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Hold Out Your Hand

Julia Fehrenbacher | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Julia Fehrenbacher

Let's forget the world for a while fall back and back into the hush and holy of now are you listening? This breath invites you to write the first...

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

If I Have Gay Children: 4 Promises From a Christian Pastor/Parent

John Pavlovitz | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
John Pavlovitz

I won't love them despite their sexuality, and I won't love them because of it. I will love them; simply because they're sweet, and funny, and caring, and smart, and kind, and stubborn, and flawed, and original, and beautiful... and mine.

Why I'm Proud to Be Feminist and Faithful

Carolyn Davis | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Davis

I am a proud feminist. I'm pro-choice. I advocate for comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive justice. I teach courses on theology, gender, and sexuality. I want to steal Beyonce's set from the VMAs and keep it in my living room. And I do all those things not in spite of my faith, but because of it.

Why Losing Control of Your Life Is a Good Thing

Mercedes Maidana | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Mercedes Maidana

Last night I had a dream in which I was falling from the sky at full speed and was about to smash my face into a gray, concrete road. I don't know abo...

How to Make Every Day a Travel Day

Cliff Hsia | Posted 09.24.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

Travel gives us fresh perspective and deeper gratitude for the world we live in. And we cannot get enough of travel because we fall back in love with life every time we go. We live to travel. Every day we live is a travel day, even in our normal routines and daily schedules.

Being Open to Magic

Sue Shanahan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Good News
Sue Shanahan

Magic is everywhere. Like in my painting it's right outside your window looking in, frequently unnoticed. It's not that we don't believe that anything is possible. Often we are blind to miracles because we have tunnel vision.

A Journey From Unlovable to Beloved: An ex-Jehovah's Witness Reclaims Her Spiritual Heritage

V.K. Harber | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion
V.K. Harber

Yes, it's true. No, I'm not going through an early mid-life crisis. Yes, I've really thought about it. No, my values have not changed. Yes, I'm sure. This is how my end of the conversation goes when I tell my friends that I'm in the process of becoming Catholic.

The Next Big Thing for the Progressive Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

It's time for progressive Christians to claim discipleship. It's time to get radical, not about our politics or our policies, but about our faith. It's time to stop throwing the baby Jesus out with the bath water, and start putting the horse before the cart.

Two Good Places to Pray: The Subway and the Kitchen

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I cannot recall exactly when the idea of prayer began to change radically in my own life. Prayer, for me, used to stand as something separate from other parts of my life. But I have come to learn that real prayer is not so much talking to God as just sharing God's presence.

The Dichotomy of Faith

Heather Martin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Martin

The situation we may be facing now is scary, but it is also triggering all the other times in our life where we felt scared, abandoned, betrayed or whatever else is coming up for us. That emotion has to get out. It wants to get out! Let it out.

Sometimes Youthful Stupidity is a Better way to Find Happiness than Making Mature Choices

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank Schaeffer

We're living in an acquisitive capitalist society that is fundamentally anti-family and fundamentally uncomfortable with just enjoying being human. We'd rather shop than live, acquire than love and stare into a screen than hold each other.

Plastic Has No Heart

Sue Shanahan | Posted 09.11.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

As a young girl, I was indoctrinated and blindly aligned myself to that belief system. But not anymore. I, along with many others, have outgrown that life-view. Welcome tall, short, fat, thin, young, old and every color. Welcome me. Welcome you

Attitudes of Gratitude: Religious Friends Cultivate Thankfulness

David Briggs | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Keep your friends close, and your religious friends closer.

Spiritual Struggles of College Freshmen May Increase Risk of Addiction

David Briggs | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The more incoming students contended with issues such as doubting their faith or feeling punished by God, the greater risk they appeared to be for a variety of addictive behaviors, from gambling to recreational drugs, a new study indicated.

Who Is Actually Following Jesus -- Atheists or Christians?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who cares about labels when someone is slapping you in the face? Who cares about labels when someone is saving you from drowning?

Is Your Calling Worth Dying for?

Mable Chan | Posted 08.29.2014 | Media
Mable Chan

The answers I believe, may well lie in his pure innocence and courage to discover and report the ground truth -- no matter how ugly the truth, how high the price.

Art Elevates

Sue Shanahan | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts
Sue Shanahan

I had a vague sense that my talent is here to make the world a more beautiful place. But what's the use of beauty? It has no worth that can be measured or weighed.

The Virgin Mary Visited My Very Angry but Lovable Teenage Son

Fiona Finn | Posted 08.28.2014 | Religion
Fiona Finn

He walked side by side next to Mary. Yes, Mary the mother of Jesus, that Mary. She was cloaked in blue and he was calling her 'mom' as they spoke. Mary spoke gently to Connor letting him know he would be getting help for his teeth.

What I Learned From Five Months Of Travel

Cliff Hsia | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

These are the lessons about life that I have learned after five months of travel around the world...

11 Scientific Studies That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

The Week | Eric Barker | Posted 08.26.2014 | World

Reading a lot about the science of human behavior can make you cynical, sometimes deservedly so, but cynical nonetheless. On this blog I try to be ...

Don't Sweat the Advice: Welcome Class of 2018

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.25.2014 | College
Wayne Meisel

An occupational hazard (or should I say opportunity?) of my profession is that I often get last-minute calls asking me to substitute for some famous commencement speaker who suddenly can't make it.

Outlander Episode 3 Review: Faith vs Logic

Jessica McNeill Azar | Posted 10.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jessica McNeill Azar

As a woman who embraces her career as a nurse, Claire bases her beliefs on scientific fact. When she lands in the 18th century Scottish Highlands, she finds a culture who's beliefs are firmly rooted in an odd marriage of Catholicism and superstition.

A Candid Effort to Help

Phu Nguyen | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Phu Nguyen

My happy days don't give me immunity from depression, nor does my very abundant life. Beauty, money, fame, and even hordes of admirers don't keep anyone safe from this mental illness. It can affect anyone, and when it does, we need help.

The Deep Water Testd

David Kirsch | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

Parenting is a series of "deep water tests." How we love, guide, teach and nurture our children through life's tests will help our children be all that they can be.