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Putting Faith in Perspective

Linda C. Smith | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion
Linda C. Smith

One of the mysteries of Life is the fact of Faith. Now in my 60th decade, I know that Faith is something very real.

Inquire Before You Accuse

Tiffany O. Silver | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Tiffany O. Silver

Being fortunate to work worldwide with various people over the years, I've found there's a common denominator either leading people to their own demis...

What If Death Is Nothing to Fear?

John Backman | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion
John Backman

We filed out the church doors to the memory garden where a small hole had been dug. The minister laid my parents' urn into the hole and invited family members to place a spadeful of dirt on it.

What Can Mandela's Jail Cell Teach Us About Leadership?

Jim Wallis | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

This is a good week to unpack Mandela's succinct description of what his jail cell allowed him to do and of what true leadership really is. Let's examine ourselves by these simple words. And let's ask these questions of both ourselves and of our political leaders -- especially as we go to vote.

A New Enlightenment?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 10.30.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a recent PBS interview with Charlie Rose, 85-year old Harvard University professor emeritus of biology, E. O. Wilson, talked about his latest book, The Meaning of Human Existence, and what he calls "the new enlightenment."

A Poem About Losing Custody

Jon Vaughn | Posted 10.29.2014 | Divorce
Jon Vaughn

Shock and surprise, in the blink of an eye. I'm still a kid myself! This twenty year old guy.

The No. 1 Reason Teens Keeps the Faith as Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 10.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to new findings from a landmark study of youth and religion.

Is There Room in the Church for Non-Believers?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

I believe there is something about experiencing the ancient liturgy that can take us to another part of our being, deep into our spiritual selves -- whether one can recite the Nicene Creed in good conscience or not.

Overcome Failure and Walk Forward in Faith

Heather Martin | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Martin

I was here on this earth to learn some really important lessons, some wisdom that I could live by and share with others, and sometimes wisdom comes with a price tag. My price tag felt like incessant failure and that was hard to face.

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.