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Linda S. Haase

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Life, Death and the Jewish New Year

Linda S. Haase | September 1, 2015 | Religion
I climbed into the ambulance behind the stretcher and thought: Oh, God; today is the day I am going to become a widow. My husband had collapsed at work. His consciousness and cognition were scrambled. He didn't know where he was and could not identify the year.
Ryan Herring

Envisioning a Better Future: The Importance of Dreaming

Ryan Herring | September 1, 2015 | Religion
In the Bible, dreams and visions were often used by God to communicate with people and to reveal God's plan. God utilized this method to create a bridge between the realm of the divine and the realm of flesh. Ultimately, though, Jesus stands in this gap as God made flesh.
J. Randall O'Brien

Should Sanctity of Life Be a Presidential Campaign Issue?

J. Randall O'Brien | September 1, 2015 | Religion
The political party which cares passionately about the lives of the unborn, lacks the same interest in advocating on behalf of America's disadvantaged population. On the other hand, the political party which demand's abortion rights, works tirelessly on behalf of the vulnerable in society.
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Lord Hanuman and the Ten Commandments on State Grounds - What's a State to Do?

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | September 1, 2015 | Religion
Is that what our Founding Fathers, as influenced as they may have been by the 10Cs, intended when they prophetically drafted the First Amendment as a foundation for our secular democracy? I'm fairly confident most freedom-loving Americans would say no.
Josh Korda

A Few Simple Tools for Working with Obsessive Fear

Josh Korda | September 1, 2015 | Religion
This is where Metta practice comes in handy; if we can feel the presence of this frightened inner experience--perhaps as a tightness in the abdomen, or an unsettled quality of mind--we can send it thoughts of good will.
Nina Ansary

Jewels of Allah: The Untold Stories of Women In Iran

Nina Ansary | September 1, 2015 | Books
I grew up in Iran with two very different grandmothers. As a young girl, I took at face value the fact that one of my grandmothers was a devout woman who never left her home without wearing a head scarf, and the other was a Western-educated progressive-minded woman who didn't think twice about swimming topless in the family pool. Yet both women were forces to be reckoned with and by no means subservient.
Tim Suttle

The End of Revenge: Our Fascination With Getting Even

Tim Suttle | September 1, 2015 | Religion
America is a revenge culture: Revenge the television series, revenge porn, revenge games in sports...vengeance is a mainstay of foreign policy and a thematic obsession for film, television, and female pop-musicians.
Wayne Meisel

The Dawn of a New School Year: Four Questions to Ask and to Live Into

Wayne Meisel | September 1, 2015 | Religion
All across the country students have begun something new, the start a school year. There will be all kinds of new events, orientations held, surveys administered. In the midst of all that, just remember, sometimes the questions you ask are more powerful than the answers you give.
Joerg Rieger

Who Dares to Talk About Class? Just in Time for Labor Day

Joerg Rieger | September 1, 2015 | Religion
Buffett is on to something and the rest of us might benefit from paying attention. Unless we give some thought as to how we are all related to each other and who wins and who loses, a small group will keep winning and the majority -- both people and the environment -- will keep losing.
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Will You Walk With Me? An Interview With Evangelical LGBT Supporter Kathy Baldock

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | September 1, 2015 | Religion
Kathy frequently travels to teach on this subject, and is often a target of harassment and threats as a result. Please pray for her safety and that of her host organizations. And pray for those who believe that Christ approves of threats and intimidation.
S. Brent Plate

The Religion of Oliver Sacks

S. Brent Plate | September 1, 2015 | Religion
I must admit, there have been times when I've really wanted to blurt out something foul -- on the highway, during arguments with my husband or when trying to get the cap off of a bottle of ibuprofen when I'm particularly hormonal -- and wished there was an effective alternative to blurting the F-word.
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

The New Feminism: Redefining a Woman's Place (Mark 7:24-37)

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | September 1, 2015 | Religion
Throughout history -- both in the Bible and in other places -- women have been silenced or put "in their place." That is what this passage feels like. It feels like a woman is told to get back in her place.
Abby Norman

What the Church Must Learn from Josh Duggar

Abby Norman | September 1, 2015 | Religion
Some will say that the Duggars are an extreme brand of Christianity, and Josh Duggar is an extreme brand of sex addict, and maybe all of that is true, but when looking at the facts, it seems pretty clear to me that the lessons we learned in youth group only made matters worse.
Henry G. Brinton

Killing in the Name of God

Henry G. Brinton | August 31, 2015 | Religion
A couple from Mississippi were arrested several weeks ago. They were trying to fly to Istanbul and spend their honeymoon joining the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Having recently returned from an interfaith trip to Turkey, I wish this couple could talk with some Muslims I met there.
Herb Silverman

Jimmy Carter, Oliver Sacks and Me

Herb Silverman | September 1, 2015 | Religion
Two people I've long admired announced this year that they had terminal illnesses: Dr. Oliver Sacks and former President Jimmy Carter. Both have lived consequential lives and are role models for me on how to behave during my last months of life (many years from now, I hope).
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Make Love Not War: A Basic Intro to Just War, Pacifism and Just Peacemaking

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | August 31, 2015 | Religion
In the broad scope of understanding how we as humans in general, and Christians specifically, are called to live in a world with violence, there are a few big ideas. The first is Just War, the second is Pacifism, and the third is Just Peacemaking.
Nick Street

What Non-Believing Muslims Say About Faith In The World's Largest Muslim Country

Nick Street | August 31, 2015 | Religion
A few of the young men and women I met in Yogyakarta said they had experienced ostracism and even threats as a consequence of their questioning the faith.
Mette Ivie Harrison

Why Does It Matter If You Are Excommunicated From the Mormon Church?

Mette Ivie Harrison | September 1, 2015 | Religion
While I think that being excommunicated from the Mormon church would not mean being excommunicated from God, it certainly made me feel that I was unworthy and I feared it would cause a relapse of the depression that began my faith crisis 10 years ago.
Jenn Delekta

Girl's Reaction to Her First Day of Kindergarten in a Catholic School

Jenn Delekta | August 31, 2015 | Religion
It was my daughter's first day of Kindergarten and it was at a Catholic school. I was anticipating my daughter going through an adjustment, not only because it was Kindergarten but also because it was a religious-based school.
Dani Tinker

Laws vs. Justice: School Rescinds Gay Woman's Job Offer

Dani Tinker | August 31, 2015 | Gay Voices
I woke up a few days ago and saw that my high school rescinded a gay woman's job offer. My first thought was, "is that even legal?" It was followed quickly by, 'wow, they just pissed off an army of highly intelligent, passionate folks, poised to fight injustice. You can bet this won't pass quietly.'
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