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A Time For Compassion

Barbara McNally | Posted 07.26.2016 | Impact
Barbara McNally

Compassion is a recurring theme in my work with the wives of wounded warriors. I've watched dozens of women care for injured spouses who are severely ...

Father Teresa's Demise -- An End And A Beginning

Talal Almas | Posted 07.20.2016 | Religion
Talal Almas

Abdul Sattar Edhi -- a man widely dubbed as "Father Teresa" -- recently lost his hard-fought battle against renal failure. Revered as a national and international hero, Edhi established an empire of heartfelt philanthropy from scratch.

National Doorstep Convention Builds The Vote Against Hate And Intolerance

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

We are just days away from the Republican National Convention. Next week, the corporate elite will descend on Cleveland, Ohio, to presumably nominate a candidate whose life's work is stealing from others to build wealth for himself.

Restoring Liberalism, Tolerance And Diversity At Colleges And Universities

Noam Schimmel | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Noam Schimmel

Samuel Abrams has written recently in the New York Times about liberalism and conservatism amongst faculty on American college campuses. http://www.n...

The Perilous State Of Religious Liberty

Shayne Looper | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Shayne Looper

Religious liberty in the United States is in peril. Many of the people empowered to decide which behaviors merit civil protections and which do not are not religious people. They fail to understand religious liberty because they do not understand the religious life.

Lessons On Tolerance From Elie Wiesel

Jonathan Fantini Porter | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Fantini Porter

Your guidance and leadership will be sincerely missed, Mr. Wiesel, but thanks to the gift of your words, we will never forget.

Why "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin" is Essential: A Response

Craig Luekens | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Craig Luekens

If we say that we need to ditch the clause "love the sinner, hate the sin", we effectively lose the core gospel that is the only hope of salvation not dependent upon our own works. Jesus, Christians proclaim, died for us WHILE we were still enemies!

The Empathy Revolution Begins at Home

Michelle Zunter | Posted 06.24.2016 | Parents
Michelle Zunter

Intolerance, violence, and malicious intent are often cultivated in the most innocent of citizens in this world by their parents. It is a learned behavior. Children mimic their parents.

What Are Your Happiness Strengths And Weaknesses?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 06.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Greater Good Science Center

If long-term happiness is new territory for you, then you need some kind of plan that maps out a strategy for reaching your happiness goals.

5 Tips To Make Coming Out Easier

Alexandra Harra | Posted 06.21.2016 | Queer Voices
Alexandra Harra

When I was a little girl, I often wondered why my aunt--"Mama Mona," as I called her--was accompanied by her friend Allie every time she visited us. I...

Talking About Tolerance: What You Can Teach Your Child After The Orlando Shooting | Posted 06.21.2016 | Parents

The violence of Saturday night's mass shooting in Orlando, FL. has left many parents and educators wondering how to purposefully discuss the event, which was the deadliest attack on American soil since 9/11, with their children.

Intolerance and Even Mere Tolerance of Others Is Toxic

Mark Baer | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

In his book "Power through Collaboration - When to Collaborate, Negotiate, or Dominate!", Stephen Willis, Ph.D. said the following: Stress, disappoi...

7 Reasons "Holding It" Could Make You A Bigot

Mikki del Monico | Posted 06.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Mikki del Monico

I understand being concerned for the safety of your loved ones, but for some reason, you've confused "transgender" with "predator." This seems like a problem that could easily be solved with a dictionary.

The Toll of Muslim Masculinity: How It Is Pondered, Practiced, Perpetuated - and Poisonous

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.15.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

There is a stand. Maybe it's marked by a booming black mic, a large maple podium, some tape on the carpet, an etch in the dirt. Perhaps it's nestled u...

Now, More Than Ever, We Need Pluralism

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 06.14.2016 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

This past Sunday I attended a baby shower for my expecting sister and brother-in-law, who will soon welcome their first child into the world. Earlier ...

The lessons from Ramadan

Talal Almas | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Talal Almas

A new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, which brings along its characteristic festivities. For Muslims all around the world, Ramadan--the month of fasting--brings a distinctive sense of togetherness, a respite from the busy day-to-day life, and a definite means of catharsis.

Restoring Mutual Respect and Pluralism at our Colleges and Universities

Noam Schimmel | Posted 06.09.2016 | College
Noam Schimmel

'The Big Uneasy,' a recent article in the New Yorker, illustrates the illiberal and anti-democratic turn in college life; away from pluralism and genu...

Ramadan Mubarak to Humanity

Merima Trako | Posted 06.08.2016 | Religion
Merima Trako

There is something mysterious that surrounds the month of Ramadan. There is this anticipation of the body cleansing and the hunger.

I Love You More Than My Ideologies (Or that Time I Was A Sh*tty friend)

Kelsey L. Munger | Posted 06.07.2016 | Religion
Kelsey L. Munger

I met Ashley the summer I charted a transatlantic flight to Hungary in order to volunteer at one of my former denomination's bible colleges.

Nagasaki Survivor and US President On Same Page for Peace

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Christine Negroni

Nagasaki survivor Takeo Aizawa, a retired school teacher now living in Tokyo, did not watch President Obama's speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial l...

Holocaust Remembrance Day: A Survivor Urges an Extended Hand for Syrian Refugees

Gene Klein | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Gene Klein

On the day my family arrived at Auschwitz, our personhood was stripped from us. I remember lining up in an open area of the camp and placing my shoes and all my clothes in front of me. That pile at my feet was my last connection to my previous life.

The Most Important Lessons Prince Taught Us

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 04.26.2016 | Arts
Eva Lesko Natiello

As I read stories written about Prince since his untimely death, I realize there are some loud messages he's left us to ponder. One of the most crucial is: it's okay to be different. In fact, it's not just okay. It's important, necessary, vital even.

What Marijuana Can Teach Us About Addiction

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 04.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Maia Szalavitz

When we understand the real nature of addiction, we can do a better job of fighting it -- no matter what substance is involved. In the case of marijuana, this means recognizing that the harms of addiction, while subtle, are real -- and shouldn't be dismissed because they are psychological.

I Couldn't Disagree More With What David Brooks Said In His Article "How Covenants Make Us"

Mark Baer | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Mark Baer

I typically agree with much of what David Brooks has to say. However, I'm afraid that he was way off the mark with his article "How Covenants Make Us." Demographic diversity in the United States is a good thing. The problem has to do with the lack of integration and assimilation of demographically diverse communities.

To Combat Terrorism, Love More

Merima Trako | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Merima Trako

I want to accept all the races and nationalities and religions who cross my path. For when they feel my love and my acceptance, there is a chance that they will not become terrorists, Trump supporters or members of other hatred-inspired organizations.