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Krista Tippett: Pain & Good News (Video)

Travis Reed | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Travis Reed

Krista Tippett reflects on the role of pain in the human journey.

Understanding the RFRA: Why It's a Downright Embarrassing Day to Be a Hoosier

Brianna Susnak | Posted 03.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Brianna Susnak

While the ability to express one's religious beliefs is of crucial importance, and one of the greatest aspects of freedom in our country, it should never come at the cost of discrimination against other people.

The Rothko Chapel and the Practice of Non-Doing

Claudia Horwitz | Posted 03.26.2015 | Arts
Claudia Horwitz

I had been looking for the Rothko Chapel long before I knew of its existence. I had a primal yearning for contemplative spaces I could just barely see in my mind's eye, let alone describe.

Making Meaning of the Ashes in Our Lives (Parshat Tzav, Leviticus 6:1-8:36)

Rabbi Asher Lopatin | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Asher Lopatin

These ashes are much like the things in life that didn't work out the way we intended them, the fallout of the unsavory things we have done that we wish we would never do. Sometimes no one else sees these burnt pieces of our lives.

Misusing Religious Freedom as a Weapon of Mass Discrimination

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 03.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Officially entitled the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" this bill will allow individuals and businesses in the state to deny services to LGBT people on "religious liberty" grounds -- doing nothing to restore freedom and everything to bolster bigotry

Don't Give Me That 'Old Time Religion'

Patty Kogutek | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

During this sacred Passover/Easter celebratory time, let's remind ourselves that we are called to respect one another in peace and unity. Let's embrace these values of respect, peace and unity beginning within ourselves, radiating out to all.

10 Tips for Creating Inclusive Religious Organizations

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

We are a stronger country when religious organizations of all faiths live up to our values--when we are welcoming, diverse, moral, and respect one another.

How I Learned That "Life Is Not a Problem to Be Solved But a Mystery to Be Lived" Over Dinner at Esalen Institute

Ira Israel | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Ira Israel

As I currently reside in a community where most inhabitants think that Heidegger is a cold press juicer, imagine my joy last Saturday evening at Esalen when I found myself breaking wheat bread with two of America's greatest living philosophers and intellectuals, Michael Murphy and Sam Keen!

Human Rights Are Universal Without a 'But'

Elham Manea | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Elham Manea

I have always said I will stop writing when I give up hope in our ability to change and reform. So far, I have not stopped writing. Hope is still alive despite the disappointments, and these are plenty!

How I Will Express My Religious Freedom in Indiana

Peter Monn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter Monn

I'm tired of explaining to people who would never be affected by such a bill how it haunts me and once again makes me feel different; less than.

What Does Worship Look Like From A Priest's Point Of View? (PHOTOS)

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Catania | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion

This article was originally published on HuffPost Italy and was translated into English. Have you ever wondered what the priest standing at the alt...

The Resurrection According to SciFi: Part 2 Star Wars and The Matrix

Ronda Lee | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Ronda Lee

Instead of Luke's crucifixion, in the end it is Vader that dies. But before his death, like the robber crucified next to Christ, Vader seeks redemption from his son and encourages him to overcome the emperor and the dark side.

Fear and Loathing of the Religious, From Christians to Scientologists

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

What the hell has happened to religion? When did "all that is holy" translate into bigotry, fear, intolerance, and bullying rather than, say, "the love relationship between the creator God and created man" or "the study and handling of the spirit in relationship to itself, others and all of life?"

Only Christians Should Apply? Ad Shows Public Schools Still Have Plenty to Learn

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Linda K. Wertheimer

In America, we are not all Christian. We are Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, atheists, secular humanists, and so much more. Public schools should be a place to learn about many faiths instead of just one.

Climate Change This Week: Warming Accelerating, US Utilities Going Green, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Censoring South Florida Sea Level Rise - maybe state employees aren't allowed ...

Stories and Letters From Prison (Philippians 2: 5-11)

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

Perhaps we are looking for God in all the wrong places. In today's video, Sister Margaret goes to prison. She is not Jesus. She is not God. But she believes God is there in Ryker's Island, "home" to 1300 prisoners, half of them teenagers.

Everything You Do Counts

Saul Segan | Posted 03.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Saul Segan

In a life that may have more than its share of confusion and unmanageability, and a world that matches this description, there is sometimes the tende...

Memories of Selma - All of Them

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

Many Jews fought side-by-side with Blacks during the civil rights movement. In Washington, when Dr. King reminded us that every child should be judged by the content of their character in his "I Have a Dream" speech, it was Rabbi Joachim Prinz who preceded him on the podium.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Voting Rights Act

Rabbi Jonah Pesner | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jonah Pesner

The sad truth is that voting rights are not being celebrated or even protected as they must be -- in Israel or in the United States. As troubling as the prime minister's words were, they are reminiscent of the sentiments expressed in 2012 by then-Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

Discrimination in the Name of Religious Freedom

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

A movement is afoot in state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise LGBTQ Americans.

Faith Without Work: Religion Helps Unemployed, Underemployed Stay Healthy

David Briggs | Posted 03.20.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

There are powerful cultural factors equating self-worth and identity to job status and material wealth. But researchers note religious communities may provide several sources of support that buffer the effects of financial crises such as joblessness.

International Good Deeds Day 2015

Shari Arison | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Shari Arison

I was honored to meet Pope Francis, just as I am honored to be welcomed in all communities and religions around the world who have taken part in Good Deeds Day, as a symbol of how our world can look all year round.

A Thank You Note to Kendrick Lamar

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

After listening to TPAB, I feel stirred into good works. I feel compelled to apologize for all of the unedited sermons, uninspired exhortations, and unthoughtful utterances I've shared in over fifteen years of ministry with words.

A 2015 Passover Seder, An Exodus That Includes Evolving

Carol Smaldino | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Carol Smaldino

Passover has, has for us become for us a mish mosh of tastes, and jokes and stories and celebration. It is a piece of evolving in and of itself, because each year we tap into something that does not always echo the themes of past years.

The Importance of 'Calling' (Parshat Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26/Shabbat haHodesh)

Rabbi Marc Baker | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Baker

We live in a busy, noisy world of multi-media overload, fast-paced online communication, and expectations of increased personal and professional productivity. Technology and social media have revolutionized how we communicate with and what we expect of one another.