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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.

Andrew Zimmern's Road To Recovery

Guideposts | Posted 12.24.2012 | Religion
Guideposts

Outside the kitchen my life was spiraling downward. I told myself I was in control, that I wasn't really addicted at all. I used heroin to come down from coke, alcohol to moderate the pills. I had it all figured out.

Mourning In The Middle Of Two Faiths

Eliza Wood | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

In the most important moments of life and death, when I might have hoped for some religious clarity, the lines of religion blurred right in front of me. It was no use leaning either toward or against them.

What Can We Say? Theology For Murder And For Living

Kent Annan | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Kent Annan

The service ended. We said goodbye and hugged Fred in another of those moments when silence, speaking and actions need to find a way to rhyme.

Billboard Fraud

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.19.2012 | Religion
Troy Jackson

If voter fraud is almost nonexistent, why is a private anonymous family foundation spending significant cash in a swing state like Ohio in communities of color?

The Only Way Out Is Through

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 05.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

The only way out is through -- which it is kind of like a birth, or re-birth. It is the path to a second half of life that is deeper, and about tuning out some of the noise of the outside world and listening to that inner voice in the quiet of a dark night.

Do You Believe What You Say? Why You Should Challenge Your Own Beliefs

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 12.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

Many of us give ourselves permission to say things we really don't believe; challenging our beliefs can serve as a filtering system that enables us to compare what is in our minds and in our hearts and to confirm there is a congruency between thought and belief.

'Nones' On The Rise: How Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Churches Are Creating Their Own Demise

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I've always felt we religiously unaffiliated "Nones" were a tiny minority. But here we are, surging in an America that's been steeped in religious dogma, where Republican politics has been overrun by zealots hellbent on controlling women's bodies and discriminating against gays.

The Candle or the Mirror: Living Out Faith in an Era of Agnosticism

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 12.14.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Haven't we all met the Christian who's so compelling to us that his or her presence inspires our faith? And haven't we also met that sister or brother whose words, actions or attitudes cause us to literally doubt our faith?

Belief, Faith And Unrest

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

If one's faith is entirely dedicated to adherence to right beliefs, when those beliefs are challenged or insulted, so too is one's religious life. Such an affront to the mind's assessment of right and wrong can result in extreme emotional responses.

Losing Faith, Finding Hope: A Journey With Depression

Monica A. Coleman | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Monica A. Coleman

Somewhere between my unanswered prayers and the realization that I could not worship myself into happiness, my faith died. I stopped believing that God only loved me if I was happy and peaceful.

We Are All One Family

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

When people would divide us, polarize us, fill us with fear and make us defensive, when we are encouraged to spend trillions of dollars killing our enemies instead of praying for them -- let us remember in those instances that we are not separate, we are one.

Romney Supporter and YouTube Sensation Trisha Paytas Elaborates on Her Political Beliefs in Exclusive Interview

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.11.2012 | Technology
Shira Lazar

LA YouTuber Trisha Paytas has become something of an Internet sensation after she gave her official endorsement to presidential candidate Mitt Romney in a video this past week.

An Inspirational Reminder This Fall

Amy Chan | Posted 12.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Chan

Relax and calm your anxieties. Stop pushing for things to happen. Stop worrying that things won't happen. Detach from the outcome you so vehemently hold on to. What will be, will be. Everything has its time and everything has its course.

The Monkey-See-Monkey-Do Path to God, Love and Life

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

As for our labels saving us -- Christian, Jew, agnostic etc. -- we could all change places and swap labels and we'd still be what we are: potential members of a lynch mob.

Breastfeeding In Public: Can Women be Spiritual in a Male Fantasy World?

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Given the mind-spirit-body connection, how can women have a truly healthy spiritual life when our bodies are riddled with doubt, self-consciousness, fear, judgment, disappointment, and demoralizing references?