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A Historic Chance to End Poverty
Originally Posted: 04/09/2015 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

The goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is now possible when it hasn’t really been before. But it will take all of us to accomplish it. We have a vision.   End extreme poverty ...

The Truest GOP Believers? Mormons
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

Mormons lean more heavily toward the Republican Party than any other major demographic group. Mormons lean more heavily toward the Republican Party than any other major demographi ...

4 Notable Remarks from President Obama’s Easter Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

President Obama turned both personal and preachy April 7 during his annual Easter Prayer Breakfast. President Obama turned both personal and preachy April 7 during his annual East ...

Our American Spring: Shining a Little Light on Discrimination
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

People of goodwill aren’t sitting back and waiting in safe comfort for the bigots to run out of steam. Little by little, the direct sun of spring is vanquishing the snow of this l ...

Republicans, Religious Groups Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Gay Marriage Bans
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Republican officials and religious organizations dominate a growing list of more than 60 groups urging the Supreme Court to uphold state bans against same-sex marriage. Republica ...

Creating Your Own Life-Changing Encounter
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Put simply: Our biases decrease when our encounters with “the other” increase. Last month I traveled to Selma, Ala., to commemorate the anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery mar ...

Five Faith Facts About Rand Paul: ‘My Faith Has Never Been Easy for Me’
Originally Posted: 04/07/2015 - 4:12pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Randal Howard “Rand” Paul , the junior Republican from Kentucky, is expected to launch his 2016 campaign on April 7. Sen. Randal Howard “Rand” Paul , the junior Republican ...

A National Campaign for ‘Islam a la Francaise’ Takes Root Amid Growing Radicalization
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

Sunlight slants across a classroom at the Catholic University of Lyon, where the Bible dominates an evening lecture. The subject may not seem surprising in this ancient city that was once a bastion of French Catholicism and a hub for Christian missio ...

Americans Split on Businesses Turning Away Gay Weddings
Originally Posted: 04/06/2015 - 10:42am | Type: Blog

reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. ...

Weekly Wrap 4.3.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 8:55pm | Type: Blog

1. At Least 10 Religious Groups Have Come Out Against Anti-LGBT 'Religious Liberty' Laws "While substantial attention has been paid to the lawmakers, athletes, businesses, and celebrities who ha ...

Indiana Lawmakers Agree to Amend ‘Religious Freedom’ Law
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

The proposal, rolled out at the Statehouse, would grant new protections for LGBT customers, employees and tenants. Indiana Republican legislative leaders, under growing pressure ...

Can a Muslim President Defeat Boko Haram? Nigerians Are Betting on It
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 10:38am | Type: Blog

than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace and conflict, development, security, ...

#blacklivesmatter in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s ‘A.D.’
Originally Posted: 04/02/2015 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

You’ll see a decidedly more multicultural cast, the result of “honest” conversations between black church leaders and the filmmakers, Hollywood power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. ...

From the Archives: May 1992
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Joe Nagle A Threat to Peace  THE DEATH of former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on March 9 brought ba ...

Racial Reconciliation Demands Christians Reconsider the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

A new report by the Equal Justice Initiative documents in horrific detail the nation’s widespread practice of lynching and points to a link between lynching and a practice that persists today: capital punishment. In the Jim Crow South, lynching d ...

A Turning Point on Poverty?
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

there were still 45.3 million Americans living in poverty. That’s nearly 15 percent of the American people, ...

New York City to Change Rules to Allow Churches to Rent Schools
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

building near P.S. 15, but said it still needs extra space for events that include religious services. ...

Robert Putnam Fights America’s ‘Opportunity Gap’ with Religious Fervor
Originally Posted: 03/31/2015 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

While evangelists convict people of their sinful ways and then convert them to the path of salvation for the hereafter, Putnam’s focus is more on this side of heaven. Harvard pro ...

The Southern Baptists' Challenge on Race
Originally Posted: 03/30/2015 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

Anyone hoping this summit will lead to concrete political support for a civil rights agenda will be disappointed. In the wake of tragic shootings of unarmed black men at the hands ...

Weekly Wrap 3.27.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

1. How Yemen Became the Middle East’s Latest Regional Nightmare As Saudi Arabia and Egypt say they’re prepared to send in ground troops, here’s a look at the how Yemen got to this point. ...

A Holy Week of Resistance
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

There is a difference between sin that affects one person and the sin of a leader that has potential to oppress and lead the church astray. Someone recently asked me how I answer ...

Obama to Host Pope Francis at White House in September
Originally Posted: 03/26/2015 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

This will be the second meeting between the pope and Obama. President Obama will welcome Pope Francis to the White House during the pontiff’s U.S. visit in September to “continue ...

The Passover Seder, Designed by and for Women
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 5:11pm | Type: Blog

the Israelites through the parted Red Sea. (Exodus 15:20) Women’s seders also honor Moses’ mother, Yocheved, ... covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion ...

Nigerian Christians May Back a Muslim Candidate in Upcoming Presidential Elections
Originally Posted: 03/25/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

in Nairobi, Kenya. For more than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace and conflict, ...

Ted Cruz and God’s Political Subversion
Originally Posted: 03/24/2015 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

A God who stands with us over and against our religious and political enemies is no God at all. Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to  declare  a presidential run for 20 ...

Gay and Transgender Inmates Invited to Lunch with Pope Francis During Prison Visit
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

Among the many innovations Francis has made since his election two years ago this month has been a new tone and approach to gay and transgender people. When Pope Francis pays a vi ...

