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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."

Lessons Learned From Being The 'Fallen' Daughter of a Pastor

Nancy Laws | Posted 06.04.2015 | Black Voices
Nancy Laws

I was one of those girls who looked down on teenage moms and women in the church who had children out of wedlock. I couldn't imagine what on earth could convince someone to make such a stupid and embarrassing mistake. I was sure that I would remain a virgin until marriage.

Faith in Our Streets

Geoffrey Nelson-Blake | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Geoffrey Nelson-Blake

There may be fewer people in the pews but faith is playing a powerful role in our streets.

Single Mom Goes From American Hustle To Living Her Dreams in Abu Dhabi

Tenille Livingston | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Tenille Livingston

Who would have thought that a single mother of three who once lived in the projects in Southeast Texas would one day live the life of her dreams in a far away land? It is her faith and great determination that leads to endless possibilities.

What? God Doesn't Give Us More Than We Can Handle?

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

When I hear someone say, "Well, God doesn't give you more than you can handle," the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. My skin crawls as if someone has run her nails over a 1962 chalkboard.

Why I Keep the Fact That I'm a Muslim to Myself

TueNight | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women

There are a few reasons I choose to be anonymous with my religion. I don't need to talk about my religion or get people to convert to my side. I don't need to debate the merits of my religion versus another religion or having no religion at all. I know what I believe and I'm firm in my faith. I have no desire to make sure you believe what I believe or to give you some spiel on why I needed to change religions.

Why I Gave Up Being a Salesman for God

Mick Mooney | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

From both my experience and my observation, there seems to two ways to have faith in God. One is a kind of faith in theory, and the other is a faith of life.

Christian and Karen Glymph: New York, September, 2014

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 05.31.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Robert G. Zuckerman

In the fall of 2003 I'm in the streets of Washington, DC doing stills for the filming of "National Treasure." A young man and his Mom, Christian and Karen Glymph, are closely watching the proceedings. Christian, then aged 17, is a passionate filmmaker, who already has made a number of short films. He shares his work with me and it displays a distinct sense of style and knowledge of technique and conventions.

Camp Counselor as Modern-Day Superhero: Summer Camps that Change the World

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Being a camp counselor gave me confidence and taught me to be grounded, kind, firm, graceful, and faithful. I got to grow into these characteristics at camp. It was a serious business, but because it was camp, no one was allowed to take him or herself too seriously.

Of Swimmers and Late Bloomers

Samuel Buchanan | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Samuel  Buchanan

We govern ourselves to accommodate fear rather than accomplish dreams. Hence, when opportunity presents itself (later than expected), those who ask when don't capitalize on chance. However, for the late bloomers, the opportunity is never too late.

Transgender Footprints in the Sand

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I have endured a lifetime of believing that my faith was at odds with my transgender identity. I have come to know that my faith was at odds with my inability to trust God enough to embrace my authentic self.

Can Success Come Overnight?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

It's best to live towards your dreams through a gracious heart that believes the miraculous is listening. Meanwhile, prepare the way by living responsibly and the opportunities, people, and places will show up in your lives at the perfect time. It's all up to you and God.

Can Transhumanism Overcome a Widespread Deathist Culture?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Zoltan Istvan

To change the deathist culture in America and abroad, it's important for people to understand that lengthening lives and having the ability to overcome human mortality is not something that has to be seen as clashing with religion.

American Hope

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the time, that an immigrant family had named their newborn "America" in hopes of not being deported.

One Immigrant and Her Dream

Eldonie Mason | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
Eldonie Mason

As the 11 year old girl gazed at the coconut tree in her backyard on her island home of Antigua, she dreams of one day becoming a lawyer in America. Once the dream took root in her head, she went around telling everyone who would listen.

Our Greatest Celebration of Life

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

In due time, we're sure to find that our compassion, love, and attentiveness to those crises and responsibilities were the most powerful actions that brought us out of those storms for our greatest celebration that empowers us for the rest of our lives!

Terror, Faith and Australian Identity: A Young Muslim Migrant's Voice

Keeya-Lee Ayre | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Keeya-Lee Ayre

Islam is a controversial topic across the contemporary Western world. Questions about terror, race, violence and identity are often interconnected whe...

Life Lessons I Learned from #AftonStrong

Marisa McPeck-Stringham | Posted 05.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marisa McPeck-Stringham

#AftonStrong It's so much more than a hashtag. #AftonStrong is a cause close to my heart. Afton Wallace is my second cousin on my mom's side. Her d...

On Faith and Parachutes

Zach Beecher | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Zach Beecher

In the dark sky of a hot August night, more than 2,000 American and British Paratroopers sat quietly amongst one another in the clouds in the bellies of aircrafts waiting for the moment that awaited them all: the jump.

My First Family Vacation As A Single Mom

Tammy Letherer | Posted 05.21.2015 | Divorce
Tammy Letherer

I stick close to the lodge the following day, made safe by sunshine, staff members, and internet access. That's when I overhear the director and head counselor talking about a bear.

9 Things You Should Know About the Women's Mosque of America -- and Muslim Women in General

M. Hasna Maznavi | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
M. Hasna Maznavi

Instead of being seen as a celebration of Muslim women, the Women's Mosque of America was erroneously being framed as a "liberation" from Muslim men.

'Nones' are 'someones' in vibrant U.S. religious landscape

David Briggs | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The end is not near for religion in America -- or elsewhere in the world. What analysts are trying to divine, however, is the mystery of why more people are indicating "none" when asked their religious affiliation.

Who Cares What You Believe; Where Does Your Fidelity Lie?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

On a public level, substituting "fidelity" for "faith" in our discussions would let us get past the tired faith-versus-science debate (or even the faith-versus-works debate). And on a personal level, all of us could benefit from analyzing our own embodied lives to find out to what or to whom we are authentically faithful.

The Sticky Stigma of Mental Illness

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

In the summer of 1986, I had the opportunity to work as a chaplain in a large trauma hospital. That's where I met Jim. He was about my age at the time, 24 years old. The previous evening, he had attempted suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping medication.