iOS app Android app

Faith

Keeping the Faith: What Happens When Life Is a Lot

Sarah Jacobs | Posted 04.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sarah Jacobs

Unlike my grandmother, I've never been a religious person. Chalk it up to my love of science, or my Jewish father, whatever the case, the only reaction church elicits is hives and irrational anxiety. But my faith, it seems, does appear to be just as strong as hers.

#VaccinesWork: Open Letter to Parents & Families From Faith Leaders

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

A disease wiped out has returned because of choices that put the nation's health in jeopardy. More responsible choices are demanded.

The Golden Rule of Politics

Tim Goeglein | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Tim Goeglein

We are two people with very different points of view and political beliefs. Whenever we talk, we quickly find issues we disagree on and are certain there are many other differences that we haven't yet discovered.

Sally Kern, Please Forgive Me

Dillon Peña | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Dillon Peña

Sally Kern, I repent for the amount of dislike I had in my heart towards you, because I realized you don't know God. Because, if you do know God like I do then you must realize the hate that has spewed from you is a turnoff for those who desire to be Christ-like.

Your Resiliency GPS

BJ Gallagher | Posted 03.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
BJ Gallagher

The past few years have been increasingly more challenging for me, as I've been taking on increasing responsibilities for my elderly mother's care, he...

One View From the Black Middle Class

Rev. John H. Vaughn | Posted 03.29.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. John H. Vaughn

There is a commonly held belief among some that there is one black experience and one black community. Not only is this completely untrue, it's harmful. I am proof of this.

3 Lessons Learned From Mentoring Strippers and Adopting Sick Kids

James Carbary | Posted 03.29.2015 | Impact
James Carbary

When we find our identify in our circumstance, we miss out on the opportunity to make our tomorrow better. By choosing to rise above our circumstances, we become a beacon of hope to a world that needs it.

Faith With Honey

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Kathleen Buckstaff

He asked me if I would pray for him, and I said I would. Little did he know that in his asking and sharing, he had saved me. As I drove home, I wiped away my own tears and felt how deeply a meal and a night of song had filled my own cup with faith, sweetness and love.

Who Am I to Judge. BTW, Your Love Is Bad

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Our love is not bad. Our love is not destroying the world. The most significant threat to the family is failure to recognize all families. If the Pope truly wants to reach out to the marginalized, he should truly open his arms to everyone.

My Beautiful Reward and the 7 Lessons It Has Taught Me

Mallory Weggemann | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Mallory Weggemann

I was looking toward my future with hope, excitement and anticipation, it was a new chapter in life for me and I couldn't wait for what lay ahead. Until one day, everything I knew and everything I was looking forward to changed in the matter of a split second.

Do Atheists Get Scared During Supernatural Horror Movies?

Quora | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion
Quora

If the point of watching a scary movie is to be scared, and one has no part of their worldview that accepts the possibility of the events being depicted happening in some way to themselves, how can a scary movie do its job, for them?

Where Do You Stand on Humanity Right Now?

Braden S. Thompson | Posted 03.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Braden S. Thompson

Can you remember the last thing that restored your faith in humanity? Was it when a stranger went out of their way to help you? Maybe it was watching ...

Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and the Hindsight Luxury of Thinking I'd Do the Right Thing

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I hope I would have done the right thing. I hope I would have marched, and been arrested, and stood in solidarity, no matter what the personal cost. But the reality is that most white folks in Atlanta, even those who knew what was happening was wrong, did nothing.

How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

It is very important to remember that fundamentalism in all our faith traditions -- Muslim, Christian, and Jewish -- will be far more effectively defeated from the inside than from the outside.

Calling Out My Angel

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

I may add magical elements to the piece, but they are always based on photos. I need to do that to get the realism that my muse demands. I was a little leery about drawing an image that lived only in my mind, but I decided to give it a shot.

5 Questions to Ask About Faith in Emerging Markets

Chris Seiple | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Chris Seiple

The influence of faith in South-East Asia can be like the air: it is so pervasive that it's invisible, a sometimes unobservable influence that saturates society, consciously and subconsciously, unobservable to the outside eye.

David Oyelowo on Playing MLK and What It Means to Be a Christian

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Wallis

Many historians just see King as a "civil rights" leader, but they don't fully understand how being a minister and a faith leader made his role in the movement possible. Oyelowo believes, after the years of research into King and the civil rights movement, that King could not have led this movement had he not been a "man of faith."

We Are a Country of Cowards

Jonathan Walton | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

We don't want to talk about race and religion because it might get awkward. We don't want to talk about sex because we might say the wrong thing. We can't speak about gay marriage and climate change because we're afraid of offending someone or sounding too open- or closed-minded. So we talk about work or complain or rave about the latest iPhone.

There's No Such Thing As Saying 'I Love You' Too Much

Madina Lawlis | Posted 03.15.2015 | Weddings
Madina Lawlis

Forgiveness and love, these are the things that make up the core of our entire existence. In my traditional and somewhat conservative Muslim-Arabic family, you didn't really say "I love you." Honestly, it was hard enough wishing my parents or brothers a happy birthday, let alone actually telling them that I loved them.

Leaders Like MLK Are Not a Thing of the Past, But We Must Shape the Moral Frame of Our Day

Macky Alston | Posted 03.14.2015 | Religion
Macky Alston

I want to offer three recommendations to all who believe in freedom and are praying that 2015 is the year that future history books and major motion pictures show that we stood as communities and as a nation for justice for all. Having worked with so many powerful voices in this current generation, I believe we can.

An Open Letter to Millennials

Stephanie Gates | Posted 03.14.2015 | Religion
Stephanie Gates

I hear you're living in your parents' basements, watching reality TV, and waiting for the perfect job to land in your lap. But the real you? The Millennials I talk to every day? You're nothing like that. I need you, Millennials. I need you to remind me that change is still possible, and darkness will never win in the end.

Why We Made the Controversial Decision Not to Cut a Gay Character From Our Faith Film

Victor Hawks | Posted 03.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Victor Hawks

When shopping our film around, we were asked to cut Trevor and his entire storyline. Major studio players and sales agents at big agencies all the way down to smaller distribution houses all said they "loved the film" but needed Trevor to be cut simply because he was gay, as the "core Christian audience will not accept a gay character." It wasn't a discussion but an ultimatum.

In Rural Alaska, Orthodox Christmas Melds Yup'ik and Religious Traditions

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Alaska Dispatch News

Under delicate snowflakes crocheted by the town mayor, beneath a grand chandelier imported from Russia, a Yup'ik priest in a remote Southwest Alaska village led parishioners in song, prayer and praise day and night this week for Orthodox Christmas, or Slaviq.

On Being Unbowed

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices
Safiya Jafari Simmons

With the new year, what I feel in addition to excitement is a renewed confidence in my community, a belief that no matter what comes or what the future holds, we can make it, because we made it through last year.

"Dear Chiara Natasha:" An Update

Karen Zainal | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Karen Zainal

What happened next was also a surprise. I began receiving emails and Facebook messages from other people who read the letter and, moved by Chiara's situation, wanted to help in some way.