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Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Certain individuals usher us into great moments in our lives. I was a guest speaker at a Kentucky campus in the early 1960s when, to my surprise, I received an invitation to visit one of the world's renowned religious leaders, Thomas Merton.

On Love And Compassion: What Keeps Us Going In The Times We Lose Faith

Jeff Cannon | Posted 02.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeff Cannon

It keeps me hopeful that the worst of times will not be in vain if we can just learn from them to ensure they never happen again, and to ensure we continue to do what is needed to help all humans be just that -- human.

Not The Happiest Time Of Year For Everyone

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.24.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

We hear songs about this being the happiest time of the year, but for many it is a time of torment and suffering, depression and anguish. Whether your Christmas is decidedly red and green or some shade of the blues, you are special and God's beloveds.

Saying America Was Punished With Sandy Hook Is Blasphemous

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

What kind of warped morality and fraudulent religion would say that God allows the slaughter of children because there are no prayers in public schools?

Mary: Modern Inspiration for Facing Difficult Times

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Mary believes, Mary ponders, Mary grieves -- an inspiration to modern people, ever experiencing extraordinary joy and extraordinary loss in the midst of ordinary life.

Rediscovering Christmas Truths ... In Prison

Kristen Marble | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Kristen Marble

There were no disco balls or singing children. The setting was drab and far-from-festive. The tattered hymnals and song sheets retrieved from the cabinet. The individuals came all dressed in red -- not because red is a Christmas color, but because red is the color of the assigned uniform.

The Sparkle Box

Guideposts | Posted 02.22.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Last year, Jack, who was saving his money for an iPod touch, donated half his savings to buy mosquito nets to help prevent the deadly spread of malaria in developing countries.

Where Our Favorite Christmas Carols Come From

Guideposts | Posted 02.21.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

I was six when I fell in love with Christmas carols, especially American Christmas songs. Where did such beautiful music come from? The question stayed with me all my life.

Is the Christmas Story Trustworthy?

David Lose | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
David Lose

While the Pope may have a vested interest in attempting to validate the historical accuracy of the stories of Jesus' birth, I think we misunderstand their intent by doing so.

Fiscal Cliff: Time to Challenge the 'Mighty on Their Thrones'

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Today, I challenge our political leaders to read the Christmas story of God come to earth and born in a manger as a child of working-class parents, and then reexamine their own budget priorities.

Real-Life Advent With My Children

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Cornelia Seigneur

I write about real-life because that is where I live with three active boys at home -- one curious 9-year-old Gus and 15-year-old twins, Wesley and Mickael Josef. And now my college-age son Ryan and his fiancée Larissa are home for Christmas as well with my daughter Rachel and her husband!

Newtown: A Crisis of Faith

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Eliezer Sobel

But my question remains: is it ever even possible to feel and experience a sense of utter and absolute safety in this life in the very same breath that we inhale the daily news?

God With Us

Patrick Anderson | Posted 02.16.2013 | Crime
Patrick Anderson

I have heard it said this weekend, after the horrible murders in the school in Newtown, Connecticut, that this carnage is the result of God being put ...

Which America Do YOU Want?

David Trumble | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
David Trumble

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2012: Flight from Relationship -- the Year 'Not' Became the New Normal

Robert Hall | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Robert Hall

A series of wonderful advancements have delivered unintended consequences... The worry that computers would start to act like humans has been replaced with concern that humans are now acting too much like computers.

Jewish Teachings To Help Kids Cope With Sandy Hook And Beyond

Sharon Duke Estroff | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Sharon Duke Estroff

As a Jewish parent, I have a set of resources at my fingertips seemingly custom designed to help raise strong, resilient, compassionate children who can cope in the face of hardship.

The Weapon's Shame: A Case For Gun Control In Jewish Law

Ari Hart | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Ari Hart

For someone filled with hatred or uncontrolled mental illness, what more dangerous stumbling block could there be then an automatic or semiautomatic weapon, like the Bushmaster .223 used in Friday's shooting?

The Hand of Man: A True Christmas Story

Terrie M. Williams | Posted 02.15.2013 | World
Terrie M. Williams

Despite the rawness of nature, the world made more sense in the oceans, the forests and the mountains. Yet, it was from the wilderness through one animal -- an endangered seal named KP2 (Kauai Pup 2) -- that my faith in the hand of man was restored.

Bullshit National Grieving

Kent Annan | Posted 02.14.2013 | Religion
Kent Annan

Let's not desecrate this tragedy with bullshit national grieving, empty words, impotent tears. Instead let's protect our children.

Sorrow and Sandy Hook School

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

Twenty children dead. Shot to death, many of them kindergartners. Pause for a moment and think what that means.

Why We Need to Change The Way We Think About Religion

Christine Organ | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

We must get past our outdated, limiting and formulaic associations with religion, spirituality and faith so that we can move forward with a renewed hope of spiritual and religious progress.

Who Is the Real You?

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 12.11.2012 | TED Weekends
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post. Who is the real you? Do people admire you for what you possess or for who you are? A number of years ago,...

Google Couldn't Teach Me To Be A Christian Mother

Julie Elsdon-Height | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Julie Elsdon-Height

When I first turned my life over to God and accepted Jesus into my life, I thought was faced with a hefty learning curve. I felt like I had a mountain of change to make before I could actually be a good Christian role model for our daughters.

WATCH: 'Jesus' Holds Rapper's Chain

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment

The Game fans witnessed a December miracle on Tuesday night when Jesus made an appearance during the rapper's L.A. show to kickoff the release of his ...

The Return Of Big Jon at Christmas

Guideposts | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

My mother had bought the toy for Jason when he was first diagnosed. He was handmade with felt eyes, nose and mouth, perpetually smiling. Big Jon went with him to every doctor's appointment, slept with him in every hospital bed. He offered so much more than security.