Wheaton College has made a profound choice -- belief over people. While claiming a position that values life, the College has made choices that value the potential life of a possible fertilized egg over the actual lives of students who may well require insurance coverage in the present to avoid or treat life-threatening and health-compromising conditions.
Whenever one of my children would say something like, "I hate hot dogs," or "I hate when people make that noise," I would say, "hate" is a strong word. I write you now because I have the sense that hate, more than a very strong word, is affecting our church and communities, and pulling us under.
I have the privilege of working with some amazing Muslim women -- women who run highly effective grassroots organizations or speak out against injustice. Yet despite their achievements, the media seems to always portray Muslim women as victims.
The full moon in the month of Ashadha is celebrated as Guru Purnima. It is an occasion to be grateful for the wisdom that life has offered. When you see how wisdom has transformed your life, it's natural to feel grateful for all that has come your way. Gratitude is an inner feeling; it's not an action. It has to arise from within in recognition of the love that the Creation is pouring on you every moment.
Over the course of a year, it is estimated that 19 million Americans will re-locate themselves to a new residence. For the second time in a year, my family has joined that club as we are in the midst of the ever-exhausting process of packing up our life that we have created and hauling it across town.
You were not born for nothing. In you, in the terrific, singular way life has shaped you, there is a truth that is yours to tell. You may say: Not me. You may think: What I have done in this lifetime is to follow orders well. Not true. There is an undercurrent. You dream. You have something to say that we need to hear.
If you want a world where #BlackLivesMatter, if you proclaim #Not1More or #LoveWins, if you want dignity for #Sikhs and #Muslims and the #99Percent, then #NetNeutrality is your cause too.
As a child, I was taught that God was and is love. When I watched white police officers and firefighters spraying black people with fire hoses and setting vicious dogs on them, I can remember my mother saying, without batting an eye, "We are to forgive them, Susan."
Many religious people have been through events of different kinds that have led them to a crisis of faith for whatever reason, and I suspect that I can speak for at least some of us about what goes wrong in the process
Those who oversee reproductive health clinics and research labs must assure that their employees always demonstrate professionalism, compassion and moral sensitivity. Further, leaders of all faiths must be prepared to offer counsel compassionately, competently and justly to individuals and families faced with difficult pregnancy decisions.
My mother's belief that Shirdi Sai Baba himself escorted her safely to his shrine is indicative of how blessed she felt in being able to make the journey - as a foreign visitor with a lack of knowledge of the city - without incident.
In a bitter world submerged in ignorance and violence, calls to hate and injustice echo and echo. Oh how we need a flicker of light to illuminate this darkness, a glimpse of beauty to expunge the ugliness, and a bout of love to dispel the hate.
Martial rape is a serious and frequently occurring form of domestic violence. Martial rape strikes at the heart of the marriage covenant, taking the promise, as in some Christian marriage ceremonies, to "cherish" the body of the spouse and turning into to a horror.
Participating in a system that belittles, punishes and commits violence against those who are often in the weakest position to defend themselves, frames you as an abuser in the eyes of those whom you claim only to be trying to love.
Using the help of God can be very effective in managing your fears and anxieties; however, many people do not know where to start. Here are some suggestions on how a person can use the help of God to help manage their own fears and anxieties.
The time has to fight back against the fundamentalists who are destroying the mind--not to mention the heart and soul--of American evangelical Christianity, including your university.
With religious liberty under siege around the world, people of goodwill should stand for the rights of believers everywhere. Unpopular minority faiths are like the proverbial canary in the mine: When they die, further violations of human life and dignity inevitably are coming.
Just as MS DOS was a good operating system for the Intel x86, but even Bill Gates wouldn't use it now, our understanding of religion also needs to upgrade as human progress continues. But lets not just assume that "software upgrades" haven't already been taking place
"They don't judge you. The program offers you a feeling of hope. The program taught me what it meant to forgive. If you want people to bless you and move forward despite your past, you have to learn to do that for others."