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Margins and Wordless Wonder

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 03.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I'd spent the past few weeks feeling completely lost, purposeless, and alone, but in the simple actions of that little girl, I began to realize the simplicity and power of hope and faith in our world. All I needed to do was to figure out a way of silencing all the noise around and inside of me, and begin to focus on the beauty of a moment, the belief in the wonderful.

Musical Artist Fernando Ortega On Doubt, Racism and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Fernando Ortega is a profoundly gifted musician, singer and songwriter, who grew up in New Mexico near the Rio Grande, and spent time in Ecuador and Barbados due to his father's work with the U.S. Department of State.

There Is No Place for God in Religious Indoctrination

Sara El-Yafi | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Sara El-Yafi

As long as we cling onto our indoctrinated identities, this world will be racked with the most insufferable pain, for these identities will forever demarcate our differences when what we need most is to find our common aspirations.

It Takes a Village

Dan Fotou | Posted 03.09.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Fotou

There is a lot of hurt on all sides that boils to the surface when we learn of the suicide of a teen who was desperate for clarity, for acceptance, for love, and for inner peace. But instead of doing the challenging work of finding entry points for discussion that can lead to understanding and eventually acceptance and healing, so often we're reinforcing this "us vs. them" dichotomy.

Born Again, or Blind?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 03.08.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

I want to explore the beauty in the dark recesses of our world. I want to talk with with those outside of the spotlight, the unheard voices muttering in the dark. I want to settle in the shadows. I no longer wish to bring light to those in the darkness.

The New Year: Ready to Move On

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.02.2015 | Women
Sue Shanahan

Each January 1st, as I take our tree down, I'm reminded to let go of the past to make room for the new. When I pack up a box of vintage ornaments, there is one thing I'm always conscious about not putting on the shelf.

Dear Chiara Natasha

Karen Zainal | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Karen Zainal

I am and will continue to pray for you, my sister. Many things may not make sense right now, but have hope in a God who knows and sees more than we do. Where we see no open doors, He sees one that we don't even know exists. You are very strong, and you are very loved.

Translating Tattoos: Lessons From the ER

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

It's easy to condemn what we don't understand or would never do ourselves. But maybe we should pause to consider the messages that tattoos are sending. In the process, we might love and understand our neighbors just a little better than before.

My Ever Upward Mothering

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.02.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I mothered. I mothered not my own children, but I mothered nonetheless. I mothered in a way that I am accepting and embracing, but also defining for myself.

My Wish for Us, This New Year

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Page Rosenberg

It's a call to faith. It's the call to action that is about inaction. It's the knowledge that I can stop carrying the weight of the world, it's okay -- God and the universe have got this one. Its about trust.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love (and Maybe Faith, Too)

Ravishly | Posted 02.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ravishly

Lately I've been think a lot about faith and belief -- 'tis the season, and all that. I've been wondering if there's a difference between the two -- f...

Reinvigorating the Faith-Led Movement for Justice

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

Faith community leadership is increasingly critical as we also negotiate recent targeted acts of violence against law enforcement, such as Saturday's tragic shootings of NYPD Officers Ramos and Liu in Brooklyn.

Wasn't He a Sniper? Mister Rogers and Peace in the Neighborhood

Michael G. Long | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Michael G. Long

The real truth is that Rogers was a pacifist who fashioned Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as a platform for sharing his countercultural beliefs about nonviolence.

The Gift Within the Gift

Sue Shanahan | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Before the birth of Christ, the world muddled along in darkness. Humanity didn't have the awareness or power to live any other way.

Plague Plots: Dispatches From Geraldine Brooks

Joseph Cooper | Posted 02.22.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

To escape present-day harsh realities, one might do well to turn to literary portrayals in which lives are elevated. In Year of Wonders, the lives of those who care for the afflicted, and comfort the dying, are elevated.

All I Want for Christmas Is the Gift of Uncertainty

Cindy Brandt | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Have you ever been enamored by a child's sense of wonder? Their incredulous awe in myths like the tooth fairy and Santa, their wide-eyed anticipation of unwrapping a present?

Be the one

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

Be the one. At your family dinner table. In the bar at happy hour. At your job. In the cafeteria. In the classroom or at rehearsal. In the courtroom, in a chat room. In your church, in the choir, in your synagogue or in your mosque.

13 Wishes for My Sweet 13-Year-Old

Janelle Capra | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Janelle Capra

I have great memories of my thirteenth birthday. I received some great gifts and even made a special wish that night (which did come true!). So, in honor of my sweet 13-year-old, here are my wishes for her.

Why The Whole Family Benefits When Kids Believe In Santa

Jacqueline Woolley | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Jacqueline Woolley

Children are empowered by feeling that they have figured it out by themselves. Upon making the discovery, they become part of the adult world; they are "in on the secret" and can derive even more emotional benefit by being given a role in keeping the myth alive for their younger siblings.

To My Daughter On The First Christmas She Doesn't Believe In Santa

Sarah Dille | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Sarah Dille

I thought I'd be sad when we talked about presents and you knew they'd all be bought by me. But that isn't what has happened.

All I Need to Know About Teens, People and Life I Learned From My Cat

Darah Zeledon | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

All living things can be nothing other than what they are. When we use coercion or try to control another's destiny, eventually, it'll backfire.

How Do You Evangelize?

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

How do you evangelize? I do it by trying to reflect the characteristics of God. When I'm around people, I do what I think He would do

LISTEN: The Power Of Pilgrimage

Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal...

How to Be Free in Faith Instead of a Slave to Religion-Made Certainty

Mick Mooney | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Fundamentalism pushes for conformity to their religious status quo, and that push is rarely seen by them for what it actually is: bulling and judging of others based on false, self-created assumptions.

The Sweatpants That Saved Christmas

Stephanie Giese | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

I still remember covering my mouth with my hands because I couldn't help the gasp that escaped my lips when I saw that he was really real.