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When God Changed With Me

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Now that I have had a few tastes of different God-moments, even when they are few and far between, they are authentic, profound, and unprompted. I am waiting in delicious anticipation for where and when it might come upon me next.

You Have Something to Say That We Need to Know

Macky Alston | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Macky Alston

You were not born for nothing. In you, in the terrific, singular way life has shaped you, there is a truth that is yours to tell. You may say: Not me. You may think: What I have done in this lifetime is to follow orders well. Not true. There is an undercurrent. You dream. You have something to say that we need to hear.

God Doesn't Need a Backseat Driver

Allison Hudson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Allison Hudson

I really wish God and I could get back on the same page where He is in the driver's seat and I am sitting beside Him letting Him navigate. I say this...

Wrestling With The Notion Of A Good God

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

As a child, I was taught that God was and is love. When I watched white police officers and firefighters spraying black people with fire hoses and setting vicious dogs on them, I can remember my mother saying, without batting an eye, "We are to forgive them, Susan."

The Color of Hatred

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

America has always relied on black forgiveness to absolve itself of white guilt. The Charleston massacre was no different. By choosing to highlight the forgiveness of the black faith community, they shifted the burden of responsibility onto the oppressed in a classic display of deflection.

LGBT Suicide: A Risk Reduction Strategy

Stephanie Mott | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Stephanie Mott

I was highly honored to have the opportunity to participate in the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference last week in Kansas City. There were many intimate discussions about what can be done to lessen the likelihood that people will choose to attempt to bring an end to their own lives.

Does God Want Us to Be Happy?

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Many religious people have been through events of different kinds that have led them to a crisis of faith for whatever reason, and I suspect that I can speak for at least some of us about what goes wrong in the process

6 Tips on How to Manage Your Fears With the Help of God

Stan Popovich | Posted 07.28.2015 | Religion
Stan Popovich

Using the help of God can be very effective in managing your fears and anxieties; however, many people do not know where to start. Here are some suggestions on how a person can use the help of God to help manage their own fears and anxieties.

Doing Service: It Opens the Heart and Fills the Soul

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

A client of mine told me that she had been making food for a friend of hers who was very ill. "I find that my heart opens and I feel so happy when I a...

Earth 2.0: Good News for Our Understanding of God

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

Just as MS DOS was a good operating system for the Intel x86, but even Bill Gates wouldn't use it now, our understanding of religion also needs to upgrade as human progress continues. But lets not just assume that "software upgrades" haven't already been taking place

Planned Parenthood Is Immoral To Some. But To Others, It's Doing God's Work.

Jay Michaelson | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

Of course, under the Constitution the pregnant woman is the sole arbiter of what happens to the potential life inside of her. But religiously, in my tradition, it is a mitzvah, a commandment, to save a human life. And if the remnants of a potential life can help save an actual one, then God bless all those who make it possible to do so.

When Love Finds Us

Tajci Cameron | Posted 07.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

I remember the first time I heard Gershwin's beautiful jazz standard Someone to Watch Over Me. Its melody reflected my longing for someone to find me ...

God and the Battle Over Women's Bodies (All Together Podcast)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

What happens when we explore the parallels between wars among nations and the war on women's bodies.

Who Is God?

Francis Levy | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

When you're waiting for something spiritual to happen is precisely when it's not going to happen. Deus ex machinas are fine for plays like Sophocles' Philoctetes or The Threepenny Opera where Macheath is miraculously spared the gallows by a reprieve from the divinely ordained Queen.

Earth 2.0: Bad News for God

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 07.23.2015 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

With this discovery, we come ever closer to the idea that life is common in the universe. Perhaps you are not convinced. That is OK; let me speculate what would happen should we ever find evidence of life beyond earth even if you think such discovery unlikely.

How Gratefulness Leads to Mindfulness

Steven Crandell | Posted 07.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Steven Crandell

I made God an offer She couldn't refuse. I would be grateful for everything in my life, all my experiences - no matter how hard, no matter how pain...

God Helped This Agnostic End a Toxic Relationship

Shannon Bradley-Colleary | Posted 07.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Shannon Bradley-Colleary

I was raised Mormon, which didn't suit me. The "One True Church" aspect smacked of hubris and the focus on "Sin" made me rebellious toward a judgmenta...

Does God Really Hate LeBron James?

Michael Neill | Posted 07.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Neill

About a month ago, we were watching the NBA finals and enjoying the back and forth battle between Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors vs. LeBron...

I Really Like This Picture

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 07.21.2015 | Impact
Bil Hitchcock

We need to figure this out how to do a little better than we have been doing... seeing this picture made me incredibly aware of that.

God or No God? -- The Real Fairytale

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

It is the person who passionately insists on no involvement of such a force that has to furnish evidence for their fairytale belief in magical ex-nihilo creation. Extraordinary claims do require extraordinary evidence.

God Is Not Dead: Google's Ngram Viewer Reveals Two Centuries of Religious Trends

David Briggs | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

God is not dead. Fundamentalists are seemingly creeping up everywhere. And despite their spectacular growth, Mormons were never more in the public eye than when they were being targeted in the 19th century.

Come Out, Come Out Wherever I Am

Edie Weinstein | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

As public as I may seem to be, I realize how much I was hiding, out of fear of not being loved if people knew about the way my mind works sometimes. A...

Despite Honest Attempts at Universality, "Amazing Grace" Falls Short

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 07.17.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As the curtain closes, Amazing Grace gets a standing ovation, with shouts and tears to boot. Maybe, I missed something. Maybe, I don't understand. It's okay that I don't like it because someone else did. But for me, it is not enough. It's too trapped in "history" to acknowledge the history that resides inside us.

'Hands Off My Church' Petition Plays On French Fears Over Islam

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion

PARIS (RNS) More than 40,000 French have signed a rousing “Hands off my church” petition in recent days denouncing a Muslim leader&r...

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.