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How Much Priesthood is Enough Priesthood? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’ve pretty much always been the kind of feminist who thought women should have the...

Weeping, Wailing, and Gnashing of Teeth? No Need to Grieve Over Another Case of Alleged Plagiarism in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  "Weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth" in the Book of Mormon has been criticized as an...

Dear Self: Let Your Friends Be Your Friends @ Segullah
  -  “How are you doing? This is a lot to carry.” Ever been asked a question and you just...

David Archuleta Makes China a Better Place @ Mormanity
  -  Long after the devotional was over, David was still talking with fans and giving...

Peculiar Treasures: Women and Words @ Segullah
  -  The Olympics has certainly highlighted many female athletes, though sexism also made...

Sabbath Revival: Dreams as Spiritual Gifts: An Interview with Barbara Bishop @ Segullah
  -  Waking fresh from a wild dream this morning, I thought of this interview from the...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32: Alma 53-63 “The War Chapters Part II” @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today we continue the war chapters, and get to read some military correspondence. I...

YOUR SACK LUNCH IS MY CHRISTMAS @ Segullah
  -  Somehow the conversation turned to Capri Suns– the chalky tasting drink pouches...

Critical Scholarship and Faith at BYU, Brief Partial Summary and Thoughts @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Several weeks ago, the Maxwell Institute’s Studies in the Bible and...

August 2016 Editorial and Table of Contents @ Segullah
  -  A week ago I gathered the kids on the rug for an impromptu family home evening lesson....

The FAIRMormon Conference: Dealing with Data on the Language of the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  FAIRMormon had its annual conference recently. Transcripts of some of the talks will be...

Peculiar Treasures: Champion! @ Segullah
  -  If you’ve been watching the Olympics, or anyone, and have been thinking “I couldn’t...

Cherry Rocket Baby @ Segullah
  -  Today the ice cream truck came— we were outside, warm, and casserole was in the oven. I...

Greater Good @ Segullah
  -  (Chiasmus) Prelude: Hymn #85, Verse 1 How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord, Is...

Us vs. Them: The Battle to Change Tactics @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve done a lot of thinking about my mission in recent months. That happens when you...

Trump’s Threat to Mormons @ Peculiar People
  -  Donald Trump poses a unique threat to the interests, freedom, and safety of the Mormon...

Dear Self: I Love to See the Walmart @ Segullah
  -  Because I live for much of the year in a sparsely populated location, it was big news a...

Monkey Minds @ Segullah
  -  I suffer from insomnia. I can’t tell you why or what triggers it, but it seems to...

Why I'm Falling for Greece (and the Rest of Europe) @ Mormanity
  -  I'm falling for Greece--both literally and figuratively, as I'll explain. In fact, I'm...

One of the Best Free Books Ever: Donald R. Parry, Poetic Parallelisms in the Book of Mormon: The Complete Text Reformatted @ Mormanity
  -  For those interested in evaluating the literary power or the Book of Mormon, or those...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 31: Alma 43-48 aka “The War Chapters I @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  As I’ve pointed out previously, the Book of Mormon moves at different paces in...

The Hillary Clinton You Don't Know @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I spent part of last week in the wind and the sand at Lake Powell, baking and watching...

David O. McKay, Genesis, and Evolution: Part 2. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  In a previous post, I detailed President McKay’s explicit, published, written...

Lord of Sabaoth? @ Mormanity
  -  Doctrine and Covenants 95:7 refers to "the Lord of Sabaoth, which is by interpretation,...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 30: Alma 40-42, Three Generations of Repentance @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  These chapters (and 39) are all focused on Corianton, who gets quite the paternal talk....

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 29: Alma 36-39 Notes and Suggestions @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  The Book of Mormon has a variable pace. Occasionally, we skip through decades or...

The Real Reason Harry Potter Helps Us Resist Donald’s Hate. @ Peculiar People
  -  In the wake of a Republican National Convention that has left many shaken –...

ZD Goes Buzzfeed @ Zelophehad's Daughters
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The Grand Old National Socialist Party @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I watched parts of the Republican National Convention this week. I endured all 75...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28: Alma 32-34 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First, the structure of the text. Alma 30-34 are really one unit, which we break up. In...

Review of Adam S. Miller’s Future Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  One of the most interesting LDS books I've read in a long time is Adam S. Miller’s...

A Note on Pioneer Day Talks, Sweetwater, and Tradition @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I didn’t grow up in Utah, and never heard of Pioneer Day until I was on my mission...

Where Now, GOP? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Well, the circus has started. I’ve been listening to the Republican National...

A Testimony Meeting Experiment @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  One of the things I’ve written about before is the problem of common, broad...

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27: Alma 30-31 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  These two chapters are loaded. First, we encounter the third member of the Unholy...

