The unprecedented grassroots effort includes many channels to keep challenge participants inspired and informed, including a social media campaign that has already reached over hundreds of thousands of people.
Believers played a major role in the civil rights movement, but the voluntary segregation still found in houses of worship on Sunday mornings appears to limit the likelihood non-Hispanic white Americans will date, much less marry, a black, Hispanic or Asian partner.
This may be the defining quote in today's community service movement. But if Dr. King were alive today, what would he think of our culture of service? How would he respond to the great disconnect that often exists between faith and service?
Today an interfaith coalition will hold a "Pray-In for the Climate" in front of the White House. The day is powerful in its symbolism as the 15th is the date of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, real birthday.
Forging could be considered the second oldest profession in the world, but for my guest, outlaw biker Terry Shanks of Terry Shanks Knives, forging has become his passion that has given him the discipline to stay sober and an outlet to channel his inner creativity.
Responding to a Washington, DC.-area friend, who wanted to know what I was doing up so early on the West Coast, I took several additional gulps from my vente Pike, half-decaf, room for milk, and sent him my prayer.
A recovering productivity junkie, I've only begun learning how to slow down my pace long enough to rest on the Sabbath. But time is sacred. So, for at least one day a week, I try to bask in the peace that God promises.
Then I saw it. A cute little stuffed dog, sitting all by itself on a bench in the main terminal area. Some poor kid was probably heartbroken at having lost it.
We can prove in our own lives that, whether or not we are aware of it, our spiritual practice can help us achieve better health.
The religious neutrality in our schools is, I would argue, one of our strengths. Teachers cannot inhibit or deride religion. But this does not mean that we've taken God out of public schools.
Providing an opportunity for public school children to reflect on their unique values through a moment of silence does not need to violate the first amendment's prohibition on establishing a religion.
Religion can be a tool for oppression or a force for good. As we greet 2013, I hope that we can all work for a more compassionate faith.
I am building on the love from my Creator who I chose to call God, who made me and gives me everything I need and more. It is God's love that I will return to again and again in meditation and prayer, when I need love, and when I want to give love.
If you are truly serious about your recovery and growing in faith, these are some of the things I've done through the years and continue to do:
Amen is a response to this lovely, messy life that yields moment after moment of wows -- moments that Abraham Joshua Heschel described as "radical amazement."
The first thing about setting intentions is that you have to really, really want them to happen. You might be amongst the fortunate whose dreams come true quickly. For most people, however, there are ups and downs along the path. The more you really want your dream, the more likely it is to happen.