Justice Ginsburg Writes a Feminist Opinion for Passover
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 3:55pm | Type: Blog

women.” Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 ...

Predictions of Evangelical Concessions on LGBT Rights Are Premature
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

Some evangelicals have indeed shifted on LGBT issues, but it’s no avalanche — at least not yet. Pardon the yawn. The 1.8 million-member Presbyterian Church (USA) on March 17  ...

Zaytuna College Recognized as First Accredited Muslim College in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 03/19/2015 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

Zaytuna has 15 — it lends credibility and status. “It really signifies that we have new possibilities ... classes together, though they must promise not to date while at the school. Tuition is $15,000 a year ...

Presbyterian Church (USA) Approves Same-Sex Marriage Amendment
Originally Posted: 03/18/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The Presbyterian Church (USA) approved an amendment to include same-sex relationships in its constitutional definition of marriage on March 17. The Presbyterian Church (USA) appr ...

Oklahoma Bill Would Abolish State’s Role in Granting Marriage Licenses, Leave It in Clergy Hands
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

In an effort to block the state’s involvement with gay marriage, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill March 10 to abolish marriage licenses in the state. In an effo ...

Utah Lawmakers Pass Anti-Discrimination Bill with LGBT, Mormon Support
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 4:18pm | Type: Blog

The 65-10 vote was the last legislative hurdle for the bill, just one week after it debuted with the blessing of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the LGBT community. ...

VIDEO: I Once Was Blind, But Now I See: U.S. Doctors Bring Hope to Haiti
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

Judith Mesadieu has dreams of becoming a doctor, but her poor eyesight and partial blindness makes it hard to study. Judith Mesadieu has dreams of becoming a doctor, but her poor ...

Two Police Officers Shot in Ferguson
Originally Posted: 03/12/2015 - 10:24am | Type: Blog

Early Thursday morning, just hours after the resignation of Ferguson police Chief Thomas Jackson, two officers were shot as they stood guard amidst protests outside the police department in Ferguson, Mo. ...

Four Reasons Jews Worry about Christian Zionists — and Why They Don’t Have To
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Is Christian Zionism good for the Jews? Not every Jew thinks so. Is Christian Zionism good for the Jews? Not every Jew thinks so. In fact, Christian Zionists make many Jews ...

Jean Vanier, Founder of L'Arche, Wins Templeton Prize
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

Jean Vanier, an advocate for people with developmental disabilities who helped create an international network of residential communities that champion the rights of their residents, has won the 2015 Templeton ...

N.C. Sheriff Bans Sex Offenders from Church
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

He invited them to attend services at the county jail. A sheriff in one of North Carolina’s smallest counties told registered sex offenders they can’t go to church, citing a state ...

Selma: 'To Come Away Changed'
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 7:34pm | Type: Blog

Selma changed the course of history by paving the way for the passage of the Voting Rights Act, but its impact didn’t end there. The spirit of Selma rippled outward, forever changing those who made the long jo ...

Boko Haram Pledges Loyalty to Islamic State
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Boko Haram’s leader has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a new audio message, according to a group that monitors extremist activity. Boko Haram’s leader has pledged all ...

‘Selma Sowed, But It Did Not Reap' — Anniversary Puts Spotlight on Deep Poverty
Originally Posted: 03/10/2015 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

With the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday this weekend, America was reminded how this small city helped bring sweeping change to the nation. With the 50th anniversary of Bloody ...

Gay Marriage Gains Rapid Support with U.S. Public, Including Conservatives
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

As the Supreme Court readies to hear a group of cases that could make same-sex marriage legal from coast to coast, support for allowing gays and lesbians to marry is piling in from all directions. ...

Rutgers Muslim Students Fearful for Future in Wake of NYPD Surveillance
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

The injuries caused by the NYPD’s spying do not end with damaged career prospects. There are Rutgers students and graduates whose futures are in jeopardy because they were placed ...

Faith-Based Aid Groups Face a Hurdle: The Faith that Drives Them
Originally Posted: 03/09/2015 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

Leaders of Christian and Jewish international aid groups say their efforts are often met with twin suspicions. Leaders of Christian and Jewish international aid groups say their e ...

From the Archives: April 1976
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Judy Brown Hull "Theology for Real Life" THE DIALOGUES I am having with others in my late 30s are i ...

Coming in From the Cold
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Pope Francis is restoring relations with Latin American liberation theologians.  JON SOBR ...

Torturous Logic
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis As servants of a Lord who was tortured to death, we must commit to healing the wounds we have inflicted.  ...

Remembering the Horror of Selma's ‘Bloody Sunday’ 50 Years Later
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 8:18pm | Type: Blog

The images of that day in 1965 were quickly seared into the American consciousness: helmeted Alabama state troopers and mounted sheriff’s possemen beating peaceful civil rights marchers in Selma, Ala., as clou ...

Breakaway Episcopalians Win Texas Church Property Fight
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 4:16pm | Type: Blog

For the second time in as many months, a state court has sided with a group of breakaway Episcopalians, ruling that they can keep their property after leaving the national church in 2008 over sharp differences ...

Pauli Murray’s Influence on Interfaith Cooperation
Originally Posted: 03/04/2015 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

It was Murray's final achievement that she prized most personally. The life and legacy of Pauli Murray has been getting a lot of attention from the media lately. Articles on  ...

Our Lady of Revenue: NYC Churches Go on the Market, Leaving Parishioners Cynical
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

Our Lady of Vilnius Church, built by families of immigrant Lithuanian longshoremen, started out a century ago as a beloved worship space. Now, it’s a coveted real estate asset. O ...