There is an issue of which all of us who would like to see peace in the Middle East are aware, but which is mostly going unmentioned today because of fear of reprisals. The issue is the state of war currently existing between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.
Jon Moseley, a Tea Party member, declares Jesus Christ is a capitalist. He writes against Pope Francis's The Joy of the Gospel. Jon sells vacation packages to the Bahamas. The Holy Father is a trained theologian, chemist, and philosopher who is the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church. One of these is not like the other.
One of the saddest and most damaging consequences of the Religious Right's grip on partisan power over the past three decades has been the tarnishing of Christianity.
Just thought I'd bring it up, because you wouldn't know it from walking into your local Walmart, turning on the radio, or taking a stroll around the block. In fact, according to the gods of retail, it's been Christmas since the day after Halloween.
Artist Timothy Schmalz created a sculpture that was recently praised by Pope Francis I which reminds us that Jesus identifies with the poor.
For most of my life I paid little attention to Advent. I had vague childhood memories of singing melancholy hymns with minor chords. I occasionally lit candles around an Advent wreath. But one day, about 12 years ago, that changed.
Forgiveness is not simply something that you turn on or off. It is the way of being in a responsible relationship with others and working together on projects that matter.
The historic city of Berlin will host an historic international conference on religious freedom this week.
The chaos in the CAR has potential to negatively impact its neighboring states further, especially given the region's ongoing conflicts and instability.
But there's another idea that many of us Americans have bought into even harder: Religion. I don't mean spiritual people who strive to lead good lives by adhering to the tenets of forgiveness and compassion that are found throughout The Bible.
Christians claim to believe in a Jesus who spent a great deal of time reaching out to, speaking out for, advocating on behalf of "the least of these." And when his followers don't follow suit... who can blame the onlookers for questioning the whole enterprise?
Gonna lay down my burden Down by the riverside Down by the riverside... Ain't gonna study war no more... Gonna lay down my sword and shield Down by th...
For must of us, the journey doesn't end in our lifetime. But we can progress and in fact make an impact on the human condition. Yes, our impact may seem small. But if many, or most, of us do it--after generation upon generation, the entire herd can get there.
It may be politically correct to say "Happy Holidays," but it is historically, culturally, and religiously incorrect!
But for one to deny that the Church is anti-gay in one sentence and then to maintain a stance against gay marriage in the next adds injury to insult. Let's just be very clear here -- if you are against marriage equality you are anti-gay.
It's time to worry a lot less about getting Christ back into Christmas (he can't be blasted out of Christmas, no matter how hard anyone tries). What needs to get back into Christmas is worship.