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

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.28.2015 | 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.

Annuities, Experts and My Losing 90 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Don McNay

I was in a coffee shop, having breakfast with my daughter, Angela Luhys, on a week when my weight loss had reached the 90 pound mark since November. While sharing this great milestone with Angela, the guy in the booth behind me was trying to sell an annuity.

Church and State in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
John Feffer

Poland has one of the stricter laws on abortion in Europe. Abortion is illegal except if the life of the mother is at risk, the fetus has a major defect or the pregnancy is the result of a confirmed rape.

Making Room for Grief Within the Church

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Lexi Behrndt

I'm a Christian, and I sometimes struggle with the Church. Now, don't get me wrong. I love the Church. I am part of the Church. I also know there are areas where we can grow.

Why Don't Christians Wear Their 'Sunday Best' to Church Anymore?

Timothy Merrill | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Timothy Merrill

If you're headed out the door this morning in a suit or a chic outfit, and if you're under the age of 92, I can say with absolute certainly, that it is not Sunday and that you're not going to church.

The Perfect Salad and the Imperfect Church: Scot McKnight's A Fellowship of Differents

Jack Levison | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Jack Levison

What happens when you cross a first-rate New Testament scholar, a genuinely funny guy, and a former fundamentalist?

Sweet Little Tuscan Church Boasts Some Big Acoustics

Rick Steves | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

The proud little church of San Biagio, just outside the Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano, is a celebration of the humanism of the Renaissance period 500 years ago.

Changing Sexes, Needing Church (and God)

Peggy Payne | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Peggy Payne

"As a result of being transgender and accepting myself, my faith has grown deeper but still sits on the shaky foundation laid down by my family, the church and society."

The Theology of Black Unrest

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 05.07.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

In the wake of the budding unrest in Baltimore, Ferguson, and other cities across America, Black Christians are trying to comprehend how Christianity informs their forms of resistance.

Stumbling Into a Pluralistic Society

Bishop T.D. Jakes | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Bishop T.D. Jakes

The state of race, culture and religion in America is a key metric for how we are evolving as a society. The question for the church in 2025 is do we have enough elasticity and self-awareness to accommodate other customs, and views different from our own?

The Church Is Not Your Home

Scott Dannemiller | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Scott Dannemiller

An atheist walked into three churches last Sunday. I know. Sounds like the beginning of a great joke. In fact, you could probably come up with an awesome punch line.

I (Heart) Planned Parenthood

Andrew Kukla | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Andrew Kukla

I don't love why Planned Parenthood exists. I don't love that too many states allow legislators to restrict women's health. What I love is the dedicated staff of people who are doing the ministry of caring for people. "Care. No matter what." Those are words to live by. As a Christian, I say it proudly: I love Planned Parenthood.

Sharing Faith: How I Found Healing at a Funeral

Barb Abramson | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Barb Abramson

Despite the celebration of life, there is still a family in mourning, missing a wonderful man, husband and father who impacted others in a positive way, as so many shared that day. I know their church community as well as friends and colleagues will rally around them.

When Church Is A Choice

Shelly Wood | Posted 04.30.2015 | Religion
Shelly Wood

Whatever the reasons, when parents don't make their kids go to church, I am certain they are doing so out of protection. I have no doubt that the decision is well-meaning. It's not that they are saying that God isn't important. They are saying that religion isn't important to know God. But here's the problem.

7 Things Churches Can Do to Make Queer People Feel Welcome

Erin Duran | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Erin Duran

While I've never believed being Queer automatically counted me out, I've been unable to find a church community that I, as a Trans person, could really call home -- a place I could engage in conversations around faith and sexuality, faith and gender.

A Tiny Church in Kastania Frozen in Time

Rick Steves | Posted 04.27.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

When exploring the south coast of Greece's Peloponnese, I make Kardamyli my home base. And, while its coast is remote, the interior is even more so.

What Really Hurts The Church's Witness

Zack Hunt | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

What really hurts the Church's witness is proclaiming that all are one in Christ Jesus our Lord while working hard to pass laws that exist for the sole purpose of discrimination.

When a Good Jewish Girl Goes to Church

Oritte Bendory | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion
Oritte Bendory

I look forward to the sermons, which remind me of my Chumash and Talmud classes, where hidden meaning behind the scriptures and stories are revealed. I get excited when the pastor references the Old Testament, or a passage that I recognize, and imbues it with a new perspective.

Dying Church in a Resurrection Time

Steve Lawler | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
Steve Lawler

In one sense we are a dying white congregation with shrinking attendance, fewer people to serve on committees, nostalgic sentiments and the kind of sadness that comes when once active members are no longer around. In another sense, we are vital in our impact in the community.

Woman Accused Of Helping Starve Child To Rid Him Of 'Demon'

AP | DIANA HEIDGERD | Posted 04.15.2015 | Crime

DALLAS (AP) — A woman who operated a church at her suburban Dallas home has been arrested for allegedly helping starve a 2-year-old boy to rid him o...

Searching for Sunday and Finding Home: An Interview With Rachel Held Evans

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Rachel Held Evans just released her latest book, Searching For Sunday, with Thomas Nelson. It's an excellent foray into the church's current cultural moment, seen through the lens of Rachel's own journey from evangelicalism.

Ron Dicker

During Holy Week, This Church Is Honoring Children Lost To Gun Violence | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion

A New York City church is marking Holy Week with an outdoor installation that honors children killed by guns in the United States since last Easter. ...

The Worst Nightmares of Born-Again Christians

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Religion
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

The dreams of Born-Again Christians do provide accurate reflections of their religious beliefs and concerns. This adds new empirical support to the classic anthropological idea mentioned at the outset that dreaming can be studied as a valuable source of insight into cultural and social dynamics.

What Easter Says About Trusting Women

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Bronwyn Lea

This week before Easter gives me cause to pause and reflect. Haven't men always failed to trust women, because somehow there is an innate belief that women are less trustworthy? But I'm reminded on Easter that Jesus did. And it tells me that somehow, when it comes to bearing witness to Him, He trusts me too.

Historic Churches From Civil Rights Era Hold Service of Reconciliation

Jack Alvey | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Jack Alvey

Much has changed in Selma in 50 years, and the local faith community has taken the lead in trying to bring together a city once defined by its resistance to integration.