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Cellist/Composer Atzi Muramatsu and Choreographer Steinvor Palsson Perform in Edinburgh

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 03.04.2015 | Arts
Helen I. Hwang

When artists take over a public space, it's like watching magic. Not too long ago, a troupe of magnificent dancers choreographed by Steinvor Palsson and cellist Atzi Muramatsu roamed around the stone floor tiles of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Two Wrongs and Nothing Right in Utah

Don Elkins | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Don Elkins

When I tell you "the church" opens up a mic to talk to the world about something important, people there pay attention, and take it as true. That open-mic really doesn't happen too often in Salt Lake City.

Don't Let Marriage Be a Four-Letter-Word

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 02.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

As an ordained minister of a small Lutheran congregation, I am uniquely committed to the social and religious institution of marriage and the role it plays in raising children and in providing life-long companionship.

Tough Job: Southern Baptists Attempt To Diversify The Most Racially Segregated Hour In America

Religion News Service | Heidi Hall | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) How tough is it to create a racially diverse denomination? Consider a recent luncheon organized by the Southern Baptist Convent...

Christian Groups Swap Steeples For 'House Churches'

NPR | Eleanor Klibanoff | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

At most churches, it's embarrassing to show up late. But if you arrive early at Greg Stultz's church, you might interrupt the hosts' last-minute prepa...

Congregations Practice Faith Through Environmental Leadership

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

A growing, multi-denominational religious movement is placing environmental protection at the center of its teaching and practice.

Catholic Church: It's Not Me, It's You

Kathleen Ferraro | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Kathleen Ferraro

There is a certain voicelessness that I associate with my experience in Catholicism--sure, I can talk about gay rights, premarital sex or saving the environment, but I am often met with a dismissive response or the assumption that I'm going through a progressive phase.

Singing Songs With Unicorns: My Weekend With LGBT Christians

John Pavlovitz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

There are moments when you're absolutely sure that you're standing on holy ground, times when you feel the awe of something so big and so real, that you're driven to your knees and moved to tears. The Portland Convention Center became such sacred space for me this weekend.

Secession From The Church (To Those Who Stay Home On Sundays)

John Pavlovitz | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

"Church isn't for me anymore." I know those words so well, because I hear them every single day in some form or another; in emails, late night Skype sessions, and midday conversations across a coffee table.

RIGHT NEXT DOOR: Rev. Ann Kansfield and Jennifer Aull

Ian Spanier | Posted 02.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

A lesbian couple one of whose members is a reverend might not be an everyday find -- but in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Kansfield and Aull are just part ...

Reclaiming the Progressive Church, Starting With Our Values

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

It's not right to co-opt a term that has been used for several generations to define a theological movement for your own benefit. And it's especially not right to do it when you are not familiar with, or not willing to honor, the values that progressive Christianity has been trying to model for the larger church for years.

Churches Staunchly Oppose Scientists' Plan To Create Babies With Three Parents

BBC | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion

Senior church figures have called on the UK government to block the creation of babies from three people. The Church of England and the Catholic Ch...

There's More to the Oil Crash Than Meets the Eye

J. L. Morin | Posted 01.29.2015 | Green
J. L. Morin

As New York shakes off another dose of the climate change reality dealt by winter storm Juno, many are beginning to re-appreciate the forces of Nature and the power of public policy.

Most Southern Baptists Don't Go To A Racially Integrated Church

The Associated Press | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leaders in nation's largest Protestant denomination are preaching that integrated churches can be a key driver of racial jus...

Baptist Minister In Hot Water Over Comments On Ten Commandments

USA Today / Religion News Service | Ron Barnett | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion

GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) A Baptist minister is in hot water after preaching a sermon that called the Ten Commandments sayings or promises rather than ma...

Why Millennials Don't Put Money In The Church Offering Plate

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Luxury shoppers in the Millennial generation have been given a label by the retail industry: HENRY, meaning "High Earner, Not Rich Yet."

Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and the Hindsight Luxury of Thinking I'd Do the Right Thing

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I hope I would have done the right thing. I hope I would have marched, and been arrested, and stood in solidarity, no matter what the personal cost. But the reality is that most white folks in Atlanta, even those who knew what was happening was wrong, did nothing.

Mariah Stewart

Congressional Black Caucus Supports Ferguson Protesters

HuffingtonPost.com | Mariah Stewart | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Members of the Congressional Black Caucus visited Ferguson this weekend to attend a special church service honoring Dr. Martin Luther...

Will the Church Fail or Fulfill Martin Luther King Jr's Legacy?

Rev. Dr. Amy Butler | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Amy Butler

In a world that considers cathedrals of stone and even the pulpit where Dr. King spoke irrelevant, what is the future of the church? We must come out of our pulpits and into the streets, into the gaps of broken relationship and broken trust. We must do the hard and beautiful work of building the beloved community.

About All That Mainline Handwringing

Tony Jones | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Tony Jones

There's no doubt that religion in America is a fascinating topic of study, what with its cycles and its larger-than-life personalities. The time we're in right now is, as it has been, both the same and different.

LGBT Community: Evangelical Scholar Calls for Full Acceptance in the Church

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Few issues have been more divisive within the church of the 20th and 21st century than the "full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church."

The Pope, MLK and Moses

Avram Mlotek | Posted 01.13.2015 | Religion
Avram Mlotek

We will soon be entering our field as young and idealistic rabbis. The pope, MLK and Moses serve as some of our role models for this type of spiritual activism. In order for religion to be relevant to our time, it is upon us to leave the confines of the synagogue and enact the change we wish to see.

On Martin Luther King Day: Questions for Evangelicals

David Moore | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
David Moore

I have concluded that America's Evangelical church covers up America's structural racism, helps to hide it, and is thereby complicit in the abuse.

You Would Like Your Church to Be Trans-Welcoming: Now What?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

You have talked it out with church leaders and maybe even the congregation, and you have decided that you would like your church to be more welcoming to transgender people.

Turkey Approves Construction Of First New Church In Nearly A Century

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion

Turkey is getting a brand new church for the first time in nearly a century. The $1.5 million Virgin Mary Syriac church will be built in the Istanb...