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5 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About the Super Bowl

posted by Jana Melpolder

It’s time for the Big Game! Americans, including myself, will be all too-happy to indulge in two of the USA’s favorite traditions – food and football. Check out this video from Odyssey Networks that gives us surprising facts to the […]

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The Most Powerful Moments of 2013

posted by Jana Melpolder

This past year has been one of growth, happiness, and challenges, both for the world and for myself personally. What has 2013 meant to you?

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Fear on the First Anniversary of Sandy Hook

posted by Jana Melpolder

Tragedy struck the entire nation last year when a gunman killed 26 first-grade students and adults on December 14, 2012. The community has experienced grief beyond what most of us can understand. But with time, the slow and painful process of healing […]

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What Are People REALLY Thankful for This Year?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Thanksgiving is the time to gather around loved ones, family, and friends who feel just like family. Check out what people are grateful for this year and who they want to thank. Video from Odyssey Networks

What’s It Like to Be a Sikh in America?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Sikhs can often be misunderstood to be Hindus because of the turbans they wear on their heads. Sikhism originate in India, and the men do not cut their hair but instead wrap it under their turban. They try to learn […]

What Do People Pray About?

posted by Jana Melpolder

What do you say when you pray? How often do you pray? Odyssey Networks recently took to the streets to uncover what, and why, people say prayers.

New Yorkers React to the George Zimmerman Verdict

posted by Jana Melpolder

What did you think of the recent verdict from the George Zimmerman trial? Were you surprised, outraged, saddened, or something else? Watch what New Yorkers recently had to say, and share your own thoughts!

Let’s Celebrate Nelson Mandela!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Nelson Mandela, who today turns 95, is a man of honor, courage, and empowerment. His work to end apartheid not only helped South Africans for the past several decades, but will also impact future generations in Africa and around the […]

End Violence Now: Turning Guns Into Garden Tools

posted by Jana Melpolder

Recently I had a chance to speak with well-known community activist Shane Caliborne, a Christian working in Philadelphia to reverse the city’s high gun violence rate. By combining his passion for healthy food access, community involvement, and peace, he is part of […]

Suicide’s Rising Rates and How Faith Could Help

posted by Jana Melpolder

Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans have risen sharply in the past decade. Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, explains why suicide should be seen as a faith issue.   Reprinted with permission from Odyssey […]

Women Challenge the Rules at Israel’s Wailing Wall

posted by Jana Melpolder

I’ve traveled to Israel and have seen the Western Wall – or Wailing Wall – in person. It’s an extraordinary experience, and while I was there I had to separate from the men to the “Women Only” section. I was […]

The Papacy of Pope Benedict XVI

posted by Jana Melpolder

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing on February 11 that he would resign at the end of February. His decision marked the first time in nearly 600 years that a pope has stepped down before death. Significant events […]

Bishop Elias Taban on the New South Sudan

posted by Jana Melpolder

January marks the two-year anniversary of South Sudan’s independence referendum, a vote for formal separation from Sudan after several years of disputes between the two regions over the land. Elias Taban, the national bishop of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of […]

What Do Different Religions Believe About Abortion?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Watch here for a deeper understanding of what Christianity, Islam, and Judaism teaches about abortion. The answers may surprise you. I am pro-life, and what are you? Share your thoughts with me in the comments section!    

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir from Obama’s Presidential Inauguration

posted by Jana Melpolder

Originally published on Odyssey Networks.

Parents of Sandy Hook Victims Speak Out at Press Conference

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is a powerful piece. Simply put – love wins. Video comes from Odyssey Networks.

Christmas and Miracles

posted by Jana Melpolder

Originally published on Odyssey Networks.

Help Your Church Conserve Energy and Save Money

posted by Jana Melpolder

Connecticut Interfaith Power and Light, one of 39 state affiliates of Interfaith Power and Light, a national umbrella organization, offers a practical, real-world way for clergy and faith leaders to practice conservation. The group offers a class on how to […]

A Healthcare Clinic: “The Lord Led Us”

posted by Jana Melpolder

Nurse practitioners Mary Wysochansky and Anna Stinchcum founded and opened the Sumter Faith Clinic — a free clinic to treat the uninsured and underinsured in Americus, Ga., a community Wysochansky says has been particularly hard-hit by the economy. Fueled solely […]

Catholics for Obama

posted by Jana Melpolder

Stephen F. Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies and a national co-chair of Catholics for Obama, explains his thoughts on the current president and the Democratic Party’s platform. As he discusses same-sex marriage, caring for […]

What Is Sukkot?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Rabbi Irwin Kula, co-president of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, explains the meaning and significance of the Jewish holiday Sukkot. In preparation for this week-long Festival of Tabernacles, sukkahs, which are temporary shelters topped with branches and […]

Eating with the Enemy: Esther’s Story

posted by Jana Melpolder

Risk and sacrifice: a deeper look at Queen Esther‘s story. This is part of Odyssey Networks’ ON Scripture The Bible series.

