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NC's HB2 reflects unfounded fear of the other

Daniel Becton | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion
Daniel Becton

Originally published in the Chapel Hill News on June 29, 2016. The lynchpin underlying support for House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Se...

The Power of a Transformative Church

Nate Pyle | Posted 04.22.2016 | Impact
Nate Pyle

Transformation happens when we take responsibility for the world around us. Whether it's our spiritual lives, our relationships, or our community, transformation isn't a passive process.

Connecting Mental Health and Justice for All

Wayne Meisel | Posted 03.21.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Growing up, I didn't know what "mental health issues" were. I knew of families that had children and siblings who were institutionalized for schizophr...

The Truth About the Church and Social Justice

Shannon Evans | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Shannon Evans

What a time to be alive in American history. People are fighting for their beliefs with passion and commitment on both sides, and that in and of itself is admirable. Less admirable of course are the acts of hatred, the words of dehumanization. Ah, we say, but those are few and far between, those bad apples ruining the barrel.

An Advent Calendar of Hope, Justice and Joy: For the Church, Theological Education and the World

Wayne Meisel | Posted 12.02.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Where can I find community? Where can I explore faith rather than have it prescribed to me? How can I learn about the neighborhood, the city where I just moved? How can I change the world? Does it have to be this lonely?

Reclaiming Salvation for Today

Timothy Murphy | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

"Salvation" is often a dirty word in progressive Christian circles, but when abandoned, it leaves a void for others to fill. Instead, we need to boldly reclaim it.

Get Up And Do Something! A Sedentary Life Will Kill You; And Sedentary Faith Will Kill Your Spirit

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 09.08.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

According to Dr. James Levine, our sedentary lifestyles are killing our bodies. Two thousand years ago, James, the brother of Jesus, wrote a book making a strikingly similar point: that our sedentary faiths are killing our spirits.

The Dawn of a New School Year: Four Questions to Ask and to Live Into

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.01.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

All across the country students have begun something new, the start a school year. There will be all kinds of new events, orientations held, surveys administered. In the midst of all that, just remember, sometimes the questions you ask are more powerful than the answers you give.

High School Graduation , Prize Day and Huck Finn

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.24.2016 | Education
Wayne Meisel

It did not start out as a memorable day. As usual, my parents forced me to an event, in this case a graduation at Lawrenceville School for my first cousin. The event was held outside, and I can still see the space to the left of the stage where I played.

A New Monasticism for Our Times, Part 1: The Spirit Behind a Radical Movement for Change

Rory McEntee | Posted 06.16.2016 | Religion
Rory McEntee

The spirit that lies behind my work comes from a deep longing to harness our contemplative wisdom for a new age, helping those who long to cultivate their own gifts and graces to serve our human family in the greatest way possible.

Camp Counselor as Modern-Day Superhero: Summer Camps that Change the World

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.28.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Being a camp counselor gave me confidence and taught me to be grounded, kind, firm, graceful, and faithful. I got to grow into these characteristics at camp. It was a serious business, but because it was camp, no one was allowed to take him or herself too seriously.

Christians and Baltimore: We Need A Different Framework For Understanding Evil

Crystal Lewis | Posted 05.06.2016 | Religion
Crystal Lewis

I worry that Christian faith communities may be missing an opportunity to talk about problems that embed and replicate themselves at the systemic level--problems such as racism and failed measures to ensure police accountability.

Black Christian Leaders Changing the World (Part 3 of 3)

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

While we shouldn't wait until February to celebrate Black leaders, Black History Month gives us an opportunity to recognize how we fall short the rest of the year (and take steps towards correcting it). These leaders are each changing the face of global Christianity, and it has been a real privilege knowing them.

Fighting Poverty and Politics in North Carolina

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Todd Peters

While it is true that we will always have poverty in our midst, it is also true that it is our calling and our responsibility to do everything in our power to fight that poverty by creating just structures of support for our community.

What Berlin Taught Us About Bringing Walls Down

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Sarah Thebarge

In the current issues the U.S. is facing, walls of injustice and fear have been erected. Those who are free, and those who know they need to be free, stand at these walls that we are convinced must come down.

The Madness of Rev. Kurt Dunkle and the Trustees of General Theological Seminary

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

A few days ago, eight faculty members at the General Theological Seminary in New York went on strike until their one demand was met. What was that demand? A meeting. As of this morning, they have all been fired.

Unbind Him, and Let Him Go: A Lenten Challenge

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

While some bible stories seem mostly about God being with us, other stories seem more about God for us. The story of Jesus raising of Lazarus from the dead, however, is about both.

A Letter to Publix Owners and Management

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

I've been so surprised to see Publix (along with Wendy's) refusing (so far) to join the Fair Food Program. And that's why I've been outspoken in my desire to see Publix live up to the ideals of its founder, George Jenkins, who said, "Don't let making a profit stand in the way of doing the right thing."

A Do-Gooder's Dilemma

Diana Mao | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Diana Mao

As we enter the New Year, it is important to take a step back and ask the question of why as opposed to what. So many times we get asked what do you do, who do you work for?

Faithful Filibuster: Christian Leaders Read Scripture, Exhort Congress To Care For Poor

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 10.10.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Under a cloudy and drizzly sky, across the street from the U.S. Capitol, David Beckmann read passages from the prophet Isaiah. “Comfort, co...

50 Years After 'I Have a Dream': Have We Yet Listened?

Chet Jechura | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Chet Jechura

Every. Single. Day. It's been fifty years. The truest sign of a prophet is the staying power of their words. And so I must ask: Have we yet listened to our brother, Martin?

How Christianity Became Cool Again

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

If more Christians can speak out the way Pope Francis and Archbishop Tutu have this week and so many have been in recent memory -- it will change the way people view Jesus and the faith that he inspires in so many of us.

In Defense of Me

Zach Hunter | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Zach Hunter

Many of us (Christians) think we should voice our objections if we hear or see something we perceive to be immoral according to how we interpret the Bible. And we often do this without being asked, without having a relationship that gives our opinion context, without knowing where the other person is coming from.

Can Christians Handle Perfect Love?

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

The first step is to simply realize and accept that fear and love cannot coexist, because pure love by nature does not allow or involve even the tiniest fraction of fear. Then we can begin to practice deciding how we will behave accordingly, and what we will accept from others.

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.