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This Is the Night: The Darkness of Holy Saturday

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 04.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Unlike the hosannas of Palm Sunday and the yearned-for glory of Easter Day, this day in Holy Week, Holy Saturday, speaks most directly to the daily reality of our lives. After the shock of death or words that bring despair -- words like cancer, divorce, terminal, downsizing -- we find ourselves entering the dark void of unknowing.

'Noah' - Epic Filmmaking That Will Test You

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 04.11.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

This film has been greatly criticized for its deviation from the Biblical story. It's good to remember that it is not a documentary. It is a Hollywood film and, as such, a great piece of filmmaking.

Sleep Your Way To Creativity (And 9 More Methods For Better Ideas)

Belle Beth Cooper | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Belle Beth Cooper

If you're in the same boat, and you find it's difficult to remember what will improve your creativity and when you should do your most creative work, hopefully this list will help you get it all straight.

Fundamentalist Christians Do Not Take the Bible Literally Either

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously.

The Faith-Climate Connection

Peter Adriance | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Peter Adriance

Our teachings convey that nature is a reflection of the divine; through it and through the world's sacred scriptures we can learn of God's attributes and work to mirror them in our own lives.

The God Who Sings Creation

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

If I believe in the resurrection of the dead, it is not that hard to believe that God could make the universe in 144 hours. If this same God chose to...

Creationism Versus the Bible

Joel S. Baden | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Joel S. Baden

If you tuned in to the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye creationism vs. science debate, you may well have found yourself thinking, 'This guy just doesn't get it.' And, regardless of which side you're on or which guy you were referring to, you were probably right.

Trust

Wendy Adams Mendenhall | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Wendy Adams Mendenhall

While driving three friends, four counting Chip, I listened and recognized a beautifully shared teaching for me and an invitation to humanity. Chip i...

Creationism Versus Evolutionism: When Will This Debate Ever End?

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The story of Genesis, is the story of the creation of humanity and community and a new humanity and community, respectively. When you get this, my friend, every Adam and Eve you meet, which is to say, every person you meet, will be a member of your extended human family... your human community.

Accepting Responsibility

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

As the language suggests, it is a "response ability" -- the ability to choose our response in every moment to all that is going on around us. A choosing that allows us to claim ownership of the circumstances of our lives, and thereby, to contribute to making them better.

Grief Without Belief: How Do Atheists Deal With Death?

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

For all the talk of rationality, intellectual honesty, and objectivity we engage in as atheists, this is one of the most uncomfortable questions we have to wrestle with.

Eating Is Rebirth

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

As you sit down to your next meal, recognize yourself as your own creator. Feel the freedom and the responsibility that come with this act of eating recreation.

Big Bang Bentsching: Celebrating the Beginning Again

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Once after eating a meal on our porch in the festive tent in which we celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, my then ten-year-old son announced that he was not so interested in saying the blessings after the meal.

Why Christians Should Care About Science

www.bigquestionsonline.com | Jennifer J. Wiseman | Posted 09.24.2013 | Religion

Jesus told his followers that the two greatest commandments are to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all y...

Mishpat Ve-Hesed: Love and Justice

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

What is Judaism's bottom line? In a world in which everything changes, in which marketing often dictates the spin we give to whatever it is we are about to do, what in Judaism isn't negotiable? What in Judaism remains so crucial that if you got rid of that heart, there would be no Judaism left alive?

Rosh Hashanah: The New Year of Our Stories

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

How fitting that we recount Genesis and the story of creation on Rosh Hashanah. How fitting that we study the original story of all stories. For it is a holiday all about stories and the potential that we have to create and refine them.

L.I.F.E.: Love, Imagine, Feel, Experience

Raluca A. Ray | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Raluca A. Ray

When you can imagine love, you can feel it and this will ultimately create the experience of it. It is as easy as that.

Rites of Awakening

Robert Hoch | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Robert Hoch

Awakened to a world brimming with ordinary miracles, you can turn back to the broken parts of life with a little more perspective, a sense of the world alive around you.

The Seasons Change for Us All: Control and Climate Change

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

We are not in complete control but we are agents of change. It is important for each of us to examine our goals and our gods to see how they shape us and compel or impede our mutual accountability and care for our common earth. The seasons turn for us all.

How to Survive the Media Zombie Apocalypse

Anthony Meindl | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Anthony Meindl

Sometimes that voice within, the inner GPS system that is there for all of us, guiding us and showing us how to create our lives (if we were but quiet enough to hear it) gets shut out because of the constant bombardment of stimuli on our phones, computers and everywhere we look.

Notes From the Creative Underground

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Declaring to myself that I would keep no calendar, unplug from my laptop and all obligations, I set forth to discover what the morning would bring and follow the call of my heart.

Frederick's Table

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Paula Gordon

I find myself anchoring my grief over the loss of this remarkable man in simple objects ... little things, like our kitchen table. That may seem odd, given that Dr. Ferré was the world's leading Constructive Post-Modern philosopher, but therein lays the eternal magic of his inspiring legacy.

The 4 Quadrants of Creation

Michael Neill | Posted 05.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

Think of something you have thus far failed to achieve or create. Now answer this question: Is it because you couldn't, you didn't really want to, or both?

Creative Living, Enriched Loving

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

If you find yourself flat-lining today, anxious, or recently lacking joy in how you are investing time and energy, it is possible to shift. Why wait? If we do not enjoy the moment to the degree we wish, let us consult our desire and re-imagine.

Pope Francis On Power, The Poor And All Creation

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

St. Francis' whole program of the "Gospel Life," was about the renunciation of power that placed barriers between him and others, him and God, and him and the rest of creation. Pope Francis seems to understand the significance of his name.