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Prayer and Meditation

When The Great Physician Makes House Calls

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

If you're near the breaking point, remember: The Great Physician has lots of resources in His little black bag and lots of reassurance in his little black book.

The New Languages Of Pentecost

S. Brent Plate | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

Religious people in the United States are speaking in tongues in ways seldom imagined before, offering a new twist on the event of Pentecost. As immigration shifts continue to unfold, we will find new ways of being not only "American," but new ways of being religious.

God Suffers When We Suffer

Stan Duncan | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Stan Duncan

God is indeed in the midst of suffering, but as its resolution, not its cause. God is in its healing. God is in the relief workers, the doctors, the volunteers, and in the heroic acts of people who saved their neighbors and pulled survivors from their shattered homes.

Writing Your Way Home

Pat Schneider | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Pat Schneider

Craft is important for the writer, but craft that can be taught must be the servant of craft that is original and innate -- not the other way around. Writing as a spiritual practice can be the most freeing of any I have found in a long life of trying different paths.

A High-Wire Walk With Faith Not To Fall

Guideposts | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion

The two-inch-wide steel cable felt cold and wet beneath the elk-skin-soled moccasins my mother had made me. I slid one foot forward, then the other. Below was the lip of Niagara Falls, where 600,000 gallons of water per second plunged 170 feet straight down to jagged rocks.

More Than A Platitude, Praying For Others Promotes Hope, Optimism

David Briggs | Posted 07.27.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

My prayers are with you. From Pope Francis attempting to console the survivors of the Oklahoma tornadoes to neighbors trying to comfort a friend with cancer, it is a familiar sentiment uttered whenever misfortune strikes. But what do those prayers mean?

Giving Thanks For All Who Have Worn 'The Uniform'

Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

This Memorial Day, I give thanks to God for my father, and all those in this country who have worn a uniform and worn it well. "O God, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy."

Out Of The Whirlwind: Memorial For Oklahoma

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 07.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

May the bereft find comfort. May there be a healing of body and soul. May acts of kindness and memory inspire us to draw out our best selves and to strive to mend a broken world.

The Power Of Initiative

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Philanthropists and businessmen and women met this spring in Malaysia, believing their gifts of entrepreneurship matter to Christian witness and kingdom deployment.

Invoking God's Great Name

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

We praise you, God, for providing a world in which the only true hierarchy begins with you and immediately ends, equally, with each one of us. In here, out there, everywhere.

Looking Into The Jaws Of Death Valley

T. Sher Singh | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

It is when one looks into places like the Death Valley that we learn about life. About meaning. About truth. About reality. And yes, a bit about eternity.

Pope Francis' Informal Exorcism, Latin American Style

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

As shocking as it may be to some observers and Catholics in the Global North, Pope Francis' informal exorcism neatly captures the rise of the Global South, where prayers for deliverance from evil are common Catholic currency.

Prayers For Oklahoma Tornado Victims

Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion

In the wake of the horrific tornado that devastated a town outside of Oklahoma City, Twitter responded with prayers for the victims and hope for survi...

What Is It About Bedtime?

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Daylight is fading, eyelids are drooping -- a gentle goodnight seems natural. On the other hand, there is the "simple task" of getting a child to bed, tucking them in, and finally going to take care of "grown-up stuff." How difficult it is to preserve this escapable sacred experience.

Vandals Target Women Of The Wall Leadership

AP | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Israeli police say vandals have spray-panted slogans on the home of one of the leaders of a liberal Jewish women's group that has angered...

Answering God's Call

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

In crisis, the wrong question to ask is, "What have I done to deserve this?" The right one is, "What am I now being summoned to do?" Each of us has a task. Every life has a purpose. We can bear the pain of the past when we discover the future we are called on to make.

Facing Death Or Life In A Hospital Emergency Room

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Fred was in serious trouble. He had cancer and kidney disease, was taking 12 different medicines a day on various prescriptions, suffered near sleeplessness and acknowledged he was suicidal. He called us in crisis.

Overcoming Self-Aggression

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

When I teach in the West, people talk about self-loathing and self-aggression. Imagine what could happen if we all began to feel that we are good and to have confidence in ourselves that way.

HuffPost Jummah: What's The State Of Your Heart?

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

The companions of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, approached him on one occasion asking which person is the best. He responds by saying, "Every one that has a heart that is makhmoom and a tongue that is truthful." They said, "What is a heart that is makhmoom?"

There Are Only Hands And Eyes: Zen Buddhism As Universalism

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Yunyan asked Daowu, "How does the Bodhisattva Guanyin use those many hands and eyes?" Daowu answered, "It is like someone in the middle of the night reaching behind her head for the pillow."

Transcendence Or Immanence?

David Loy | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
David Loy

At the heart of Buddhist teachings is a crucial ambiguity that has become increasingly problematic as Buddhism has globalized. This ambivalence needs to be resolved if the Buddhist tradition is to help us address most effectively the challenges that now confront us.

Hoping For Religious Pluralism In Israel

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

Sometimes, being in the right place at the right time, whether by coincidence or not, can lead to macro change. I don't know what is going to happen at the Western Wall in the future, but the times they are certainly a-changing.

Western Wall Clashes: Searching For A New Way Together

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

Instead of fighting over the different forms of prayer, let us pray over the different forms of fighting, and ask that we reunite as one, with our hearts and ears, in respect and in dignity.

Letting God Set The Pace

Guideposts | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion

Olympic Stadium, London, August 4, 2012. Minutes before the race of my life, the finals of the men's 10,000 meters. I wasn't running. I was a spectator. Below, taking their places, were two runners I'd spent years coaching. I couldn't help but marvel at the peace I felt inside.

Hasidic Rebels

Baruch Sterman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Baruch Sterman, Ph.D.

When the Hasidim of Kotzk prayed, they did not move. Any external sign of piety was deemed pretentious. The story is told of a great student, who after one prayer session -- though someone observing from the side would not even have noticed that he was praying -- was bathed in sweat and had actually cracked two of his teeth.