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What Do Real Women Religious Think About Lifetime's "The Sisterhood"?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion

Two episodes into Lifetime’s “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns,” the series has already attracted the attentions of real women religious across the...

The Problem and the Solution

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

People throughout the U.S. have such a bad opinion of politicians that in their early years they prepare for other occupations and vocations, never giving serious thought to becoming a politician.

Why We Keep Measuring Our Children's Lives

Heather Choate Davis | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Heather Choate Davis

We have sexy, codified assessments for everything: intelligence, aptitude, risk, odds, and the ever-critical return on investment. Still, when it comes to understanding the measure of a life -- a life well lived, a life of value -- statistics are about as useful as a footnote.

Aging Well Through the Presence of God

John Backman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
John Backman

There is nothing inherently wrong with optimism, individualism, humor, or active lifestyles. All of these have contributed a great deal to the quality of our lives. It is when they feed a pervasive denial of aging and death that they stop serving us well.

From Charity to Justice to Love: My Professional Odyssey

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Jessica R. Dreistadt

True connection, dialogue, and understanding are missing from both the charity and justice prototypes. Both models are based on judgment, prescription, and dominance. Both assume that there is one right answer -- an illusory perfection that none of us can truly claim to exemplify.

On Teaching (and Activism)

Melissa Browning | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Melissa Browning

In our hearts, I believe most of us who teach are teacher-activists whether we name ourselves in this way or not. Teaching isn't just a job -- it's a vocation.

Education Debt and the Vocation Crisis: Prospective Priests Can No Longer Afford Poverty

Gabrielle Canon | Posted 09.08.2013 | Religion
Gabrielle Canon

The increase in rates on federal student loans will not only impact students -- members of the Catholic Church fear this will also affect faith. Graduates with large amounts of debt will now be less likely to pursue priesthood and will contribute to a significant shortage of priests in the U.S.

10 Decisions You Can Make to Change the World

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The common good and the quality of our life together will finally be determined by the personal decisions we all make. Here are ten personal decisions you can make to help foster the common good.

Vocation Meets Graduation: 7 Questions for College Seniors

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

I'm glad the vast majority of my students will be employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation -- that is very important. But mere work or grad school misses the point. We've failed in educating our students well if they seek simply a job.

Arm Teachers! A Response to the NRA

Dan Butin | Posted 02.20.2013 | Education
Dan Butin

I want to arm teachers. I want to arm them with the realization that schooling is different than education, and that it takes passion and purpose to move from the former to the latter.

How I Became A Jesuit Priest

Paul Lickteig | Posted 11.19.2012 | Religion
Paul Lickteig

This desire to love and serve led me to explore a single mystery in a deeper way: GOD. Awareness of the great I AM, the Source of Being was a sensitivity that I had desired to cultivate openly and without distraction for years.

Grades and Vocation

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.08.2012 | College
Norma Cook Everist

As a teacher, I have long advised against using grades as motivation for learning. Well yes, I suppose it works, but I don't like it that it works.

Is the Teaching Profession Dead?

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.13.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

In case you haven't noticed, teachers as a whole are not taken very seriously these days. Teaching as a respected profession has been on life support for quite some time.

Hello, Rob Bell - The Interview

Skye Jethani | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Skye Jethani

"Let the Spirit do what the Spirit will. And while you're at it, relinquish the need to label everything "Christian" or "not Christian." Be a Christian. People can figure the rest out. It's a noun, after all.

What Does Wall Street Really Want?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 12.12.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Occupy Wall Street has turned the spotlight in the general vicinity of Wall Street, but unfortunately it has yet to force Wall Street to articulate its own reason for existence.

What Do You Really Want Wall Street?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Occupy Wall Street has turned the spotlight in the general vicinity of Wall Street, but unfortunately it has yet to force Wall Street to articulate its own reason for existence.

Wall Street Bankers 'Answer Call' Of New Careers

Reuters | Lauren Tara LaCapra | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business

(Reuters) - In his 23 years as a banker, Adam Greene trotted the globe, closing billions of dollars' worth of deals for some of the world's biggest ba...

The Spiritual Dimensions Of Work And Unemployment

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Our society's current unemployment epidemic is, in part, a spiritual crisis. Communities of faith must address it with diligence. The scars resulting from it will, for many, go far beyond prolonged frustration and lost economic vitality.

Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

2011-03-04-jw.jpgCutting programs that help the most vulnerable isn't going to get us out of financial trouble, or reduce the deficit in ways that we now need.

Do Only Religious People Have A 'Calling'?

Chris Stedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

A calling is more than a job; it's something that matters to you, drives you, inspires you. It's what gets you out of bed in the morning.

Overcoming Grief Through Community And Grace

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

All of us have vocational moments or experiences in our lives that God uses to reveal our passion and purpose in life. For me, these vocational moments evolve into a deeper calling to ordained ministry.

Finding Grace At A Bus Stop: Why I Owe My Vocation To A Childhood Encounter With God

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Sitting at that bus stop I now realized that God's first calling for me to serve poor and at-risk youth took place when He used the kindness of that woman to show me what grace looks like.

What Makes Art "Christian?": Flannery O'Connor, Sufjan Stevens, and Vocation

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

The questions ought to be: does this song make us stop? Does this book make us think? Does this art feel like the suffering we know and the hope we hope for anyway?

How To Find Your Clear Intention - Your Possible Dream

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

"To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." William Shakespeare In response to m...