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ValueSpeak: 'The forget-me-nots of the angels' on Memorial Day

ValueSpeak: 'The forget-me-nots of the angels' on Memorial Day

It would be stretching things to suggest Memorial Day was Dad’s favorite holiday.
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President Obama to attend 'Solidarity Sabbath' service Friday evening

President Obama to attend 'Solidarity Sabbath' service Friday evening

President Obama will be among worshippers Friday evening at a Washington, D.C., synagogue to mark "Solidarity Sabbath," in which Jews and others around the world will stand against anti-Semitism.
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Muslim refugees risk life to flee Burma's persecution

Muslim refugees risk life to flee Burma's persecution

Rohingya Muslim refugees from Burma — which now denies them citizenship — are risking their lives on the sea or in earthquake-ravaged Nepal to seek safety. The Rohingyas say they are victims of religious persecution.
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Technology for religion: good or bad?

Technology for religion: good or bad?

"The Holy Words — it matters not how I got them, it's 'have I retained them?'"
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Skydiving grandmas? You'll want to hear their wise words

Skydiving grandmas? You'll want to hear their wise words



Grandmothers have lived quite a life being kids, teens, adults and raising children from birth to adulthood. Naturally, they may be willing to take more risks, but they also have wisdom to pass along.
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Pope Francis' Philly upcoming visit has homeowners renting rooms

Pope Francis' Philly upcoming visit has homeowners renting rooms

Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States in September — his first as pontiff — is maxing out available lodging in Philadelphia, where he is due to celebrate an outdoor Mass attended by between 1.5 million and 2 million people.
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Dying father gets early father-daughter wedding dance with his girls

Dying father gets early father-daughter wedding dance with his girls



Learning of a terminal diagnosis causes us to pause and focus on things that really matter in life. If you're a parent, you realize all the "firsts" you will miss in the life of your child — dates, school dances, graduations and weddings.
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About half of atheist kids find religion later in life, report shows

About half of atheist kids find religion later in life, report shows

The Pew Research Center released a report earlier this week that looked at the religious landscape of the United States.
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The difference between free speech and hate speech

The difference between free speech and hate speech

The satirical minds behind the controversial French weekly Charlie Hebdo received a standing ovation on Tuesday as they accepted the PEN American Center’s Toni and James C Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award, despite protests claiming that the magazine "violates the acceptable."
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Visiting the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Visiting the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Contemporary media are filled with relentlessly negative news from the Middle East: murders, kidnappings, bombings, suicide attacks, torture, brutal executions, missile attacks, air and drone strikes, failed leaders and states, anarchy, hundreds of thousands dead in wars, millions displaced and widespread human suffering.
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Religion in America is changing, not dying, some observers say

Religion in America is changing, not dying, some observers say

Many of the initial reports on the Pew Research Center's study on America's changing religious landscape could leave the impression that religion is on the decline in the United States.
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What this homeless man did with his final 18 cents ‘moved’ a church

What this homeless man did with his final 18 cents ‘moved’ a church

Leaders of a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, were emotionally moved by a donation they received this week from a homeless man who donated what could have been his final 18 cents to the congregation, according to WBTV, a local news station in North Carolina.
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How interfaith groups are combating the rise in anti-Semitism

The rise in anti-Semitism, highlighted by murderous attacks on Jewish targets in Paris and Copenhagen earlier this year, suggests a looming concern on the global stage, and a conflict between elements of radical Islam and Jewish people. But in several corners of the world, Jews and Muslims are working together to combat the scourge, and those involved say they're seeing positive results:
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Bible-themed TV drama doubles as church sermon starter

Bible-themed TV drama doubles as church sermon starter

The popular NBC television series "A.D.: The Bible Continues" is not only a Sunday-evening must see for many viewers — they're also getting sermons based on the show's themes in church.
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ValueSpeak: How's your technical track record?

ValueSpeak: How's your technical track record?

Not too long ago my friend — we’ll call her Geri — finished taking her final college exams. She has earned her degree one or two classes at a time. Her grandchildren are very proud.
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Coffee shop opens its purple door to help 'street kids'

Coffee shop opens its purple door to help 'street kids'



Homelessness is a world-wide problem. Once a person finds themselves in that situation, it can be difficult to get back on their own two feet again.
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The kindness of a stranger toward a single mom will leave you in tears

The kindness of a stranger toward a single mom will leave you in tears



Every Friday night, a single mother and her three children eat out at a restaurant — a special family tradition. She works hard at her job and as a mother. She's also a domestic abuse survivor.
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Why the cartoonist of Charlie Hebdo will no longer draw the Prophet Muhammad

Why the cartoonist of Charlie Hebdo will no longer draw the Prophet Muhammad

Renald Luzier, a cartoonist who frequently contributes to the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, has decided he no longer has any interest in depicting Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
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Mainline Protestant decline in membership as unaffiliated, Muslims and Hindus gain

Mainline Protestant decline in membership as unaffiliated, Muslims and Hindus gain

A dramatic rise in the number of spiritually "unaffiliated" Americans, mirroring a decline in the number of American Christians, has occurred in the past seven years, signaling significant changes for mainline Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church, a new report reveals.
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No one was coming to this girl's birthday party. Then something amazing happened

No one was coming to this girl's birthday party. Then something amazing happened



Imagine having a child who gets rejected by her peers — on her birthday. As a parent, your heart breaks for her.
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Military chaplains' role evolving while under fire from critics

Military chaplains' role evolving while under fire from critics

Some 240 years after the Continental Congress authorized the presence of chaplains in the colonist's revolutionary forces, do clergy in the military still have a prayer?
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Life in Syria for Christians: teaching tolerance and harmony among the faithful

Life in Syria for Christians: teaching tolerance and harmony among the faithful

It was a chilly afternoon in January at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. In a makeshift city, thousands of Syrian families had reluctantly made their homes in tents and caravans, fleeing their country for safety. Under a cloudy and dark blue sky, I stood in front of a group of 50 kids who had gathered between several tents to attend an art and conflict-resolution workshop.
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Q&A: Raising spiritual kids in a society that has forgotten how

Today's moms and dads often treat parenting like a science, studying books, blogs and articles on how to raise well-adjusted and successful children. But, according to a new book, one important aspect of childhood may be getting lost in the shuffle: spirituality.

