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A Glass Half Full or Half Empty:
How Do We Engage the New Year?

As we begin a new year, some of us focus on the possibilities and others focus on the probabilities; some of us hope for the best, and others expect the worst. Part of this is just personality, but religious traditions have a way of shaping these attitudes as well. Does your experience of your faith tradition generally see the world with a spirit of confidence, or does it weigh the world and find it wanting? What spiritual lens does it bring to the great tragedies and triumphs of life today? What do you anticipate in 2016 and why?


Featured Panelists

Biblical Optimism: The Glass That's Half Full Now Will Forever Overflow

Biblical Optimism: The Glass That's Half Full Now Will Forever Overflow

Randy Alcorn

What we need is a perspective on our new year that's hopeful, yet grounded in eternal certainties.

Global Successes, Global Hopes

Global Successes, Global Hopes

Emily Conron

Buoyed by the successes the global community has already achieved, and by my faith's call to hope that demands action, I am entering 2016 more optimistic than ever.

Facing a New Year: A Map and a Compass

Facing a New Year: A Map and a Compass

Damh the Bard

A list of goals, made on the fulcrum point of the year, are a good map and compass to help keep our ship heading in the right direction.

A New Year, a Time for Hope

A New Year, a Time for Hope

Christopher J. Hale

Of the three theological virtues — faith, hope, and love — hope is often the one that receives the least attention, left to some vague supporting role, which is often confused with mere optimism.

The Glass Is Half-Empty, Thank God!

The Glass Is Half-Empty, Thank God!

Wallace Henley

When Winston Churchill wrote his great works on history he presented it not as unrelated fragments in time, but as a story with meaning and purpose.

Even Old Dogs Can Make All Things New

Even Old Dogs Can Make All Things New

Will Messenger

If I’m pessimistic, I have good reason as far as I’m concerned. But my faith in Jesus leads me otherwise.

Is Your Glass Empty or Full?

Is Your Glass Empty or Full?

Ty Phillips

We can choose to bring a full cup or we can choose to bring a vessel of opportunity.

Hope In an Unpredictable World: The Power of Uncertainty

Hope In an Unpredictable World: The Power of Uncertainty

Colleen Ross

People every day are making conscious, bold, revolutionary decisions to create change in their own lives and in the wider world because they're uncertain of the alternative.

One New Year, an Eternal Calculus

One New Year, an Eternal Calculus

Christine Scheller

I don't make New Year's resolutions. They promise that life will be dramatically different, that I will be different, and I know it won't and I won't.

The Good, the Bad, and the Meniscus

The Good, the Bad, and the Meniscus

Julie Hilton Steele

For every time I trusted God to lead me, letting go of some dreams, stepping out in faith to comment on injustice, God gave me strength to do so and affirmation afterward.