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A Facetime Eulogy

Sister Jenna | Posted 09.26.2016 | Technology
Sister Jenna

Today, I found myself in a most unusual position of giving the eulogy at my father's funeral through FaceTime while riding a train to New York City.

The Prosperity Gospel + an Unwelcoming Jesus

Mary E. Graham | Posted 09.26.2016 | Religion
Mary E. Graham

I can see why some skeptics think believers are crazy. I mean, I talk to the Creator of the Universe about my day like it’s no big deal. I can see w...

Disagreeing Agreeably: Dedicating Ourselves to Productive Dialog

Frederick M. Lawrence | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Frederick M. Lawrence

"Has it always been like this?" That was the question I was asked not quite three years ago, in the midst of the two-week shutdown of the federal government, by a student on my campus. In the years since then, the level of incivility in our political life, as evidenced by the current Presidential campaign, has only gotten worse. I sought to reassure my student, and to do so not with platitudes but with examples. I chose two.

How To Tackle Terrorism: Iran's Rouhani V. Prince Muhammad Bin Nayef

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

A constructive, multilateral and modern approach is needed to battle modern methods of terrorism conducted by state or non-state actors.

Our White Unbelief

Jonathan Williams | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Williams

The white majority has made their narrative, their tradition, and their experiences the ones that define the American story. Anything else is not to be trusted or believed. In fact, anyone who is unable to conform to the white tradition is immediately met with skepticism.

To My White Church Family: Do We Not Have Ears To Hear?

Abby Norman | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Abby Norman

These are the questions I believe God is asking of the white church. Do we care more about our privilege than the lives of our brothers and sisters? Do we worry more about offending our congregations than moving into a just society? Do we not have ears to hear and eyes to see?

Jew Am I?

Bryan Behar | Posted 09.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Bryan Behar

Despite my unpronounceable surname, formidable Dukakis-level brow line and decidedly Jewtastic seasonal allergies, I've always considered myself a reg...

What is a Koan ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 09.24.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Koans are the special short questions of spiritual masters in the Chan and Zen traditions. (Chinese Chan became Japanese Zen). Some seventeen hundred...

A Response To Mr. Zarif: Creating Another Imagined "Great Satan" Will Not Absolve Iran

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The more the west and the world reaches out to Iran in an attempt to reintroduce it to the international community, the more Iran finds itself under p...

Upstanders: The Mosque Across the Street

NationSwell | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact

When an Islamic center purchased a plot of land opposite a church in Memphis, Tenn., the local Muslim community expected hostility. Pastor Steve Stone...

Climate Change This Week: Megadroughts, Virtual Clean Power Plants, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.21.2016 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Amazonian ant-mimic treehop...

Getting Ready for the High Holidays with Bruce Springsteen

Rabbi David Kalb | Posted 09.20.2016 | Entertainment
Rabbi David Kalb

On September 14, Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band completed the River Tour in Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. On August 30th, the Band finished their three-night run at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands, in Bruce's beloved home state of New Jersey.

Putin's American Fans Cheer His Persecution Of Gays, Ignore His Persecution Of Christians

Brian Tashman | Posted 09.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Tashman

Most recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stepped up his attacks on Christians who belong to denominations other than the Russian Orthodox Church, particularly Protestants, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses.

Transhumanism, Atheism, Christianity, And The Transhumanist Olympics

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

As a science and technology-inspired presidential candidate for the Transhumanist Party, my candidacy has been a strange and unique journey. The coffin bus has so far been the wildest part. The bus was designed as a coffin to remind spectators of one thing: We're going to die.

Burkini-Wearing Woman Gets Chased Off French Beach

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.21.2016 | World

Zeynab Alshelh donned a blue burkini and walked onto a beach in southeastern France. The 23-year-old medical student had crossed 10,000 miles, flying ...

America's Clergy: The Overlooked Champions In The Fight Against The Waste Of Food

Gary Oppenheimer | Posted 09.18.2016 | Religion
Gary Oppenheimer

For the past several years, an increasing number of 'foodies', non-profits, government officials and others have explored tackling food waste, yet at every meeting or conference I've attended, one key player was left out of the discussion--the faith community.

Why Are Black Ministers Inviting Trump to Their Churches?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.16.2016 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

In the space of less than two weeks, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump did something that few thought possible, let alone desirable. He went to not one, but two black churches in Detroit and Flint, Michigan.

In Russia-U.S. Deal, West Leaves Syrian Islamist Mess

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

With no official documentation publicly available, latest cease-fire negotiated by the US and Russia has been criticized as unusually vague, nontransparent, and weak.

Five Billion Dollar Pat McCrory

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.17.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

As I've previously pointed out in McCrory's House Bill 2: A Brief Outline of its Five "Parts," only one part of that five-part bill is about bathrooms, and HB2 provides no remedy if anyone uses the "wrong" restroom.

What We Love About This Year’s Seminaries that Change the World

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.16.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

School has just started, but for those who will be graduating from College, the question of “what’s next” is already here. Because of what I do...

Exclusive Interview with Sadie Robertson, Live Original Tour

Gabrielle Flank | Posted 09.14.2016 | Entertainment
Gabrielle Flank

I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Sadie Robertson! Sadie is a star of the hit reality show Duck Dynasty, she was a runner-up on Dancing with the Stars, and is also a New York Times best-selling author, and role model to many. Sadie is a 19 year old making a huge impact on the world with a message she is confidently sharing.

The Burkini Ban Isn't The Beginning Or The End

Manal Omar | Posted 09.14.2016 | Religion
Manal Omar

Women shouldn't have to choose between liberty and safety -- we should have both unconditionally.

What is Marriage ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Surveying world religions and cultures, marriage can be described as a life-long agreement between two or more people typically involving three commit...

Aging Faithfully At 24

Rob Lee | Posted 09.13.2016 | Religion
Rob Lee

Though it may not seem like much, this week I turn 24 years old. I don't claim to be old in any sense of the word, but I do mourn the passage of time. There is something dangerously real about the revolution around the sun, something that should be remembered and returned to every time we reach a milestone: time is the fire in which we all burn (to borrow from the poet Delmore Schwartz).

Childbirth, Zombies, Useless Women, Religion, and other stuff

Francis Sanzaro | Posted 09.13.2016 | Women
Francis Sanzaro

Is our culture's fetish with the baby bump a modern form of fertility worship? Does pregzilla have a scientific foundation? Is it true that the presen...