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American Hope

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the time, that an immigrant family had named their newborn "America" in hopes of not being deported.

One Immigrant and Her Dream

Eldonie Mason | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
Eldonie Mason

As the 11 year old girl gazed at the coconut tree in her backyard on her island home of Antigua, she dreams of one day becoming a lawyer in America. Once the dream took root in her head, she went around telling everyone who would listen.

Our Greatest Celebration of Life

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

In due time, we're sure to find that our compassion, love, and attentiveness to those crises and responsibilities were the most powerful actions that brought us out of those storms for our greatest celebration that empowers us for the rest of our lives!

Terror, Faith and Australian Identity: A Young Muslim Migrant's Voice

Keeya-Lee Ayre | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Keeya-Lee Ayre

Islam is a controversial topic across the contemporary Western world. Questions about terror, race, violence and identity are often interconnected whe...

Life Lessons I Learned from #AftonStrong

Marisa McPeck-Stringham | Posted 05.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marisa McPeck-Stringham

#AftonStrong It's so much more than a hashtag. #AftonStrong is a cause close to my heart. Afton Wallace is my second cousin on my mom's side. Her d...

On Faith and Parachutes

Zach Beecher | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Zach Beecher

In the dark sky of a hot August night, more than 2,000 American and British Paratroopers sat quietly amongst one another in the clouds in the bellies of aircrafts waiting for the moment that awaited them all: the jump.

My First Family Vacation As A Single Mom

Tammy Letherer | Posted 05.21.2015 | Divorce
Tammy Letherer

I stick close to the lodge the following day, made safe by sunshine, staff members, and internet access. That's when I overhear the director and head counselor talking about a bear.

9 Things You Should Know About the Women's Mosque of America -- and Muslim Women in General

M. Hasna Maznavi | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
M. Hasna Maznavi

Instead of being seen as a celebration of Muslim women, the Women's Mosque of America was erroneously being framed as a "liberation" from Muslim men.

'Nones' are 'someones' in vibrant U.S. religious landscape

David Briggs | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The end is not near for religion in America -- or elsewhere in the world. What analysts are trying to divine, however, is the mystery of why more people are indicating "none" when asked their religious affiliation.

Who Cares What You Believe; Where Does Your Fidelity Lie?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

On a public level, substituting "fidelity" for "faith" in our discussions would let us get past the tired faith-versus-science debate (or even the faith-versus-works debate). And on a personal level, all of us could benefit from analyzing our own embodied lives to find out to what or to whom we are authentically faithful.

The Sticky Stigma of Mental Illness

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

In the summer of 1986, I had the opportunity to work as a chaplain in a large trauma hospital. That's where I met Jim. He was about my age at the time, 24 years old. The previous evening, he had attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping medication.

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.