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It's That Time of Year Again

Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr.

It's that time of year again. Its time for graduations and the ceremonies of our lives. It is time for us to graduate from the selfish notion that we have made it on our own or from the notion that we owe whatever success we may have achieved to our own ingenuity and intelligence.

White Gods and Black Devils: The Rhetoric of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner-Pt. 1

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

Henry McNeal Turner's writing focused on much during the post reconstruction period. One of the first major debates Turner found himself in was on African missions and emigration.

Obfuscating the Crime in Pakistan

Hassan Raza | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Hassan Raza

In an unfortunate incident that took place in Balochistan province of Pakistan on Friday night, dozens of heavily armed gunmen, wearing the uniforms o...

Is the Pope Protestant?

Donna Schaper | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Donna Schaper

Pope Frances has successfully gotten my Protestant attention. He may not heal the rift we made together during the Protestant Reformation of yore but it surely looks small from the perspective of today.

For the Love of All Created by Thee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Looking back over almost half a century of spiritual practice, I sometimes ask myself what was the greatest challenge, the most difficult lesson. On the spiritual quest we are faced with our love and longing, our darkest fears, our failings.

Why I Keep the Fact That I'm a Muslim to Myself

TueNight | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
TueNight

There are a few reasons I choose to be anonymous with my religion. I don't need to talk about my religion or get people to convert to my side. I don't need to debate the merits of my religion versus another religion or having no religion at all. I know what I believe and I'm firm in my faith. I have no desire to make sure you believe what I believe or to give you some spiel on why I needed to change religions.

Scandalous Leaders, Scandalous Power (1 Samuel 8)

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

There's an odd thing about political scandals, these falls from grace: They are so common that they shouldn't shock us anymore. And yet these scandals sell newspapers, draw eyes on television. We can always muster some outrage at these all too common crimes.

Dave Jamieson

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Muslim Job Seeker

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Monday that retailer Abercrombie & Fitch may have violated workplace discrimination law when it turned do...

Islamophobia in East-Central Europe

John Feffer | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
John Feffer

In a meeting in Warsaw in August 2013, Taskin Tankut Soyka and I talked about the diversity of the Muslim communities in East-Central Europe, media representations, cases at the European Court of Human Rights, and the future of Islam and Islamophobia in Europe.

Can Religion Play a Positive Role in Politics?

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

As a Muslim intellectual living in the West, I have always marveled at the durability of the idea of secularism. For a civilization that boasts considerable sophistication, in most areas, to assume that politics and religion constitute two separate realms is uncharacteristically naïve.

When Family Tells You to Shut Up About Gay Marriage

Kevin Thornton | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

On the brink of a Supreme Court decision, this sort of sentiment is streaming through the feeds of gays nationwide. Why wouldn't I just respond to this family member privately? That's simple: I'm really dramatic.

Revelation, the Morning After (Parshat Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89)

Rabbi Adina Allen | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Adina Allen

As we recently marked the holiday of Shavuot, many of us in the wee hours between darkness and dawn marked our receiving of Torah on Mount Sinai by studying Torah all night. After 49 days of counting, we have finally reached the apex of the journey we began then.

10 Surefire Ways To Sin During Yoga

Ravishly | Posted 05.28.2015 | Comedy
Ravishly

According to a retired Catholic bishop in Nebraska, practicing yoga is not just a great way to relieve stress and build strength -- it's also "an occasion of serious sin."It might sound ridiculous, but it is so easy to sin during yoga. Here are 10 of the most common yoga sins you might not even know you're committing.

Searching for Freedom From Acts of Religious Freedom

Michael Rohrer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

It's time I made a statement that is extremely difficult for me to make: I can't care what the Bible says about homosexuality. I can't live with that fear anymore. It's debilitating. I wanted to say I don't care, but I couldn't...not yet.

Finding Beauty, Religion and Heritage in São Miguel, The Azores (PHOTOS)

Sivan Askayo | Posted 05.28.2015 | Travel
Sivan Askayo

For the last three years I have been traveling to Portugal to photograph its beauty. I have been to Lisbon a numerous times, captured Porto on a rainy weekend, been to the university of Coimbra, passed through Aveiro, and wined and dined in Alentejo, the so-called Tuscany of Portugal.

The Impact of the Jewish People on Humanity, as Traced by Scholars Throughout Time

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Religion
Dr. Michael Laitman

When Abraham first discovered the method of connection, he told about it to whomever would listen, and those who joined him became the first truly connected people.

10 Common Sense Commandments

Lisa R. Petty | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Lisa R. Petty

We need to stop focusing on differences and, instead, start focusing on similarities. We are all people. It does not matter if we are brown, paste white, peach or any other color. We are all people.

How One Pakistani Town Mastered Religious Tolerance

Hassan Raza | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
Hassan Raza

If you think Pakistan is all about bombing churches, destroying temples, Talibanisation, slaughtering religious minorities and forced conversion, I would request you to visit Mithi, a small district town, at least once. Mithi gives interfaith harmony a new meaning.

The Glory Days: III

John O'Kane | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

The pavement seems to shake slightly, like in the first rumblings of an earthquake, as I dodge vehicles to reach a phone on the other side. No one else seems to notice these movements. Someone beats me to the phone.

Jean Vanier: A Prophet for the 21st Century (Isaiah 6:1-8)

Lisa Davison | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Lisa Davison

With all that is happening in the world today, it can seem like there is no hope and everything is going down the tubes with no way to stop the flow. Human suffering and despair are present in all corners of the globe.

Stop Policing Women's Bodies

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Beth Cone Kramer

We can teach our children there's a time and place for cocktail or beach attire without shaming girls for their bodies. And we need to teach and show boys that a girl's attire or presence at a party doesn't mean she's fair game.

Republican Finally Demands Charges in Duggar Scandal... Against Police Chief Who Followed the Law

David Pakman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
David Pakman

Naturally, I was heartened and optimistic this morning when I read that a Republican finally stepped up and was calling for charges in the case. Unfortunately, Arkansas State Senator has called for charges against Kathy O'Kelley, Chief of the Springdale, Arkansas police.

Clergy Chronicles: The Side You Never See

HooplaHa | Posted 05.26.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

In Clergy Chronicles: The Side You Never See, a unique original series, HooplaHa unveils the human perspective on our spiritual leaders' joys in life that really make them smile.

One Immigrant and Her Dream

Eldonie Mason | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices
Eldonie Mason

As the 11 year old girl gazed at the coconut tree in her backyard on her island home of Antigua, she dreams of one day becoming a lawyer in America. Once the dream took root in her head, she went around telling everyone who would listen.

The Future of Hinduism in America's Changing Religious Landscape

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

The choice, as I see it for a new generation of Hindus in the U.S., is not between the Hindu tradition or another religion; it is between being Hindu or being non-religious.