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PHOTOS: Wild Goose Festival 2012

Lauren Pond | Posted 08.28.2012 | Religion
Lauren Pond

More than 2,200 people flocked to the rolling hills of Pittsboro, N.C., last week for second annual Wild Goose Festival. The event brought together activists, artists and believers for four days of creativity, social justice and theological discussion.

The March Against Torture, Guantanamo And Indefinite Detention

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

As a Presbyterian minister and as a leader in the interfaith effort to end torture forever, I look forward to the day when observances of Torture Awareness Month can speak of U.S.-sponsored torture as a relic of the past.

Challenging The Church To Stop AIDS

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Dr. Cindi Love

For many years, my friend and colleague Don E. Messer has challenged the Church to break the conspiracy of silence about the global AIDS crisis. As we approach the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., I am particularly grateful

Thou Shalt Not Live By Street Food Alone

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Just like Jesus, you and I know what it's like to be tempted. We know what it's like to have a hunger for something we want, something that others might say we need, but that we know will serve only to distract or derail us.

The Superhero Summit: G8 Leaders’ Chance To Change The World For Good

Richard Stearns | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Will the G8 leaders at Camp David be able to overcome their own internal disputes and the ongoing challenges of the global economy in order to partner with African governments to save the 1 billion people in the world suffering from hunger?

Caring For Poor People: Should The Church Do It Alone?

David Beckmann | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
David Beckmann

It's time for members of Congress to say they're going to do their part and support legislation that creates a circle of protection around programs that are vital to hungry and poor people.

10 Ways To Care For The Needy

Lorie Newman | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Lorie Newman

Whether it's across the street, across the church pew or across the world, all of us have the power to reach just one needy person.

My Neighbor's Faith: The Value of a Peso

Miguel De La Torre, Ph.D. | Posted 07.10.2012 | Religion
Miguel De La Torre, Ph.D.

When those who have so little do their faith by providing for those who have even less; those of us privileged by class should be profoundly humbled. It is the privileged who see the oppressed and do nothing that are the ones that do not know God.

Faith In Action DC: Msgr. John Enzler Of Catholic Charities of Washington

Jack Gordon | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion
Jack Gordon

The President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington explains how we see the face of Christ through serving "the least of these."

God Has Not Forgotten Sarajevo

Tihomir Kukolja | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Tihomir Kukolja

I wonder if Jesus walks the streets of an imprisoned and wounded Sarajevo? I cannot help but love those dedicated volunteers of Adventist Development and Relief Agency. No doubt they are fulfilling Jesus' commission.

Remembering The LA Riots With Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray Of F.A.M.E

Varun Soni | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Varun Soni

During the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, the Rev. Dr. Cecil "Chip" Murray became a household name as the city's most visible and effective peacemaker. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with him to discuss the impact and legacy of the riots for South Los Angeles.

Q Conference To Present Different Face Of Evangelical Activism

Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion

By Yonat Shimron Religion News Service (RNS) Gabe Lyons thinks Christian culture warriors are on the wrong path. His sixth annual Q Conferen...

When The NAACP Came To Lunch

Franklin Graham | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Franklin Graham

Recently, I hosted 20 representatives of the NAACP for lunch at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C. I came away with a better understanding of our differences and a commitment to work together on important challenges in our country.

Resurrecting The Cause For Which King Died

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

The very week he died, MLK was in the process of planning the Poor People's Campaign to go to Washington, D.C. to document that poor people in this nation are citizens just like everybody.

Faith Inspires: Faith For Change

Posted 03.30.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: Every week, HuffPost Religion shines a spotlight on religious people doing good work in their communities. If you would like to recomme...

The Truth About The Democratic Party

Tim Suttle | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics
Tim Suttle

As a Christian who grew up in the rural Midwest, I sometimes feel as though I'm a progressive trapped in the body of a conserver. Yet, the Democrats can make it really hard for a natural-born-conserver to be a part of the conversation.

The Justice Conference Speaks In A Universal Language

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
Cornelia Seigneur

Why did 4,000 people from 41 states and 20 countries come to this, a clearly Christian-faith-based conference on justice?

When Will The Christian Right To Return To The Teachings Of Their Gospel?

Allan Brawley | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Allan Brawley

Social Gospel Christians have been replaced by an extreme right-wing obsessed with obliterating women's medical and reproductive rights, denying equal treatment for gays, demonizing scientific findings, and otherwise attempting to impose their fundamentalist beliefs on everyone.

Usury Is Alive And Well

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

The emergence of practices like "payday" and "predatory" lending deserve the scrutiny of religious leaders and people of faith.

Street-Level Religious Freedom

Matthew Bode | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion
Matthew Bode

Religious freedom does not give license to deny health care access to the sick, abuse the LGBT community or criminalize being a woman. Neither does the Bible.

WATCH: Ending Poverty In Our Time

Derek Flood | Posted 05.05.2012 | Religion
Derek Flood

It will only happen if we all get involved. If we use our intelligence, our money and our influence to make a difference. It will only happen If we are willing to make some sacrifices in the name of compassion.

Lead The Change

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

It is not easy, nor simple for churches to "preach brotherhood and make it a reality within its own body." But the church is the place and our faith is the source with which we may be instruments of change.

Occupy Nonviolence

Shane Claiborne | Posted 04.18.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

t's easy to forget that we are up against something bigger than flesh and blood people. And it's particularly easy to forget that people are not the enemy when people are shooting pepper spray in your face.

Deep Calls To Deep: Re-imagining The Altar Call

Charles Howard | Posted 04.16.2012 | Religion
Charles Howard

It's a powerful moment. Full of potential and a holy discomfort. Courage and celebration. The altar call, the moment of decision, the invitation to Christian discipleship.

Jesus Concerned About The Poor? You Must Be Joking, Says The Christian Right

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

When President Obama used the occasion of the National Prayer Breakfast to say that for the fortunate to pay a little more to help the less fortunate "coincides" with Jesus' teachings, he must have touched a nerve.