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Stay Childish, Vacation Bible School

Lillian Daniel | Posted 08.15.2016 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

At our church, we have that wonderful summertime tradition of Vacation Bible School. I know the kids love it, but I think the adults volunteers love it the most.

The Heart We Need In the White House

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.04.2016 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I've never been interested in politics, but can't help it these days, after hearing what's going on between our presidential nominees on the news. I'm sure you're hearing all about it, too. As a reader, I've heard different, negative things about Hillary Clinton, and what's even sadder is hearing it from other women!

In the Pilgrim Church of Leiden, Organ Enthusiasts Gather

Rick Steves | Posted 08.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I've said goodbye to the My Way Alpine Europe tour I've been leading, and am now researching my guidebooks in Holland. While I miss my friends from th...

Donald Trump's Childhood Church Now Attended Largely By Immigrants

The Atlantic | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.26.2016 | Religion

First Presbyterian Church doesn’t fit in on its block. The white, New England-style clapboard building is an anachronism tucked among the chain stor...

Pope Francis Is Horrified After 'Barbarous' Killing Of French Priest

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.26.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis has denounced the brutal attack that shattered the sacred stillness of a morning mass at a French Catholic church on Tuesday and left an ...

20 Lessons I've Learned Since Leaving The Church

Makiah Green | Posted 07.26.2016 | Black Voices
Makiah Green

Due to the routine state-sanctioned violence that is being inflicted on my people, and the inadequate response from the church (among other things), I have decided to remove myself entirely from a system that claims to value my soul, but fails to show up for my Black body.

Don't Ignore The Past, Believe In The Future

Shayne Looper | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

To accept someone as Christ accepted you means welcoming that person into your life warmly, like the father of the prodigal welcomed his son. He did not present his son with a catalogue of grievances but with a party. He made sure his son knew that he was wanted.

Why Introverts Would Rather Avoid Church

John Weirick | Posted 07.21.2016 | Religion
John Weirick

You are different than the person next to you. That's a good thing. In a community, others won't believe, look, or act like you. When it comes to personality types and temperaments, the differences get even more distinct -- especially between introverts and extroverts.

Reframing Forgiveness

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We can't force someone to forgive. Therefore, the road to forgiveness may also involve understanding the person who has harmed us. This requires starting off on a journey that may entail a close examination of the person we need to forgive. The journey can be long and torturous.

13 Tweets That Show 'Pokemon Go' Is A Truly Religious Experience

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.13.2016 | Religion

The augmented reality video game, “Pokemon Go,” has caught the world by storm ― and it’s leading quite a few players unwittingly to church. Th...

What To Do If Your Church Is A Hub For Pokémon GO

Sandra L Amstutz | Posted 07.13.2016 | Religion
Sandra L Amstutz

Are a bunch of strangers suddenly wandering around your church parking lot and staring at their phones? Congratulations! Your church is probably one of the many PokéStops or Gyms in the new Pokémon GO app.

The Perilous State Of Religious Liberty

Shayne Looper | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Shayne Looper

Religious liberty in the United States is in peril. Many of the people empowered to decide which behaviors merit civil protections and which do not are not religious people. They fail to understand religious liberty because they do not understand the religious life.

What To Say, What To Do

F. Willis Johnson | Posted 07.11.2016 | Religion
F. Willis Johnson

I am a pastor, in New York City with my wife, on a few days of summer leave. Over a 24-hour period my phone, social media channels, and email blew up....

Catholic Bishop's Solution For Divorced, Remarried Catholics: Stop Having Sex

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion

After more than three years of parish surveys and high profile bishops’ meetings about Catholic family life, this is the final message that one bish...

Fly Through A Byzantine Church With Breathtaking Drone Footage

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion

In a new video captured entirely by drone, film company BigFly takes viewers inside a 19th century church, offering a sun-drenched perspective only th...

5 Lies I Used To Believe About Being A Christian

Tyler Speegle | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Tyler Speegle

Growing up in church, I thought I had just about everything figured out about being a Christian. That all changed for me one day when I visited a chur...

A Home For Everyone: Reflecting The Life Of The Trinity

Rachael McNeal | Posted 06.20.2016 | Religion
Rachael McNeal

If you truly want to change the world - then reflect the beautiful relationship of the Trinity to each person. I don't care if that person is gay, Muslim, atheist, blonde, foreign, black, redheaded, funny or not funny. To everyone say - Jesus lives inside of me, and Jesus is home for everyone; therefore I am home for everyone.

Why A Mosque Invited A Church To Use Its Space For Worship

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.20.2016 | Religion

When a Michigan Unitarian Universalist congregation found itself homeless as their church underwent construction, a local mosque came to the rescue, o...

Churches Offer To Host Free Funerals For Victims Of Orlando Shooting

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.15.2016 | Good News

The religious community in Orlando is showing support for victims and families of Sunday's horrific mass shooting. Several churches in the Orlando ar...

Don't Call Me a Christian.

Corinne Rogero | Posted 06.13.2016 | Religion
Corinne Rogero

I told myself I wasn't going to do this. I said I was going to wait until my trip to Montana was finished before I processed these last several months...

Beware When Religion Makes You Feel Nostalgic

Rev. Jennifer Wilder | Posted 06.10.2016 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Wilder

We want to have heroes, and we want to remember the good times, but the times our Bible discusses were not idyllic, not even really good.

Why I'm Leaving My Church

Harry Lewis | Posted 06.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Harry Lewis

The church that was supposed to love, nurture, and support me -- the one I was baptized into, the one I pledged myself to at fourteen when I was confirmed -- has turned its back on me.

They're Just Like Us

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Anthony Hatcher

One of the most important lessons I took from this experience was that religion does have so many positive things about it.

The Mormon Church Made Me Hate Myself

Abby Van Buren | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Abby Van Buren

The LDS church can be incredible for many people, I believe that. But I also believe that when you search your own heart and allow yourself to be one with the universe (or some may say the spirit) and something doesn't feel right, it isn't.

One Weird Trick to Live Longer Your Doctor Might Not Tell You! (Part One of Two)

Pete Williamson | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Pete Williamson

If you spend any time on the internet these days, you'll often find yourself swimming in a sea of clickbait titles (like the one above). They are righ...