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Emilie Townes

Entries by Emilie Townes

Gay Marriage and Religion: What Marriage Means to Me

(52) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 2:39 AM

Recently married in the state of Connecticut, my partner and I spent hours with family, friends, clergy, and liturgical experts crafting a service that would express out commitment to one another and also be a holyspace of joy and celebration. We combined our cultures -- Black and White -- in...

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Governing Not Dealing

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 11:53 AM

I am not alone in being disgusted at the latest round of partisanship in Washington that descended like the creeping mist of a horror film as Congress and the President went back and forth over the budget. Now, we learn that a "deal" has been reached by the Congressional leaders...

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A House Built on the Rocks of Righteousness

(112) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 11:44 AM

Editor's Note: Huffington Post Religion has launched a scripture commentary series, which will bring together leading voices from different religious traditions to offer their wisdom on selected religious texts. Next month we will have Muslim commentaries for Ramadan, and in September Jewish commentaries for the High Holidays. Each day...

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Mother's Day 2010: Mothering on My Mind

(36) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 5:26 PM

Roses and more roses -- red and white. This is my earliest memory of Mother's Day. We did not go to the flower shop to get our roses as children. We went outside to the nearest rose bush growing in someone's yard or along the train tracks that ran through...

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Racist Rhetoric on a Scrap of Paper

(8) Comments | Posted April 18, 2010 | 7:48 PM

Students at Yale Divinity School have put of signs around campus designed to promote environmental awareness. The signs run a gamut of factoids, but one in particular ended up on my desk because it contained a short debate that quickly pointed out the need to think more carefully and clearly...

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The Church as Sexual Predator

(222) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 11:47 AM

The latest round of clergy sex abuse scandal in Germany is following a sad and wearily predictable pattern: violation, capture, not taking the violation seriously and ignoring medical advice, cover up, wall of silence, more violation and abuse, capture, outrage, denials, shaming, removal from office or restrictions. I have watched...

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The Selma Marchers Weren't Just Activists -- They Were Believers

(107) Comments | Posted March 7, 2010 | 9:05 PM

Forty-four years ago, on March 7th, Alabama state troopers and a sheriff's posse broke up a march by civil rights demonstrators from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Also known as Bloody Sunday because the troopers and posse attacked the 600 marchers with billy clubs and tear gas, it was...

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