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The Faith it Took Me to Fail

Timothy Tukes | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Timothy Tukes

Many of us will avoid failure at all costs. We sacrifice our relationships, health and dreams just to not appear like a failure. We avoid risk and doubt our abilities. Instead of relying on faith and hard work, we work and worry.

Why We Need To Stop Replying #AllLivesMatter

Adam Phillips | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

I've noticed on my social network feeds that many of my white sisters and brothers reply #AllLivesMatter. Yes, yes they do. But do my white sisters and brothers realize that in this very moment these microaggressions are like another death by a thousand Facebook posts?

Ramadan Reflection Day 4: How to Be Truly Rich -- On Surat al'Adiyat Part 2

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

For those who missed my last reflection, I had started to discuss the profound impact the 100th chapter of the Quran, Al 'Adiyat, had on me. At a time when I felt quite isolated and confused, I found solace in it like I had never found in the Qur'an before and it helped me to read the Quran in an entirely different way. It helped me to understand the human condition, my own condition, in a deeper way.

Pagans Around the World Join the Pope in Calling for Environmental Action

John Halstead | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
John Halstead

Contemporary Pagan religious practice commonly fosters a sense of spiritual connection with the Earth. Pagans actively try to cultivate a harmonious relationship with the non-human natural world.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: On Surat al'Adiyat -- Qu'ranic Advice on Gaining Contentment Through Gratitude

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

I had read this verse over and over throughout my life, but when I read it that day, it felt like I was reading it for the first time. I didn't know how to be appreciative, and the impact it was having on me was quite severe.

Why Is This Happening to Me?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

It's very refreshing to know that mindfulness has grown over the years and has entered the mainstream today as one of the many ways of demonstrating prayer.

Ramadan Reflection Day #1: #CharlestonShooting -- Healing Requires Admitting We're Sick

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

A failure to acknowledge and deal with illness doesn't mean that it's not there. I can pretend like I'm not sick, but my body will let me know otherwise. We can pretend like our society is not in pain and in need of healing, but atrocities like Charleston will let us know otherwise.

Why Do the Hateful Choose Our Houses of Worship?

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

There's a reason the hateful choose houses of worship. It's because that's where so many of us put our hope. You can commit a hateful act anywhere, but if you really want to hurt a community, you choose the place they worship.

We Must Rebuild God's Home By Saving Each Other's

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

This massacre occurred on the very anniversary of a failed slave revolt, a rebellion that played a significant role in the African American liberation movement in South Carolina. Last night, that church that was torn by bullets. Violence is not God's path. We must sing louder than weapons.

When Sex Does Not Sell: How Faith Influences What We Buy

David Briggs | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Be sensitive to local markets with targeted campaigns, some scholars advise. What sells in Beverly Hills may not go over so well in Manhattan, Kansas.

For Me, It's About Power #transracial

Jonathan Walton | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

I place no trust in those in power because I don't even trust myself. I am sinful and we are sinful. Everything is broken, save for The Trinity and His Kingdom.

Catholic Couple Embraces 'Who Am I to Judge'

Nick Stevens | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Nick Stevens

Deb and Steve Word have recently been praised by many media outlets including CNN, for taking in LGBT homeless youth. But for Word family it was an easy decision. That's why it's hard for them to understand why the Church refuses to help LGBTQ homeless youth in the first place.

Family Matters: DreamMakers, Unapologetically Investing in the Underserved

Michele Hunt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Good News
Michele Hunt

I believe we can change the world. My passion is seeking out and shining a light on people, businesses, organizations and communities that are doing just that. I call these people DreamMakers. Family Matters of Greater Washington led by their visionary President and CEO, Tonya Jackson Smallwood are DreamMakers.

It's on Us to Stop Americans From Joining ISIS

Wardah Khalid | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Wardah Khalid

News of the latest American arrested for attempting to join ISIS in Syria hit extremely close to home for me. 20 year old Asher Abid Khan, who was charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, was a member of my mosque in Houston, Texas.

Nepal Calls: Part Three

Debbie Davis | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Debbie Davis

This is third in a series of 'Nepal Calls:',(Nepal Calls: One and Nepal Calls:Two published earlier); emails and images from a pastor, and head of an ...

The Good Intentions of Fathers Today, and Yes Even of Yesterday

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

These days I am surrounded by exceptional father role models everywhere I turn. Fathers with hands-on involvement in their children's lives, actively ...

How I (Didn't) Destroy a Fundamentalist Christian

Mike Neergaard | Posted 06.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Mike Neergaard

Our PFLAG chapter recently sponsored a session on the so-called "clobber verses" in the Bible. These aptly named verses are the pretext Christians use to oppose GLBT rights. A twenty-something woman came to the session, and afterwards, she had a question for the speaker.

Give Them Something to Eat

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact
Jeremy Affeldt

Generation Alive stages Something to Eat events two to three times a month. They are so fulfilling. They give kids a chance to say, "We're going to help someone who needs to be helped." That's the greatest thing. These kids show completely selfless love.

Is it Time for Fast Track Atheist Security Checks at Airports?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.10.2015 | Weird News
Zoltan Istvan

I can't help but wonder if I really have to wait in hour-plus lines since no atheist--so far as I can discover--has ever been accused of bombing or highjacking a plane.

Goodness Isn't Relative

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.10.2015 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

One of the core tenets of the postmodern theory that swept through academia since the middle of the last century was an assertion of moral relativism.

How I Survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Celebrating a Mother's Determination to Save Her Family

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 06.10.2015 | Good News
SreyRam Kuy, MD

It was 1978, in Talien, Cambodia, when the Khmer Rouge soldier came for my mother. An acquaintance had betrayed her, informing the Khmer Rouge leadership about her past as a teacher.

5 Ways to Fall in Love Again

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

Falling in love again is impossible and unrealistic, isn't it? I'm here to tell you that it's not. Yet I'd be lying if I said that after 36 years of being together, every moment has been bliss. In fact, we've fallen in love again a number of times! Here's what I've discovered.

The 7 Killers of Hope

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Why Hope Doesn't Float If you have no gratitude, you're disappointed If you have no confidence, you're doubtful If you have no faith, you're pessimis...

God Loves Caitlyn Jenner

Chris Boeskool | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Chris Boeskool

Life is about learning the lesson of who you are and who the people around you are... But ultimately how you answer those questions depends on who you believe God to be. If you believe God to be the Great Judger, that has an effect on how you treat other people. And yourself. But when you start to see God as the Great Lover, the world changes.

Top 10 Things a Pastor Can Do With His New Gulfstream Jet

Chris Boeskool | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Chris Boeskool

Some of you may have already heard about Creflo Dollar, the pastor of Atlanta's giant World Changers Church International, asking for financial help to "achieve our goal to purchase the Gulfstream G650 airplane."