WASHINGTON — The progressive, New York-based Union Theological Seminary hosted the first-ever Congressional Faith Orientation on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, which was attended by five Democratic Congress members who addressed the role religion and faith play in determining how they vote on public policies.
While it is a widely-held notion that the Republican Party is more beholden to faith and religion when it comes to integrating them in federal public policy decisions, the Democratic panel members discussed how their own religious beliefs have driven them to support policy items like welfare assistance, public funding for Planned Parenthood and criminal justice reform.
Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, R-Texas, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, and James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, claimed that the biblical call to "feed" and "clothe" the needy, has influenced their continual advocacy for welfare assistance programs like the food stamp program, which Republicans have in the past tried to make significant cuts to. more >>
"No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."
So said President Barack Obama in his State of the Union message last week.
That he spent under 5% of the speech on the subject—about one-ninth as much as on the economy, one-fifth as much as on our need to overcome cynicism, and a little less even than on affordable college education—and tucked it away in a section about two-thirds of the way through suggests that the President doesn't really believe it himself. more >>
An editor with a well-established Jewish news publication argues that American Judaism has lessons to learn from Evangelicals and how they approach worship.
In a column published Sunday in the Jewish Daily Forward, contributing editor Jay Michaelson expresses his desire to see the creation of a "Jewish megachurch."
"… [A]lmost all mainline denominations are in trouble: Modern Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform. Of course, there are some success stories, scattered around the country, but the predominant story is of a synagogue model in decline," wrote Michaelson. more >>
Sami and Joe had been so frustrated with planning the wedding. She had been so frustrated that she actually had given up. But, her family never forgot about it and decided to do something incredible.
The mother had gone off and planned the whole thing as a complete surprise! When they find out they are brought to tears instantly. This was a perfect surprise that caught both of them off guard. When you see their reaction, you will tear up as well. Imagine being so stressed out with planning and someone was behind it the whole time setting it up? It is almost impossible for your heart to stay still after seeing this beautiful surprise.
Check out this awesome wedding surprise below: more >>
This superstar, Marc Mero, reached fame as a WWE wrestler. He was a WWE and WCW champion. A successful life in a profession that he loved soon got him involved in drugs and alcohol. One person was always there for him no matter what, and because of that person, he defines success completely different today.
Every time Marc would have a night where he would use drugs and drink alcohol, his mother would be there to pick him up. When he hit rock bottom and things were all going downhill for him, his mother still stood there by his side. One day he received a call when he had been away that changed his life forever. Marc was given the news that his mother had passed away.
He learned very valuable lessons from his mother that he still uses and applies to today. She taught him how important it is to spend time with loved ones and to live for the moment. Always reminding them that you love them very much. more >>
Carman Licciardello, popular Christian recording artist and actor, has shared in an online post how he believes God's grace helped him endure the painful journey of cancer treatment, to eventually find himself "cancer-free."
The singer, who goes professionally by just Carman, captioned the below double-photo with the phrase "The Difference One Year Can Make" on Tuesday. The image on the left is of Carman "deep in chemo," while the one on the right is of him "nine months later before walking on stage."
He went on to share with his 383,000-plus Facebook followers: "I remember so well washing my hair after the 3rd week of chemotherapy and seeing it all come off in my hands in clumps. I remember the agony of that giant needle in my sternum to draw out stem cells. The ports they planted in my chest to daily inject drugs. The mind numbing pain of my bones expanding to produce stem cells." more >>