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I Am a Heretic and I Talk to My Cat, Gustavo -- It's on the internet, So It Must Be True

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

What I hope for is that, even in times when we disagree with one another so deeply on issues of the Christian faith, we can do so always knowing, believing and living the challenge that it is to be the Body of Christ. This is my prayer and I'm sticking to it.

Faith And Service: Healing The Great Divorce

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

As service became a defining aspect of growing up in America, the infrastructure moved from the church to the schools and became so secularized that conversations around faith were discouraged -- even taboo.

Amy Grant: The Most Thankful Day

Guideposts | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

I think that sometimes we can over-think giving. It should be as natural as breathing. You have. You give. You receive. You share.

Thanksgiving: A Feast Of Light

Lorna Byrne | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Accepting gratitude, the thanks of someone else, even a stranger, lights us up -- it makes us feel good. It helps us, even for a second, to see the light and love that is within us. When we give thanks, we open up spiritually.

6 Ways To Rediscover Your Child-Like Wonder

Nicole Glassman | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Nicole Glassman

Maybe Peter Pan taught us a lesson after all: Growing up doesn't have to be scary. Or maybe we just have to believe that we deserve more.

Converting To Your Spouse's Religion: Kari's Story

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.15.2012 | Religion

Marrying outside one’s religion is less of a cultural taboo today than in generations past, but the question of how couples can best integrate their...

The Alliance of Adversity

Raymond Torres | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Raymond Torres

Through struggle, we give birth to new features of our character. In those features, we unlock the possibility of appreciating our commonality and of realizing our most profound potential.

'God Is the Clouds'

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 01.13.2013 | Parents
Linda K. Wertheimer

The teacher had acted out the story of Noah and the ark. Simon told us about how God created the flood, and then God made the wind and the sun that dried up the rain. "So what is God?" I asked. "God is the clouds," he said.

The Evolution Of Moral Models

Robert Fuller | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Like nature models, political, social and moral models originate in human experience, and, as experience accumulates, they evolve. Typically, the models we've inherited from the past were formulated over centuries, if not millennia.

When Strangers Become Family

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 01.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

The woman I call mom is not my birthmother, my adoptive mother, nor even a legal in-law in the majority of the USA. She is still undoubtedly my mom, and I am proud to call her as such. She is my husband's natural mother and a year ago this stranger became mine.

'Be With My Son. Comfort Him, Lord.'

Guideposts | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

I dreamed of becoming an All-American hero. I just didn't know how I was going to get there. I had no real job skills, and hadn't done well enough in school to earn a college scholarship. Maybe that was why a commercial I saw about the Army intrigued me.

The Privilege Of Detachment

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

As this dramatic season of political contests culminates in today's election, there are those who will predicate their privilege by choosing to abstain from voting. I am unimpressed.

A Desperate God

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

In light of the monstrous storm battering the northeast, many have said that the storm is a "sign of judgment" from God. We need to "get right!", they say.

Suicide And The Search For Green Pastures

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

There are too many people in our communities who find themselves in the middle of a life journey that does not seem to lead them to places of peace and comfort. One of those persons was a former neighbor of mine who took her life a few weeks ago.

Jaweed Kaleem

Christian Chaplains Bring Disaster Relief -- And Bibles -- After Hurricane Sandy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.30.2012 | Religion

Listening to news reports Tuesday about the widespread destruction from Hurricane Sandy, Scott Holmquist first reacted with shock at the disaster that...

One Simple Step Toward Forgiveness

Guideposts | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Guideposts

In all things. Could God be at work even in a senseless tragedy like this? Oh, Lord, it just hurts so bad right now. But I believe you. I trust you. Please take this act of evil and use it for good.

The Essence Of Compassion

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

I am learning so much from people on Twitter. Here's a conversation that beautifully captures the very definition of the Habit of Compassion.

5 God Excuses To Avoid After A Natural Disaster

Kent Annan | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Kent Annan

In a disaster aftermath, whether caused by hurricane or earthquake or tsunami, the right impulse is to rush in with appropriate relief. But for people of faith, too often this same "rush in" model is applied to making excuses for God.

Why I Pray In Times Of Disaster

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

The struggle for me during these times is how to not treat such times as some voyeuristic movie experience that can be paused or halted by powering down my device, but instead find a healthy way to participate in the healing and support.

Jaweed Kaleem

Is God To Blame? Clergy Reflect On Hurricane Sandy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion

NEW YORK -- When a partially-collapsed construction crane began teetering from a Manhattan high-rise a block from the home he shares with fellow Jesu...

Praying About Hurricane Sandy: Write Your Own Reflection, Prayer Or Intention

Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion

Below is a slideshow of prayers written by the HuffPost Religion community. Prayers during times of crisis reveal what we believe, what we hop...

Do Nautral Disasters Shake Up Your Faith? Readers Provide Passionate Answers

Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion

Storms shake up the physical world but not our spiritual world. That was the response that HuffPost Religion received when we asked our readers if the...

The Last Muffin on Earth and Tales From My Kitchen

Nancy Sharp | Posted 12.29.2012 | Denver
Nancy Sharp

Comfort food is what helps Frances Owens deal with important transitions -- the wild ride of politics and transitions she is making in her professional and personal life. Together we dished on life in Colorado, the calling she feels as a community leader and dinners at the White House.

Mysterious Ways: Why I Had To Talk To This Woman

Guideposts | Posted 12.25.2012 | Religion
Guideposts

Talk to her, I thought. Talk to her. Normally, I don't strike up conversations with perfect strangers but there was something about the woman waiting for the elevator with me at the medical complex. I couldn't ignore the voice in my head any longer.

What Makes People Strong?

Linda Durnell | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Durnell

I believe each of us has an innate capacity for strength and throughout our lives, we develop -- through conditions we find ourselves in -- the skills to be secure, passionate, formidable and determined.