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John Carl

How America's Puritan Roots Helped Create Its Unforgiving Prison Culture

John Carl | July 27, 2016 | World
America's penal system is grounded in a Protestant fundamentalist religious history, with a strong sense of right and wrong and a penchant for justifying abuse.
Daniel Williams

No Surprise That ISIS Jihadists Killed A Priest In France

Daniel Williams | July 27, 2016 | World
The Islamic State, both when it was operating solely in Iraq and now in both Iraq and Syria, killed priests and bishops with wanton gusto.
Talal Almas

The Case Against Honor Killings In Pakistan

Talal Almas | July 26, 2016 | Religion
Honor killings in Pakistan have climbed to an acme in recent years. Every year, countless girls and women, naïve otherwise, are persecuted as a consequence of having relationships with individuals of their own choice.
Frank Ligtvoet

'Every Real Muslim Is A Jihadist!'

Frank Ligtvoet | July 26, 2016 | Religion
The suggestion of the protest sign is however that Real Muslims are aggressively fighting western society and culture.
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Why Ask the Big Questions -- When You Could Be Having a Beer?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | July 26, 2016 | Religion
What do you think? Does the sacred express itself in the material world? Or are we mortals pretty much on our own here in this humongous universe? Here's what a friend of mine, neonatal pathologist Geoff Machin has to say on the question:
Brown Girl Magazine

6 Books Muslim Women Should Add To Their Reading List Post-Ramadan

Brown Girl Magazine | July 26, 2016 | Religion
Just like that, Ramadan is gone. You probably feel like you're already losing the spiritual clarity you had reached during the final 10 days. It happens to the best of us. Which is why I have tried my best to put together a very short reading list of books, specifically for Muslim women. These books will help you to continue to reconnect with your faith and challenge your spiritual intelligence so you can keep growing.
Makiah Green

20 Lessons I've Learned Since Leaving The Church

Makiah Green | July 26, 2016 | Black Voices
Due to the routine state-sanctioned violence that is being inflicted on my people, and the inadequate response from the church (among other things), I have decided to remove myself entirely from a system that claims to value my soul, but fails to show up for my Black body.
Seventy Faces of Torah

Change from the Inside (Parshat Pinchas, Numbers 25:1-30:1)

Seventy Faces of Torah | July 26, 2016 | Religion
  In a time when many of us long to be able to “do something,” to repair even a small part of an increasingly broken world, we can feel ourselves drawn to a decisive leader who seems totally sure about what to do. In a story that spans two Torah...
Ryan Phipps

The Greatest Enemy Of Our Time

Ryan Phipps | July 26, 2016 | Religion
AN OLD STORY In the third chapter of The Book Of Daniel, there's a familiar story that you may have heard as a child. The antagonist of the story is a king by the name of Nebuchadnezzar. He ruled...
Pamela Cooper-White

(What) Are We Learning from the Past?

Pamela Cooper-White | July 26, 2016 | Religion
Last night (July 25, 2016) opened a new week of politics with a notably more positive and hopeful tone - and our TV screens were filled with a wonderfully more diverse crowd than last week. This energetic diversity is the America I live in much of the time, and the...
Jill Klimpel

Becoming a Meditation Teacher

Jill Klimpel | July 25, 2016 | Religion
Everyone is a student and everyone is a teacher as well. By default you are teaching something. Whether you want to or not, whether you acknowledge it or not, either by showing people what you should do or by showing what you should not do. Someone learns from you even...
Gleb Tsipursky

A Pastor Walks Into a Room Full of Atheists

Gleb Tsipursky | July 25, 2016 | Religion
By guest blogger Caleb Pitkin This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by providing research-based content to help improve thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns....
Mette Ivie Harrison

Sitting on the Porch Steps with Jesus

Mette Ivie Harrison | July 25, 2016 | Religion
I've talked previously about my prayer practice that ends with me knocking on the door of Christ's home and asking entrance. He always invites me in, always sits with me, always listens to me. Sometimes he offers me a blessing. Sometimes he embraces me for a long, long...
Shayne Looper

Don't Ignore The Past, Believe In The Future

Shayne Looper | July 25, 2016 | Religion
To accept someone as Christ accepted you means welcoming that person into your life warmly, like the father of the prodigal welcomed his son. He did not present his son with a catalogue of grievances but with a party. He made sure his son knew that he was wanted.
Deborah J. Levine

Interfaith Response To Massacres

Deborah J. Levine | July 25, 2016 | Religion
Interfaith services following tragedies like the one in Chattanooga are increasingly common place in the American landscape. These memorial services were held after the shootings in Charleston's church and Orlando's gay nightclub.
Andy Watts

Education In Prison: A Spiritual Revolution America Needs

Andy Watts | July 25, 2016 | Education
Higher education for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated is an extension of King's spiritual explosion of a material atom. Higher education in prison can be for many who are incarcerated a path to wholeness and productivity in various areas of life.
Celia Wexler

Pope Francis Tightens The Reins On 'Listless' Nuns

Celia Wexler | July 23, 2016 | Religion
For some time now, I've been concerned that while Pope Francis was awfully good at improving the tone of the church, he hasn't done much to actually change things. You know, by issuing Papal edicts.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: The Last Gasp of Atatürk

Nathan Gardels | July 22, 2016 | World
If the aim of the coup plotters was to derail Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's march toward autocratic rule and restore the country firmly on the secular path envisioned by its modern founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, their failure achieved the opposite result. The last gasp of Atatürk has breathed new life into Erdogan's troubled and troubling tenure. (continued)
Elizabeth Grace Saunders


Elizabeth Grace Saunders | July 22, 2016 | Religion
Your sense of identity drives your behavior. So when you're confused about who you are, you'll have a lot of confusion about how you should be investing your time.
Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Perfect Example

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | July 22, 2016 | Religion
Against this backdrop, I was continuing to focus on getting seven hours in bed (with all the time zone changes that didn't equate to seven hours of sleep, but I was at least horizontal), exercising regularly, keeping in touch with friends, staying involved in my church, serving my coaching clients, and being open to the huge influx of new client inquiries that have come in.
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