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MSA National: For 50 Years, 'Students' Has Been Its Middle Name

Altaf Husain | Posted 03.04.2013 | College
Altaf Husain

On January 1, 2013, MSA National celebrated 50 years since its founding. This is a historic milestone for many reasons.

A Toilet, An Apple And Hope For The New Year

Jack Levison | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

This week, after we talk about the difference between the Jewish, Catholic and Protestant Bibles, we'll settle down for our first party of the year: Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. I know my calendar is out of whack, but we have 10 weeks to learn the whole Bible, so we can't be picky (or even correct).

If You Could Put One Message On A Billboard What Would It Be?

Posted 01.02.2013 | Religion

This holiday season a controversial billboard was put in Times Square that said "Keep the merry. Drop the myth". The large scale advertisement featur...

Resolutions For A Better 2013: Cynicism Be Damned

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

We may fail in the first few months of the new year, but I want to put these resolutions out there anyway -- and will continue to pray that we try to make them come true.

Reduce Stress: Upgrade Expectations to Agreements

Soul Dancer | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Soul Dancer

Take a moment now to ponder your definition of a fact. How do you accept something as a fact? Do you take time to verify (through first-hand experience) a fact before you accept a fact to be true? How often do you check facts?

When To Listen Instead Of Lead

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

Is it possible to cultivate an attitude of openness and acceptance? Can we relinquish our need to control others and the course of our own lives?

Bending Toward Justice, New Year's Day And The Moral Universe

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

This year, Americans seem to have applied their spiritual, social and political values in positive ways that can give us hope for the future. This was done, for the most part, without preachers, rabbis, priests or imams directing us or admonishing us.

God's Top Ten New Year's Resolutions for 2013

James Napoli | Posted 12.27.2012 | Comedy
James Napoli

Which of these resolutions I break remains to be seen, but if you came up with ten, what do you think your success rate would be?

Conversation With A Spiritual Icon

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?