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A Letter To Myself Two Years Ago

Heather Lens | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

You think you love your husband right now, but you have no clue how much your definition of love will change. When your daughter is placed in his arms for the first time, not until then, will you know what true love is.

The Trinity, 'Heavyn,' and an 8-Year-Old

Sue Gober | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Sue Gober

I was helping my granddaughter Peyton clean out her closet the summer after third grade when we found an old school project toward the bottom of the p...

A Pope and an Atheist Sit Down for a Chat

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Eugenio Scalfari and the Pope reflected together on the nature of the divine -- "God is Love," the two men agreed, with the Pope connecting that point to the Incarnation. The two men went on. Believers and non-believers are alike called to work for the common good.

Irreverence Is the New Reverent

Cindy Brandt | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

While I agree there's a social maturity required in expressing irreverence through appropriate channels, the Church is missing out on a deep authenticity of the human experience if we continue to fear irreverence, instead of finding beauty in it.

I Don't Have My Shit Together

Micah J. Murray | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

Do I need to censor this, because I'm a Christian writer? No. A thousand times no. If that's what it means to be a "Christian writer", count me out. I'm done with writing from the heart and then hitting backspace until it feels safe again.

Who Would Jesus Shoot?

Trey Lyon | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Some have appropriated the current gun conversation to ask "What Would Jesus Carry?" but I'd rather take it one step further and ask "Who Would Jesus Shoot?"

A Call for Compassion for Children Arriving From Central America

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

We all know that where a child is born shouldn't determine how long she lives, but it does. However, we must remember that under God, there is a universal citizenship -- a status that makes us all equal under His eyes and worthy of love, dignity and respect.

I'm Done Apologizing for Israel

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I ask the enraged critics of Israel's defensive responses to Hamas: Would you have us not respond to this monstrosity? Do you think it's not worth losing the PR battle to retain our humanity and save as many lives as possible?

Ode to Gaza

Steve Posner | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Steve Posner

Much of the killing in Gaza has stopped. All we have are remnant cries of mothers hunching at child limbs lost, of fathers sobbing at houses bashed, a...

The No. 1 Song This Summer

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

There is one way to ensure the music of the summer reverberates into the fall and beyond. It is by discovering the song of the soul. The No. 1 hit will not be found on Billboard's charts or iTunes but inside of you and is waiting to be sung. It is music that will last forever.

What Do You Really Believe?

Judith Johnson | Posted 07.17.2014 | Religion
Judith Johnson

When was the last time you challenged your own beliefs? When I work with couples to design their wedding ceremonies, I always ask them how they were raised in terms of religion and spirituality and where they are now in those terms in their lives.

7 Ways Congregations Can Embrace People With Disabilities

David Briggs | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The larger society may be moving forward in its understanding and inclusion of people with disabilities. But the above stories reported in a study of more than 400 parents of children with special needs illustrates how far behind many religious congregations are in this effort.

The Best Gift My Grandson Ever Gave Me

Ray Flynn | Posted 07.13.2014 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

When one of my 17 grandchildren was born with a rare undiagnosed neurological disease, my priorities changed. My passion was not politics, but helping my handicapped grandson Braeden, now 7-years-old... Like all grandparents would say, all their grandchildren are the light of their lives, but a handicapped child is a pure delight.

How We Are Awesome: Jamson S. Lwebuga Mukasa

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Dire events can have a way of making you a believer in miracles. If you find yourself in such circumstances, you're not alone, lean in on your faith. And if you have none, trust me, you can find it.

12 Biblical Principles You're (Probably) Not Living By

Zack Hunt | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I'm drawing from both the Old and the New Testaments to offer 12 biblical principles you're probably not living by, but should be if you're really being faithful to everything the Bible says.

Thank God for Atheists!

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

I believe people of faith need to imagine a world without God. We then might take greater responsibility for our own lives and the circumstances of others, as well as life on this planet.

Ramadan Reflection Day 10: I vs. We, Illness vs. Wellness

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In Ramadan you're going to find a lot of people who are coming to terms with certain things about themselves. In order to move forward, they will be taking on obstacles that have existed within themselves for years but they're only starting to see now.

Love, Faith, and the New York Rangers: Why I Finally Became a Sports Fan

Beth Boyle Machlan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Sports
Beth Boyle Machlan

I should not have been thinking about hockey at my dear friend's father's funeral. However, on May 4, 2014, at age 44, I publicly declared myself a New York Rangers fan, and today, I still can't remember what else I used to think about.

The Perils of Trusting the Trustworthy

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The Bible often warns against trusting the wrong sources (e.g., false prophets). But in the story of Balaam, the Bible warns against placing too much trust in the right sources -- in this case Moses. The Bible's warning is particularly pertinent to us today, since we are particularly prone to the error of excessively trusting our sources.

American Hope

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Sue Shanahan

"Children are hopes" -- Novalis I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the...

On My Excommunication

Kelly Kultala | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Kelly Kultala

Last week the Republican Party county chair called for me to be excommunicated because I am a pro-choice Catholic. I refuse to sit by silently and allow the faith I grew up with to be hijacked by a crowd that believes they have the dominion to judge whether others are faithful enough or Catholic enough.

Grief and Faith

Pamela Brill | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents
Pamela Brill

Whether it's God or Nature or a Spirit of the Universe -- it carries broken mothers and wraps them in an ethereal shawl. Like a mother wraps her children and keeps them warm.

Reversing Genesis: The Ransacking of Temple Earth

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

If you were to enter a church, mosque, or synagogue determined to plunder it before burning it down, you would probably end up in custody. Do the same to Earth, home to us all, and you might be eligible for a government subsidy.

How Candace Cameron Bure Uses Faith as a Foundation for Parenting in a Culture of Social Media, Mean Girls and Hook-Ups

Caroline Presno | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

Bure is comfortable being outspoken and honest about her beliefs, which is one of the things that brought her so much attention recently as guest co-host of ABC's The View.

He Must Lead Them: Can We Roll With That?

Ken Wilson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

Perhaps it is our job, we insider sheep, to take our eyes off the controversy and place them on the shepherd, who may be not so much seeking our opinion on the matter as executing his own.