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I Walked Out of Church and Ran Into God in the Hallway

Carissa Henry | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
Carissa Henry

I was so overcome and blessed by the beauty before me that I stood there and cried. Right there in the hallway, by myself, while church was happening on the other side of the wall.

Father Greg Boyle: Kinship & Kingdom (Video)

Travis Reed | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

"No kinship, no justice. No kinship, no peace." Father Greg Boyle on kinship, compassion, unity and the Kingdom of God.

All Paths Lead to Magical Thinking

Matthew Hutson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
Matthew Hutson

You believe in God or astrology or a purpose in life because you apply ideas about people -- that they have thoughts and intentions -- to the natural world. What has not been clarified is exactly how various cognitive biases interact to produce specific ideas about the supernatural -- until now.

On Having Faith, Watching Oprah, and Being Gay

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cassie Premo Steele

On the day after I realized I am a lesbian, I invited over the woman I was in love with (we hadn't been together in any sexual way; we had not even hugged or kissed) so that we could watch Oprah's Super Soul Sunday. The guest was Brené Brown, whose new book was about vulnerability.

Here Are All The Atheists In Congress

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

It's becoming more common not to believe in God or organized religion these days, so it would only be natural for a few atheists to have made their wa...

7 Steps to Become a Better Receiver

Marilyn O'Malley | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Marilyn O'Malley

The Art of Receiving Take a moment and TAKE a breath in and exhale. Notice how it feels to take a breath in. Do this a couple of times. Now let yo...

Hospitality, Community, and Friendliness

KidSpirit | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Since I moved to my quiet neighborhood in Bethesda, Maryland, three years ago, it's become clear to me that having conceptions of God different from other people doesn't change the neighborly values of hospitality, community, and friendliness.

Response to Feedback on 'Is There Room for God in Jainism?'

JAINA | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
JAINA

My time with Maharaji and with ISJS allowed me to discover that the notion of God is not bound by such strict parameters in India. Rather, God is made more infinite and more personal simultaneously.

On Being in Love: A Spiritual Challenge

T. Thorn Coyle | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
T. Thorn Coyle

I have committed myself to being open to love in all its forms. However love arrives at the doorstep of my heart, I try to recognize it. At least, that is my intention. It isn't always easy. Sometimes it feels challenging. Sometimes it feels exhilarating.

Yom Kippur 2013/5774: "Restoring the Arc (of A Love Affair)"

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The prophet Isaiah is on my mind and in my heart more and more. His voice rings in Yom Kippur's Haftarah with messages I fear we've forgotten. With messages I believe we must begin to remember, even if they hurt our hearts. Especially because they hurt our hearts so deeply.

'But I Don't Want To Be an Alcoholic!'

Heather Kopp | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Heather Kopp

During all those years when I was praying for a private, discreet miracle from God--one that would spare my pride and let me go on my way saying, "Whew! Glad that's over!"--it never once occurred to me that he was holding out for a bigger, better miracle.

The Paralysis of Over-Analysis

Derek Rydall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Derek Rydall

It's easy to travel through our mind and think we've gotten somewhere, setting bold intentions that lead to little or no action but give us the feeling of doing something -- climbing the mountaintop of inspired ideas before falling back into the valley of mediocrity.

Failing Forward

Derek Rydall | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Derek Rydall

Look at how we learn to walk. As babies, we step forward, fall, catch ourselves, try again and catch ourselves sooner and sooner until we're walking. Walking is controlled falling.

Is This What the Gods Would Want?

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Tarun Sakhrani

I'm trying to think back to the point when the definition or display of religion and religious beliefs in India changed -- when religion in India suddenly became a display of aggression and a matter of pomp and show.

Can There Be a Decent Human Civilization Without Religion?

Robin Ince | Posted 11.09.2013 | Home
Robin Ince

The roots of charity, empathy and altruism are not in religion, they are in our evolution -- these are the roots, but we can rise above them. We have begun to. Isn't it time we grew from our adolescence to the young adult stage of our existence?

The Eyes Have It

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

The first step towards sharing varying experiences of the world is the acknowledgement that your eyes are different from everyone else's. The truth as you experience it is no less true that someone else's.

I Know What God Looks Like (Luke 15:1-10)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Do you want to see what God is like? It just got harder to do so on Wikipedia. Wikipedia still has an article called "God," and it hosts a range of ever-changing perspectives.

Science Is Not Religion

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 11.05.2013 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

Religion and science are incompatible at every level. The two seek different answers to separate questions using fundamentally and inherently incompatible methods. Nothing can truly bring the two together without sacrificing intellectual honesty.

Searching for God at Starbucks

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Where can God be found? Wherever we let Him in. Wishing everyone a sweet, happy and healthy new year!

How I Became the Accidental Talmudist

Salvador Litvak | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Salvador Litvak

Who am I to call myself a Talmudist of any sort? Our Sages of blessed memory were not just gifted teachers, they were also tzaddiks -- righteous individuals who could be counted upon to do the right thing always, and to treat everyone with kindness.

A Prayer of Atonement

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

From the point of view of the Jewish American community, we take responsibility for ourselves and each other and know we are all in this together. Looking back at the past year, we pray.

Discerning God's Will in Three Questions

Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge

As a lesbian, I am often faced with people who are certain that I am living "outside" of "God's will" for my life -- simply because of my sexual orientation.

Lines Must Be Drawn In Syria

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

War is contrary to the will of God. That is a foundational belief of mine. Any time force is used it must be seen as a failure of the human imagination to develop the just peace needed to free the world from on-going conflicts.

The Next Great Flood

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Rev. Galen Guengerich

When it comes to global warming, the evidence is in: we've caused the globe to get warmer. It's time for us to take responsibility and try our best to reverse the trend. Blaming God for the coming deluge isn't the answer.

How to Scream for Help

Heather Kopp | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Kopp

As soon as we give up hope that we can save ourselves from ourselves, as soon as we're willing to put down our pride and cry out for rescue, God shows up in a yellow shirt. And we are saved.