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Coming Home: Selma, Int'l Women's Day, LGBT Rights and Unitarian Universalism

Janet Mason | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Janet Mason

In reflecting on what Selma meant to me personally (as a white child, watching the Civil Rights movement from the safety of my living room -- as a child who would grow up to be a feminist and a lesbian), I realized that I grew up in an era that taught me that injustice is intolerable.

Could This Be Jesus' Childhood Home?

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

A British archaeologist says a first-century dwelling found beneath a convent in Nazareth, Israel, could have been Jesus' childhood home. Dr. Ken ...

How My Daughter Taught Me the Meaning of Purim

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

For Hannah -- and for many young children -- the point of hide and seek is to be found. Over time, however, we start to get lost. We hide from ourselves. We hide from what we know is right. We start to hide from God.

The Golden Calf: Managing the Noncompliant Client

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The golden calf passage is usually and correctly taken to describe a gross failure on the part of the Israelites. However, a seldom noticed aspect of the passage is that Moses' first responses are also failures.

The Sacrifice of Covenant Relationship (Exodus 20:1-17)

Kimberly D. Russaw | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Kimberly D. Russaw

On any given Saturday, people join Habitat for Humanity teams and commit to work to help eradicate poverty housing. The individual volunteers give of their time, energy and physical ability because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Is Biblical Marriage a House of Cards

David Lose | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Lose

While I realize that Frank and Claire Underwood -- the scheming, ruthless, and fairly amoral couple at the center of the series -- hardly seem paragons of biblical virtue, hear me out.

Are Black Americans the Most Religious -- and Virtuous -- of All?

David Briggs | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In a nation where rising numbers of people are dropping out of organized religion, one dynamic religious movement continues to display remarkable strength. The black church.

On Remembering Amalek

Ron Kronish | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

The holiday of Purim can lead also to hatred and vengeance. When I was young and grew up in a Reform Jewish congregation, we never read the whole book of Esther, so I never got to the back of the book.

The Retreat From Universalism: How Identity Politics and Old Time Religion Corrode Human Rights Progress

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Amid the ashes of World War II, with the stench of industrial-scale genocide in their nostrils, the nations of the world pledged to do better. They signed onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

How to Drive the Internet Highway Fearlessly, to Promote Religious Harmony

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Molly Alexander Darden

If religious leaders are to help influence society to live harmoniously, they will have to take courage and learn this 'new' way, or they can sit back and know they are probably not meeting their full potential.

From Generation to Generation (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16)

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

What would happen this Lent if we reflected not just personally but corporately? Quickly, we'd be pushed to consider how our use of the earth's resources will make life exceedingly difficult for future generations.

Is Masturbation a Sin?

Angela Jamene | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Look. No one wants to hear what they can or cannot do with their body. We came by free will in the hardest way and we feel like we've earned it. "This is my life!" But, the whole free will thing isn't without its catches.

Five Stages of Anti-Semitism in Art -- From Medieval to Modern Times

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.21.2015 | Arts
Bernard Starr

Although Christianity did eventually emerge as a separate religion, similar falsifications of biblical history are rampant in collections of Renaissance art spanning hundreds of years. These distortions were not harmless. They imposed a dangerous division between Christians and Jews that lingers today.

The Laws of War Dr. Ben Carson Opposes Are Actually Christian Values

John A. Tures | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Dr. Ben Carson claims that our war with ISIS shouldn't have any laws, because rules of war are "politically correct." But does he realize that many of those rules of war have their origins in Christianity?

ISIS, American Sniper, and Rainbows (Genesis 9:8-17)

Greg Carey | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Horrific as ISIS may be, it by no means stands outside the circle of humanity. It seems to have arisen and found nourishment out of countless factors, including the interventions of our own government. Violence has a way of pulling us all in. Somewhere the cycle has to end.

In Rejecting Measles Vaccination Are You Defying God's Will?

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

If one believes in the doctrine of creationism--that God created man--one should also embrace its corollary: that God's creation of humans includes the manifestation of human intelligence to improve life on this planet.

What's More Important Than the Ten Commandments?

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Our wise ancestors who wrote the Bible immediately followed the giving of the 10 Commandments with an even more powerful ethically demanding portion called, Mishpatim in Hebrew.

Amanda Terkel

Tennessee Lawmaker Wants Bible To Be The State Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Tennessee state legislator has introduced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, after two other Southern states considered...

Reading The Bible Like We Read The Quran

Zack Hunt | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Only 0.6% of the population in the United States is Muslim. Most of us in the 99% haven't even held a Quran in our hands. Yet, remarkably, we are a country full of Islamic experts; many of whom are self-professed Christians.

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's a rainy, graciously lazy Saturday in Portland -- a perfect time to dive into the Gospel of Mark and to cultivate my inner anarchist for the betterment of God's Kingdom.

The Alabama Threesome: A Judge, His Bible and Bigotry

Izak Pratt | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Izak Pratt

There are those with immense power that choose to abuse or misuse that power in order to advance their own ideology, careers or agendas -- all while negating the oaths they swore to uphold. In the end, justice is the first casualty, and the innocent suffer.

The Bible's for Losers (And Why That's a Good Thing)

Derek Penwell | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Taking everything into consideration, the Bible was written mostly by losers for the benefit of other losers. That's not a value judgment, just an observation. Think about it.

Forsaking the 'Whiteness' of the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9)

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

In a time when renewed engagement is desperately needed, it is difficult to have dialogue when a vast majority of whites cannot empathize with the experience of communities of color, or, in some cases, acknowledge that there is a problem at all.

God, Volcanos and Circumstantial Evidence

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

Oftentimes, the smoke and lights obscure the truth rather than reveal it. Sometimes evidence seems so obvious and so compelling that we think it just must be so.

This Is How Many Words Are Spoken By Women In The Bible

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.10.2015 | Religion

There are 93 women who speak in the Bible, 49 of whom are named. These women speak a total of 14,056 words collectively -- roughly 1.1 percent of the ...