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A Darkened Christmas? In Search of a Brighter Future

Daniel Davis | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Daniel Davis

Christmas is just days away. In shops and malls echoes of Bing Crosby singing "Silver Bells" serenade shoppers as they rush home with their treasures. But in all honesty, it's hard to consider Christmas 2014 to be "a season of joy."

A Ray of Hope for the Holidays and Beyond

Nancy Davis | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Nancy Davis

Folks constantly tell me I'm a fighter or battling so bravely the diseases I have incurred along the way. I have never ever considered this a fight or battle. I don't comprehend doing battle with an intangible situation, yet a very painful one.

Celebrating Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Actually, we will never know the exact birth date of Jesus. But that really doesn't make any difference, for we know that Jesus was a real person who is still alive and is a very real presence in our lives today. Let us focus on that as we prepare for a blessed Christmas celebration.

A Life-Saving Perfect Match

Michelle Frost | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact
Michelle Frost

I met Andrea when she was hospitalized in Seattle undergoing her first transplant, now four years ago. What was and remains remarkable about Andrea is her sparkling determination, courage and her seemingly endless ability to tap in to positive side of almost everything.

WATCH: 'I'll Be Happy When...'

Brad Yates | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

Happiness is something we too often put off until certain criteria are met. During this holiday season and on into the new year, I hope you might allo...

Why You Should Curb Your Instinct to Judge Homeless Youth

Ariel Zwang | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

When you see a homeless young person like Mike on the street, you don't see the trauma he has suffered after years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

Miracle at Reny's

Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peter Baldwin Panagore

A working mother hunted for boots that her teenage daughter wanted for Christmas. She looked for weeks hoping to find the expensive boots. An emergency car repair bill came up, meaning the mother spent the boot money.

Welcome Home! Amidst Torture and 'Man's Inhumanity to Man'

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

Advent reminds us we once welcomed Jesus home to earth, and it didn't go so well. Humanity messed up. We're still messing up. To become human is to risk two things: to risk being inhumane to others, or to risk being treated inhumanely.

Dreams Above Damascus: A US College Student From Syria Talks Syrian Misconceptions, Conflict, and Legacy

Aisha Subhan | Posted 12.09.2014 | College
Aisha Subhan

Worlds away from home, Amr can only ponder his past in the city of Damascus. He had left to receive his education and to one day become an engineer. Amr hopes to build and create, paralleling his hopes for Syria's future. Surely, someday, Syria will need rebuilding.

The Miracle On 34th Street- 1 Year Later

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.09.2014 | Good News
Patrice Bendig

The most appropriate thing I can do to commemorate Weston's transplant anniversary is to urge others to be part of a miracle for a family waiting for the life-saving gift of organ and tissue donation.

Advent Hope: The Joy of Meeting Kenneth Bae

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

In the life of the church, Advent is a season of waiting -- waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Advent is also a season of hope as the church lives in the hope that Jesus brings. Throughout our lives, we experience seasons of waiting of differing time periods and intensities.

5 Ways to Thrive During the Holidays

Michelle McQuaid | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Michelle McQuaid

Yes it's that time of year again, the season to be jolly. So why might you be starting to feel a creeping sense of anxiety and even a little bit of dread? The truth is this time of year often finds most of us scrambling. So what are the small changes you can make to help you flourish during this holiday season?

10 Things I Learned In My First Year of College I Hope to Carry with Me for the Rest of My Life

Alaina Baker | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Alaina Baker

No one is responsible for you except you. You are your own happiness. You are the way you perform and the way you make others feel. You are the one who decides what happens next. You hold the power to change whatever you believe needs changing.

WATCH: Permission to Feel Good

Brad Yates | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

I believe our default position is happiness (peace, joy, love, etc.) but it's only under certain conditions that we allow ourselves to feel that. The...

In the Wake of Garner, A Plea for Hope

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 12.07.2014 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

We can talk all we want about provocation and perception. About chokeholds and grand juries. About the militarization of the police. But I want to talk about hopelessness. The criminal justice system is broken, and broken in a way that has harmed communities of color much more than other communities.

When Christmas Is Far from Perfect

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion
Edwin Leap, MD

It was December 4, 2010, that our dreams of a relaxed, joyous, picture-perfect Christmas seemed to shatter; a glass bulb dropped on a hard floor. My wife Jan, mother of our four children, was diagnosed with a stage 4 squamous cell cancer in her throat.

You Can't Walk in My Shoes and I Can't Walk in Yours

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

It's the season of Advent, a time of waiting and hoping. I'm hoping we quit making assumptions with our heads and begin to listen with our hearts.

#ClimateThanks, Not a Moment Too Soon

Bessie Schwarz | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Bessie Schwarz

Today, as Thanksgiving approaches and we reflect on what we are grateful for, thousands are taking to Twitter to celebrate the climate movement with a simple message rarely heard in this doom and gloom issue: Thanks. The message of #ClimateThanks, which has reached millions by now, embodies a profound shift in the climate movement.

Miracles Work Everywhere

Ray Flynn | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Ray Flynn

I was with just elected Massachusetts Democratic Governor, Ed King, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Boston's West End in January of 1979, as people sat quietly in the Church and heard Bishop Joseph McGuire ask for God's blessing on our new Governor.

Bible-Based Campaign Aims to Pay-it-Forward This Holiday Season

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Good News
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Will you make a difference in someone's life this Thanksgiving weekend? Beyond the football, the turkey, family and friends, will you take the time to make someone's day?

How to Live Your Light...

Alex Kip | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Kip

In a world where we're constantly pushing happiness over the horizon, our views of what success means is often skewed. Pretty soon our batteries to our inner flashlight start to wear out. Then, all at once we can't seem to turn on the switch again.

The Subversive Act of the Love Story

Creston Davis | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Creston Davis

Given our limited compressed capitalist time, that we are forced to rely on the corporate media to give us "reality" in overly simplistic, even insulting terms. What act could we commit ourselves to that would break with this reigning ideological propaganda machine? I submit to you the love story.

How Do We Hold On to Hope in Times of Injustice?

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 11.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Mártir

My daughter and I were standing in the middle of the baseball field in Inwood Hill Park, looking up at the stars, when something told me to check to see if the decision was finally announced. "NO INDICTMENT" stared back at me, taunting. I fell to my knees, crying. Yet again I was that kid watching an injustice occur right before my eyes and feeling helpless to do anything about it.

In the Wake of Ferguson, What I'm Thankful For...

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

I am thankful for the Browns, for their courage to respond to this decision with dignity and grace, calling for people to focus their energy on fighting injustice instead of fighting each other.

Start Living Life to the Fullest: Powerful Phrases to Inspire you to Spiritual Greatness

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jesica L. Santos

I have selected 75 phrases that have had a profound impact in my life throughout the years. It is my sincere hope that they will deeply inspire you to reach a higher level of awareness and lasting fulfillment in your life in all the realms.