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From Ansel Adams to Calvin: The Surprising Inspiration for Landscape Art

Mark Stoll | Posted 08.14.2015 | Arts
Mark Stoll

Most of this art shows the timeless ethereal beauty of nature. It also lacks or minimizes the presence of people. The American love of the empty landscape originated among Protestants from northwestern Europe, and especially among Calvinists.

What Do You Love? Politics Is Spirituality Demonstrated

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

I have had the honor of speaking to many extraordinary guests on my radio show. Perhaps none has touched as many lives as Neale Donald Walsch.

Study: Older Adults Decide It's Never Too Late to Switch Spiritual Homes

David Briggs | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Research in the emerging field of religion and aging suggests significant relations between an active religious life and positive health outcomes, from lower rates of depression to reduced death anxiety. The upshot for congregations: Do not take older worshippers for granted.

Inmates Indexing Genealogy Records

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

For me, one of the most important days of my life was when I held my first newborn daughter in my arms. I was just so happy. I could not even begin to imagine what it would be like watching her traded for a handful of garden tools.

God Thinks You're Absolutely Fabulous

A.J. Walton | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
A.J. Walton

There I stood, a​ young LGBT ​man​ and student of theology whose task was to convey God's love and affirmation of same-sex​ ​love to people of faith and no faith.

Idle Invocation: God Has a Biker Church and You're Invited

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
Shane Paul Neil

I'm not what you'd consider a "motorcycle guy," but I've been known to ride a Vespa or two. But none of that really matters in the eyes of God.

Kendrick Lamar's Theology of Alright

Stanley T. Talbert | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
Stanley T. Talbert

If you have seen Kendrick Lamar's latest music video, "Alright," then you know it is arguably one of the most epic music videos of all time. Lamar's "Alright" gives you a lift of hope in the midst of perpetual antipathy for black and brown human lives in our world today.

Ferguson 1 Year Later: Give Us Wisdom (1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14)

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

In Ferguson and across St. Louis, one year ago, I met several spiritual leaders who were facing just such a moment. Women and men alike stood before God and asked for wisdom in August 2014.

Seeing Past, Present and Future On the Road to Justice (Parashat Re'eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)

Rabbi Daniel Klein | Posted 08.10.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Klein

See, look, pay attention, the Torah commands us, because actually seeing is hard and complicated, and requires extraordinary effort to battle both external and internal distractions.

Unify the Church

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

If we follow the commandment to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength by loving our neighbor as ourselves, then we will unify the church. We are one church. We are the body of Christ, and we have one calling. We are called to love.

Arian Foster Breaks Ground By Admitting He Doesn’t Believe In God

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.06.2015 | Sports

  Arian Foster went to college in Tennessee and now plays for the Houston Texans. He's surrounded by the bible belt. And yet, the runni...

A L'Arche Serving of Love in Kolkata

Rumni Saha | Posted 08.06.2015 | Religion
Rumni Saha

I must admit that L'Arche, Kolkata, was another experience to behold and left me feeling shameful for ever doubting its sanctity. However, what saddened me was the enormity of need there; how fortunate were the few who had miraculously found a home at Asha Niketan.

Heaven Through a Child's Eyes

Pamela Boccia | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Pamela Boccia

My children have been blessed to know many of their great-grandparents. Such a blessing also means they have experienced the loss of five close relatives, with three passing away this year.

While Standing On One Foot: A Compassion Practice

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld | Posted 08.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Stand on one foot, and recite the words: "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow." Lean on something or someone if you need to. Do it alone or with other people. Say it in whatever language you want -- whatever language speaks to your heart.

The Invisibles: An Interview With Author Cecilia Galante

Hilal Isler | Posted 08.06.2015 | Books
Hilal Isler

Galante's latest novel, The Invisibles, is for adults. It was published yesterday. Here, Galante opens up about her past, her banned book, and why we are always in a process of becoming.

Black Lives Matter: A Call to Conscience

Rev. John H. Vaughn | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. John H. Vaughn

Sam Dubose. Sandra Bland. Freddie Gray. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. These names are now a part of the rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement. Not famous for their lives. Tragically, they are famous only in wrongful death.

Bishop T.D. Jakes Explains How To Find Your Greater Purpose

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion

Bishop T.D. Jakes' new book Destiny: Step In Your Purpose is all about identifying your passion and following it to your rightful place...

Bringing Langar And A Message of Egalitarianism to Capitol Hill

Bani Kaur Randhawa | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion
Bani Kaur Randhawa

From its start, Langar has served as an anti-segregation movement in its purest form. When the founder of Sikhi, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, established Langar, it was a revolutionary way to reject the caste system that prevailed at the time.

The Story of the Red String

Honey Good | Posted 08.04.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

I wear my crimson red string as a talisman; thought to have magical powers of protection and rewards of good luck. The tradition is popularly thought to be associated with Judaism's Kabbalah and the story of Rachel who gave to others and was blessed in return.

Why I Haven't Left the Church, Even Though I Was Hurt

Rachel Toalson | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion
Rachel Toalson

From the day I changed my name, in the eyes of the Church, I have stood in my husband's shadow. That was the day I began to wonder if this was the kind of Church I could love, this one that could pass so easily over so magnificent a choir director just because she was a woman.

Bishop T.D. Jakes On The Black Church's Shifting Stance On The LGBT Community

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.12.2015 | Black Voices

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Unfriend Me Right Now!

Beau Coffron | Posted 08.03.2015 | Parents
Beau Coffron

Most people can't imagine commanding their friends, acquaintances, or co-workers to "unfriend them" in real life when they don't agree with them about every detail on a trending topic or tightly held belief. So why do we do it on social media?

How Churches Can Protect Themselves From Violence

John A. Tures | Posted 08.03.2015 | Crime
John A. Tures

A young domestic terrorist opens fire at a prayer meeting at a Charleston bible study, killing nine in an attempt to ignite a race war. Now two churc...

Parental Advice and Climbing to the Top

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

It's most important to keep your heart, mind, and soul open in love and appreciation to those who have led by example to help you do your best for your own family. Perhaps our own children will remember this security and love, giving them the solid foundation that will help them break new ground in their own future family life.

The Top Five Reasons to Study Religion

Gary Laderman | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

I'm getting ready to teach religion and sexuality in the fall. Is it "relevant"? Does it have "practical" value? Is it a "stepping stone" to adult professional life? To help answer these urgent questions, I present my top five reasons to study religion.