A Mormon Scholar and His Students Changing the World for Good: Dr. Gene Cole at BYU @ Mormanity
  -  One of the blessings of travel is the opportunity to meet new people and learn from them....

Some Thoughts on Apologetics and Antiapologetics @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   You might think this topic has very little to do with my last post, but in my mind they...

Do Utah and Idaho use more unusual names than other states do? Part I @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I enjoyed Jessie Jensen’s post a couple of months ago at BCC where she reported on...

Some Things I Like About Salt Lake City @ Mormanity
  -  After my recent surprise visit to Salt Lake City (courtesy of a verse Nephi wrote over...

Hell and Zion: A Review of “Undertale” @ Peculiar People
  -    Note: Undertale is a game best experienced without spoilers; I include some...

Seeing the Hand of the Lord: Perspective and Timing @ Mormanity
  -  On Friday and Saturday, we went to Chicago primarily motivated by the desire to help one...

The Book of Mormon Verse That Brought Me Back to My Parents, Just in Time @ Mormanity
  -  I had a busy travel schedule in front of me a few days ago, starting with a flight from...

Obedience @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I decided a couple of days ago that I should write something for the blog, since...

The Difficulty of Deciphering Spiritual Communication @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This post and the next are intended to provide some sort of context for many topics I...

Review: The Mormon Jesus @ Peculiar People
  -  Perhaps my devotional life’s greatest flaw is that I forget about Jesus....

The Secret Combination That Saved China @ Mormanity
  -  One of the important parts of the Book of Mormon that many Mormons try hard to overlook...

Stop Praying for us, and Acknowledge That You Helped Create Omar Mateen @ Peculiar People
  -  Let me give you a run down: 2015 was the deadliest year on record for transgender women,...

Honesty and Presidential Politics @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve seen claims among Republicans that Hillary Clinton is as dishonest as Donald...

"Under This Head Ye Are Made Free" @ Mormanity
  -  One of many recent discoveries regarding ancient wordplays in the Book of Mormon is...

Gordon B. Hinckley, Gun Control Advocate @ Peculiar People
  -    My heart aches in the wake of Sunday Morning’s Pulse nightclub tragedy. I...

Wallace Stegner and Jesse Knight @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Earlier this year I was editing an article that referenced Wallace Stegner’s Mormon...

Two Green Apples @ Mormanity
  -  I like faith-promoting stories that are more than just rumors but come from sources I...

The Weak Shiver of an Uninspiring Democratic Process @ Peculiar People
  -    I’ve been relatively quiet during this primary election season, mostly to stay out...

The Straight and Narrow Path, the Rod, the Spacious Field, and the White Fruit: Further Thoughts on Lehi's Dream @ Mormanity
  -  Not to beat a dead Nephite horse, but I'd like to say a few more things about Lehi's...

Normalizing Gun Violence on Campus @ Peculiar People
  -  The following post originally appeared on Professor Park’s Blog. When I first read...

Why Should We Trust Anything on Family Search? @ Small and Simple
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The Iron Rod: Inspired by an Aqueduct in Rochester? @ Mormanity
  -  As discussed in my previous post, RT's response to my defense of the evidence for Lehi's...

Abdicating Authority to the Algorithms @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Supporters of chicken patriarchy like to cite calling on family members to say prayers as...

Andrew Sullivan on God, Doubt, and Organized Religion @ Peculiar People
  -  Blogging pioneer Andrew Sullivan formally retired from the daily content grind last year...

Salvation in Mormonism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Robert at Scriptural Mormonism does a good job discussing the place of grace in “old...

Film Journal: The Land Before Time @ Peculiar People
  -  A few days ago, after carful deliberation, my wife and I chose to watch Don Bluth’s...

Some Thoughts on Inequality @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I was reading the Book of Mormon a few days ago and came to Alma 16:16. Alma and Amulek...

The Great and Spacious Book of Mormon Arcade Game @ Mormanity
  -  My two recent articles on Lehi's Trail at The Interpreter  ("Joseph and the Amazing...

Support the Exponent! @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The Exponent II blog is having a fundraiser this weekend. You’re likely familiar...

The Pope Gives Ordain Women a Shot in the Arm @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Pope Francis said a few days ago that he will organize a commission to look into having...

What Paper and Wood Tell Us About the Gold Plates @ Mormanity
  -  When Joseph Smith finally received the gold plates from the stone box that had been...

China's Real Estate Market: A Potentially Significant Bubble @ Mormanity
  -  For those of you who recognize the huge impact of the Chinese economy on the global...

An Insane, Kingly Decree: Flushing the Constitution Again and Empowering Pedophiles @ Mormanity
  -  One of the awkward things about bathrooms in China is that there is less privacy than we...

Are We Really Overtaxed? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   One of the common refrains we hear from Republican politicians and conservative...

