I'm all for loving my neighbor, as long as they are good, churchgoing folk, but this whole love-and-forgiveness-for-everyone thing is crazy. Luckily there are a lot of Christian leaders and organizations that can steer you around this nonsense.
My hope is that by promoting the deserving "bright spots" in our burgeoning multifaith movement for justice -- the leaders I've worked with and walked alongside -- they'll captivate our youth, as they've captivated me.
Growing up in a Catholic household and attending Jesuit schools gave him a religious vocabulary he then brought to deep questions. His discovery of music became a search for truth. Over time he learned that art is not truth but points to truth.
The Russian occupation of Crimea brings back memories of how the Soviets infiltrated and took over my homeland when I was growing up next door to Ukraine. I've been pondering whether it was optimism or hope that kept me alive.
The Shi'a Imam spoke about the increased conflict that characterized our world, the tensions between Sunni and Shi'a interpretations of Islam and that pluralism -- an ethic in which diversity, not just in its spirit, but in practice -- needed to be valued and championed.
This has been the hardest eulogy for me to write. I cried almost every step of the way. I miss him greatly. I know we all do. His smile, sense of humor, warmth, wisdom and vision. We have lost a giant.
I often write about the power of shame in the context of recovery. But shame is a human problem, and long-time Christians are in no ways immune. I was a Christian--and a slave to shame--for more than a decade before I became a slave to alcohol.
Sojourner went on to meet presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. She developed a friendship with fellow human rights activist Harriet Tubman. She tried to vote on two occasions, but was turned away both times.
As the President of Christian Women in Science, I hear many stories about the struggles of women of this faith who are interested or work in science, technology, engineering and math. Some stories are encouraging, but others are enough to break my heart.
Faith is not reserved for the religious, nor does any religion have a monopoly on it. To the contrary, at one level, faith is a common and important psychological coping mechanism used every moment of our lives to allow us to function as normally as possible.
"I love you to the moon and back." Hmmm, what would that look like? Would the moon be crescent shaped or full? And how does one get to the moon and back? On an airplane? A rocket ship? Or does one simply sprout wings and fly?