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Palestinian and Israeli Former Fighters Unite for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ishmael and Isaac, brothers of the same father and different mothers, together buried their father Abraham. Esau and Jacob, twin brother and rivals, reconciled. Ishmael and Isaac, ...

Coming Clean: A Confession
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I have a confession to make.</p> I have a confession to make. Some of my friends and colleagues are already fully appraised of what I am about to say. But for many other ...

Reading Peace for Lent
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I am a good person.</p> I am a good person. We make this declaration from time to time, usually when we have done something wrong or when we want to put distance between ...

From Lazy Pluralism to Active Solidarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I guess that people are on a journey when it comes to faith. Some admit to being on a journey, while there are those who state they have arrived. I guess that people are on a jour ...

Gender, Genetics, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"The difference between men and women," the humorist Dave Barry says, "is that, if given the choice between saving the life of an infant or catching a fly ball, a woman will automatically choose ...

Lent: A Time for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, and preparation. Lent is a season of transition. It is a season of fasting, reflection, penance, an ...

There's Just Something About Madea
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The first three screenings of Tyler Perry's new film, Madea Goes to Jail, that I tried to go to last week were sold out. When I finally did get a ticket, I had one of the last single seats in the ...

Let's Talk About Race
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Most of my life I have been thinking about race and religion -- as a child when my family left my native Costa Rica to move to inner-city New Jersey, as a teenager struggling to develop my faith an ...

Calling for Interfaith Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

While at Yale last weekend, I had the opportunity to eat breakfast with a bright group of young students. One of the topics we touched on was interfaith dialogue. While at Yale l ...

The Legacy of William Sloane Coffin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday, I preached from the old pulpit of William Sloane Coffin at Yale University. Sunday, I preached from the old pulpit of William Sloane Coffin at Yale University. He served ...

India's Women Stand Up to Religious Bullies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the end of January in Mangalore, India, a group of right-wing extremists, the Sri Rama Sena, entered a bar and assaulted the women there. At the end of January in Mangalore, In ...

Poem: Freedom's Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Freedom is on my mind. In the case of South Africa, political freedom was achieved almost 15 years ago. It was a freedom from the heresy of Apartheid. Freedom is on my mind. In th ...

Is A-Rod Forgiveable?
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Over brunch with my husband and one of my best guy friends last weekend, conversation turned, as it does, to Major League Baseball, doping and the nature of sin.</p> Over br ...

The NAACP Century
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>With the bicentennials of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin the subject of numerous conferences, articles, and television shows this month, we also should remember another important commemoration in ...

Happy Birthday Darwin!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In commemoration of Charles Robert Darwin's 200th birthday, Darwin Day Celebration, a nonprofit 501(c)3 educational corporation, is hosting <a href="http://www.darwinday.org">Darw ...

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers: Neo-Apologetics and a Return to Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Obama Continues Bombing Pakistan (A 'Just Peace' President? Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

He said he would do it.</p> He said he would do it. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he would go into Pakistan if necessary to capture and/or kill al ...

Jimmy Carter Interview: 'We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President Jimmy Carter just published a new book about the ongoing violent unrest in the Middle East titled, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439140634?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=soj ...

A 'Just Peace' President?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If this Gaza War teaches us anything, if the tragic history of wars in the Middle East teaches us anything, it is that when people are determined to obtain weapons and fight, war goes on and solves ...

God's Inaugural Spokespersons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I thought God -- the real God, the One who cares passionately about justice, peace, and diversity -- came out rather well in the inaugural ceremonies.</p> I thought God -- t ...

Video and Transcript: Rick Warren's Inaugural Invocation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Here's the video and the transcript of Rick Warren's prayer at the inaugural ceremony, for your reference and comment:</em></p> Here's the v ...

Inaugural Week Meditation: So Happy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I'm 52, and I've had a great first half-century of life (and am looking forward to the next). But this inaugural week I feel an extraordinary happiness. Younger people can understand it to a ...

Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president. The day after the inaugur ...

Look Who's Praying at the Inauguration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The first openly gay Episcopal bishop.</p> <p>The first female president of the Disciples of Christ.</p> The first openly gay Episcopal bishop. The first fem ...

Gaza: 'Enough of Blood and Tears. Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source. ...

Slumdog Millionaire: In the Midst of Spiritual Winnowing, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

Favorite Books and Movies of 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for thought:</p> Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for though ...

Time Magazine's Top Ten Religion Stories: Right on New Evangelicals, Wrong on the Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

<em>Time</em> magazine just released its <a href="http://www.time.com/time/specials/2008/top10">"Top Ten of Everything in 2008."</a> <a href="http://www.time ...

New Faith-Based Initiatives Report: 'Serving People in Need, Safeguarding Religious Freedom'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

I have long supported effective partnerships between government and faith-based organizations. I have long supported effective partnerships between government and faith-based orga ...

Frank Schaeffer on Who Lost this Election and Why
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Not everyone in the country is happy with the election results, but Frank Schaeffer argues that only two groups lost, the New Atheists and the Religious Right.</p> Not every ...

An Opportunity to Translate Religious Diversity into Global Stability
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Religious conflict is the great global challenge of the 21<sup>st</sup> century. America is the most religiously diverse country in the world and the most religiously devout nation in the West. ...

Tutu on the Election's Dangerous Stereotypes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A few hours before the bodies of Jennifer Hudson's murdered mother and brother were discovered on Chicago's South Side last Friday, across town one of the world's greatest peacemakers b ...

Bill Maher's Religulous: Polemic Based on Cynical Preconceptions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. When he ...

Fair Questions for Sarah Palin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

After Sarah Palin was selected by John McCain as the Republican vice-presidential candidate, reporters asked me whether the pick was desperate, brilliant, or risky. After Sarah Pa ...

Why Faith at the Conventions Matters
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I am now in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, and I will be in the Twin Cities next week for the Republican National Convention. I am now in Denver for the Democratic ...

PLUS: 'A Crime Against God and Humanity'
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 1:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

Douglas Roche Religious leaders condemn nuclear weapons. Spiritual and religious leaders have long condemned t ...

America's Four Views of God
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez American theists perceive God in four general ways, a ...

Power Punch
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez Finally, researchers have harnessed the fruit of the ...

Luke 6:27-28
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Murray Bodo As if it matters noticing the migrant workers— two to a wheelbarrow of concrete— mending the walls of the rich that exclude t ...

Faith in the Public Sphere
Originally Posted: 03/16/2011 - 11:04am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors The rightward drift of both Catholic and Protestant churches during the past 40 years has left an enormous number of Americans ...

Religion and Organized Labor
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard W. Gillett "Making Work Work," by Tamara Draut, Paul Sherry, Gordon Bonnyman, Joan Fitzgerald, and Jill Suzanne Shook (F ...

The Overlooked Schism
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

E.J. Dionne Jr. America's religious communities and the battle over government. The core divisions among ...

A Rubicon Crossed
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice The church consensus is solidifying on the need to save the planet. Last year's announcement by ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Laurel Rae Mathewson Real Re-Creation Real Re-Creation Instead of fighting to find a "break&q ...

God and the Red Carpet
Originally Posted: 05/12/2011 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Massey How does faith in Jesus enter the moving picture for Hollywood writer-producer David MacFadzean? Ho ...

Seeking Something Bigger
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

David Batstone This generation does not fear the sacred nor bow to the secular. Nearly every semester I teach ...

Art or Propaganda?
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Betty Spackman The difference between messaging the truth - and being messengers of the truth. Faith, accordin ...