Terryl Givens on Mormons at the Forefront @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Terryl Givens has up an essay at First Things called “Mormons at the Forefront.”...

God and Evolutionary Psychology @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Evolutionary psychology suggests God makes more sense than not. I’m not sure he sees...

The Day Mormons Started Praying for Hillary @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Sooooooooooooo . . . where to start? Today (May 4) is the day a majority of American...

Who Will Canonize the Family Proclamation? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I admit I breathed a small sigh of relief when this last General Conference ended without...

Dumpster Diving with a New LDS Area Authority in Hong Kong @ Mormanity
  -  My wife and I had the pleasure of attending a multi-district youth conference in Hong...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Biblical Namesake @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This is based on a talk I gave in my ward in February 2016.  I don’t think...

Those Misogynist Nephites @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Some readers have accused the Book of Mormon of being misogynistic. I mean, what else...

A Thought on Book of Mormon Origins @ Mormanity
  -  The full significance of Martin Harris's visit to Charles Anthon has been diminished in...

PEL on Scientism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -   “…[scientism] is contributing to a growing trend on the left, quite as ferocious...

Will It Play in Papua? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In another life I was a linguist, interested particularly in linguistic typology, the...

General Conference and Immigration @ Mormanity
  -  I've been deeply touched by the emphasis on service to refugees being advocated by the...

Stats on LDS Retention @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Just a short post as I’m planning a longer post on this topic at T&S next week. A...

Blogging at T&S @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Just a note I’m blogging at Times and Seasons for the next while. I’ll still post...

If You Haven't Seen These Two Documentaries . . . @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Well, you ought to.Which documentaries?First, Inequality for All. This film features...

Mormon Millennials Becoming More Republican @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Somehow I missed that UVU (just a few blocks from work) was having a religious liberty...

Gallup on Number of Mormons @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’d missed this when it came out. Gallup does regular interviews and keeps track of the...

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Map: Part 1 Now at MormonInterpreter.com @ Mormanity
  -  "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Map" is the tongue-in cheek title of my serious...

New Atheists and Mormon Moderates @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Over at BCC Jacob Baker put up a paper tying New Atheists with the John Dehlin style of...

A Mother's Attempt at Prayer @ Mormanity
  -  At our recent District Conference (Shanghai International District), an LDS mother in an...

A Must-Have Missionary Book @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   A few weeks ago, BYU Studies held an annual meeting for some our supporters. This year...

Can More Government Involvement Make Us More Free? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   One of the articles of faith of modern conservatism is that government is intrusive and...

Why Mormons Accept Cruz @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog has an interesting story up on religious freedom and...

Consciousness: I Think, Therefore God Exists @ Small and Simple
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Productivity and the Mormon Busyness Ethic (Part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain...

Productivity and the Mormon Busyness Ethic (Part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Several moons ago, Sunstone published an essay of mine with the title above. In this...

The Republican Autopsy: A Brief Review @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Three years ago, in March 2013, the Republican National Committee released a 100-page...

Cherry-Picking Facts @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   You probably think I’m going to discuss the selective appropriation of information...

Conservatives and Liberals @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post had an interesting column last week. Her point...

Public Execution Theory – Another Way to Think About the Atonement @ Small and Simple
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Review of ‘Lehi In Arabia’ DVD @ Small and Simple
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An Analogy of the Gospel and Chess @ Small and Simple
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Why are You a Member of the Church in the First Place? @ Small and Simple
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Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: The Policy and the Wheat and Tares (Matt. 13) @ Small and Simple
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Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: Sabbath Day (Matt. 12) @ Small and Simple
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Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: The Policy and Leaven (1 Cor. 5) @ Small and Simple
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Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: Repentance (Matt 11) @ Small and Simple
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Why the Mormon Church is Wrong on This @ Mormon Mentality
  -  As you all know, the church has really stepped in it this time. Or as my most devout,...

Women Speak Up @ Mormon Mentality
  -  In last weeks General conference, president Nelson gave a talk where he exhorted women...

I Can Smell a Mormon From a Mile Away @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I knew I knew it. The first time I saw the first commercial, it seemed so obvious to me....

Deep Geneology @ Mormon Organon
  -  Don’t forget to check out my post at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious...

A New Book and Discussion: Wandering Realities @ Mormon Organon
  -  My new book, Wandering Realities, was recently released by Zarahemla Books. I was...

Brother Hafen is Wrong @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I read the August 2015 Ensign article “The Proclamation on the Family: Transcending...

The Latest Bit of News You Should Know @ Mormon Mentality
  -   The Association for Mormon Letters reviewed my...

Single Mothers in the Church Will Never Get a Break @ Mormon Mentality
  -  As many of you know, I have a daughter who is a temple-divorced single mom. She left her...

Woman News Part 2 @ Mormon Mentality
  -  This came across my Facebook Newsfeed page and I thought it made important points about...

