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What Is the Soul?

Jon Wortmann | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

We don't know what the soul is. That's what Phyllis Tickle said recently at a conference presented by the Servant Leadership School in Greensboro, ...

Declaration of Joy

Miriam Ava | Posted 07.07.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

When did the feeling that being happy is frivolous take root in so many of us? It's our own perverse protection mechanism that keeps us in a low vi...

Discerning and Hearing Divine Guidance Isn't Always Easy

Angela Jamene | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Sometimes guidance can feel terrifying, I won't lie. Being guided to do the right thing is hard, we worry how it will be received. But, that starts to go away.

Why I Pray

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I once read somewhere that repeating a prayer is nothing more than parroting words. However, I have come to understand and feel a certainty of the cleansing of my soul through repeated prayer, just as my beloved aunt did.

When Our Children Bring Mistakes To Us

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis

Our children are going to make mistakes; whether or not we're part of the solution depends on the relationships we build today.

Chicago Gears Up for the James Beard Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The impact of so many great chefs and excellent restaurants can be felt by the James Beard Foundation announcing its nominees in Chicago, rather than New York.

Was It Too Good To Be True?

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 04.23.2014 | TV

UPDATE: BuzzFeed reports that a network rep has stated NBC is not currently in talks for a "Will & Grace" reunion. It has been reported that a spec...

Nude Portrait Series Reveals The Beauty And Strength Of Breast Cancer Survivors

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.11.2014 | Arts

Photographer Charise Isis is turning the female nude trope on its head, transforming imagery we associate with masterpieces of yore into visual tribut...

"Grace for Keshet": Where Music Meets Charity

Judah Joseph | Posted 05.30.2014 | College
Judah Joseph

Grace for Keshet has the potential between March 31st and April 9th to really change the lives of Chicagoan individuals with Special Needs. With each donor's contribution, Jonny's song also gets distributed to another person.

Daily Meditation: Waking Up

Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Every life lived has something to teach us about ourselves and God, does it not?

Ashen Foreheads and Ashen Hearts

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

The season of Lent is not first about fasting or self-denial; it's about serious participation -- here and now -- in God's divine forgiveness with all his people, from the heart: God's pardon of us and our pardon of others. It doesn't change God, it changes us. It changes our hearts.

How Do You Wear Your Life? #Gucci, #Gratitude

Deb Carlin Polhill | Posted 05.04.2014 | Style
Deb Carlin Polhill

The outer image you project is most probably a reflection of how you feel. Do you choose to wear your life as a beautiful statement, or do you choose to wear worry, sadness and misfortune?

Can You Taste Love?

Alison Cayne | Posted 04.22.2014 | Food
Alison Cayne

Feeding others, not only physically but also emotionally, is a key tenet in Zen philosophy. Zen monks spend a substantial amount of their day cooking because it helps them practice mindfulness, service to others, and patience.

Joy! Causeless Joy!

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 04.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Today was a great day, because I fully allowed love and beauty to open my heart to causeless joy. That joy continues as I share that now with you.

On the Culture Front: Missing Treme, Reveling in Chris Thile, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.15.2014 | New York
Chris Kompanek

As Treme has come to a close, it's hard to decide whether the food or music will be more memorable.

I Will Not Fix Everything in 2014

Jacki Donaldson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Jacki Donaldson

What I need more than anything in 2014 is calm; I need to get off the scale, relax, find balance, eat for health, and parent my children from a place of grace. There is more, but I will not fix everything in 2014; I shall save the rest for another year.

Everyone's a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony

Rachel Held Evans | Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion
Rachel Held Evans

Eating shellfish is an abomination, a bare head is a disgrace, gossips will not inherit the kingdom of God, careless words are punishable by hell, guys who leer at women should gouge out their eyes.

A Mormon, a Lesbian and Baby Jesus

Charity Sunshine Tillemann Dick | Posted 02.19.2014 | Religion
Charity Sunshine Tillemann Dick

Many women facing abortion don't see a choice. They see abortion as their only real option. They don't see the possibility of a real life for their children; so why would they bring them into the world?

'Tis the Season for Grace

Adele Scheele | Posted 02.18.2014 | Fifty
Adele Scheele

A woman standing behind me suddenly upended her glass of pinot grigio, spilling it on my head and down my new silk blouse. I turned to see her eyes and mouth open in horror. Then she came over to me and dropped to her knees, a supplicant.

Searching for Grace in the New Year

Zach Wahls | Posted 02.17.2014 | Good News
Zach Wahls

I've been thinking about grace a lot lately. I think you're supposed to think about grace during the holidays. I'm thinking about it because I've had a really rough last two and a half months and grace feels like the hardest thing in the world to find right now.

From Death Row to Restorative Justice

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 01.29.2014 | Crime
Marina Cantacuzino

Restorative justice is a system that fundamentally views crime as injury rather than wrong-doing, and justice as healing rather than punishment. Whilst visiting New York, Minneapolis, Hawaii and Texas I've uncovered some remarkable US-based programs that bear this out.

'This Thanksgiving Retail Craze Represents The Opposite Of Counting Our Blessings'

Mary Novaria | Posted 01.29.2014 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

Some of my friends can't wait for the holidays. The rest can't wait for them to be over. It's no wonder we're conflicted. We've allowed our most traditional, warm and fuzzy holiday to be smothered by an avalanche of consumerism and immediate gratification.

Do Not Say Grace This Thanksgiving

Amanda Deverich | Posted 01.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Deverich

Saying grace is a blessed thing to do -- offering grace via action brings blessings to the table. Serving up grace is no easy task in the midst of a Thanksgiving hullabaloo.

Grace

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jack Schimmelman

Being chronically ill is learning about love. Whether I believe I can recover or not, I am blessed.