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Preparing Our Seeds for a New Year

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

This week we will enter the Hebrew month of Ellul, a time traditionally dedicated to preparation for the re-birthing that waits us in one month - Rosh Hashana, the New Year.

Ebola Doctor's Prayer: "God Saved My Life!" Really?

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

When I hear Dr. Kent Brantley thanking God for sparing his life, as well as thanking the public for their many prayers, I cannot help but wonder, What about the 1200 Africans who died of Ebola? Why were you spared but they were not?

It'll Be Grand

Miriam Ava | Posted 08.29.2014 | Travel
Miriam Ava

Summer visualizes abundance. It's the magical time of year when life flows effortlessly because I'm enjoying myself thoroughly. Loving sunshine o...

Love Scares Us All

Joe Hudson | Posted 06.02.2014 | San Francisco
Joe Hudson

Love scares us all. It is everywhere. There's no escaping it. When we were younger we dreamt we were scared of concrete things like enemies an...

A Prayer For Memorial Day

Broderick Greer | Posted 07.27.2013 | Religion
Broderick Greer

Global God, don't bless us. Lord, have mercy on us. Have mercy on our arrogance. Have mercy on our mercilessness. Have mercy on our patriotism.

A Sanctuary Of Healing, Born Of Tragedy

Guideposts | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion
Guideposts

Six months after the brutal murder of 26 children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary is becoming a reality. We want it to be a place of peace, peace born of terrible, incomprehensible violence. Peace is the only answer to evil. Because no amount of hate, no gun or bullets, can kill love. Especially the love of a child like our daughter, Catherine Hubbard.

The Uncoincidence of John Muir's Birthday and Earth Day

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts
Barbara Mossberg

My children used to tease me, on my fear of climbing Yosemite's daunting Half Dome: "I bet if John Muir were up there you would go." I told them Muir would never give me a second look even if I scaled Half Dome's sheer face: "to get his attention, you'd have to wear bark."

In Guns We Trust

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

As individuals, we are responsible for our choices, especially the choice to kill. But something in our collective heart appears diseased. We cling to guns, it seems, more tightly than we cling to God.

Can We Be Joyful After Newtown?

Rev. Ed Bacon | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Rev. Ed Bacon

To return to joy, to build a safe world for our children, to heal, we must take a stand against guns. To be people of courage, integrity, heart and grace, we must see it through this time.

We Could Use God's Help. Where Is He?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

When God fails to intervene in human suffering, the acceptance of a loving deity who cares for his children arouses fresh doubts.

Faith Communities Step Up Against Gun Violence

Sally Steenland | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

For too long, the work of many of these groups attracted little public notice. Hopefully, however, that will now change. They will not be easily dismissed.

What Gifts Do Our Children Need?

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

In the spirit of the Magi who brought gifts to the Christ Child, let's take a few moments to consider what gifts we should bring to all of God's children.

Responding To School Shootings With A Moment Of Silence

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Providing an opportunity for public school children to reflect on their unique values through a moment of silence does not need to violate the first amendment's prohibition on establishing a religion.

The Idolatry Of Guns

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf

All the guns in the world will never "fix" the problem of fear. They will not rescue gun-supporters from a need to live in constant hyper-vigilance against our fellow human beings. In fact, they will result in the opposite: They will only increase violence, threats, fears and cynicism. Idols have a way of doing that.

People Of Faith Should Back Strong Gun Violence Prevention Measures

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

In the end, I believe that the NRA will find out that the Rev. Canon Gary R. Hall, Dean of the National Cathedral, was correct when he said: "I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby."

Gun Owners: Who Will Stand Up And Say, 'Enough!'

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

We now find ourselves in a liminal space, knowing that this is precisely the time in which we, together, will either effectively address our country's obsession with limitless and needlessly violent weaponry, or slide back into our typically self-focused and detached existence.

The Right To Bear Dreams: It's Time To End The Nightmare Of Child Gun Deaths

Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris

When did we as a nation allow the right to bear arms to supersede children's right to bear dreams? There are more gun dealers in our nation than there are houses of worship. When did the hunger for weapons outstrip our hunger to glimpse God's dream for us as a people?

God Is Not A Control Freak

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Do we want a God who is all-powerful or all-loving? We can't have both and be satisfied with a God who permits the Holocaust, genocide, war and tsunamis.

In Wake of Newtown Shooting, Why Blame Atheists?

Chris Stedman | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

I am concerned that some of these efforts have rendered people like me -- nonreligious Americans -- invisible. And sadly, the idea that godlessness inspires or allows for a tragedy of this nature isn't a new phenomenon.

If We Don't Love Our Neighbors, Then We Don't Love Ourselves

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 02.27.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I don't usually comment on the negative comments that others make about what happens in our society. However, I am having a very hard time keeping my fingers from writing about the comments that have been made about God and what happened in Newtown, Conn.

Being Responsible For Those Created In The Divine Image

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

There is room for debate about which weapons lend themselves to fostering self defense of life, liberty and property. But to be truly mindful of the Second Commandment -- and the Second Amendment -- we must stop idolizing and glorifying any weapons as cultural ornaments and markers of identity.

Christmas In Newtown And Bethlehem

John Thatamanil | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
John Thatamanil

Newtown and Jesus' Bethlehem are bound together by a common horror: slaughter of the innocents. The world into which the Christian Messiah enters is shattered by terror.

God And Grief

Gordon Livingston, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Gordon Livingston, M.D.

Will the God who let this happen now provide us with the strength to accept it so that we can go on worshiping Him? Will we be punished further if we forsake our faith and conclude that we are blameless victims of a random fate?

A Jain Perspective On Newtown Shootings

JAINA | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
JAINA

To minimize violence we need to learn how to control the toxic emotions of anger, ego, deceit, and greed by focusing on the development of their antidotes, namely forgiveness, love, compassion, humility, honesty, and contentment.

Mr. Huckabee, You Owe Newtown -- And God -- An Apology

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

You have just revealed more about yourself than you realize. I see no difference between your view of God and that of the extreme fundamentalists who actually believe their god uses them to torture and kill others.