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Losing Faith, Finding Hope: A Journey With Depression

Monica A. Coleman | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Monica A. Coleman

Somewhere between my unanswered prayers and the realization that I could not worship myself into happiness, my faith died. I stopped believing that God only loved me if I was happy and peaceful.

Romney Supporter and YouTube Sensation Trisha Paytas Elaborates on Her Political Beliefs in Exclusive Interview

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.11.2012 | Technology
Shira Lazar

LA YouTuber Trisha Paytas has become something of an Internet sensation after she gave her official endorsement to presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a video this past week.

The Monkey-See-Monkey-Do Path to God, Love and Life

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

As for our labels saving us -- Christian, Jew, agnostic etc. -- we could all change places and swap labels and we'd still be what we are: potential members of a lynch mob.

Heaven Is Real -- And It's A Schlep

Dan_Weiss | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Dan_Weiss

A sense of warmth engulfed me, as though someone had poured a bowl of chicken soup over my head. My spirit guide informed me that I was not yet prepared for the next world and that I would be returning to mine.

On Missing Christopher Hitchens

Alan Jones | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion
Alan Jones

This is part of a larger task of how to turn us all toward each other in an open conversation about what it is to be human and how we should treat each other. Christopher Hitchens was integral to that conversation, and I miss him.

Discovering The Symphony Of Life On Shemini Atzeret

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 12.07.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

This work calls upon us to imitate God in order to bring God's presence into our lives and the lives of others. On Shemini Atzeret, we think about God seeking to linger in our presence because God needs us as much as we need God.

What Michele Bachmann Said at the Temple

John Blumenthal | Posted 12.03.2012 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Michele Bachmann recently visited a Chicago synagogue on the eve of Yom Kippur. Her unwanted presence there drove many attendees to leave, and to later donate to her opponent in the Congressional race in Minnesota. Here are a few things she said that pissed them off:

Orphans and God

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Dr. Jane Aronson

It's a late Indian summer night and the sounds of crickets are co-mingling with the whistles of trains going by. My sons are asleep and I am working. What is on my mind is what orphans think and know about God.

What We Don't Get

Patty Kogutek | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

We are not only brothers and sisters together on this planet sharing time and space together, but we are indeed brothers and sisters at a DNA level. We are indeed ONE.

Deepak Chopra Shares Path Towards Inner Peace Is Filled With Flaws, Distractions and Technology (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.02.2012 | Books
Shira Lazar

Acclaimed author and physician Dr. Deepak Chopra stopped by What's Trending with his son, Gotham Chopra, to talk about the family dynamic behind Gotham's documentary, "Decoding Deepak," and what we can expect from Deepak's 66th book, God: A Story of Revelation.

Names Can Never Hurt Me

Doug Binzak | Posted 12.01.2012 | Religion
Doug Binzak

Our defenses, our armor, our shields go up, and in this constriction we can get very fixated on our "rightness" and their "wrongness"

God Will Be Back Tomorrow (Really)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.01.2012 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

Something organized the universe from the precreated state. Something outside time gave rise to time; something outside space gave rise to space.

Two Sukkot Mysteries Solved With Love

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 12.01.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

If Sukkot commemorates the wandering in the desert, why do we celebrate it now?

A Gift Of Perspective In Discerning God's Call

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I have been invited back into faith and trust. God will speak when God speaks, I will hear when I am ready to listen and I will follow when I feel called.

The Sexuality Of Jesus

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Marilyn Sewell

The Jesus I know enjoys his body and is aware of the wonders of its shape and movement, likes to feel the sun on his limbs, takes pleasure in resting after a long day's journey. And he is a sexual man.

Atonement for Atonement's Sake

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

While I have never participated consistently in any form of organized Judaism, and while I cannot bring myself to believe in the magic of a "Book of Life" exactly, I am intrigued by Judaism's prescribed process for atonement.

Yom Kippur: Forgiving Is Awesome!

Eitan Press | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Eitan Press

When we forgive, we are doing Teshuvah and are able to spiritually stand in that place before creation. Before the past, before the future, we are able to stand in the Infinite present moment in which God is re-creating the world every single second.

Partying for the Planet and Dancing With God (at Burning Man)

Leah Lamb | Posted 11.24.2012 | Arts
Leah Lamb

There is an expression one uses after an exceptionally good day or night on the playa... "I won Burning Man." It means you did it right, you slipped into the flow of the universe and something magical happened.

Goddess Bless America: My Wild and Crazy Fantasy

Lisa Levart | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Lisa Levart

The word God was used a total of 57 times during the recent Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Just for fun, let's imagine if the word Goddess were used instead.

Yom Kippur: Dying So We May Live

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Yom Kippur arrives to remind us that time is limited. We beat our chests, the Jewish defibrillation, to revive our hearts, to awaken ourselves to our own swift passage. Today, though, on this day, it is our privilege to be alive.

Who Would God Vote For?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Who would God vote for in the current presidential race? Surely the question is absurd. "Well, yes and no," my mother's uncle Schmuel might have responded. 

Was The Snake In The Garden Of Eden Satan?

Ronald Hendel | Posted 11.23.2012 | Religion
Ronald Hendel

How did a smart "creature of the field" come to be identified with the Prince of Darkness? That's an impressive leap in a reptile's résumé. The answer tells us a lot about the importance of Genesis, and how people thought about it, in the early years of Judaism and Christianity.

A Greatness We Never Knew We Could Achieve

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 11.22.2012 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Apart from the Paralympics themselves, for me the most moving moment of an extraordinary summer was the BBC film, "The Best of Men," about the person who inspired the games, the late Dr. Ludwig Guttmann. It is a story of hope rescued from several kinds of despair.

religion in politics

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Whose side is God on in the presidential election? The Republicans -- both at and subsequent to their convention -- have actively laid claim to God's mantle and given the Almighty credit for most things American.

Our Memories As Tools Of Teshuvah

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

One year can seem like a lifetime when reviewing one's own actions in detail. Going from reflection to renewed action can seem overwhelming. Yet this year, I came across a new tool in my repertoire of reflection for the sake of future action: memory.