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Faith, the Poor, and Politics: A New Album by Josh Schicker
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

I couldn’t resist: I heard that a singer/songwriter in Atlanta was coming out with an album titled, Faith, the Poor, and Politics. Josh Schicker currently serves as Worship Leader in Mission at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. He ...

Because He Loved Us: A Call to Action
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

In a world that seems completely and irrevocably divorced from the teachings of Christ, where in contemporary society is there a place for the Christian voice? In a world that see ...

Meet the Nones: PBS Takes a Closer Look (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the rise of the unaffiliated. PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the ...

Bhutan Bans Religious Activities Ahead of Elections
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Political leaders in the tiny Buddhist nation of Bhutan have announced a nearly six-month ban on all public religious activities ahead of the upcoming elections, citing the Himalayan nation's constitution ...

The Nones: Saving Perfection
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 1:04pm | Type: Blog

We domesticate Jesus so easily when he's actually calling us to is something rather wild and unpredictable. Jesus is calling us to leave all of our security behind. Jesus is asking us to live with him and ...

Where Does Faith Fit in Today’s Politics?
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Depending on your perspective, it could be argued that the landscape of presidential candidates either reflects such religious diversity, or that it’s still more of the same old majority rule at play, with a f ...

The Nones: Skeptics Are the New Religious
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

In fact, the latest data from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life say that a record-high one in five Americans -- and one in three adults under age 30 -- are religiously unaffiliated. Why? ...

Just the Facts Ma’am: Economic Analysis from the Congressional Research Service
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

When we listen to political debates about which public policies will strengthen the economy, it is easy to get lost in a statistical maze. When we listen to political debates abou ...

On Religious Deserts and the Canaanite Woman
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

Personally I tend to come from the perspective that we all have opportunities to enrich one another’s perspective, and when I have the opportunity to be in an environment where the majority of people around me ...

Meet the Nones: Humbly Christian
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

Brandon Hook tells his story of why he's part of the 20 percent of Americans who identify with "no religion in particular." Editor's Note: Brandon Hook ...

How Should Churches Address the 'Nones?'
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

There’s a new study out this week that shows that one-in-five Americans has no religious affiliation. Not Baptist, not Catholic, not Lutheran, not Jewish, not Muslim. For those of us in the world of organized ...

Meet the Nones: Words Are Unnecessary
Originally Posted: 10/17/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Perhaps most of all, I am tired of trying to find words to capture this faith experience, that is, ultimately, unexplainable. This ineffable, constant connection to this God who even if I were to run away from ...

Introducing Meet the Nones: We Don't Need Your Labels
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

“Nones” is a term that includes atheists and agnostics, but also anyone who does not identify with a traditional religious faith. Therein lies my concern. Editor's Note: ...

Oregon Dentist Fined for Pressuring Employee to Attend Scientology Seminar
Originally Posted: 10/09/2012 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

State labor officials have ordered a dentist to pay nearly $348,000 to settle allegations that he threatened to fire a dental assistant unless she attended a Scientology-related training session. ...

Unitarian Universalists See Chance for Growth in Growth of Secularism
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Unitarian Universalists grew nationally by 15.8 percent from 2000 to 2010, according to the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For Natha ...

Keeping it Real
Originally Posted: 10/10/2012 - 4:54pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Looking for a powerful read? Check these out. EVEN IN AN age of ever-faster news cycles and shor ...

How to Choose a President
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 1:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis The faith agenda in an election year? Start with "the least of these." AS I CAREFULLY wa ...

Orphans Among Us
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 12:50pm | Type: Blog

We were wealthy and Southern and had everything that went along with both: a close-knit community, punctilious social obligations, and money to stay afloat. In the world in which I grew up, everyone surely kne ...

Seeking Love and Forgiveness in the Shadow of St. Francis
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 8:16am | Type: Blog

Swimming against a global tide of religious violence and political polarization, about 550 religious and humanitarian leaders met recently in the birthplace of St. Francis to propose a new way forward: love an ...

What My Catholic Faith Has Taught Me
Originally Posted: 09/30/2012 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

Some have asked how I can embrace a faith whose leadership has taken such a hard line against gay and lesbian equality, and which is painfully quiet on the threat to limit voting rights. I understand why peopl ...

A Christian With Conjunctions
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

The stakes of silence are high. If we don’t speak out and act on our moral mandate to reconcile with creation, we risk destroying God’s very creation. For most of my life, I have ...

Is the Kingdom of God Made of Vegetables?
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

Corporations, which do not speak the language of human love and health, wrangle to profit from the stream of ill Americans falling from the industrial foods conveyor belt. But we know that type 2 diabetes, hea ...

Raising Sons and Raising Men
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

There was something in my brother that was unstoppable — like my son, who climbs cars and fidgets restlessly and sometimes speaks out of his own impudence. This past Saturday, on ...

Sermon on Snot-Nosed Children, Insecurity, and The Lap of God
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

How often, like the disciples, do the times of cowardice, boasting, and fear come from the fact that we don’t know or don’t believe that, like a child in the lap of God, there simply is no longer any basis for ...

Taking America Back for God?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 11:40am | Type: Blog

Yet, as Gregory A. Boyd notes in his important book The Myth of a Christian Nation, taking America BACK for God assumes we were at one really belonged to God, followed God, listened to God. Boyd goes on to ask ...

Isolation, Integration, and the International Day of Peace
Originally Posted: 09/21/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the United States currently spends more than $711 billion per year on military expenditures, which is – by far – the most of any coun ...

Texas Cheerleaders Clamor for G-O-D at Football Games
Originally Posted: 09/24/2012 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

Cheerleaders at an East Texas high school are fighting their school district’s orders to stop using Bible quotes on their signs at football games. Cheerleaders at an East Texas hi ...

