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Faith Communities Are Making a Difference for Global Education

Up For School | Posted 11.20.2015 | Education
Up For School

Photo: World Vision Bangladesh By Kevin J. Jenkins, President and Chief Executive Officer, World Vision International Getting vulnerable and poor c...

'I Was Excited to Get to See How Big God Was'

Heather Simpson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Heather Simpson

My brother was 4 years old at the time when I saw in him the faith of a child. We went as a family to watch my other brother's basketball game. I looked over and he looked "off." He had a panicked and confused look on his face. My mom immediately recognized the expression.

Happy Thanksgiving to Pilgrims and Puritans Alike!

Mark Moore | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

We need a few more Squanto's, learning other's languages, planting seeds, being patient, feeding people. Even if you feel like the last survivor of your people, those type of meals may well save you.

Thanksgiving Dinner and Overcoming the Scourge of Religious Intolerance

Ken Wilson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Ken Wilson

There is wisdom to do so in a much-neglected portion of Scripture, chapters 14-15 of Paul's Letter to the Romans. Paul introduces a category he calls "disputable matters," which in their time, were toe-curling controversies over big-ticket moral issues. He says that the good news of Jesus lays some demands on us when we're dealing with Uncle Harry and Cousin Mildred.

A Letter To Prophet Muhammad

Taymullah Abdur-Rahman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Taymullah Abdur-Rahman

These terrorists try and suppress the humanity and forbearance you demonstrated. Remember when you were stoned bloody and took no revenge? Remember when the pagan Arabs used to dump animal carcasses on your doorstep and you would clean up without saying a word?

Faith Calls Us To Be Courageous in Our Love

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Marie Alford-Harkey

As religion continues to be misused to support discrimination and violence toward LGBTQ people, people of faith have an obligation to show another way.

How God is Calling us to Adopt His Children in Need.

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

When we adopt a child, we are modeling God's example, as He has adopted us into His family, so should we do the same with others.

3 Tips for Talking About Tragic Events With Kids

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

It is important in times like this to remember that individuals respond to grief and difficult circumstances in a variety of ways.

10 Photos That Show The Positive Role Religion Can Play In Our Lives

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion

For the past 12 months, amateur photographer Jim Grover has been shadowing a south London priest with a camera in hand, hoping to get a sense of what ...

On Refugees, Don't Let Fear Overtake Reason

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Remember when the tiny limp body of a two-year-old boy named Aylan washed up onto a beach in Turkey, and the world started screaming that we have to do something to help? Remember how Aylan Kurdi and his family put faces on the refugee crisis?

Life as a Leftover

Meghan Sullivan | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Meghan Sullivan

Indiscriminate evil ought to shut down theology, but instead it drives many us real-world Leftovers into more serious religious belief.

All Apples Are Not the Same

Erdika Wirengjurit | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Erdika Wirengjurit

I am sad to know that most Muslim people living in a non-Islamic country from now on will be receiving more hate from their entourage because of what other has done, forgetting that an apple could be green or red, rotten or sweet.

Can Atheism Replace Religion?

Michael W. Austin | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Michael W. Austin

We must remember that religion is not merely about making my life better. Religion at its best is about making me better, and a better contributor to the common good.

What's It Like Being Muslim in America?

Zehra Naqvi | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Zehra Naqvi

I'm an attorney, a community organizer, a female Pakistani-American Muslim immigrant. Being Muslim in America means being identified by only one aspect of my identity. It means being told exactly what it means to be Muslim in America and having very little control over the narrative.

Terrorism Is Not A Religious Act

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Religious fundamentalism breeds war and violence and should be opposed by faithful people of all traditions in the support of pluralism and the common good.

Conquering Parkinson's One Obstacle at a Time

Allison Toepperwein | Posted 11.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Toepperwein

Every giggle and snuggle with my daughter is a reward no trophy or medal could compare. I, am a 37-year-old single mom with Parkinson's, kidney stones and tendinitis. I proved what overcoming adversity, determination and strong will can accomplish, slow and steady. Until my next adventure....

Salvation is Only the Beginning

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

If the life of a Christian began and ended with confessing that Jesus is Lord, then love and mercy and grace would be lived out through all Christians everywhere. Salvation alone would make us God's instruments of love and of mercy and of grace.

To Be An LGBT Ally Requires Action, Not An Identity

Timothy Murphy | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

If your allying with the LGBT community began and ended with a rainbow-infused Facebook profile picture, it was a posture. Acting as an ally, however, is rarely a comforting move.

Adrian Wilson's Challenge: Be Who You Are

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 11.12.2015 | Entertainment
Samantha Matcovsky

That task, be who you are, often comes heavy with apprehension, disapproval and ultimately, a challenge.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 8: Dr. Luke Powery on Continuing the Conversation in Churches

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Life has an inexhaustible curriculum, and the lessons are infinite just like God even when it comes to a conversation about faith and science, God and the cosmos, creation and evolution, quantum physics and eternity, imago dei and science, genetics and morality, and health and healing.

Maintaining Faith in the Midst of Doubts

Wes Isley | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Wes Isley

Late last week, I found myself in one of those proverbial dark nights of the soul. You know, those times where you question the existence of God, the ...

What I Wish Others Knew About Adoption

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 11.11.2015 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

There will be difficult times during the adoption process, and afterwards too. It may seem, at times, that your relationship is going backwards. Yet with time, love and patience, adoptions are often one of the greatest gifts of love you can offer a child; a gift that will bless your family, as well.

Your Lost Dream...

Daniela Nikolova | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Daniela Nikolova

In those moments when you have your arms wrapped around a dream that never happened and you are finding it hard to let go... In those moments exactl...

This Idea About Designing Your Dream Life

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 11.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael C. Bryan

Designing our life. It's a great idea. I think we should all take it up. Or, better yet, let's call it Dreams By Design. Ah, that does sound like a new store in Soho with windmills and those rather obvious positivity sayings.

Bluebirds From Heaven

Sue Shanahan | Posted 11.10.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

October 9th is the anniversary of my younger sister Ann's death. She died suddenly, of an undetected heart condition in 2008. It hardy seems possible that she's been gone for seven years. When she made her transition she left a huge hole in my life. We spoke every day and spent as much time together as we could.