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Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 06.08.2014 | Green
Lisa Novick

It is time to recognize the wrongdoing at the heart of ornamental non-native landscaping and to make amends. It is time for people to extend the love and respect they show for one another to the land that surrounds their homes and places of worship.

Summer Camp Is Critical to Faith: An Interview With Kenda Creasy Dean

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

This summer approximately 11 million children and adults will attend camp. Does going to camp matter? Last year I interviewed Kenda Creasy Dean who...

Learning From Maya

Sue Shanahan | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Knowing of all the strikes that had been against her, assured me that that kind of love is available to everyone. If bidden and allowed, it will hold anyone's head high and move through them to fulfill their life's purpose.

Meeting of the Minds: Addressing the Church's Future

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is encouraging to see spaces created to have these unlikely conversations occur among diverse people who are passionate about the church and their calling. As an FTE Alumna and an FTE Advisory Board Member, I continue to watch FTE flourish, lead, and pave the way for future leaders to guide the church into its unknown future.

The Art of the Pivot

Karen Talavera | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Talavera

When we want something, why is it so easy to actually drive it away instead of nurturing it into reality? Attracting anything into being involves thr...

Searching for an Answer: What I Believe

Abby Draper | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Abby Draper

This weekend, something really shitty happened in Santa Barbara, when a man who reportedly was seeking a vengeance on women who had "starved him of se...

Studies: It Is Most Blessed to Give and to Receive

David Briggs | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Congregants who only gave help to other members were twice as likely to fully trust their fellow worshipers as participants who neither gave nor received help. Members who only received help were nearly three times as likely to have the same high level of trust. But it was the combination of both that made the biggest difference.

4 Steps to Manifesting a Life of Bliss

Cali Gilbert | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Cali Gilbert

I'm here to tell you, you don't have to know. You just need to do your part and have unwavering faith that the right people, the right situations will present themselves to support your dream. Don't give up just because of circumstance. Dreams do come true. I'm living proof.

Where Faith Still Thrives! Summer Camps and the Future of the Church

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Christian community was synonymous with everyday living at camp. I didn't have to sit still, dress up, listen to organ music, or sing in youth choir.

Coincidences: We Are Never Alone

Sue Shanahan | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

Reading When God Winks gave me hope that there is a Higher Power who loves his children (me included) unconditionally. The notion that he puts serendipitous events on our paths to lift our spirits was a lovely concept to me.

A Case Against Certainty

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We've become intolerant of doubt, especially self-doubt: we don't know how to live with the notion that we might be mistaken while continuing to strive to be reasonable.

The Unshakable Faith That Trekking to Magical Places Makes a Difference

Bridget Fonger | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Bridget Fonger

New Year's Eve 1982: holiday break from our junior year abroad in Paris. A friend's parents had invited us to Sri Lanka and one of their magical gift...

A Miracle, a Wedding and a Baby

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

I trusted in God's timing, in my daughter's family planning, and in my husband's wishes, and this brought us the gift of life and expanded our family, just as I had always wanted.

Environmental Injustice and Economic Issues: WCC's Working Group on Climate Change

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.13.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is becoming ever more important to recognize the urgency of climate change within our religious outlook on life. We cannot continue to ignore the topic of climate change while all of God's creation is suffering.

Losing and Regaining Your Faith in Life

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 07.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Nothing sets us up for psychological and spiritual malaise more than our loss of faith in life. When we turn against life, we naturally lean in the di...

Rescue Missions of the Future: Speaking to the Faith Community About Housing First

Mark Horvath | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

I firmly believe the faith-based community is our best chance of ending homelessness. However, we must adapt to new models and new ways of thinking, and we must embrace disruptive change to help better serve our communities.

How George Fox University Created a Double Standard of Exclusion for Transgender Student

Jake Dockter | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Jake Dockter

GFU should not get to respect a student on paper, in press releases, and in letters by using their preferred pronoun but then in practice and policy choose not to. If you choose to see Jayce as he is in one context, you must see him as he wholly in all situations.

What the NFL Doesn't Want You to Think About

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.09.2014 | Sports
Jim Wallis

The name of Washington, D.C.'s football team is a racial slur, a racist epithet. The U.S. trademark office agrees; so does the dictionary. But more importantly, Native American people feel it. How important is that to the rest of us? That is the moral question for all of us: Are we going to show respect for our nation's original citizens?

The Dandelion Seed Waits With Hope

Nicole Dash | Posted 07.08.2014 | Women
Nicole Dash

Perspective is so personal -- like faith. You either choose to believe or you don't. You try to make sense of everything. You try to set your own course. That is, until you find yourself floating. Not because you are lacking something, but instead, because you are ready for something different.

What a Man Remembers

Evan F. Moore | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Evan F. Moore

Pregnancy is a polarizing topic in my estimation. I say that because I'm one of the folks out there who would love to be a father. My firstborn child would've been due this month.

How the Washington Wizards Have Renewed My Faith

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

The Bible tells us to "run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1)," and this is harder than it sounds. Just ask the Washington Wizards of the NBA.

Spirituality: How To Nurture It

Steve McSwain | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I like the way Rabbi Kaplan defines it. He says spirituality is "the progressive unlearning of the strange ideas about God you've been taught..."

Can We Please Tone Down Mother's Day This Year?

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Women
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

This is the week that I was supposed to give birth to my first child and celebrate my first Mother's Day as a mom.

The Dwelling of God in a Mother's Love

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Catherine Nagle

For some of us, the more mature we become, the more we are able to see the perfection of our mother's love. But our mom was out of the ordinary. Not just because she was ours, but because she overcame all the odds against her.

Defending the Defenseless Is Wisdom to Thrive

Catherine Nagle | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

We will not come into our own authentic power as grace-filled human beings until we first are able to give ourselves to others. Perhaps, we would not have to live through such great tragedies if we opened our hearts with love the way God intended.