Ambassador Stevens’ Death: Tragic, Hopeful, Ironic
Originally Posted: 09/20/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

The majority of Libyans simply want peace, a safe place to raise a family and the basic resources to provide a decent quality of life for those they care about. Not unlike all of us. When we think in these ter ...

Professor to Atheists: 'Stop Whining'
Originally Posted: 09/17/2012 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Jacques Berlinerblau wastes no ink in his new book trying to flatter his fellow nonbelievers. "American atheist movements, though fancying themselves a lion, are more like the gimpy little zebra crossing ...

VIDEO: Obama, Romney Answer Faith Leaders' Call to Address Poverty in Election
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The Circle of Protection, comprised of Christian leaders from across the religious spectrum, today released President Barack Obama's and GOP nominee Mitt Romney's video responses to the call to addre ...

A Prayer for the Anniversary of 9/11
Originally Posted: 09/11/2013 - 7:03am | Type: Blog

Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we remember the events of 9/11. Good and gracious God, Today we come before you with heavy hearts as we ...

How the Lord’s Prayer Saved a 9/11 Survivor
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 5:01pm | Type: Blog

“There are thousands of stories from 9/11. Some are stories of pain and survival. Many are stories of heroism. Mine is a story of faith.” For John Mahony, a retired U.S. Army colo ...

Where Is God in 9/11?
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

While watching the replayed video of the plane colliding with the first tower, the second tower attack came. And then there were the reports of similar attacks at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. At that mome ...

Concerts and Controversial Opera Bring Faiths Together in St. Louis
Originally Posted: 09/11/2012 - 9:34am | Type: Blog

Terrorism stories are rarely happy stories, and yet the path Timothy O'Leary has taken — from bringing the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" to St. Louis last year to a Sept. 11 mem ...

Mother Teresa As a Psalm
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Some of the psalms are pure jubilation, but just as many — the “psalms of complaint” — sound like … well, like the private Mother Teresa. On Sept. 5, 1997, the world mourned when ...

Healing the Gospel: Did Jesus Die to Save Us From God?
Originally Posted: 09/10/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

When did the good news become bad news? Why did Jesus have to die? Was it to appease a wrathful God's demand for punishment? Does that mean Jesus died to save us from God? Ho ...

Rebels FOR a Cause
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

Friends, it’s time to wake up and get off the couch. It’s time to perform a “chuck fest” on our souls. “In order to serve our world," Bono once said, "we must betray it. ...

How a Mormon Scholar Went From Doubter to Believer
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

As an 11-year-old boy, Don Bradley went looking for gold plates. After all, Mormon founder Joseph Smith said he was directed to a set of such plates, buried in a hill near his house in upstate New York. ...

Women's Rousing Political Convention Speeches Make Their Silence in the Church Deafening
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

Not having the voices of women in the Church is not just sad for women. Truthfully, it’s sad and a deep loss for the Church. Before you throw stones or want to endorse me as a ca ...

UPDATE: Democrats RESTORE "God" to Party Platform
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 2:35pm | Type: Blog

UDATE: (Posted 9/6/12) Criticized by Republicans and some members of their own party, Democrats voted to restore the word “God” to the Democratic national platform late Wednesday (Sept. 5). The GOP had seized ...

Sometimes Love is a Battlefield (Even with Jesus)
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes, to see our true faith, it has to be challenged, smacked in the face. Sometimes in pursuit of our real and true selves, which is the only soil where real and true faith can flourish, we have to face ...

Bromosapien: The Evolution of the Postmodern Male (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 09/06/2012 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

I like potpourri; my wife digs the nickel defense. I changed more diapers in the first month of my son’s life than my dad ever did on me. I take care of the kids when Amy goes to meetings in the evenings, and ...

Expanding the Debate around Circumcision
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 6:19pm | Type: Blog

A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that circumcising young boys represents grievous "bodily harm." The court found that the child’s "fundamental right to bodily integrity" was more ...

Q&A with ‘Nonbeliever Nation’ Author David Niose
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 6:07pm | Type: Blog

David Niose is president of the American Humanist Association and vice president of the Secular Coalition for America, a group that lobbies on behalf of nontheist and secular Americans. In his new book, “Nonbe ...

Unification Church Founder Sun Myung Moon Dies at 92
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 9:25am | Type: Blog

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah within his Unification Church but regarded by many others as a vain and enigmatic man who blessed mass weddings, built a sprawling business empire and presided ove ...

A Conversion of Connections in the Global Village
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

As an expression of faith, and in response to the gracious love of God and call to follow Jesus, the time has come to function in ways that restore the global village into that which God is calling it to be. W ...

Church No More: Part 6 — Back to Church Again
Originally Posted: 08/30/2012 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

The saying “you can't go home again,” probably originated from Tom Wolfe's novel, You Can't Go Home Again. It's the story of an author who leaves his home, writes about it from a distance a ...

Survey: Economy Continues Negative Effect on Churches
Originally Posted: 08/29/2012 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The economy continues to weigh on pastors, with a new survey showing that nearly two-thirds say it has affected their churches negatively. The economy continues to weigh on pastor ...

Tyler Clementi’s Parents Leave Their Church Over Homosexuality Views
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 7:37am | Type: Blog

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The parents of Tyler Clementi have left their longtime evangelical church due to its views on homosexuality. RIDGEWOOD, N.J.  — The parents of Tyler Clementi ha ...

I Need a Hero ... ?
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

I'm not one to elevate sports stars as role models or some kind of symbol of perfection. It's just not real. So here's my question: Who needs a hero? The scandal du ...