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Day 1 Faith & Science Series Begins: How Can Faith and Science Inform Each Other?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Does the universe make any sense? Does the cosmos have purpose? And what about us human beings? Do we matter? Is there any way to know? Listen to so...

Faith Communities Have a Special Role to Play in Meeting Needs of Bisexual People

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 09.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Marie Alford-Harkey

As sanctuaries, spiritual homes and beacons of social justice, faith communities have a particularly important role to play in providing for the spiritual and social needs of bisexual people.

The Pope's Arrival in the United States: The Personal and the Political

Ben de Guzman | Posted 09.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Ben de Guzman

His most brilliant move of the morning was to own what is often a core contradiction of religion: although religion often relies on tradition and a consistency of dogma and practice to achieve its ends, the Pope reminded us, "we know that things can change."

Into the Depths of Depression and the Journey Out: An Interview with Three Generations of African American Female Poets

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month the authors of Design of A Woman: LaTerra Wise, Lisa Wright, and Amanda Milbourne break the silence too often felt by women in faith communities, to share some of the experiences that have shaped their poems.

Pope Francis: God's Beloved Troublemaker

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

In the best of prophetic tradition, Pope Francis is calling us to be our best selves. He is calling us to go beyond personal piety, belief and charity to pursue justice, find patterns of living to care for the most vulnerable (including the Earth herself), and welcome the stranger.

Why God Is Funny

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 09.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kara Post-Kennedy

Recently there have been a lot of people in the news blaming their bad behavior on God. A contemporary version of "the devil made me do it," it got m...

Say Yes

Mila Atmos | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Mila Atmos

We do not know what is around the corner, so we often cling to the negative feelings surrounding past events. It can be hard to let go, and often for good reason. I struggle all the time to release, and stay open. That evening I learned, even more so than my son, that when we trust that the universe conspires in our favor, good things happen

Pope Francis' Visit: A Moment to Think Differently

Lou Leonard | Posted 09.24.2015 | Green
Lou Leonard

Today all nations are working at home to set new climate goals ahead of UN climate talks in Paris in December. This is important and unprecedented and should put to rest questions about whether the world is ready to act together.

What I Hope to Hear From Pope Francis in His Historic Address to Congress

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

Pope Francis, a champion of the vulnerable and downtrodden, has an opportunity to make the moral case, on behalf of the many faith leaders and faith-based organizations supporting comprehensive immigration reform, to break the stalemate in Congress.

Everything Does Not Happen For a Reason

Erin Musto | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Erin Musto

In February of 2012, my 5 ½ year old daughter Madeline passed away. She was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a rare and inoperable brainstem tumor. She passed away only five days after her diagnosis. I am often annoyed and confused when people tell me that Madeline died for a reason.

Engaging the Spiritually Disconnected: Inviting the Culture to Move to the Deeper End of Life's Pool

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Last Sunday at the church where I am assisting priest I spoke with an obviously frustrated woman just before Sunday school. I know her as a caring, active servant and wonderful counselor.

The Scandal of the Gospel: Jesus Loves Outsiders

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

From his birth in a stable, to a criminal's execution, Jesus is all about shaking up our preconceived notions. The strong are weak, and the weak are strong. Outsiders are insiders, and insiders are outsiders.

The Elusiveness of the Spirit

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

Much is being written about the Spirit -- Judeo Christian Holy Spirit -- these days. Not that this is a neglected topic among all the spiritual disciplines over time and history.

How to Live By Faith and Not By Fear

Lyn Mac | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lyn Mac

Let go of trying to control the outcome and the need to know how things will work out because you don't need anything. You are everything.

Tips to Help Your Child With a Disability Succeed in Religious School

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

While doing your research and if your religious school is open to ideas, get together with other families and individuals with special needs and write a wish list of everything they need to make their experiences better. Prioritize the list and go from there.

Faith, Doubt and Francis: A Gen X-er Reflects

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Eileen Flood O'Connor

The Pope has said he "...wants things messy and stirred up in the congregation" -- for me and all my doubt there has never been any clearer path to faith.

Jonathan Jackson on Converting to Orthodox Christianity

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

We became instant friends because we had so much in common: we both love God and Jesus Christ, work in film and television, he's also an author, love music -- he performs and I listen, and we both recently converted to Christian Orthodoxy and love Church.

How I Handle The Ugly Odds of Marriage

Elli Thompson Purtell | Posted 09.18.2015 | Weddings
Elli Thompson Purtell

Hope is the very seed of marriage. Without it, we have no chance of growing. Yes, some of us may get temporarily battered down by storms. Some of us may eventually wilt and wither to nothing. Some of us may die and find rebirth in an entirely new seed of hope. But what good is planting a seed in the first place if you don't have 100 percent faith that it will grow?

Know Place Like Home: Enjoying the Unpredictable Marriage of Surrender and Trust

Greg Archer | Posted 09.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

What it would it take to fully allow ourselves to, say, practice the art of something like Surrender and Trust--on an ongoing basis? What it would it take to remain married to them? And what it would take to let go of having things be a certain way so that we are comfortable?

Syrian Refugees Test Our Faith

Eliot Daley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Eliot Daley

Enough already of looking at a photo of a dead child washed ashore and just clucking our tongues in transient feelings of sorrow about "those" poor people's insufferable situation. They may be in dire straits, but so are we. The very validity of our daring to describe ourselves as people of faith is at risk.

I'm Tired of Churches Teaching Male Headship

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 09.15.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

I'm tired of it because, at best it silences women and keeps their voices out of the pulpits and the classrooms. At worst it traps women and girls in abusive and damaging situations, and fuels a culture of male privilege and power.

Thank you, Eugene

Jessica Denis | Posted 09.14.2015 | Good News
Jessica Denis

So to you Eugene, thank you for your courage. Thank you for looking at me in a way that said, "I will help you, if you help me" and not even knowing that is what your eyes said. Thank you for having the faith in yourself to know that you could do it if you just pushed.

Questioning the Growth Mentality

Yonatan Neril | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green
Yonatan Neril

Let me share with you something amazing: the drops of the U.S. and other stock markets have been occurring at the end of the Sabbatical year. In the Jewish calendar, the year ends in September, and the Sabbatical year (in Hebrew 'Shmita') is a once in seven year rest observed by some Jews in Israel based on teachings of the Bible.

Reflections on 9/11

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Suzan Johnson Cook

As an NYPD Chaplain at the time, I was a first and frontline responder. No one in New York ever thought we'd get hit. But we did, and hit hard. Terrorism, as we had never known, took over, and there was suddenly a disconnect amongst people, ethnicities and religions.

Belief Days of Compassion

Sister Jenna | Posted 09.11.2015 | OWN
Sister Jenna

It has been a few months since the beginning of my journey with "Belief," a new TV series to be aired by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Octobe...