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

When my parents passed away, many people just didn't know what to say. What could they do that could possibly offer comfort? Friends, family, and st...

The Cost of Pretending in Identity Transition

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

In a recent conversation with more conservative family members about the Mormon Church's new policy regarding same sex couples and apostasy, I found m...

This Holiday Season: Dedicating to Faith, Hope, and Charity

Lois Pope | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Lois Pope

"Faith, Hope, and Charity." I first learned of these three virtues in the parochial school I attended growing up in Philadelphia. I was taught that ...

Shine a Light on Others for Your Own Sake

Catherine Nagle | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I hope and pray to be a little holier by shining a light on the goodness of others and away from myself. More so, I hope those passionate over-givers "hear" how much we appreciate the love and kindness they spread to everyone!

The Green Climate Fund: A Faith Perspective

The Rev. Sally Bingham | Posted 12.08.2015 | Religion
The Rev. Sally Bingham

Agreement between many parties is never easy, and as a religious person, I am reminded of this when I review centuries of religious conflicts. But this year, a somewhat miraculous thing happened: The world's great faith traditions came together to support action on climate change.

Daily Meditation: Truth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can ...