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Can You Taste Love?

Alison Cayne | Posted 04.22.2014 | Home
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.

Humanity's Paradoxical Story

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

Women and men are made good by a wise and infinite community that John and Paul call Love and then, tragically, by sin and submission to dark powers, we are found lost, drifting from our Maker, hopeless and dying, yet never ceasing to bear God's image.

Just Generosity

Ron Nikkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Justice is not a pre-condition to grace but rather, grace is necessary for justice to exist in the first place. And I suppose, looking at it from another perspective, justice is something everyone deserves but grace by its very nature is always undeserved.

Joy Secret Number 12: Inner Peace

Amanda Gore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Amanda Gore

Sitting in God's hand! The most peaceful moment of my life that I remember was an experience I had with a counselor one day. Without warning, I imagi...

Underwear As Outerwear: What's Under Your Clothes Matters

Marisa Leigh | Posted 12.08.2013 | Style
Marisa Leigh

You remember when you were younger and your mom told you never to leave the house wearing dirty or unseemly underwear? She was right.

The Joy and Grace of Loving

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Love is not something that is generated from within us. Love is what enters our mind and heart and soul when we open to it. Love is what we live in -- it's the intelligence of the universe and the life force that keeps us alive.

Billy Graham's Grandson Reveals Major Evangelical Scandal

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion

AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) The Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investig...

LGBT: What Does It Really Mean?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

LGBT. These letters stand for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender." They also stand for "love, grace, beauty, and truth." The challenges of, and the solutions to, creating a different world are intertwined in these two representations of these four letters.

Jesus, Healing and Grace-Filled Gray Areas

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

This story in Luke makes me wonder: are we as Christians called to follow the steps of Jesus and advocate for unconventional medical treatments? What does it mean to be a person of faith and someone who thinks alternative healing options should be considered?

Loving Strangers Like Babies

Shawna Kaszer | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Shawna Kaszer

Why don't I coo at these grown adults with the same unfailing love I have for babies? Shouldn't I love them the exact same way?

Seven Years to Live?

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Once we experience the fragility of our lives, we realize how precious that life is. Knowing I might not see another summer, I can't tell you how much I am enjoying watching the colors on the trees and the squirrels and chipmunks playing on the ground.

Why Are Humans So Cruel?

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.07.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Recent science is shedding light on this question, and the main culprit at work seems to be envy. The more we envy someone, the more pleasure we derive when that person meets some horrid end.

My Reunion With The Open Door

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

My heart and my thoughts will always be turned toward the oppressed and the outcasts of our world. My work will always be focused upon trying to do everything possible to create the Beloved Community which will be free of racism, sexism, poverty, militarism, hetereosexism, violence and all other false constructs of polarization.

The Path of Grace

Bruce Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 07.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce Davis, Ph.D.

The question is, how do we strengthen our spiritual practice of receiving grace? How do we build a heart that is open enough, empty enough, clear, and ready for grace? How do we become less distracted and more present to be awakened and loved by the many touches of grace?