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Faith, Family and God: Inner Wellbeing With or Without the Almighty

Faith, Family and God: Inner Wellbeing With or Without the Almighty

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Spring is here! Now is a good time to celebrate the renewal of life for ourselves and families while having renewed hope for the world. It’s also a good time to do an annual spiritual check-in regarding one’s inner wellbeing, and you don’t need a belief in a higher authority […]

Faith, Family and God: Hearts & Minds are Changing about LGBTs

Faith, Family and God: Hearts & Minds are Changing about LGBTs

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Over the years, I’ve written about changing laws advancing LGBTQ civil and human rights while observing that such changes don’t immediately translate into the softening of hearts with acceptance or minds being nurtured with understanding. There are several extraordinary examples, however, that can be cited where a change of hearts […]

Faith, Family & God: Do Unto Others—The Dangers of Discrimination Based on Religion

Faith, Family & God: Do Unto Others—The Dangers of Discrimination Based on Religion

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— In January, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear arguments on expanding the definition of secular marriage. One issue before the court will determine whether states without same-sex marriage may prohibit them, but be required to recognize such unions for residents who had them legally performed elsewhere. The other is […]

Faith, Family and God: Finding your Truth & Relevance in 2015

Faith, Family and God: Finding your Truth & Relevance in 2015

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Often when I conduct a workshop, speak before a civic group, or receive an email inquiry about spiritual counseling and inner wellbeing, there is a direct or inferred question about the meaning of life, or lack thereof. There is a hunger to connect to something bigger than self-interest. There is […]

Faith, Family and God: Sexualizing Homosexuality at the Risk of Diminishing Equality

Faith, Family and God: Sexualizing Homosexuality at the Risk of Diminishing Equality

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Without the act of sex, what does it mean to be LGBTQ? A person of faith sent me a link to an article featuring a video and photos showing very muscular, attractive Eastern Europe men almost nude in a Christian, religious setting. The article portrayed these hunks as priests and […]

Faith, Family and God: Prayer, Miracles, Patience, and Vampires

Faith, Family and God: Prayer, Miracles, Patience, and Vampires

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Vampires have intrigued me since childhood. Maybe it’s because they can accumulate great libraries over the ages and have time to read, absorb and apply the knowledge. Of course, as the years accumulate in my life, the appeal of vampires increases. I’m getting old. As gravity slowly takes its toll, […]

Faith, Family and God:  Dancing with Atheism as a Person of Faith

Faith, Family and God: Dancing with Atheism as a Person of Faith

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— It may surprise some readers of this column, but I struggle with faith. There are days I’m a Christian and others when I lean toward deist, or “c”hristian-atheist—a person believing in the principles of Jesus, without a belief in Christ’s divinity, an afterlife or higher authority. Intellect gets in the […]

Faith, Family and God: Appearances, LGBTQ Religious History, Why You Should Care

Faith, Family and God: Appearances, LGBTQ Religious History, Why You Should Care

By: Paul P. Jesep*/TRT Columnist— Several years ago, I wrote a weekly column for a daily paper. In the photo, I wore a bow tie. It’s amusing the conclusions people made about me based on my appearance. During World War II, my father saw his village destroyed and friends and family fall victim to the […]