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Atonement and Apology: Making Things As Right As Possible

Laurel Kaufer | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurel Kaufer

When we behave in ways that allow others to feel seen, heard, valued and safe, we are doing what we can to make things "as right as possible" and can move on toward making tomorrow better than yesterday. That is Atonement.

How Former NFL Running Back Tim Worley Found His Most Impactful Game

Tajci Cameron | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Tajci Cameron

I listen to Tim as he speaks about these experiences during his NFL career and I can't help but feel compassion and a sense of sadness. This is not just Tim's story, it's been repeated over and over in the media.

Lust Leads to Hell According to Master James

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 07.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kay Tacke Morse

And so the sign read, deep into Marion County. Just what we needed heading into a day of hedonism. The farmlands quilting the view for us city folks,...

Almost Going to Jail Taught Me How to Give!

Ama Nkwa | Posted 06.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Ama Nkwa

I have learned about giving through the experience of receiving. There have been a lot of people in my life that gave to me, when they didn't have to,...

Death Penalty and Redemption: Thoughts On Tsarnaev and American Christianity

Brandon Wallace | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Brandon Wallace

It's easy to believe in redemption for yourself. I mean, come on, you aren't that bad. But, do you believe redemption is possible for everyone?

You Tele-Conferenced Me in Prison: Once a Cold Heart, Always a Cold Heart

Lee C. Camp | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

It is painful to hear true confession, often accompanied by grief and shame, to lay before others one's worst deeds.

Mad Men: A Morality Tale

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Marilyn Sewell

Why are we so compelled by Don? Well, it is true that a good man is hard to find -- but the bad ones are so much more interesting, at least in fiction, if not also in life.

Passover as a Living Memory

Rabbi Will Berkovitz | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Will Berkovitz

At the very moment we were fleeing from places like Europe, Ethiopia and today the Ukraine, we have retold the story of the Exodus from Egypt. From concentration camps, we echoed the four questions. In damp Russian cellars they declared, "Next Year in Jerusalem."

The 7 Basic Stories Families Tell and Why We Need to Tell Them

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 05.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Marshall P. Duke

Since Bruce Feiler so graciously and artfully introduced our work at Emory on the health-giving power of family stories, Robyn Fivush and I have recei...

Rocka My Soul

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Robert Koehler

This great inner wanting yearned for a freedom we don't much talk about these days, in our relative affluence and comfort, but the music and the movement of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, with its roots in Africa, in Gospel revival -- in growing up black in America -- went so much deeper than that.

#KellyOnMyMind: Reflecting on Kelly Gissendaner

Jeania Ree Moore | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion
Jeania Ree Moore

Convicted for her part in the 1997 murder of her husband, Kelly enrolled in and graduated from the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women. Through this program, she grew into a new person with purpose and hope. She experienced forgiveness and gained confidence through grace and redemption.

Meeting Kelly Gissendaner

Melissa Browning | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Melissa Browning

Have you met Kelly? Not the mug shot that is in every news article, not the "first woman in 70 years to be executed in Georgia," not the woman who you might think ordered too much food for her last meal. I'm talking about Kelly Gissendaner, child of God, sinner saved by grace, a minister who was known for sharing Christ's love with both prisoners and prison guards.

Why I Oppose the Death Penalty: Redemption Is Always Possible, so Killing Is Always Wrong

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.19.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The death penalty is about many things -- retribution, punishment, anger, a misguided desire for some illusory "cosmic balancing" of the scales of justice. Yet it is most about imagination.

Holiday Traditions: Redemption and Olive Branches

Ronda Lee | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Ronda Lee

Thanksgiving 2012: I am trimming my tiny tree, sealing Christmas cards and writing my first blog post for the 2012 holiday season. I look at my Snoopy holiday stationary (so I can pen pal my babies). A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is on the television.

29 Years Later

Todd Felderstein | Posted 02.11.2015 | Women
Todd Felderstein

Boa Smith has turned the page. After 29 years behind bars for a deadly crime she says she didn't commit, Boa is in love with life and grateful to finally interact with all of the many pleasures that nature has to offer.

Semper Free: Of Hummingbirds and Heroes

Kimann Schultz | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Kimann Schultz

Years later, I was given a small gift of redemption. I hope sparrows fill heavenly trees and know I meant well and know that I hold to this day the lesson of the hatchling sparrow's unanswerable exit from this plain of existence.

Art & the Tyranny of the New

Steven Crandell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Steven Crandell

I think it's time to create a market for art that deepens the spirit, not makes it shallower, a market to encourage art that taps into wisdom and truth that has lasted for generations, eons, as long as memory has served humanity.

Raymond L Atkins Writes With Watercolor Words

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

I am late to the party celebrating Raymond L Atkins as a talented author, but at least I have arrived.

Marilynne Robinson's "Lila"

Martin Marty | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Being "Spiritual?" "Religious?" They are both easy. Robinson writes explicitly "Christianly," and that is harder. In a time when the "Prosperity Gospel" rules, she excises the word and concept "prosperity."

My Sweetest Songs

Tricia McCallum | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

It's war torn and sepia-colored now, parchment like, but the little scrap of paper containing this verse has long been a treasure of mine, a template for any poem I write.

Beyond the Clothes

S. L. Young | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
S. L. Young

It's often said that clothes make an individual, but this old adage isn't always true -- as there are many talented individuals who don't dress as expected and still have a lot to offer. The reality is that sometimes individuals who appear to be different don't always get a chance to prove their worth.

Sandcastles, Starfish and Redemption

Susie Spain | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Susie Spain

This is a story about sandcastles, starfish, and redemption. I'm telling it to you because I was just back at the east coast and we all know that the coastline of the east is the quintessential place for sandcastles and starfish.

Redemption in the Present Tense

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

This week, Jews around the world are marking Tisha B'Av, a day of mourning for all that is broken in ourselves and in our world. Judaism generally pla...

Divorce, Redemption and My 20th High School Reunion

Heather Sweeney | Posted 09.13.2014 | Divorce
Heather Sweeney

Thanks to Facebook and my blog, most people already knew I was divorced. No one asked me if I was married. No one asked where my husband was. And while I did discuss bits and pieces of the divorce with a few people, I never once felt less than happy about where I am in life.

Thank God for Atheists!

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

I believe people of faith need to imagine a world without God. We then might take greater responsibility for our own lives and the circumstances of others, as well as life on this planet.