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I Once Knew a Girl Who Gave Up Thinking...

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Sue Shanahan

Give up thinking for Lent? How could that be possible? Don't we need our thoughts to help move us through life? No, what Andrea was talking about was obsessive thinking. You know, the kind of thinking that gives you no rest.

Over the Rainbow: Your Life's Purpose

Sue Shanahan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

What is a calling? It is different from your talents? Your gifts, personality, and brain power are all part of the intricacies of your soul, set in place to help support your life's purpose.

Faith and Business

Michael Jinkins | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Michael Jinkins

When pastors and theologians begin talking about economic matters, I often cringe, not only because of their lack of knowledge in the fields of financial and economic matters, but because of the thinness of the theological reflections.

Christ's Body Suffering on the Cross(Fit)

Patrick Hynes | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick Hynes

The point is not that CrossFit is just for Christians. People from all faith traditions are represented at the CrossFit Games Open, including those of no faith. But the fact that Christianity is so openly aligned with the CrossFit community is remarkable.

The Power of Not Knowing

Roger Housden | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Roger Housden

Imagine a world in which everything is known and under control. It would be a flatland. There would be no amazement, no wonder, no edge. I believe tha...

Lean In to Your Unique Dreams

Areva Martin | Posted 03.20.2014 | Women
Areva Martin

I leaned in to my ambitions despite my fear. I decided I had no choice but to forge ahead using what has always gotten me through the toughest periods of my life: faith and hard work.

Have You Seen My Faith?

Beth Leyba | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Beth Leyba

My faith was a huge part of my upbringing and I've realized that I can simultaneously reject the things that did not work for me and reclaim the things that did, and that line of thinking has led me to wonder if I ever lost my faith at all. Perhaps I was simply called to a deeper faith.

3 Steps to Turning Pain Into Purpose

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

You might think that August 20, 2013 -- the day an armed gunman came into the school where I worked and trapped me in an office with him -- was the darkest, most difficult day of my life. But the truth is, it wasn't.

Bill Maher's Fundamentalism

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 03.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Though Bill Maher thinks he is dissing all religion and spirituality, he actually attacks what I would call grade school religion. He even hinted at some respect for the new pope, whom I would describe as representing graduate school religion and above.

Can The Lessons of John Lewis Sustain the Modern Civil Rights Movement?

Thomas Alter | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Thomas Alter

How to make the lessons of the 20th Century live in the 21st, is the challenge for young people like me. Some things haven't changed much.

Cosmos Squashes Creationism Under the Weight of Evidence

Dan Arel | Posted 03.17.2014 | Science
Dan Arel

Episode two of Cosmos, hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson aired this week and Tyson, towards the end of the program made one of the best statements that one can hope sank into the minds of young and old viewers alike, and most importantly, creationists.

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.

Yoga and Baseball: 108 Degrees of Harmonic Convergence

Lauren Cahn | Posted 03.14.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

Spring and baseball. Baseball and Spring. They arrive together just as surely as winter and spring converge at the vernal equinox.

How to Get Around Jesus

Neal Wooten | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

I'm all for loving my neighbor, as long as they are good, churchgoing folk, but this whole love-and-forgiveness-for-everyone thing is crazy. Luckily there are a lot of Christian leaders and organizations that can steer you around this nonsense.

A Yogi Embraces Pope Francis

Sister Jenna | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Sister Jenna

As I approach my upcoming birthday, I am drawn to remember Pope Francis. There are moments that touch our lives and I remember where I was on March...

What Is Spirituality? A Lenten Reflection for All Spiritual Traditions

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.07.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

What is spirituality? "It is," as Rabbi Kaplan puts it, "the progressive unlearning of the strange ideas about God you've been taught..." Consider t...

Imagine All the People Together As One

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

My hope is that by promoting the deserving "bright spots" in our burgeoning multifaith movement for justice -- the leaders I've worked with and walked alongside -- they'll captivate our youth, as they've captivated me.

Gen X Faith and Culture: A Conversation With Bill McGarvey

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Growing up in a Catholic household and attending Jesuit schools gave him a religious vocabulary he then brought to deep questions. His discovery of music became a search for truth. Over time he learned that art is not truth but points to truth.

Hope Isn't Optimism

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

The Russian occupation of Crimea brings back memories of how the Soviets infiltrated and took over my homeland when I was growing up next door to Ukraine. I've been pondering whether it was optimism or hope that kept me alive.

Lent: Spring Training for Christians

Wayne Meisel | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Starting Wednesday, I will forsake all sugar, salt, meat, junk food, fast food, coffee, soda, caffeine and all things alcoholic (I do drink non alcoholic beer which I affectionately call Lent beer).

A Relationship of Mutual Respect and Admiration: His Highness the Aga Khan Becomes First Faith Leader to Address Joint Session of Canadian Parliament

Rizwan Mawani | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Rizwan Mawani

The Shi'a Imam spoke about the increased conflict that characterized our world, the tensions between Sunni and Shi'a interpretations of Islam and that pluralism -- an ethic in which diversity, not just in its spirit, but in practice -- needed to be valued and championed.

5 Innovative Christian Businesses You've Never Heard of

Cat Knarr | Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion
Cat Knarr

You know the Christian-run businesses that are always in the headlines, like Chick-fil-A and Hobby Lobby. But what about the smaller businesses that are doing something remarkably creative?

Faith Leaders Call for Limits On Carbon Pollution

Molly Rauch | Posted 02.28.2014 | Green
Molly Rauch

When EPA held a public hearing earlier this month on its proposed rule to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, I expected to hear comments...

Eternity in an Hour: In Tribute to Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.

Why I Ditched a Shame-Based Faith

Heather Kopp | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Heather Kopp

I often write about the power of shame in the context of recovery. But shame is a human problem, and long-time Christians are in no ways immune. I was a Christian--and a slave to shame--for more than a decade before I became a slave to alcohol.