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Crossing Your Own Red Sea: How Will You Get Through?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

Life is designed to test us in many ways. Sometimes the tests are small and seemingly inconsequential. At other times, the significance of the test is obvious and terrifying.

Bringing The Bible To Life At Home

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Many parents feel that they should have in place a consistent time of strengthening their family spiritually, but often they just don't know where to begin or how to continue with it.

What Baseball Can Teach Us About Faith And Belief

Christine Organ | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

In the Church of Baseball, there are a million different kinds of strike-outs, homeruns, curve balls, fastballs, bunts, stolen bases, pitching changes, errors, pop outs, grounders and foul balls. And without a doubt, every season will have its share of rain delays.

Turning The Tables

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

Those of you familiar with Gospel readings may have noticed that Jesus often turns the tables on his questioners. People come to him with a question that is framed by their fear-based thinking, and he answers these questions from his love-based life.

Jay DeFeo's Rose Has Wings

Gabrielle Selz | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
Gabrielle Selz

The story of Jay DeFeo and The Rose is both a cautionary tale of obsession and an act of faith. For eight years, she did little else but sit on a stool in her studio, smoking cigarettes, drinking Christian bothers brandy while she painted and scraped away at her vision.

The Season Of Renewal

Sue Shanahan | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Spring is a sign of renewal and rebirth. It's the counterpart to the reawakening of humanity. I am comforted that the darkness in the church is being rooted out. I still have hope that one day it will again feel like home to me.

We Need Help Supporting LGBTQ Couples to Not Only Get Married But Stay Married

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.27.2013 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The public debate and spotlight on same-sex marriage will die down and fade, and what will remain will be our gay and lesbian neighbors, friends, and church members who need support to live their public promises to one another.

When Life Tells Us Otherwise, How Should We Accept Ourselves?

Raymond Torres | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Raymond Torres

Everyone lives with weaknesses and insecurities. Life is too rich with variety for this not to be the case. Our task is to accept ourselves in the vast sea of life's storms so that we anchor the truth of who we are amid the strong tide.

10 Years After The Iraq Invasion, We Are Still Morally Responsible For War

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Antonia Blumberg

Unfortunately the Iraq War isn't over. Not only is the Iraqi insurgency still going strong and wreaking havoc, but the American veterans returned home from duty are still dying, still suffering, still looking to God for answers.

Dying But Still Teaching: Lessons I'm Learning From My Mother

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

Even in her decline, she is still teaching us lessons about life. She has been told she can stop dialysis at any time and end this roller coaster we are on, but Mom isn't ready for that. She has more to experience and to share with us.

Racing Against the Odds

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Catherine Okafor

2013-03-18-kristinduquettePULL.JPGKristin has gone against the odds and achieved more than the average able-bodied person has and probably ever will in their lifetime.

What Immigration Reform Should Look Like

Laura Barrett | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Groups like Gamaliel have seen the results of bad policy-making in our communities, and they are ready for a change. So what do members of faith congregations have to say about a possible bill?

Jeremy Lin Talks "Linsanity" the Movie and Big YouTube Collaborations at SXSW 2013 (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.15.2013 | Sports
Shira Lazar

NBA sensation Jeremy Lin chatted with me at SXSW about his brand new documentary, Linsanity the movie, appearing in various YouTube videos and the overall message he wants fans to take away from his new film.

Republicans, Report Cards & Roll Call

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

If they "break" with the master plan of the most conservative factions in their party, they lose. If they don't vote for true equality and justice for all of their constituents, they lose. They have to decide where they want to stand.

Article Of Faith

Viviana Hurtado | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Viviana Hurtado

As godmother, I am entrusted with raising my goddaughters in the Catholic Faith should anything happen to their parents. My anxiety about the authenticity of my faith, always lying latent, punched through.

WATCH: A Family Experiences John Of God’s ‘Spiritual Surgery’

OWN | Posted 03.14.2013 | OWN

Some say John of God can perform miracles, healing the sick and dying. Others say he is a fraud. This Sunday, Oprah travels to Brazil to visit the wor...

Why An American Girl Doll Made My Daughter So Sad

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.10.2013 | Divorce
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

I was reading the bios out loud, enjoying a warm mother-daughter moment, when my daughter's face fell.

The Biggest Risk Is the One You Never Take

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

This fear, which exists inside all of us, is deep and remote. It conjures our earliest experiences and the dread that we feel when we are exposed reminds us of our most harrowing questions of childhood.

Evolution Time for the Creation Museum

Lester & Charlie | Posted 05.07.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Sounds to us like the Creation Museum is the perfect mecca for both Bible thumpers and potheads! That's why we were shocked to learn that this major, multimillion-dollar facility has suddenly found itself taking a crash course in survival of the fittest.

Foster Creativity In The 'Flow' Of Life

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

Being alive, aware, open and creative doesn't just come to people like a gift from the heavens. It is something they work at.

Conclave Considerations

Patricia McGuire | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Patricia McGuire

A bad choice could set back the cause of the Church's renewal even more. A mediocre choice will only ensure that the Church continues to wallow in the current woes. A truly wise, visionary choice will lead the transformation of the Church to ensure its vitality for generations to come.

Faith Isn't Irrational, But Beliefs May Be

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Religion has become improverished and identified with an irrational belief in far-fetched stories -- if taken as literal fact -- which were intended as parables symbolic of larger truths in human life.

The Sequestrations Of God

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

While our government squabbles over the "sequestration" of some $85 billion and over who is to blame, it may help if we would raise our view just a bit higher. Perhaps the deadlock in Washington has become so severe that nothing short of divine intervention will help at this point.

What Kind Of Relationship Do You Have With God?

Judith Johnson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Judith Johnson

The questions of God's existence or nature and the spiritual dimension of life are the most profound inquiries we can explore. It is an adventure of the heart, body, mind and soul in a maze filled with shortcuts and dead ends.

Peace Dividend: A Model Of Morality

Robert Fuller | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

By pinning a name on the rank-based abuse that causes indignity, this model of morality addresses one of my take-away questions from Sunday School: How could we make the golden rule not only self-evident, but self-enforcing?