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Why Madonna Badger Doesn't Blame God For The Loss Of Her 3 Children

OWN | Posted 10.24.2014 | OWN

On Dec. 25, 2011, the unthinkable happened to Madonna Badger, an advertising agency owner and mother of three. A fire tore through her Connecticut hom...

Fighting Depression and Suicide With Love

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Seth Adam Smith

Not long ago, my brother and I were interviewed for a video on suicide prevention. The video shares the story of my suicide attempt, and tells how my brother's love and support helped bring me back. The response to this video has been remarkable and overwhelming.

Darkness

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 10.24.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

I want to talk about darkness. Not just the darkness that happens when the sun goes down and the lights go off -- I'm talking about the darkness that sometimes descends on our lives, making everything seem bleak and hopeless

The Soul and The Mind: An Indian Outlook on Progress

KidSpirit | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
KidSpirit

I believe in the sanctity of my culture and our age-old value system. That a handful of our people indulge in immoral acts no way implies that our entire population is sinful or corrupt.

What Are America's Religious Organizations Doing To Prepare For Ebola?

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion

Humans crowd closely together in houses of worship -- and it’s supposed to be that way. People greet each other with hugs and shaking hands; they p...

Things Fall Together

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 10.16.2014 | Women
Nicole Rosengren

No one knows what to do or say. We try to stay positive in front of my sister and tears find us in the corners of hotel laundry rooms and hospital hallways. Mostly, we just stare off into space until Xanax takes us off to sleep.

Distorted Love: The Toll of Our Christian Theology on the LGBT Community

John Pavlovitz | Posted 10.16.2014 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

We're making it virtually impossible for gay people to exist in our churches, and then feeling justified in damning them for walking away from God when they leave. The truth is that so often they aren't turning away from God; they're just removing themselves from harm's way.

'Seismic' Shift on Gay People From the Vatican, but Will There Be Aftershocks?

Cathy Renna | Posted 10.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Cathy Renna

I bet you all the money in the Vatican's coffers that Bill Donahue of the Catholic League is still screaming in his office -- or on Fox News -- as you read this. So I take all of this "news" with a grain of salt -- a huge grain of Mediterranean Sea salt.

DWI: My Parenting Philosophy

Darah Zeledon | Posted 10.13.2014 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

As a veteran mom of five -- no, I'm not retiring yet! -- the moniker of my long-standing parenting philosophy is: DWI. No, it doesn't stand for driving while intoxicated. Rather, it stands for: DEAL WITH IT.

Faith's Paradox: Lose Your Soul to Find it

Richard Stearns | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Here's one of the great paradoxes of the human race: People who have almost no material possessions -- the world's extreme poor -- can be among the wealthiest in life.

Touching the Grief of God: On Prayer That Leads to Action

Adam Bucko | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Adam Bucko

It's too easy for those of us in the West who are accustomed to hearing about upheaval in the Middle East to dismiss it as business as usual. It is easy for those of us who are not in Ferguson to forget that what happened there is not extraordinary.

Future Pastors Will Get Science Training With This New $1.5 Million Grant

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Responding to a real or perceived gap between science and faith, 10 U.S. seminaries will receive a combined $1.5 million in grants to include sc...

Why Every Jesus Follower Must Show Up In Ferguson!

Pastor Michael McBride | Posted 10.11.2014 | Religion
Pastor Michael McBride

There is a Ferguson in every community across the country. You may not be able or compelled to make the trip to Ferguson, Missouri, but you can walk across the street

Can Faith and Football Still Mix?

John Backman | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion
John Backman

Football isn't the only culprit in this category. The same dynamic takes place in crime shows, action movies, and other media. Most of us have seen the statistics around this.

Nice Guys Can Finish First

Stacie Huckeba | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Stacie Huckeba

The best thing I can do for anyone else is to be the best version of my own self. Gifts and thoughtful gestures are great, but nothing beats just hanging out with a kick ass human.

Something is Missing Without You

Sue Shanahan | Posted 10.09.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

I imagine humanity as being like an intricate, beautiful, stained glass window. Each piece of glass is lovingly chosen for its color, texture and amount of transparency.

Why Jesus Taught With Questions Instead of Answers

Mick Mooney | Posted 10.09.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Jesus talked a lot in parables, in little short stories. He also seemed to be more interested in questions then answers. When people asked Jesus a question, often he gave them a question back.

Who Knew I'd Write a Book on Atheism and Jesus That Would Help a Jew Connect More Deeply With His Jewish Spirituality?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who knew I'd write a book that would help a Jew connect more deeply with his Jewish spirituality? "I heard my rabbi better this year as I fasted and ...

Marilynne Robinson On Writing Novels About Faith

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson asks writers who shy away from writing about fai...

From Terrible Twos To Drug Withdrawals

Heather Lens | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

When I think of the term withdrawals, my mind immediately goes to drugs, alcohol or prescription medicine abuse. My mind does not think of a happy, innocent toddler.

Faith in Citizens

Joan Blades | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Joan Blades

I've come to believe that even if there was agreement in the U.S. that climate is a key concern, we would do a poor job of addressing the problem. Adversarial solutions will not suffice -- we must learn to hold the tensions of our differences and use this tension to inspire solutions that are better than we have yet imagined.

Transgender Faith Tour

Stephanie Mott | Posted 10.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

So, why did I feel the need to do a transgender faith tour? I ran out of fingers and toes (and hairs on my head) as I tried to keep a count of the number of times I have heard LGBT and Christian represented as an either/or proposition. You can be Christian or you can be LGBT, the story goes, but you can not be both.

Connecting the Dots...

Peter Adriance | Posted 10.03.2014 | Religion
Peter Adriance

As the clock ticks, the reasons for acting on climate change are becoming more urgent and obvious, and the religious community is increasingly stepping up to the challenge.

A Story of Acceptance in an Unlikely Place: How Coming Out for the Second Time Renewed My Faith in People of Faith

Lauren-Joy Goss | Posted 10.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren-Joy Goss

I connected immediately to the messages of strength, forgiveness, love and finding wisdom. I got involved in the vocal team and started singing during service on Sundays. It wasn't until a few months in that I realized I had never mentioned I was gay.

Islands of Safety: Religion and Ritual, Part 1

James M. Lynch | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
James M. Lynch

To many in my family I'm still an Irish Catholic in the same way that Marines consider themselves Marines, 'once a Marine, always a Marine', even though I've converted to Judaism twice (that's a story for later) and very happy with my choice.