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It's official: Vatican to canonize missionary Junipero Serra, despite controversy

It's official: Vatican to canonize missionary Junipero Serra, despite controversy

Bypassing opposition, the Vatican said Wednesday missionary Junipero Serra, who walked the length of California to establish religious outposts and evangelize the native population, will be canonized by Pope Francis on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C., during the pontiff's American tour.
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What made us happy 80 years ago isn't what makes us happy today

What made us happy 80 years ago isn't what makes us happy today

In 1938, Mass Observation placed a small advertisement in the Bolton Evening News in Bolton, England, asking readers to respond to the simple question, “What is happiness?”
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New image of what Jesus may have looked like as a boy surfaces in Italy

New image of what Jesus may have looked like as a boy surfaces in Italy

There may be no way to number the pictures of Jesus extant in the world today, but you can add one more to their ranks — a computer-generated "photo fit" image of Christ as a boy, courtesy of Italy's police.
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Spirituality may be key to 'dying well,' even in a less-religious age

Spirituality may be key to 'dying well,' even in a less-religious age

Longtime obituary writer Heather Lende has spent countless hours considering death. In a recent post for the "Life Handbook" section of The Huffington Post, she distilled her years of reflection into 10 pieces of advice for living, and dying, well.
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Family walks from Disneyland to Disney World in honor of late daughter

Family walks from Disneyland to Disney World in honor of late daughter

It had been a challenging day for the Cobbs — one of many over the past three years.
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Defeated boxer Pacquiao keeps faith, as do his fans

Defeated boxer Pacquiao keeps faith, as do his fans

After he lost the latest "fight of the century" to undefeated American heavyweight Floyd Mayweather Jr., Saturday night, Filipino boxer (and legislator) Manny Pacquiao went to church.
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Deafeated boxer Pacquiao keeps faith, as do his fans

Deafeated boxer Pacquiao keeps faith, as do his fans

After he lost the latest "fight of the century" to undefeated American heavyweight Floyd Mayweather Jr., Saturday night, Filipino boxer (and legislator) Manny Pacquiao went to church.
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Faith voices call for calm, unity and justice in Baltimore

Faith voices call for calm, unity and justice in Baltimore

In the aftermath of protests and rioting in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, faith leaders are calling for calm, unity and justice, as well as for society to address core issues of poverty and lack of opportunity.
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ValueSpeak: How did my toddler grandson survive a precarious situation? God knows

ValueSpeak: How did my toddler grandson survive a precarious situation? God knows

At first, the screams didn’t register with me.
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This baby was buried under her destroyed home but then an incredible miracle happened

This baby was buried under her destroyed home but then an incredible miracle happened

Ghina Bassam must have great things to do in this life.
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U.S. religious freedom commission calls for criminal prosecution of Islamic State

U.S. religious freedom commission calls for criminal prosecution of Islamic State

A U.S. government commission is calling for international prosecution of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, over the militant group's attacks on Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
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ValueSpeak: A wolf at the door — and in the heart

ValueSpeak: A wolf at the door — and in the heart

Ollie and I have a strange and wonderful relationship. I think it’s strange to have a pet that is definitionally wild. Ollie thinks it would be wonderful to eat me.
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Religious liberty issues dog Supreme Court marriage hearing

Religious liberty issues dog Supreme Court marriage hearing

Questions of religious liberty occupied some of the discussion Tuesday as the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in several same-sex marriage cases. Justices and attorneys traded views on what a decision mandating marriage equality would mean for clerics and religiously affiliated institutions.
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Shroud of Turin, venerated as Jesus' burial cloth, on display again after 5 years

Shroud of Turin, venerated as Jesus' burial cloth, on display again after 5 years

Venerated as the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, the Shroud of Turin is on public display again in Italy after a five-year absence.
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Religious groups in Nepal coming to grips with destruction from earthquake

Religious groups in Nepal coming to grips with destruction from earthquake

Religious communities in Nepal are coming to grips with the devastation left by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that has left at least 4,000 dead in the isolated Himalayan nation, according to the latest reports.
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Newborn baby becomes youngest organ donor

Newborn baby becomes youngest organ donor



The news every parent dreads is hearing there is something wrong with their unborn baby. One family received this news, but turned it into something amazing.
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Boy receives postcard in the mail from his dad who died two years earlier

Boy receives postcard in the mail from his dad who died two years earlier



Losing a loved one is always difficult. Savoring memories and remembering them is important and healing.
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5 professional athletes who stand up for their religious beliefs

5 professional athletes who stand up for their religious beliefs

Tim Tebow, who signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, is back in the NFL.
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Will international court decisions influence U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage?

Will international court decisions influence U.S. Supreme Court on same-sex marriage?

The U.S. Supreme Court should consider international legal precedent when it considers whether to legalize same-sex marriage, but legal scholars differ on whether foreign court rulings favor gay marriage or not.
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After flareups, religious freedom bills get cold shoulder in two states

After flareups, religious freedom bills get cold shoulder in two states

The governors of North Carolina and Michigan, where legislators are weighing bills to strengthen religious freedom protections, are cooling to the idea after similar pushes in Indiana and Arkansas ignited controversy, media reports indicate.
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