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Faith

Be the one

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

Be the one. At your family dinner table. In the bar at happy hour. At your job. In the cafeteria. In the classroom or at rehearsal. In the courtroom, in a chat room. In your church, in the choir, in your synagogue or in your mosque.

13 Wishes for My Sweet 13-Year-Old

Janelle Capra | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents
Janelle Capra

I have great memories of my thirteenth birthday. I received some great gifts and even made a special wish that night (which did come true!). So, in honor of my sweet 13-year-old, here are my wishes for her.

Why The Whole Family Benefits When Kids Believe In Santa

Jacqueline Woolley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Woolley

Children are empowered by feeling that they have figured it out by themselves. Upon making the discovery, they become part of the adult world; they are "in on the secret" and can derive even more emotional benefit by being given a role in keeping the myth alive for their younger siblings.

To My Daughter On The First Christmas She Doesn't Believe In Santa

Sarah Dille | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah Dille

I thought I'd be sad when we talked about presents and you knew they'd all be bought by me. But that isn't what has happened.

All I Need to Know About Teens, People and Life I Learned From My Cat

Darah Zeledon | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

All living things can be nothing other than what they are. When we use coercion or try to control another's destiny, eventually, it'll backfire.

How Do You Evangelize?

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

How do you evangelize? I do it by trying to reflect the characteristics of God. When I'm around people, I do what I think He would do

LISTEN: The Power Of Pilgrimage

Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal...

How to Be Free in Faith Instead of a Slave to Religion-Made Certainty

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Fundamentalism pushes for conformity to their religious status quo, and that push is rarely seen by them for what it actually is: bulling and judging of others based on false, self-created assumptions.

The Sweatpants That Saved Christmas

Stephanie Giese | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

I still remember covering my mouth with my hands because I couldn't help the gasp that escaped my lips when I saw that he was really real.

Justice Beyond Anger

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

Is there ever a place for righteous anger in the pursuit of social justice? I think you have to discern your answer. I think you have to use wisdom.

If Only You'll Believe In Miracles, So Would I....

Charlie Carillo | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Charlie Carillo

The bride wants children right away, and the groom is on the same page. That's how they feel about it. You get married, you have kids. Why wait? ...

Pondering the Bird

Debbie Davis | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion
Debbie Davis

I realize there are those who have never experienced or tried to understand the relationship between God and mankind. Without judgment, each person must decide where their faith is, or isn't.

After Eric Garner, 'What Shall I Cry?'

Carolyn Davis | Posted 12.05.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Davis

The Tree Lighting will be fun and festive. I am looking forward to it. However, the texts from Isaiah, the Psalms, 2 Peter, and Mark push me to recall that casting Advent light in the darkness is not to be reduced to the fun and festive -- it is subversive. It is dangerous. It is protest.

Perhaps God Wants Us to Just Listen

John Backman | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion
John Backman

by listen, I don't mean waiting impatiently for the other person to stop so I can have my say. I don't mean listening through the filter of every belief I've ever held. I mean listening that is deep, openhearted, and fully attentive, that strives to experience the other person as she is

America, We've Got a Problem

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

It's past time to fix it, and the church must stand alongside a new generation of young leaders and help the nation find the way forward.

Why I Don't Plan on Telling My Kid About Santa

Tina Donvito | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Tina Donvito

If Santa is your family's cup of tea, go for it. It's just not mine. And I think Christmas is pretty magical without it.

Where Is the Faith?

Rumni Saha | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Rumni Saha

I must confess that I greatly envy those who are able to hold on to their faith firmly no matter what may come. I want to believe; yet can't especially in the light of recent tragedies. Where is that just and loving being that has the power to love me in this life and the next? Where is my faith?

Starve the Vulture: An Interview With Jason Carney

Loren Kleinman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"People tend to deny their own bravery. Although we clamor for it secretly, everyone wants to be the center of attention for the right reasons. Most people do not believe they have it in them."

The Day God Spoke To Me

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Kristen Hewitt

I'll never forget that call from the IVF nurse who had become my friend at the clinic: "Your FSH level is down to 13, if you want to try for a second...

Holiday Traditions - Faith, Family, Love

Ronda Lee | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Ronda Lee

I hate cold weather, but Christmas time brings out the warm and fuzzy in me. This time of year, I cheerfully hum a tune, decorate the tree, and anticipate spending time with family. There is an idealist in me that "would like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony."

'I Did What I Was Paid to Do': Race Control and America

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Troy Jackson

We are all doing what we are paid to do, and for century after century, people of color have been the ones paying the price.

THE TALK: Why I Am an Atheist Who Believes in God v. Colorado Springs

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Faith is not a set of ridiculous beliefs, it's a way of being. An artist is still the best theologian. In this talk given in Colorado Springs to 300 people in the stunning Pikes' Peak Library, I introduced my new book and the ideas behind it.

Healing by Degrees

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

For me, truth lies in the faith of forgiveness, and when I surrender to this "faith of forgiveness," a newfound freedom enters my life. I don't believe that forgiveness is a one-time act, but rather an unfolding process.

What My Mom And Daughter Taught Me About Santa

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

How could we have fostered this fantasy, all the while knowing one day we'd have to tell them otherwise?

The Comfort of Angels

Sue Shanahan | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

I learned about guardian angels as a girl. Having my own heavenly helper is a notion that has comforted me many times over the years. I have never believed in the angelic more strongly then when my grandson Logan arrived.