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Peace in Israel: A Psycho-Spiritual Conversation

Paul Hunting | Posted 07.31.2014 | Religion
Paul Hunting

If we can move away from what's causing the strife (mainly politics and religion) and, without disrespecting either, discuss the psycho-spiritual process by which any one or group of human beings can create wealth, health and fulfillment then there is hope.

Open Letter to: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel From MRFF Founder and President Michael L. "Mikey" Weinstein

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

The Air Force ought to be a level-playing-field meritocracy where its members are fairly evaluated, rated, and stratified based on their demonstrated character, integrity, and accomplishments, and not on the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender, or the nature of their religious faith or their absence of religious faith.

Don't Weaponize Your Words (Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Too often, we draw a false distinction between words and deeds, underestimating the impact that words can have on our souls and communities. We presume harsh words to be fair game online, in the mysterious ether of "virtual" interaction.

Here They Go Again...

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 07.30.2014 | Gay Voices

The notoriously anti-gay ATLAH Missionary Church in Harlem, NY, has posted another virulently homophobic sign, this time informing churches and their ...

Is It Gluttony or Starvation That Is Killing 'Marriage' in the United States?

Laura Wellington | Posted 07.30.2014 | Divorce
Laura Wellington

With most marriages lasting a tad over twelve years presently (harboring four years of "separation" within and numerous concerted attempts at marriage counseling, marriage boot camp, marriage retreats, and reconciliation be damned), it is no wonder that marriage in the United States is on the decline

The Decadence of Persecuting Deviance

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Inquisitions to current day intolerant extremists, life and resources are wasted with perverted extravagance. Difference and deviance have become the most frequently employed rationale to persecute, punish and kill.

Stripped: The Culling Aspect of a Catholic Conversion

Nancy Kotting | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Nancy Kotting

Virtually all that I thought I held dear, as the cornerstones that defined my life, were stripped. I will not deny it: The relentless culling often left me physically riveted in fear, broaching terror, paralyzed in my own mind and cast deep into an internal silence.

The Monday Demonstrations

John Feffer | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

The citizens of Leipzig are very proud of the fact that the East Germany revolution of 1989 began in their city.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.

Civil Rights Clash: Transhumanists Prepare to Challenge an Anti-Cryonics Law in Canada

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

British Columbia has a law on the books that prohibits the marketing or sale of services for cryonics. The stage is being set for a civil rights clash. Cryonicists say they will challenge the law in court, citing it as a human rights violation that threatens their ultimate transhuman goal of trying to live indefinitely.

Why I Gave John the Baptist a Wife

K. Ford K. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
K. Ford K.

When I began my research for a novel about John the Baptist, I expected to find a wild man dressed in camel hair robes, eating locusts and honey in the desert. The enigmatic and mysterious man I found was quite different. The man I found was charismatic, passionate, popular and brave.

My Prayer "Invasion"

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Why does prayer feel both right and normal to me and crazy, too? The best I can do is offer this analogy. In the movie Close Encounters of the Thir...

Spiritual Empathy

Avram Mlotek | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Avram Mlotek

My entering the room of a dying 30-, 60- or 80-year-old to offer prayer exists amid the backdrop of torrential violence and global conflict.

It Is the Responsibility of Religion to Inspire Global Solidarity

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

We must cultivate our souls and do the necessary spiritual work to sustain our holy efforts to transform the world. The task is so great. We are not only charged to create a more just world for ourselves but even for our enemies.

What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Umar Zulqarnain

We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.

Could 'Loaves and Fishes' Change the Immigration Dilemma? (Matthew 14:13-21)

Verity A. Jones | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Verity A. Jones

I am grateful for the religious leaders around the nation who are calling elected officials from towns and cities to our nation's capital to put on a different set of glasses and see something in this terrible situation other than scarcity.

3 Steps to Happiness

Steven Crandell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

Prayer can be a time of healing and recalibration. It can be a time for doubts and concerns. It can be a time when you reaffirm what you really believe is important, what you want to do with your life. The big thing is that it gives you the chance to choose the light every day.

Which View of Christianity Does the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Defend? What About Sharia Law?

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Until God comes down from heaven to advise the Supreme Court on which religious interpretations are truly expressed correctly, it's best to keep "religious expression" away from laws affecting the lives of all Americans.

A Final Ramadan Reflection

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

In these remaining few hours or Ramadan, do your best to spend a little bit of time with yourself and look inside your heart to see what are you carrying with you as you leave this month. Each of you has so much to share with this world.

Ramadan: Religious Fervor Taken Over by Media Capitalists?

Mariam Khan | Posted 07.26.2014 | Religion
Mariam Khan

For the first time in my life, I got an opportunity to spend Ramadan outside my home country, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The mantra of an "Islamic" state of Pakistan is continuously blared on every other media one comes across. But, is real Islam being practiced?

When Gaza Is Burning, We Must Break the Silence

Atalia Omer | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
Atalia Omer

In times of war, it is critical to challenge the logic of those who paint the violence as "inevitable," and also to treat as newsworthy those citizens who actively challenge the conventional narrative from within Israel.

Answering God's Call to Serve as an Elder

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Zachary K. Pearce

Basically serve as an Elder. It was then that I felt God's call to serve in this capacity. It was not something I could say no to, because the Elder who called me, was simply giving voice to God's request.

Secular Homesteading: I Thought We Were Talking About Goat Cheese

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 07.25.2014 | Comedy
Jennifer McGaha

Recently, my husband and I moved to an old homestead in the woods and began raising a few vegetables, some bees, a couple dozen chickens, a handful of dairy goats. Since neither of us was raised on a farm, we naturally turned to the Internet for information about how to do it correctly.

Losing My Religion and Getting It Back Again

Thom Nickels | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion
Thom Nickels

Indifference, I've found, rarely lasts forever. Two years ago when I gave one of my sisters an Icon of the Theotokos for Christmas, she looked at the icon and burst into tears. While I'm not sure what the tears meant, I felt that something within her was beginning to change.

Planting Seeds of Change as LGBT Christians - from El Salvador to North America

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

That any church these days would take the step toward full inclusion of the LGBT community is courageous. That the Salvadoran Episcopal Church's Sexual Diversity Ministry even exists is a miracle to behold.