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What The Church Needs To Understand About Divorce

Kristin Tennant | Posted 05.13.2012 | Divorce
Kristin Tennant

Just about everyone has experienced the particular brand of awkward silence that follows an exchange like this: You meet someone, start chatting and eventually ask an innocent question like "What does your husband do?" only to be met with a flat, "Oh, we're divorced."

Revolutionary Love

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 05.08.2012 | Religion
Eileen Flanagan

Within every spiritual tradition that I'm familiar with, there is a prophetic voice that calls us to love in a bigger, deeper way, a way that fosters compassion and transformation, not apathy.

A New Paradigm Of Respect For Women

Zach Hunter | Posted 05.08.2012 | Religion
Zach Hunter

Know this, girls and women: you are absolutely beautiful. God doesn't measure you according to the world's standards or compare you with some airbrushed model on a magazine cover.

Yes, Alexander, It Is A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, But...

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

We cannot afford to be immobilized by the loudest voices among us and we cannot afford to refuse to see reality as it is presented to us. We can refocus the lens and return to love if we choose to do that.

JFK And The So-Called Religious Issue

Steve Shaw | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Steve Shaw

Kennedy stated that, "... I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic."

Four Spiritual Invitations: Saying Something About God

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

I got stumped the other day by what would seem to be a rather easy question: "Would you say something to us about God?"

PHOTOS: The Joy Of Estonia's Community Swings

Meg Pier | Posted 05.05.2012 | Travel
Meg Pier

A time-honored gathering spot for Estonians is the community swing. I saw these structures all over the country in my travels, huge wooden platforms that can accommodate a crowd.

Pro-life Argument Deserves Hearing in Mercury Ruling

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 05.03.2012 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

I believe Jesus wants a world where people of all faiths use their talents so we have clean water, unpolluted air, and fish we can eat.

A 'Bastard Child' Finds Unexpected Belonging

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's hard to imagine the feelings evoked by knowing your own family doesn't claim you, and that your very existence is at the root of a schism that would never heal.

Dare To Live Your Dreams

David Wilson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
David Wilson

Have you found yourself in a valley pursuing another elusive dream? It overwhelms me to consider how deep one man can go, when the world around us says, "Give up, quit, stop digging; there is no way this will ever come true."

Is There A Key To Happiness In The Midst Of Life's Storms?

David Wilson | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
David Wilson

Contentment, I believe, comes when we entrust ourselves, through faith into His loving care, knowing that where we are at this moment in our lives, is just where He wants us to be.

Santorum's College-Faith Argument Is Off Base

Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Rick Santorum is off base when he criticizes college as a place where young people lose the...

Seeing The Dead

Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore

Over the years as a community pastor, like most pastors, I attended to death, funerals and grieving in my town. Over the years, many times, the grieving would pull me aside and say, "Preacher, I had this dream..."

Santorum Reminds Me Why I Wrote 'Of Little Faith'

Carol Hoenig | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Carol Hoenig

When I hear people sermonize while using phrases such as "spiritual war" and "father of lies," I am reminded again of what drove me to write "Of Little Faith." It's the conviction of these people that stirs my ire.

A Conversation About Prayer With President Obama

Eugene Cho | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Eugene Cho

I haven't been able to stop thinking about our short conversation -- and a sense of the burden and weight of his job and the "calling" of the Presidency.

What A Little Girl Named Penny Can Teach Us About Faith And Disability

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 05.10.2012 | Home
Danielle Tumminio

As Becker's relationship with her daughter blossoms, she begins to discern that what our society labels dis-abled or broken, God labels as good, whole, and beautiful.

The Gift Of Uncertainty

Tom Morris | Posted 04.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

If everything in life was laid out and known in advance, if everything was already understood and nailed down, static and immobile and sure, then there could be no novelty or pleasant surprises. There would be no room at all for creativity, originality, innovation, or adventure.

What Mom Taught Me About Valentine's Day

Mary Lou Quinlan | Posted 04.13.2012 | Good News
Mary Lou Quinlan

I grew up in a family where "I love you" was part of our everyday lives. Dad was so crazy about Mom that, on his hats, he put rivets that spelled out TGFM, "Thank God for Mary."

Playing Fair in Love and Climate Change

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 04.15.2012 | Green
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

The principles of fairness and justice are especially lacking in the discourse (or lack thereof) about global climate change.

The Challenge Of Staying In Faith

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 04.14.2012 | Religion
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Sometimes it is very hard to have faith. The wounded part of ourselves is always devoted to controlling the outcome of things, so when things do not turn out the way we expected, we tend to feel abandoned by God.

Are Clergy Public Servants? Gov't Says NO!

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Are clergy and teachers of religious faith/thought public servants? Is their work on par with that of others who work for 501c3 non-for-profit groups and for government agencies? The federal government has changed its mind about that.

On Asperger Syndrome And Broken Hearts

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.08.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Though the struggle of others hardly makes me feel any better, it certainly serves to put my own hardships into perspective.

Atheists And The F-Word

David Lose | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
David Lose

The values that guide both our everyday and extraordinary ethical decisions are just that: values, not facts. Values are philosophical or religious speculation about what should be.

Interview With John Castagnini of the "ThankGodi" Series

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

Even though every cloud might have a silver lining, does it really make sense to actually be thankful for the tragic, even horrific events in our lives? John Castagnini thinks so.

Celebrating the Spirit of the Red Tails With My Fellow Service Members

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 04.03.2012 | Home
Ravi Chaudhary

At the conclusion of the screening of Red Tails, we came to our feet with thunderous applause. But we did not face the screen. We turned and faced the real Red Tails standing among us, a fitting tribute to the icons that shaped every American Airman serving today.