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Axioms for Faith

Victor Udoewa | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

When dealing with doubt, axioms can be extremely interesting for those of us looking at faith from a scientific lens.

Day 1 Faith and Science Series Part 7: Numbering Our Days -- Dr. Tom Long on Life and Death

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

"Teach us to number our days," prays the psalmist in Psalm 90, "that we may gain a wise heart." But what does it mean "to number our days"? And how do we do that wisely in this age of medical science?

Life Itself: Community and Conviction - Parker Palmer's Quaker Wisdom

Samir Selmanovic | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Samir Selmanovic

A decade ago I took one of those online assessment surveys that ask you dozens of questions about your beliefs, values, and practices and then offers you your ideal religion. I was told I would find my meaning and my greatest personal fulfillment as a Quaker.

Jesus is Our Reason and Purpose

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

A lot of people don't get why we're here. They really wonder about the meaning of life. This includes some Christians! So think about the people that don't believe in God. I think they would be even more lost!

The Gift of Doubt

Shea Watts | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Shea Watts

One of the greatest sources of angst I have felt is the religious faithful's responses to my doubt. At first, I tried to be honest about it, but I began to feel that my doubt was not welcome -- in fact, it appears to have been treated as weakness, which carries the social stigma of shame.

A Letter To Hipster Jesus

Sara Schaefer | Posted 11.03.2015 | Religion
Sara Schaefer

Hipster Jesus, you may have been a fantasy after all. Maybe if I truly want to live what I say I believe, it's time to stop defining you at all, even for myself. Life is short, and the only certainty is death. I don't want to spend my tiny moment here arguing over what is right for others.

Mitch Albom's New Book Is Beautiful Music to the Ears

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.03.2015 | Books
Rabbi Jason Miller

Ever since the huge literary success of "Tuesdays with Morrie," Mitch Albom has been trying to reach the same level of storytelling magic.

Reclaiming Salvation for Today

Timothy Murphy | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

"Salvation" is often a dirty word in progressive Christian circles, but when abandoned, it leaves a void for others to fill. Instead, we need to boldly reclaim it.

How Can God Be Real If the World Is So Broken?

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 10.30.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Some people say that people of faith just need to believe in God to make them feel better. It's like we're taking some kind of supernatural pill to relax our nerves. But to those who believe, it's not just about feeling good. And walking with God is certainly not always relaxing.

The Church's Next Mission: Help Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

Today's churches have a tremendous mission opportunity before them; the mission to help children in foster care. Sadly, with roughly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States, the need is so very strong.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 6: Dr. Nancy Duff on the Bible and Genetics: Hear the Animals Singing

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Animal lovers will enjoy this week's Day1 radio program--the 6th in our "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series. The Rev. Dr. Nancy J. Duff addresses the topic of genetics through a biblical understanding of our relationships with animals, and reveals some serious issues we all must wrestle with.

The Foolishness of So-Called Biblical Gender Roles

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Taking an unjust system and making it nicer is foolishness. However, this is exactly what many evangelical groups are doing with patriarchy. Patriarchy, at its core, is a system of injustice, where women are not fully autonomous, but are under the authority of men.

Make Room and the Right Door Will Open for You

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

Within a matter of one month, I've decided to clear some of my emails that no longer serve me. I even started to read only material on websites tha...

Going Silent (Installment Seven)

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Peter Himmelman

This is the part where the novelty wears off. The start of every journey is full of energy, whether that energy is derived from joyous expectation o...

The Deep, Difficult And Joyous Spiritual Journey Of Sister Joan

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Veteran Catholic writer Tom Roberts thought he knew Sister Joan Chittister – the maverick Benedictine nun who dares speak her mind to her...

Devotion in Motion

Miriam Ava | Posted 10.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

Dedicate your day to something bigger than normal, better than average, brighter than ordinary. Trudging through life, going through the motions, ha...

God Over Everything: Black Spirituality and the Paradox of Religion

Julian Mitchell | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Spirituality should be about embracing who you are, developing your own sense of belief, and walking boldly in the fullness of your potential. Instead of succumbing to the pressure of treading against or thriving for an idea of perfection that's forever out of reach, be empowered by the process of your spiritual evolution.

In Living Color: My Pinktober Story

Bisila Bokoko | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Bisila Bokoko

PINKtober is a time when my favorite color reigns in its soft light. A great time to share my experiences and other women's I look up to. But pink isn...

Amidst Hottest Year on Earth, Faith Leaders Unite and Call for Climate Action

Yonatan Neril | Posted 10.22.2015 | Green
Yonatan Neril

In light of new evidence that 2015 will likely be the hottest year ever recorded, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other religious leaders joined together at the Parliament of World Religions pledging faith-based action to combat climate change. The event took place in Salt Lake City, and brought together over 8,000 people from scores of faiths and nations.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 5: David Wood on Science and the "Image of God"

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

In his message on this week's Day1 radio program--the 5th in the "Faith & Science in the 21st Century" series--the Rev. David Wood speaks on "The Im...

The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

Barry David Kluger | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Barry David Kluger

The late folksinger Phil Ochs, sang these words: There's no place in this world where I'll belong when I'm gone And I won't know the right from the w...

What Are You Here For?

Tenille Livingston | Posted 10.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tenille Livingston

Have you ever asked yourself, "What are you here for?" Well, that is a question that millions across the globe have desired to know for decades. Every...

A Divorce Inventory List

Debbie Martinez, M.A. | Posted 10.20.2015 | Divorce
Debbie Martinez, M.A.

It took this crisis to make me take an inventory of what was important, and I was shocked to find that my divorce didn't even cross my radar.

Jesus Wasn't On The Right...or Left

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion
Edwin Leap, MD

These are contentious times when it comes to the junction of religious faith and politics. Whether the issue is poverty, same-sex marriage or abortion, there is remarkable division even within the Christian world.

Why I Believe in Miracles Even After My Son's Death

Jessi Snapp | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Jessi Snapp

My miracle came beautifully wrapped up in a feeble baby boy who fit perfectly in my arms. He was tiny and his life so very brief. But he is no less a miracle. He is my miracle. And I will never stop believing in the power and hope that continues to manifests in his life.