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A Different Type of Independence: A July 4th Reflection

Rabbi Pinchas Allouche | Posted 07.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Pinchas Allouche

Freedom without direction leads to confusion, and independence without rules creates chaos. That is why children need rules in order to grow, and adults need a compass in order to navigate the turbulent waves of our world.

My Mother's Love Wins

Rabbi Susan Goldberg | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Susan Goldberg

I knew, even as a small child, how meaningful it was that my mother insisted on a life of truth, beauty, love and justice. Her courageous choices were about her, and they were also very much about us, her kids. She knew she had to live a life that would show her children how to fully live.

The Way of Hope

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

I believe that hope isn't a feeling, a mood or a personality type. Rather, hope is a decision, a choice we make because of this thing we call faith.

Towards an Ethic of Trust (Parshat Balak, Numbers 22:2-25:9)

Rabbi Michael Adam Latz | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the emotions of a moment, in our reflexive reactions to another person's behavior, that we forget the relationship we have with them. We become suspicious and angry, and then spin into a cycle of recrimination and mistrust.

Charleston's Emanuel AME: A Catalyst for Change?

Rev. James J. Maher, C.M. | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. James J. Maher, C.M.

As we celebrate the independence of our nation this week, I am comforted to believe, to hope and to pray that, in time, we might reflect on this heartbreaking event as a harbinger not of hate and division, but of a new era of unity and peace in our nation for all its people.

On Belief vs. Identity: Letter to a Young North American Muslim

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Remember, your religious beliefs are not you. They are simply part of the medium you were cultured in when you were raised.

Muslims Living Amongst Us!

Yasmin Khan | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Yasmin Khan

Muslims are not a majority, but we're definitely here. We're your average Americans, getting educated, working and contributing to society...or not. You probably go to work or school with a Muslim whether you realize it or not. We don't all wear our religion on our sleeves (or heads).

Still Against Gay Marriage? Read This!

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

To all my LGBT friends and Americans, this is your time. Congratulations! The bullies and bigots will kick and scream like the small minded manipulators they are, but it hasn't been enough to prevent Americans from doing the right thing.

Standing at the Crossroads of Violence and Human Rights

Jonathan Horowitz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Books
Jonathan Horowitz

Violence All Around invites readers to see through John Sifton's eyes as he wanders through conflict zones investigating human rights abuses asking age old questions: why do we inflict violence on each other, and how can it be stopped, or at least reduced?

Why People of Faith Oppose Drones

Jim Winkler | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Jim Winkler

More than anything else, drone strikes actively work against the potential for just, lasting peace. The kind of peace that involves political stability, economic opportunity, and restorative justice is impossible to reconcile with global, endless drone wars.

Did Prophet Muhammad Warn Us Of ISIS 1,400 Years Ago?

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

1,400 years ago, the Prophet Muhammad prophesized that a time would come when nothing would remain of Islam but its name, nothing of the Quran but its word, and that many "Mosques would be splendidly furnished but destitute of guidance" (Mishkatul Masabih).

Hindu Pride and the Future of Hinduism

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

We are not flawless and the Hindu past is not unblemished. The future of our tradition, however, is not contingent on a perfect past or on immunity to criticism in the present. It depends on its ability to address human problems and to promote the flourishing of all human beings.

Religious Liberty and Gay Marriage

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

The Supreme Court has endorsed the right of Americans to marry whom they choose, regardless of the gender of the spouse. What implications does this have for persons with religious or other objections to gay marriage?

Ramadan and the True Spirit of Islam

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

I truly believe that, infused with the inner strength and commitment to justice and peace that reaches its highest expression during Ramadan, a victory over an evil ideology is attainable. Now is the time for Jews, Christians and all people of conscience to forego fear, prejudice and Islamophobia.

The Year I Traded in Church for Cooking: How Nigella Lawson Changed My Life

Susan Blue | Posted 06.30.2015 | Divorce
Susan Blue

I don't necessarily recommend giving up on your marriage and your religion in the same year, but I recommend that you learn to make spaghetti carbonara if you do.

What the Heart of a Tiger Looks Like: Faith Instead of Fear

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
SreyRam Kuy, MD

Dr. SreyReath Kuy and Dr. SreyRam Kuy were recently interviewed by Aimee Herd, Editor of Breaking Christian News (BCN).

President Obama Leads the Nation in "Amazing Grace"

Alan Singer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Whether you are religious or not, I think all Americans should learn from the story of John Newton, share President Obama's songful prayer, and work to combat racial oppression and hatred.

Marriage Equality V. Religious Freedom: Ready, Set, Go!

Jennifer Knapp | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Knapp

Marriage Equality is now the law of the land. Finally, each marriage in this country will be protected and afforded the equal opportunities, rights and benefits they deserve.

A Birthday Prayer for My Daughter

Kara Lawler | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Kara Lawler

My daughter will be one this weekend and after years of dreaming of a baby girl, I was given her. I prayed for her; I begged for her; I cried about her. I've always known her, even before she was formed.

A Catholic Schoolgirl Tells Her Side About an Outdated and Intolerant System

Unwritten | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Unwritten

Coming from a mostly diverse kindergarten, you are accustomed to being around all different types of kids from all different walks of life, whether you realized it or not. "Your parents had you before they were married. They're going to hell." Welcome to the life of a Catholic schoolgirl.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: Lessons Learned on Healing From a Recovering Alcoholic

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Do I believe that most mosques today would let recovering alcoholics and drug addicts speak to their congregations? Probably not. Do I think there is a problem with that? Yes, definitely. Our failure to engage diversity in our communities, inclusive of diversity in terms of life experience, leaves us potentially stunted in our individual and communal growth.

Does Legal Gay Marriage Doom Evangelical Christianity?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.27.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Why are they so furious about a decision that can have no direct effect on them? A court majority that blithely made "money talks" the law of the land in Citizens United really cannot complain about "judicial tyranny" when it finds itself in the minority.

'No Cheap Grace For White America' In Aftermath Of Charleston Shooting

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion

As Charleston continues to grapple with faith and forgiveness following last week's shooting, some fear those who are willing to forgive could be pres...

Biblical Marriage, Brooms and Faux Rage

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

Funny enough, those who are often in positions of power that have directed this sail of "one man, one woman biblical standard" don't stay true to their own vows, making this Scripture that they hold in such high regard the laughing stock outside the microcosm of Christianity.

God Is on the Move: Evangelical Response to SCOTUS Ruling for Equality

Brandan Robertson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

Just a few hours ago, I was standing on the steps of the Supreme Court as the ruling on marriage equality was announced. The weight of the moment was almost too much to bear.