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On Not 'Ruining Christmas'

Safiya Jafari Simmons | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Safiya Jafari Simmons

I somehow had to go along with this Santa myth to protect the practices and beliefs of other families while de-prioritizing the beliefs my husband and I were endeavoring to instill in our own. How is that fair?

Sequel Sees Author Open Up

Savas Abadsidis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Savas Abadsidis

I had two different screen names -- one for the regular rooms, and one for the gay chat rooms. Even with the anonymity of a screen name, I didn't want my straight "cyberfriends" to see me in gay rooms.

Change One Thing and Everything Changes: Mandela's Lesson

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Everyone seemed to make eye contact and smile in passing. More doors seemed to be held, more patience behind the wheel, more assistance offered for a multitude of little things. Everyone seemed enlarged, elevated, more filled with love than fear. I will call this the Mandela Effect.

A Letter From a Concerned Believer

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 02.15.2014 | Comedy
Michael Gene Sullivan

If Christ had wanted us to put helping, comforting and caring for each other ahead of blind bigotry and the frenzied accumulation of wealth, he would have said something about it in the Bible!

Local Faith Leaders Can End the AIDS Crisis

David Barstow | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion
David Barstow

In 2011, about 1.7 million people died from AIDS-related diseases, but 2.5 million people became infected by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, a net increase of 800,000 people living with HIV.

A Short List for Grief and the Holidays

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 02.12.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

For those who are dealing with acute grief, remember that they are probably living in a fog: nothing seems real because of the shock that grief causes. The holidays are probably the last thing on their mind, and if they are, there can be a sense of panic over what to do next.

Are Human Rights Compatible with Islamic Values?

Ghazala Salam | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Ghazala Salam

Unfortunately, the word of God is lost in the language of cultural interpretations, which fails to understand the Islamic perspective in realizing that discrimination and bias are counterproductive to equity and justice.

Jewish Jesus, 'Christ Killers,' and the Hidden Code of Hatred

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Just when I thought that society had gotten over the bizarre charge that Jews were collectively responsible for the death of Jesus, an equally bizarre missive has come along to challenge my complacency.

Consecrated Sexual Attraction: Part 2

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

This is post 2 of 3 entitled: "Consecrated Sexual Attraction." Read Part 1 here. *** Growing up, my father and I talked a good deal about women, marr...

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Coffin: Parshat VaYechi

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

The Book of Genesis ends on a seemingly sad note, recording the death of Joseph in the last passage. But is that a sad scene -- or a message of hope and faith?

Consecrated Sexual Attraction (Part 1)

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

I took a deep breath when Samantha came into my office (identity changed to protect confidentiality). Twenty years old, brown hair all the way down h...

The Best Holiday Lights

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

We are in the midst of the season of light. Regardless of our faith, we are dazzled by the display. What is the take away from the glow? When January arrives and the the lights dim and disappear, what will we remember?

I'm an Atheist, Therefore I'm a Transhumanist

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 02.04.2014 | Books
Zoltan Istvan

Sometime in the next decade, the number of worldwide godless people -- atheists, agnostics, and those unaffiliated with religion -- is likely to break through the billion-person mark.

No Time For Crime: Study Finds More Religious Communities Have Lower Rates Of Black, White and Latino Violence

David Briggs | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Can religion help reduce violent crime? Some new research suggests the answer is yes, both by creating a moral climate that fosters respect among n...

Just Christian You Say

Ron Nikkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

See, I claim to be a Christian and I'm true to that Ya' favorite rapper claimed he strapped, but never packed a tool In fact, I know some Christian ca...

Believing Is Almost Everything

Susie Spain | Posted 01.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Susie Spain

Sometimes the smallest things that happen can be miracles. Sometimes the smallest moments are miraculous. The point is that we believe.

The Blessing of Blessing

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Whether or not you choose to pray before meals, or faith is central to your life, or you believe in God, I encourage you to take the time to pause, even for just a moment, to recognize the good fortune that you do have in this world.

Cebu City, My Lost Wallet and the Kindness of Humanity

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Humanity is us and when we give up on the kindness of people, in many ways we give up on ourselves and worse, we gradually allow ourselves to do the very things that we so loathed at the start.

Eleven Myths About Going to Seminary

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Law school? Don't like to read that much. Business school? Not very good with numbers. I kept coming back to the idea of seminary. I knew that I needed to find a way to sustain my commitment to the service and justice work I had done all of my life.

Searching for God at Trader Joe's

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

This past week, I visited Trader Joe's in Stamford, Conn. searching for God. I posted two questions. First, what item would be #1 on God's shopping ...

End-Of-Life Decisions Rooted In Faith, Family --And Mistrust For Blacks, Hispanics

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 11.21.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (RNS) “A higher power will deliver me.” “If Jesus suffered, I’m going to suffer.” “I have a daughter, why would I need an...

The Role of Women in the Bahá'í Faith

KidSpirit | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
KidSpirit

I'm a 12-year-old girl who has grown up in a community of Bahá'ís. It is really astonishing to be a part of a religion that is not common around New York, or any place, actually.

Why We Fast: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship

Eliseo Medina | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eliseo Medina

While pundits speculate about Boehner's political weakness, the truth is that he has a historic opportunity to wield the Speaker's gavel as an instrument of justice.

Exchange Religion for Faith

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We can't own the truth. No particular tribe has a patent on it. It hovers somewhere out there in the middle, between all the oppositions that bedevil our societies right now.

Does the Universe have a Purpose?

Victor Udoewa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Victor Udoewa

I wonder if it's possible to consider this question apart from the existence of an intelligent designer. Even without such a designer, can the universe have a purpose? And for those of us who do not believe in a designer, does this universe have a purpose?