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On My Excommunication

Kelly Kultala | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
Kelly Kultala

Last week the Republican Party county chair called for me to be excommunicated because I am a pro-choice Catholic. I refuse to sit by silently and allow the faith I grew up with to be hijacked by a crowd that believes they have the dominion to judge whether others are faithful enough or Catholic enough.

Grief and Faith

Pamela Brill | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Pamela Brill

Whether it's God or Nature or a Spirit of the Universe -- it carries broken mothers and wraps them in an ethereal shawl. Like a mother wraps her children and keeps them warm.

Reversing Genesis: The Ransacking of Temple Earth

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

If you were to enter a church, mosque, or synagogue determined to plunder it before burning it down, you would probably end up in custody. Do the same to Earth, home to us all, and you might be eligible for a government subsidy.

How Candace Cameron Bure Uses Faith as a Foundation for Parenting in a Culture of Social Media, Mean Girls and Hook-Ups

Caroline Presno | Posted 08.31.2014 | Entertainment
Caroline Presno

Bure is comfortable being outspoken and honest about her beliefs, which is one of the things that brought her so much attention recently as guest co-host of ABC's The View.

He Must Lead Them: Can We Roll With That?

Ken Wilson | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

Perhaps it is our job, we insider sheep, to take our eyes off the controversy and place them on the shepherd, who may be not so much seeking our opinion on the matter as executing his own.

It's Time to Harness the Power of the Pulpit

Dr. Amy Nunn | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Nunn

By enlisting each and every clergy member in candid conversations about the epidemic, we can harness the power of the pulpit to mobilize the African-American community around HIV/AIDS.

Where Do Our Children Feel Safe?

Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Jan Cloninger and Rosemary Strembicki, LCSW

Few people would disagree that we've become a divided society with our own thoughts and beliefs taking precedence over tolerance and understanding. But what is it doing to our children?

Was Jesus a "Hillbilly?"

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

People of faith tend to do themselves very little service by condemning non-believers as closed-minded. As an educated, thinking Christian I cringe more at the comments of other Christians than I do at the comments of atheists.

From #GivingTuesday to Giving USA, New Lessons for Faith-Based Organizations

Jumpstart | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Jumpstart

Ethics, integrity, imagination. These are among the opportunities and challenges that faith-based nonprofit organizations bring to the broader social sector.

Why Even Married People Should Travel Solo

Patrick Furlong | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Patrick Furlong

When you believe that God is in everyone, you see him everywhere. As a student of mine reminded me recently, it isn't that we find goodness to believe in it; rather, when we believe it exists, we start to see it everywhere.

Jimmy Fallon & the Joy of the Lord

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

This post first appeared at A Deeper Story. I'm not a super disciplined person. But recently I've taken up a new spiritual discipline, and I'm qui...

Pennies From Heaven and Plums That Fall From the Sky: What a Wonderful World It Is

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kathleen Buckstaff

Is goodness tossed at me every day, all day long, and if it is, how often do I miss it, step over it or look past it? Regardless of my state of mind, every time I do stop and see a plum on our walkway, I feel as though someone has given me a gift.

Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Joe Boyd

When I was eight years old, my family started going to church. There I discovered something that changed my life. I was immediately smitten -- head over heels captivated. What I found there, I love now more than ever.

What I Discovered Is Stunning: The Evangelical World Is Crumbling From Within

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I'd worked with. I was only half joking when I told my wife Genie, "Pat Robertson will have me killed." Instead I got (literally thousands) of emails thanking me for "telling my story" as many people put it.

Put On Your Armor of God

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

Here is how I've learned to control how I react: I take a pause and put on the armor of God. Reacting emotionally means we are allowing the situation, or other people, to dictate how we feel and how we act. And if we do that, we will never come out of a bad situation victorious.

My Proudest Parenting Moment I'll Never Share With You

Stephanie Gates | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Gates

My children mean every prayer they utter. They also mean it when they cry in despair because they are too tired to brush their teeth. It's not that their faith isn't real. It is. But it is too immature to be held out for the world to see.

Pentecost: Unusual Allies and the New Faces of Ministry

Wayne Meisel | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Next week is General Assembly. Like many other meetings of this kind, these national gatherings often become public displays of division and discord rather than being a time of affirmation and unity.

You Are Not Defeated: There Is Still Hope

Tenille Livingston | Posted 08.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tenille Livingston

From the outside looking in many households have it all together, but yet many are living above their means. Families all across the country are strug...

Ancestor Deficit Disorder

Steven Crandell | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

A tree without roots cannot grow. When we humans lose our roots, we too begin to wither -- losing our balance, our health and our spiritual foundati...

Tonya L. Moore Is All F*d Up in Phenomenal New Self-Expose

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.10.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

In the media landscape of Karrine Steffans and Kim Kardashians, who exploit their lives for profit and social capital, Moore's memoir serves a unique purpose and sets a standard of values that comes with time, growth and maturity.

5 Life Lessons From Running An Ultra-Marathon

Nicole Scott | Posted 08.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Scott

Each step I took was just one step closer to crossing the finish line of my 50-mile dream. Take your first step and see where it takes you.

Landscaping for Heaven or Hell on Earth

Lisa Novick | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.02.2014 | 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.