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Need Guidance? Ask the Universe for a Sign

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

When we ask the universe for a sign, the guidance that comes through with it isn't as plain as: sign = "yes" and no sign = "no." It's more complicated than that.

The 5 Miracles of Loss

Alexandra Harra | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Alexandra Harra

The following is an excerpt from my new book, The Karma Queens' Guide to Relationships: I can conjure three distinct memories from my childhood hom...

Addicted and Desperate: How I Learned To Live Again

20 Beautiful Women | Posted 09.29.2015 | Black Voices
20 Beautiful Women

Raised in a dysfunctional household, where one bad choice followed another, my descent was almost pre-ordained. I never learned to use good, sound judgment to make decisions that affected my life, in part, because I had no positive role models that had positive role models.

This Is Why Muslims Hold Muhammad in Such High Regard

Atif Rashid | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Atif Rashid

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his majestic spiritual power, brought man from barbarity to humanity. From ordinary human beings, he made them into highly developed moral beings.

15 Photos That Prove We Can Experience Spirituality Anywhere

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion

People experience their spirituality in diverse and abundant places. Awe, wonder and the feeling of connectedness can crop up when we least expect it....

3 Things The Pope Taught Millennials on His Visit to America

Anurag Gupta | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Anurag Gupta

As a millennial, I often think about the world I will be leaving my children if we, as a generation, continue on the current economic and political path. It is we who will inherit the impending trials and tribulations of the uncertainty of our economy and ecology.

5 Daily Tips (You Already Know) for Pushing Through Your Depressive Rut

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Cooper

Depression is a beast, and frankly, sometimes we just don't feel like dragon-slaying to get through the morning, let alone an entire day.

We're Not All That Different

Living Room Conversations | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Isn't that what we need in our country right now -- some kind of breakthrough through the stalemates all around us? What exactly would it take to widen our own perspective enough to gain new insights about ourselves? My own experience suggests that answers may be closer than we realize.

Know Place Like Home: Letting Go, Leaning in and Lightening Up

Greg Archer | Posted 09.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

There are times in life when, if you listen closely enough, you really can hear the whispers of your soul. You know ... in between news reports, paying your bills, working for a living, finding meaning in life and trying not to go out of your mind.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Begins: How Can Faith and Science Inform Each Other?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Does the universe make any sense? Does the cosmos have purpose? And what about us human beings? Do we matter? Is there any way to know? Listen to so...

Faith Communities Have a Special Role to Play in Meeting Needs of Bisexual People

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marie Alford-Harkey

As sanctuaries, spiritual homes and beacons of social justice, faith communities have a particularly important role to play in providing for the spiritual and social needs of bisexual people.

The Pope's Arrival in the United States: The Personal and the Political

Ben de Guzman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ben de Guzman

His most brilliant move of the morning was to own what is often a core contradiction of religion: although religion often relies on tradition and a consistency of dogma and practice to achieve its ends, the Pope reminded us, "we know that things can change."

Into the Depths of Depression and the Journey Out: An Interview with Three Generations of African American Female Poets

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 09.25.2015 | Arts
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month the authors of Design of A Woman: LaTerra Wise, Lisa Wright, and Amanda Milbourne break the silence too often felt by women in faith communities, to share some of the experiences that have shaped their poems.

Pope Francis: God's Beloved Troublemaker

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

In the best of prophetic tradition, Pope Francis is calling us to be our best selves. He is calling us to go beyond personal piety, belief and charity to pursue justice, find patterns of living to care for the most vulnerable (including the Earth herself), and welcome the stranger.

Why God Is Funny

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 09.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kara Post-Kennedy

Recently there have been a lot of people in the news blaming their bad behavior on God. A contemporary version of "the devil made me do it," it got m...

Say Yes

Mila Atmos | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Mila Atmos

We do not know what is around the corner, so we often cling to the negative feelings surrounding past events. It can be hard to let go, and often for good reason. I struggle all the time to release, and stay open. That evening I learned, even more so than my son, that when we trust that the universe conspires in our favor, good things happen

Pope Francis' Visit: A Moment to Think Differently

Lou Leonard | Posted 09.24.2015 | Green
Lou Leonard

Today all nations are working at home to set new climate goals ahead of UN climate talks in Paris in December. This is important and unprecedented and should put to rest questions about whether the world is ready to act together.

What I Hope to Hear From Pope Francis in His Historic Address to Congress

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

Pope Francis, a champion of the vulnerable and downtrodden, has an opportunity to make the moral case, on behalf of the many faith leaders and faith-based organizations supporting comprehensive immigration reform, to break the stalemate in Congress.

Everything Does Not Happen For a Reason

Erin Musto | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Erin Musto

In February of 2012, my 5 ½ year old daughter Madeline passed away. She was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), a rare and inoperable brainstem tumor. She passed away only five days after her diagnosis. I am often annoyed and confused when people tell me that Madeline died for a reason.

Engaging the Spiritually Disconnected: Inviting the Culture to Move to the Deeper End of Life's Pool

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Last Sunday at the church where I am assisting priest I spoke with an obviously frustrated woman just before Sunday school. I know her as a caring, active servant and wonderful counselor.

The Scandal of the Gospel: Jesus Loves Outsiders

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

From his birth in a stable, to a criminal's execution, Jesus is all about shaking up our preconceived notions. The strong are weak, and the weak are strong. Outsiders are insiders, and insiders are outsiders.

The Elusiveness of the Spirit

Doug and Leslie Gustafson | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Doug and Leslie Gustafson

Much is being written about the Spirit -- Judeo Christian Holy Spirit -- these days. Not that this is a neglected topic among all the spiritual disciplines over time and history.

How to Live By Faith and Not By Fear

Lyn Mac | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lyn Mac

Let go of trying to control the outcome and the need to know how things will work out because you don't need anything. You are everything.

Tips to Help Your Child With a Disability Succeed in Religious School

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

While doing your research and if your religious school is open to ideas, get together with other families and individuals with special needs and write a wish list of everything they need to make their experiences better. Prioritize the list and go from there.

Faith, Doubt and Francis: A Gen X-er Reflects

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Eileen Flood O'Connor

The Pope has said he "...wants things messy and stirred up in the congregation" -- for me and all my doubt there has never been any clearer path to faith.