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The Collage Of God

Mark Oakley | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Mark Oakley

Ever since my experience working in a hospital chaplaincy as part of my ministerial training, I have had to admit to myself that neat and tidy theologies just don't add up for me.

WATCH: Is Spirituality The Future Of Medicine?

Posted 08.16.2012 | Healthy Living

Columbia University has just opened the Spirituality & Mind-Body Institute, an innovative program that aims to bring a spiritual dimension to medicine...

Reclaiming The Faith Tradition Of Hospitality

Wayne Meisel | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Many of these volunteers represent the best of the next generation. Yet they often arrive at their assigned site knowing little about the community and with little to no local support system.

The Reality of Mortality

Erin Smith | Posted 10.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin Smith

I don't know what happens after we die. But I do know that we have a responsibility to ourselves to take charge, to the best of our ability, of what happens when we live on earth. To do otherwise is selling ourselves short.

Matisyahu's Transformation Isn't Unique

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

If we learn anything from Matisyahu's very public religious transformation it should be that our identity isn't static. Our lives are journeys.

Christianity, The Roller Coaster

James C. Howell | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
James C. Howell

God invented gravity and structured reality in a way that, if you give yourself over to it, it can be a thrill. To buck the direction of the thing is foolhardy.

Why Faith -- And We -- Need Contradictions

John Backman | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
John Backman

So many of us don't like contradictions. They upset the apple carts of our certainty. We're confident that our faith tradition is correct. So we do everything we can to make the contradictions go away. But maybe this kind of headache is precisely what we need.

What Are Spirituality And Faith? Not What Most People Think...

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Spirituality is not declaring, "The Bible says it; I believe it; that settles it." That settles nothing. Such proclamations sound absolute -- sound certain -- sound as if the person making them is living by faith.

Some Big, Civilization-Shaping Ideas From Religion

Robert Fuller | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

Religious models such as monotheism, the golden rule and universal dignity are pillars of human civilization. Like science models, their strength is due to the truth they embody, and not dependent upon the zeal of "true believers."

Go Wherever God Leads

Tanya Martin | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Tanya Martin

Often times, I do not know what my future holds, but I have to trust the instructor (God) and know that He will not lead me down a path that I cannot handle.

Holy Rollers (in Her Hair): An Interview With Rev. Yolanda Mapes

Court Stroud | Posted 10.03.2012 | Gay Voices
Court Stroud

With her blond bouffant, ample bosom, and meticulous lipstick, Yolanda Mapes might look like a stereotypical church matron, but the five o'clock shadow and big-boned feet betray the truth: she's no lady.

Remembering Brett McLean

Frank Fredericks | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

I think it's time we take off our hats to him. My heart goes out to his family, and thank you Brett for reminding me what it means to truly live like Jesus, even when it costs you dearly.

The Burden Of Belief: A Christian Meditation On Doubt And Despair

Bert Montgomery | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Some find it easy to believe. Some are strong, firm, resilient and certain in their faith. Then there are those who work very hard to convince themselves that they believe.

Why Your Heart Is Not Always 'Deceitful Above All Else'

The Good Women Project | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
The Good Women Project

This idea is fed by the commonly held and taught mantra that Christians often repeat. "Your emotions will lie to you!" we warn one another. And with these two ideas, we retreat to one of the most deadly places we can: denial.

Recovering A Politics of Lament In Our Faith Communities

C. Christopher Smith | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
C. Christopher Smith

Aurora has reminded us that lament is sorely lacking in our land. Our faith communities are faced with a prime opportunity to recover the practice of lament and point us toward a society that is more compassionate and humane.

Monotheism And The Quest For A Theory Of Everything

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

We cannot expect to know God's mind until, at the very least, we have eliminated inconsistencies in our observations and contradictions in our partial visions.

Microwavable Faith

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 09.29.2012 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

Our sense of entitlement rears its head when we pull our spiritual dish out, pick up our fork of faith, and press down into a solid cold, frozen center, otherwise known as our heart.

What's the Difference Between Religion and Psychosis?

Intent | Posted 09.26.2012 | Healthy Living

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gotham Chopra about his new show, Holy Facts. Billed as "the show that treads the fine line between scientists, spiritualists, and psychotics," I was curious about Gotham's own take on the relationship between the three.

Bridging The Atlantic Divide Between Muslims

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2012 | Religion
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

By learning from each other, American and European Muslims have the ability to realize their own potential and develop a synergy that can give rise to new sociopolitical ideas and intellectual movements.

Don't Make Dialogue Illegal: Standing Up for Persecuted LGBT in Uganda

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The fact that those being persecuted on the margins of society, in this case gay and lesbian people in Uganda, should mean that Christians should give extra attention to protecting and standing up for them.

Climbing The Fence Between Fear And Possibility

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Together let us climb that fence. Together let us claim the future. Together let us make the impossible possible as we work to reconcile division, to transform injustice and to urge the lost onto the road home.

Hope And Courage In The Face Of Cancer

Chava Tombosky | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Chava Tombosky

When walking in to the Feldman's home, one can't help but notice the challenge they face. And yet, their home, now thrust in a cacophony of crisis, has energy of hope, optimism and unconditional love pulsing through its veins.

How To Keep Your Balance When There's No Place To Stand And Nothing To Hold

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.23.2012 | Religion
Robert Fuller

It's the essence of models that they're works in progress. The idea that models can change, and should be expected to yield their place of privilege to better ones, has been surprisingly hard to impart.

The Trajectory of Tragedy

Liz Sterling, M.A. | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Liz Sterling, M.A.

Situations like these bring to the surface what has been bubbling in the depths of our subconscious. We can use this time to see the true stuff we're made of -- and activate the grit of our souls.

Ramadan Reflection Day 3: Considering Marriage

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 09.20.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

We were in the car with a few friends and inevitably started a conversation on every young Muslims favorite topic: Marriage. This one interestingly focused on how many men, Muslim especially, have trouble committing to relationships with women who are motivated, driven and ambitious.