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Top 10 Things I Learned From The Wild Goose

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

If I had any doubts about the future of social activism in an so-called age of disenchantment, they were banished by the time the festival drew to a close Sunday night.

Pride and Persecution: LGBT Global Love

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

I write about the hatred of LGBT people in Eastern Europe by religious and governmental authorities. I write about Jamaica where hating gays is a popular topic for music lyrics and where murders are escalating. Pride and persecution are both real. We rejoice in the good and confront the evil.

How Do Change And Loss Help Us Grow Spiritually?

KidSpirit | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
KidSpirit

We go through changes every day, whether they are minor or major. We do not necessarily have to be optimists to see the good in every situation, nor pessimists to feel betrayed and lose hope.

Forgiveness And Bearing Witness

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

While many in our religious communities are quick to make proclamations about forgiveness, they often find it to be too difficult to live out in daily life.

Taking Jesus Seriously: Mark 5:21-43

Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Lewis Galloway

It is a tale within a tale. It begins with a desperate father, a leader of the synagogue, pleading with Jesus to come heal his critically ill daughter. It is no laughing matter.

When God Talks, People Listen ... And Trouble Follows

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

From the pages of the Old Testament to the testimony of Boyce Singleton in his murder trial, nothing can be clearer than this: having God in your head is the perfect way to short-circuit reason and conscience.

Religion And Science: A Beautiful Friendship

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

I realize that this terrain is full of landmines. In the hope of defusing a few, let me acknowledge at the outset that the word religion means different things to different people.

Love vs Sheriff Arpaio's Tent City

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 08.24.2012 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

Locking human beings in oppressive heat, whose only crime was seeking a better life for their children, is as far from standing with 'the least of these' than I can imagine

Prometheus: Faith Unbound

Pierre Whalon | Posted 08.22.2012 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

What struck me -- besides the quality of the acting, direction, amazing sets, and excellent effects -- was the theme of faith.

How Reading The Bible Changed My Life

Craig Kanalley | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Craig Kanalley

I want to thank God for somehow giving me this idea to read the Bible, cover to cover. It made me reflect a ton, learn a ton and I absolutely feel more spiritual, and more happy.

Quieting The Storm: A Reflection On Mark 4:35-41

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 08.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Jesus tells us -- and the storms around us -- "Quiet! Settle down!" The next time you find yourself in the middle of a sudden thunderstorm, hear his words, and trust the one who can command the storm to cease.

Faith Lessons From The World Of Soap Operas: To Be Bold And Beautiful

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 08.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Although the soaps can verge on stereotypical and sensational with their cliff-hangers and tears, the Hebrew and Christian scriptures also grasp that stories can shock us with miracles, healing, resurrection, and subversive moments.

Immigration: Unity, Morality and Common Sense

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.14.2012 | Impact
Jim Wallis

Nearly 150 evangelical leaders signed onto an "Evangelical Statement of Immigration Reform." Signers came from across the spectrum of evangelicalism including leading Hispanic evangelical organizations, to pastors such as Max Lucado, Bill Hybels, Joel Hunter, and Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family.

Talking About Missing Persons, Professional Searchers and Faith With Jane Bradley, Author of You Believers

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 08.14.2012 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

It's rare to find a novel that's a beautifully-written piece of literature -- and as riveting as a thriller. You Believers is that book.

A Theology Of America's Zombie Apocalypse

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's hard to say if the pop culture popularity has influenced similar copycat killers, or if the zombie craze simply has made us more sensitive to similar real-life stories. Either way, both the fictional tales and actual news items may speak to something going on in our collective imaginations.

To Heaven And Back (VIDEO)

Mary C. Neal, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2012 | Religion
Mary C. Neal, M.D.

One lesson I learned after I drowned on a South American river was that to face life's challenges with gratitude and joy, a person must first lose his or her faith.

Prayer On Becoming A Rabbi

Ari Hart | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Ari Hart

Keep me honest. Don't let me fall into the temptation of distancing myself from the people I serve and the people I love. Guard me from trials I cannot pass. Push me towards the ones that I can.

Why Isn't God Like Eric Clapton? My Story Of Faith And Doubt

Andrea Palpant Dilley | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Andrea Palpant Dilley

One Saturday morning while browsing at a Hi-Fi store with my father, I came across a TV playing Eric Clapton live in concert. As strange as it sounds, I experienced a crisis of faith while surrounded by TV screens.

What Does Faith Mean For You? (VIDEO)

Nitika Chopra | Posted 08.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Nitika Chopra

Faith can be such a loaded word for so many people. In the latest "Meditate On This" video, I want you to dig deep and explore what faith means to you!

Being A Mom, Being The Church

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

When I am asked why I go to church, I pause. I go to church for many reasons. Church reminds me of God's on-going activity, God's word to us in countless forms. Church helps me reorder things, reprioritize.

Why Interfaith Organizing Matters

Amy B. Dean | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Amy B. Dean

Every major faith has a set of values grounded in the pursuit of justice and equity. This universalism is important. It creates the potential for far-reaching, welcoming movements that cut across boundaries of race, class, sect and nationality.

Faithfulness Is Perseverance In Purpose: An Interview With Roland Martin

Lavaille Lavette | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
Lavaille Lavette

As a journalist and author, he is candid and meticulous, and faith plays a major part in his success at making the most of his God-given time.

Skipping Small Talk For The Sake Of Big Questions

Kerry Weber | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Kerry Weber

It is said that when making polite small talk, one does not discuss religion, sex or politics. But that becomes more than a bit difficult when you work for a church whose keen interest in all three of these topics has been widely discussed of late.

Faith, Hope and Reason

Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.04.2012 | Science
Phillip A. Ortiz, Ph.D.

Why the laws of nature came to exist is an unknowable, but on the other hand how the laws of nature function is not only knowable but also important to know.

Honoring The Honesty Box

Ree Varcoe | Posted 07.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Ree Varcoe

A good many people here still have an intrinsic trust in others in this age when we are quick to doubt, find fault or simply don't trust as easily as did our ancestors. Why is it so hard for us to believe that people will do the right thing when given the opportunity?