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Europe's New Frontier: From Social Democracy to Governance That Fits

Elza S. Maalouf | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
Elza S. Maalouf

While the West has taken for granted the cultural complexity it has built over the centuries, it should not assume that everyone is ready to assimilate into it without proper guidance.

LISTEN: No, Religion Does Not Cause All Wars

Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal liv...

What Ferguson Needs Is Compassion: Faith Leaders

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Lilly Fowler | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion

ST. LOUIS (RNS) Some might argue that if there is one thing this city could use more of right now, it’s compassion. Even before civil unrest surf...

Raising Compassionate Kids, Rethinking Compassion for Adults

Andrew Andestic | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Andrew Andestic

Are we compassionate only to our children, house plants and those who pay us well or smile back at us at the customer service counter? Is compassion bigger than this?

Daily Meditation: A Case For Compassion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

A Case Against Certainty

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We've become intolerant of doubt, especially self-doubt: we don't know how to live with the notion that we might be mistaken while continuing to strive to be reasonable.

Karen Armstrong Recalls A Dying Nun's Lesson In Kindness

OWN | Posted 02.07.2014 | OWN

At age 17, world-renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong entered a Roman Catholic convent. From the start, Armstrong says she had trouble adjusting...

The One Belief That Ties All Religions Together

OWN | Posted 12.03.2013 | OWN

Bestselling author and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong has conducted decades of research on the world's religions, and says there's a universal theme...

The Simple Way You Can Practice Compassion Today

OWN | Posted 12.02.2013 | OWN

Best-selling author, religious expert and TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong has studied all of the world's great religions. She says she's identified t...

Let Go Of The Desire To Know It All

Posted 09.12.2013 | OWN

So many of us are terrified of what will happen if we don't have all the answers. Find out how to surrender to faith -- and happiness -- from the auth...

Mindfulness, Music Appreciation and Empathy

Patrick Groneman | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Patrick Groneman

Music is a language of energy, a "vibe" of emotions and joy. It speaks to our core desires and feelings. It spans language barriers and political borders, making it a powerful means through which humans can connect.

Don't Mess With Joan Brown Campbell!

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.17.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

What an honor to be up here for this roast of Joan Brown Campbell. Look at her everyone - such pretty eyes, such a nice smile - she just looks so sweet. Well, don't be fooled.

Objectivity Impossible for Muslims?

Deanna Othman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion
Deanna Othman

What remains central to this discussion is not the content of Reza Aslan's work of scholarship, but the role his identity plays in his ability to act as a scholar.

Am I Really a Christian?

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

To be a Christian, I needed to get to know Jesus and learn how to treat others with love rather than lead a self-centered life. I didn't think this required belonging to an organization.

WATCH: The Mysterious Medical Condition That Caused This Woman 'Moments Of Absolute Terror'

OWN | Posted 06.12.2013 | OWN

When she was a Roman Catholic nun, and for many years after, religious author and scholar Karen Armstrong was plagued by mysterious ailments. Fainting...

WATCH: A Former Nun's Source Of 'Terrible Shame'

OWN | Posted 06.08.2013 | OWN

Karen Armstrong is an acclaimed religious author, prestigious TED Prize winner and one of the world's foremost religious scholars -- not to mention a ...

Faith Isn't Irrational, But Beliefs May Be

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Religion has become improverished and identified with an irrational belief in far-fetched stories -- if taken as literal fact -- which were intended as parables symbolic of larger truths in human life.

A Timely Interview With Jon Ramer About Creating Collective Compassion (Part 1)

Russell C. Smith | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

Jon Ramer is a software entrepreneur turned social engineer, a civic leader, a community organizer, an inventor, and a musician. He is the designer an...

WATCH: Ideas For Change, Karen Armstrong On Charter for Compassion

Posted 08.16.2012 | Business

“Never treat others as you would not like to be treated yourself.” Karen Armstrong describes this as the golden rule of spirituality that should b...

Ramadan Reflection Day 19: Prophet Muhammad, The Most Perfect Man

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

To me, the Prophet Muhammad is someone to look up to. Prophet Muhammad embodies a sense of compassion and mercy towards others that is hard to find in much of the world today.

Bob Thurman And Karen Armstrong Speak About Compassion On Global Spirit

Stephen Olsson | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion

We call Global Spirit the first “internal travel” series, because the topics and the discussions so often lead to a kind of inner exploration. U...

WATCH LIVE: Karen Armstrong On The State Of The Charter For Compassion

Posted 03.22.2012 | Religion

On March 22, for the first time ever, Armstrong will present the “State of the Charter for Compassion,” highlighting the progress made around...

Reading Christianity in the Age of Glenn Beck

Suzanne Morrison | Posted 10.17.2011 | Books
Suzanne Morrison

When it comes to buying Christian works, and I don't mean just liberal-approved Christian books like Lit, I often buy them online. Why? Well, because I'm embarrassed.

Why Include Interfaith Children In Interfaith Dialogue?

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

Interfaith children, natural experts in this field, have not been officially welcomed, whether in high-level interfaith dialogue between religious institutions or in more local grassroots interfaith activism.

I Am Not A Bible-Waver

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 09.05.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

We sure don't need any more screaming. My inbox and my Facebook feed fills up every day with screams from my favorite progressive organizations and people, faith-based and otherwise.