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The Season of Renewal

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

For now, the church has lost me. Confirmed allegations of sexual abuse from a priest in my parish makes it impossible for me to attend. Fortunately, my bond with God is closer than ever. He is with me everywhere. I have claimed the outdoors as my cathedral.

The First Lady That Taught Me to Be a Better Mother

Catherine Nagle | Posted 03.22.2016 | Parents
Catherine Nagle

God bless First Mothers and First Ladies who continue to remind us how it can be done peacefully and with hope. This particular insight alone brings me much comfort, knowing that a mother's heart is closer to reaching the White House as president. This fact might very well be our American resurrection.

Does God Delight In Violence?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.28.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Theologians and theists--in all theistic traditions--can offer a remedial theology that insists upon benign images of God and alerts the faithful to the human tendency to image God in their own likeness, even to the point of attributing human imperfections to God.

Face Time Redefined: Figuring out Faith and the Flexible Congregation

Dr. Michael B. Brown | Posted 03.22.2016 | Religion
Dr. Michael B. Brown

Very recently I was introduced to a church-word I had never heard before. The new word, now part of my professional lexicon, is "Creasters." Like a celebrity mash-up, it is a morphing of two words: "Christmas," and "Easter."

Marriage in Grace

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 03.22.2016 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

When my wife has an opinion, I listen to it. When she wants to do something, I help her. I don't try to stop her, and I don't try to tell her how to do it. I don't say, "Don't do it that way. Do it this way, because that's how I'd do it."

The Secret of the Soul

Anne M. Samit | Posted 03.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Anne M. Samit

It's almost a relief to be one of the believers, because then, on the days when we wonder if we're too small to matter, we can remember that we're actually so big that we don't even fit inside ourselves.

Babar Harrie: How His Faith Shaped His Journey as a Rapper

Irum Ibrahim | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
Irum Ibrahim

Millennials are constantly searching for new faces they can see themselves in. Harrie, still being on his journey, presents a different perspective. His story illustrates the way struggle reaps success when coupled with perseverance.

Inside the Miracle: An Interview With Mark Nepo

Mark Matousek | Posted 03.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Matousek

How can suffering lead to wholeness? The beloved poet-philosopher explains. Mark Nepo is an author and teacher with more than forty years experience...

Trump's Religion Problem: Studies Find Tolerance Increases the More Faith Matters

David Briggs | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

A study of 13 European countries found that supporters of populist radical right parties were relatively non-religious. With the exception of Poland, higher levels of Christian religiosity were weakly or negatively associated with voting for the populist radical right.

I Am Defined by My Tragedies

Joanna Ong | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Joanna Ong

The weight and face of grief changes over time. Sometimes it's heavy and suffocating, sometimes it's all-consuming and fiery, other times it's like a light drizzle on a cool evening.

Being Muslim Is Not a Political Statement

Sabrina Sultana | Posted 03.17.2016 | Religion
Sabrina Sultana

It is becoming increasingly common in anti-Muslim rhetoric to claim Islam as a political ideology, instead of a Muslim faith. The increase in suspicion and fear towards Muslims fuels this idea as people begin to immediately associate Islam with violence.

A Faith That Alzheimer's Cannot Steal

David A. Pride | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion
David A. Pride

He's given me strength when she's weak, He's given me humor when we need to laugh, and today He gave us songs to sing about a home where my Mother will one day wait for her family to arrive.

Why Me, Lord? My Conversion Experience

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

In the film I Origins, as a skeptical scientist reels from a series of supernatural experiences that defy everything he has lived and learned, his wif...

Now is Not the Time for Neutrality: Stop Trump Before It's Too Late

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

It's hard to navigate the "how can I be a political pluralist in the midst of Donald Trump's ascent" conundrum. Not just because I'm a rabbi. Not just because I'm a Jew. Not just because I'm a Democrat. Not just because I'm a worried father.

A Graphic Novel Is In The Works To Show How Science And Faith Can Coexist

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.14.2016 | Religion

Religion and science are often pitted against one another as supposedly irreconcilable foes. But that isn't the whole picture. In fact, 51 percent of...

Free Agent of Faith

Julie Grace | Posted 03.10.2016 | Religion
Julie Grace

A few years ago, I stopped identifying myself as a Christian. It was a process that took about 15 years, and it was really hard on many levels. Being willing to surrender part of my identity, something that had been a part of me since birth, took courage and a huge helping of faith.

Losing the Home Court Advantage

Bishop Ken Carter | Posted 03.10.2016 | Religion
Bishop Ken Carter

I am a graduate of Duke Divinity School, located in the heart of the campus of Duke University. Once a year, if I am very fortunate, I find myself in...

Holy Dirt and Modern Pilgrims: El Santuario de Chimayó

James Orndorf | Posted 03.10.2016 | Travel
James Orndorf

Known as the "Lourdes of America," el Santuario de Chimayó, 40 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage ...

8 Rules For Making The Right Decisions

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 03.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Apply these eight rules when weighing your options to ensure that your decisions always play out in your favor:

Hey Ted, Stop Scaring Christians!

LaMonte M. Fowler | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
LaMonte M. Fowler

There are times when I watch the news and my instant reaction is to find the nearest heavy object and hurl it at the screen. The most recent narrowly averted home appliance disaster happened when I watched Ted Cruz address an audience of Conservatives at CPAC last week.

An Open Letter to Harrison Ford

Tiffany Kairos | Posted 03.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

Again, thank you for shining a light on epilepsy. Having loving, caring support is astounding medicine in itself. Not only motivational and inspirational for your daughter Georgia but all who are fighting epilepsy too.

Erica Campbell Shares the Key to Keeping it Flawless

Angelina Darrisaw | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices
Angelina Darrisaw

Erica Campbell believes in open and honest conversations about beauty. In addition to being a Grammy-winning artist, a social media presence to be reckoned with, and a partner to a new hair venture, she is the mom of a pre-teen. That role requires her to be intentional about discussing image

Engaging Men of Faith to Be Champions in the Fight to End Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Rob Radtke | Posted 03.08.2016 | Religion
Rob Radtke

As a husband, father and president of a faith-based organization, I have the privilege of being surrounded by strong women at practically all times. A...

Global issues: Faith-based and balanced persons can make the difference

Frank Heinrich | Posted 03.07.2016 | Religion
Frank Heinrich

The World Culture Festival 2016 in Delhi features 35 years of working for peace - that is what the "Art of Living Foundation" stands for. There is no ...

When Your Friends Don't Believe in God

Kevin Wright | Posted 03.04.2016 | Religion
Kevin Wright

I don't mean "acquaintances" or Facebook friends, but my actual -- call you up on a bad day/let's have brunch on Saturday/help me, I'm nervous about this date -- friends. Perhaps this wouldn't sound so weird except that I'm a minister who works for a church.