Woman News @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Are you on Facebook? If you are a female, I sure hope so. That is where girls go to get...

Rabbi For All @ Mormon Mentality
  -   In my town, the local Rabbi is retiring after 41 years of leading the Jewish...

What’s Next???? @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Sheesh. I go away for one lousy week to participate at Sunstone Symposium at the Univ. of...

RootsTech 2014 Review and The Hipster RM @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Listen live HERE and call in at (646)...

Ordain Women {Kate Kelly & Suzette Smith} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Cathy Stokes aka MoDea (the Mormon Madea) @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Faith and Family with Garth Smith and DeAnne Flynn @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Shall we discuss my story Démodé before computers do it for us? @ Mormon Organon
  -  Well it’s a new year and my one New Year’s Resolution was to revive this into...

Finding Faith in 2014 @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Race and the Priesthood in the LDS Church @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Tune in as the Sistas speak with members of The...

Nelson Mandela and Faith-based News + Filmmaker Stephen V. Nelson @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Sheri Dew - Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Sheri Dew stops by SiZ Radio to chat with...

Mormon Women Bare, Katrina Barker Anderson + Journalist, Trent Toone @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Hot Wife, Helpful Husband? @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  What happened to happy wife, happy life? A new study says husbands are happier in their...

She Said, She Said: Mormon Women Bare @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Our girl Jennifer Borget has a blog segment called “He Said, She Said” where she...

Sunday Best: Saturday is a Special Day @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Is Saturday really the day that we get ready for Sunday? Sista Laurel shares her...

Songs for the Soul: He is With Us @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Uplifting music has the power to put us in tune with the Spirit of Lord. The Sistas share...

Marriage Ain't for You {Urban Translation of Marriage Isn't for You} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  If you tuned in to SiZ Radio last night you heard us talking to Seth Adam Smith author of...

Marriage Isn't For You {Seth Adam Smith & Aesha Adams-Roberts} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Luv True Luv... @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Do we really "fall" in love or do we accept, allow, and embrace it? There are several...

It Ain't Even Black History Month! @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  We thought PBS might hold it against us since folks said our Mormon brotha Mitt Romney...

Preachers of L.A. {Is Religion Right for Reality TV?} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

A Night of Hope with Joel & Victoria Osteen { SLC, Utah Review} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

SiZ Radio: 183rd October LDS Conference Review @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

A Girl's Guide to Football with Jessica Kehl @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

An Ordinary Hero: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Loki Mulholland @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Mormon Survivor Dawn Meehan + Jack and Sherry Weyland @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

How the Mother of Vampiro Rojo de Santanás Died at the Hand of the Ethicless Thing @ Mormon Organon
  -   I’ve been too busy of late to write any science posts, but here is a little...

SiZ Radio: Be Wise Magazine + Jamaican LDS Pioneer @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Nobody Asked You: A Dose of Unsolicited Christian Advice @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Have you ever made a comment only to hear, "Nobody asked you!" Or read an advice column...

Why evolution matters to LDS Theology @ Mormon Organon
  -  There seems to be a temptation to borrow Christian fundamentalist creationist ideas and...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: Roman Legions of Death, Part 2 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  So to begin. Assume that the story that science tells is tout court correct. That humans...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: A More Harmonious Reading, Part 1 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  This is being posted semi-concurrently at BCC (Posted there about a week earlier than...

Scholar of Moab makes Ben Park’s ‘Nearly Essential Readings’ in Mormonism for Members! @ Mormon Organon
  -  Ben Park has compiled a list of Essential Readings in Mormonism that includes both...

Clark Monson on Wolves @ Mormon Organon
  -  President Monson’s son weighed in on the debate about introducing wolves back into...

On guns @ Mormon Organon
  -  In silence I’ve watched the splashes of opinion on Facebook and among blogs on gun...

The School of Mormon Theology, or The Lure of Fame @ Patheos
  -   The desire for a faction or party within a larger whole, a sect in the literal sense,...

Prayer for the Senate @ Patheos
  -   "Eternal God, ruler of all creation, each day seems to bring more bad news than good."

Mormons Celebrate Easter with World's First Virtual "Hallelujah" Chorus @ Patheos
  -   This Easter season, 2,500 voices from around the world joined the Mormon Tabernacle...

ONE and Heifer International in Malawi: A Photo Essay @ Patheos
  -   This past May, ONE and Heifer International took a group of likeminded writers to...

Coram Deo: Prayer and Life @ Patheos
  -   The more my life is a life of prayer, coram Deo, the more my private prayers will be...

ONE's Prayer for Everyone: A Worldwide Week of Prayer and Action for the Least of These @ Patheos
  -   Join the #PrayerForEveryone Campaign from September 24 to October 1 to help end extreme...