2010 Best of Patheos Roundup

Edited by Deborah Arca Mooney

With Responses from Monica A. Coleman, Sam Hamilton-Poore, Brian McLaren, Callid Keefe-Perry, Carl Gregg, Amy Julia Becker, Tripp Fuller, Byron Wade, Alyce McKenzie, Thomas Turner, and Bruce Epperly

In nudges and whispers. / Like a seed growing, imperceptible at first. Like wind, invisible, refreshing, transformative. Like water, cleansing, renewing, powerful. / Unpredictably. Uncontrollably. / Praying: for us, with us, in us, through us. / Convicting, like a judge in a courtroom. Comforting, like a mother with a frightened child in the middle of the night. (Amy Julia Becker)

Niche Religions: Your Own Personal Paganism?

P. Sufenas Virius LupuBy P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

One practice done by one person well and fully is worth much more to the world than thirty-thousand people in an organization doing lukewarm work in a structure they did not create and in which they have neither personal spiritual investment nor deep identification.

You Will Call, I will Answer: An Interview with William Stuntz

William StuntzBy Timothy Dalrymple

Since my cancer diagnosis, I have experienced more friendship from more people than at any other time in my life. I've experienced not just a quality of medical care but a kind of medical care, humane medical care delivered by humane and decent people, that seems Christ-like to me. I don't know the religious convictions of all the people who have treated me, but I certainly believe that they are used by God in ways that are really quite extraordinary to bring blessing to people who are in circumstances that lead them to hunger for blessing. I do hunger for blessing in the midst of these medical conditions, but I regularly find that hunger satisfied.

Partnering with our Friends from Other Faiths

Elder Quentin L. CookBy Elder Quentin L. Cook

Whether it is helping the victims of disaster through humanitarian aid, providing relief to communities in economic need, or supporting religious liberty, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members often stand shoulder to shoulder with other faiths. The future of Mormonism in the public sphere will, in part, be a shared one as we work with other like-minded faiths to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ in reaching out to our fellow citizens.

The Power of Storytelling: Creating a New Future for American Muslims

Wajahat AliBy Wajahat Ali

If Muslim Americans can learn from the struggles of minority groups before them, we will realize the best ways to escape "our shadow" is by finally telling our own stories in our own voices and using art and storytelling as a means of healing and education.

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