Speech Can Unite or Divide

posted by Jana Melpolder

A beautiful reminder… Originally posted on Odyssey Networks as part of the Biblical ON Scripture series.

September 11th: A Survivor’s Story

posted by Jana Melpolder

Stanley Praimnath miraculously survived the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, and found his calling to ministry as a result of his dramatic struggle to break free of rubble that had him pinned down on the 81st floor of […]

9/11: The Conversation We Never Had

posted by Jana Melpolder

As we approach the anniversary of 9/11, faith leaders reflect on the challenge of living with the deep ideological and religious differences that persist in our multi-denomination society. Check out more videos from Odyssey Networks.

Who Will Save Us? Not Politicians

posted by Jana Melpolder

I guess I am confused why it feels like so many Americans think that the government should or even could save us. Share your thoughts!

Jesus Can Calm the Storm in Your Life

posted by Jana Melpolder

Watch an inspiring video that’s part of Odyssey Networks’ ON Scripture The Bible series.

Religion in the News: The Supreme Court and Obama’s Health Care

posted by Jana Melpolder

Looking for a quick way to get the top stories of religious news? Check out this video that highlights President Obama’s health care, Mitt Romney, The Vatican, and more.

Jim Wallis: Faith and the Election

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, explains that he and many other people of faith will evaluate the candidates for the 2012 election on how they treat “the least of these.” Reprinted from Odyssey Networks

A Life Behind Bars: Transformation Through Education

posted by Jana Melpolder

Antoinne Murphy is serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for homicide at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Murphy grew up in a middle class home in Flushing, Queens and attended private school. At 16, he says he headed down the wrong path and […]

The Story of a Bed Net – World Malaria Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

Today, April 25th, we turn the world’s attention to Malaria. It continues to kill children and adults in more areas than just Africa. Buying just one bed net can help save a child’s life.

YouTube Sensation Jefferson Bethke and His Faith

posted by Jana Melpolder

In January 2012, 22-year-old Tacoma, Wash. resident Jefferson Bethke posted a recorded performance of his poem “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus” on YouTube. It was an overnight internet sensation, garnering more than 18 million hits and coverage in […]

Life Inside a Refugee Camp

posted by Jana Melpolder

In Kenya there is a refugee camp named Dadaab. Originially created for only 90,000 refugees, today it holds nearly 400,000 people who are just trying to survive. Life in a refugee camp is difficult to say the least, but there […]

Film Critic Nun Discusses the Oscars

posted by Jana Melpolder

It was a pleasure the recently interview Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, an enthusiastic film critic. Watch as she shares her thoughts on the Oscars before the Academy Awards aired last night. Discover what she says about this year’s movies and […]

What’s the Reality of Poverty?

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The Life of the American Homeless

posted by Jana Melpolder

What’s it like to live in a tent because you’re no longer able to afford your house? This is a harsh reality for many men and women in the United States. Watch how these brave individuals continue on despite their […]

New Video on Occupy Wall Street

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Take a Quick Break and Laugh

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you seen the Old Spice commercial? Check out Sesame Street’s hilarious take on the commercial that will make you laugh!!

The Church’s Involvement in the Immigration Debate

posted by Jana Melpolder

The ever-popular immigration debate is getting some heat, and Alabama’s new immigration law is creating strong reactions on both sides of the debate. What should the Christian community do when it comes to immigration laws? Are we to stand by the government or argue against it? Check […]

Meet a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

posted by Jana Melpolder

Leymah Gbowee is a peace activist who has played a remarkable role in ending the war in Liberia. This Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is also a Lutheran, and she knows that faith has played a large part in her life. Watch how this inspiring woman […]

What Is Meant By the “Politics of Hunger”?

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Video: A Glimmer in the Shadows of 9/11

posted by Jana Melpolder

  Video: Finding a Cross Amid the   Rubble of The World Trade Center       View the Clip Here    

Video: Blind 9/11 Survivor Talks About Being Guided Out of the Twin Towers

posted by Jana Melpolder

  You can also check out: Beliefnet Editors Share Their Experiences of September 11th Beliefnet Bloggers Talk About What They Were Doing on 9/11  

Watch What Sponsoring Just One Child Can Do

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Video created by Jamie Flora  

World Humanitarian Day 2011

posted by Jana Melpolder

How will you be a humanitarian? World Humanitarian Day is today, August 19th. Some people devote their time to helping those in other countries… …and some give their time to helping those right at home. Either way, we can all […]

Bolivia’s in the Travel Section of Beliefnet

posted by Jana Melpolder

What better way to start winding down my focus on Bolivia than with an entire page featuring the best of the best! Check out highlights from the World Vision bloggers, priceless photos, and interactive discussion boards. Bolivia’s on Beliefnet – […]

Video: Watch Arminda’s Story

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is Arminda. She is the little girl in the “Sponsor a Child” banner below. And this is her story.  

Have You Seen This Guy?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Have you seen this video of one man dancing with people in 42 countries?   Check out how different people around the world might be more alike than we think.  

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