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What My Dad Learned In Prison

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Quite often we find new meaning and strength where we least expect it. Quite often it lies waiting for us to discover. We simply have to look within ourselves.

An Open Letter To The Theist Community

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 07.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

In the same way as you would never use a Stradivarius as a door stop or a Porsche as a plough, we must strive to not cause the masses to believe that authentic, transformational, brilliant and beautiful spirituality is just so much vapor.

A Good Life Without God

Richard Abrons | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Richard Abrons

Big topic. All encompassing. From Ra to Zeus to Moses to Jesus to Muhammad to Buddah. From Cotton Mather to Rush Limbaugh. From the Crusades to Shiites and Sunnis. Well, leave me out.

You Say, 'Jesus is the Only Way!' I Say, 'Mystery of Mysteries'

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Sure, you can "know" God, as the inner, inexplicable and transformative personal experience. But do not ever, my friend, do not ever be so arrogant as to assume you actually "know" God, in terms of explaining God or understanding God.

Is That God Talking? | T. M. LUHRMANN | Posted 05.03.2013 | Religion

I still remember how startled I was when a young woman I was interviewing told me God had spoken to her, audibly. I was doing ethnographic field wo...

Following Jesus Means Loving All Kinds Of People

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Being a Christian is not easy because it requires that we do things within a certain framework. As Christians, we have chosen to follow one who set the example for us. Jesus said that we must forgive someone as many times as needed.

Believers, Atheists, Why Can't We All Get Along?

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Sandra Charron

The energy and ardor we see flung with feverish force at the sight of certain key words would be far more beneficial if harnessed and used to rid the world of its eternal anger and insults.

Is God Guilty?

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

If God is so Great, why can't He just create a world without any pain whatsoever? I don't want people to stop talking to God. I'm not even angry at God for something terrible like cancer. I just want people to think.

Jason Collins, Bible Verses And The Truth About God's Word

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Much has been written and said about Jason Collins' historic announcement, but it seems to me we have not yet reached the deepest implications. As a sympathetic outsider to religion, I'd like to try.

Flags In Our Churches: A Conversation

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

I had a brief conversation after service with someone who noticed that we do not have the American flag in the sanctuary during our worship services. The kicker: He said to me, "It's because of that flag that you have the freedom to worship they way you do in this country."

The Mystery of Who We Are

Tara Brach | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Probably the deepest inquiry in any of the spiritual traditions is the question, "Who am I?" If we look behind the roles and images that our culture gives us, behind the ideas that we internalize from our family, who's really here?

Just Looking

Ron Nikkel | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

I wonder if how I look at people and what I think of them has any relationship to justice in the world. When I look at people and make judgments about them in the privacy of my thoughts, am I just looking at them or is my looking and my judgment really just?

But Where Is God?

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

We seek to make meaning even in the most senseless tragedies. Sometimes this raises deep spiritual questions as we confront the paradox of God's goodness and omnipotence.

Why Does God Allow Evil?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Every senseless, horrific act of violence brings up the question of good vs. evil, and when you read that children have died by violence there's even more reason to shudder and doubt.

Allah Or God, It Doesn't Matter To Me

Craig Considine | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

I'm a Catholic / but I think Islam is beautiful / Some think I'm interested in converting / No, I'm not / it just makes me think of the one above

Does Experience Shape Our Understanding Of God?

KidSpirit | Posted 06.21.2013 | Religion

Some people do not believe in God at all, while others believe in many gods. Others believe that God infinitely shapes their lives and their afterlives. Others look to themselves to be shaped. There are a variety of different religions, and as many as 22 major religions in the world today.

Choosing Life: A Response To The Boston Marathon Bombing

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

The Boston Marathon of 2013 ended tragically, but the marathons of our lives must continue. Monday's finish line must become today's starting line.

Terrorists Are Morons

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Crime
David Katz, M.D.

To the extent terrorism is about advancing some agenda other than adding to the world's supply of misery and hatred, it is a total failure. It absolutely never works.

What to Pray in a Crisis? Just say "No!"

Rick Hamlin | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

If you're angry at God, say something. Say anything. Don't hold it in. It's not going to do any favors for your prayer life.

Dear God, Do You Ever Get Discouraged?

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

My heart is breaking. I wept when I heard of the bombs in Boston. My heart had been celebrating before the news, but even that joy is tinged with sorrow.

Receive Generously: Getting to the Core of Our Human Thirst

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Miriam Mason Martineau

Here's another thing -- receiving generously a gift of authentic love has nothing to do with deserving. It's called unconditional love for a reason. That love that embraces us, even when we mess up. This love surpasses our calculations of right and wrong.

A Jewish Message Of Hope and Courage Following The Boston Marathon Bombing

Avraham Edelstein | Posted 06.16.2013 | Religion
Avraham Edelstein

We need to destroy evil by fighting it but also by modeling the alternative. We need to show the world that ordinary man is capable of being exceptional in his kindness, in his honesty, in his moral and spiritual stature.

In The End, God's Love Wins

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

No matter what we learn about the who or the why of what happened today, I choose to believe that in the end "perfect love casts out fear." In our hearts. In our minds. And on that one city block in the heart of Boston.

Trauma And Trust: The Path Toward Sanctification

Bethany St. James | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Bethany St. James

When we make the decision as adults to be baptized in water, it is then we fully commit to let go of our old life. It is then we allow ourselves to begin healing. We are proclaiming that we trust in God to wash away those things that bind us to our past.

In Israel: A Poem In Honor Of Yom Ha'atzmaut

Eitan Press | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Eitan Press

Sixty-five years ago the State of Israel was born. Yom Ha'atzmaut commemorates the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. The root letters of the word atzmaut can be translated as "essence." This poem is my attempt to share and celebrate a small slice of Israel's essence.