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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.

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During Holy Week, This Church Is Honoring Children Lost To Gun Violence

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Ida and the Cycles of Violence and Forgiveness

Matthew Hoh | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Matthew Hoh

The choice of mercy, of forgiveness, is anathema to my sense of manhood and my obligation for revenge and justice; but what would come of such forgiveness, besides a rejection of cultural and institutionalized violence and loss of personal pride, if I had the courage to enact it?

Chinese Christian Pastor Sentenced To One Year In Prison After Protesting Forced Cross Removals

The Associated Press | DIDI TANG | Posted 03.29.2015 | Religion

BEIJING (AP) — A Christian pastor who questioned authorities in eastern China about the forced removal of crosses from the roofs of churches was sen...

Does Wearing Makeup Make Me a Bad Feminist?

Karyn Pickles | Posted 03.26.2015 | Parents
Karyn Pickles

I wear makeup. Not every day, but then, I work from home, so half the time I don't put on my clothes, let alone my face. But if I'm going out and I have time, I'll do my makeup. But what message am I sending my kids?

What Does Worship Look Like From A Priest's Point Of View? (PHOTOS)

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Catania | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion

This article was originally published on HuffPost Italy and was translated into English. Have you ever wondered what the priest standing at the alt...

When Inclusion Is Exclusion: Radical Ecclesiology

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

For many Christians, being inclusive has become synonymous with being a Christian. In fear of losing what they think or claim is church, groups have formed within congregations and denominations to push for full inclusion.

Pastor Creflo Dollar Wants Your Dollars

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Plain and simple: Pastor Creflo Dollar is a disgrace. Today's headlines read: "Creflo Dollar's lofty plan seeks $65M jet for global missions." And if that wasn't enough, the man bearing the name Dollar, is asking 200,000 people to contribute $200 each to purchase the plane.

7.5 Million Americans Have 'Lost Their Religion' Since 2012

Religion News Service | Tobin Grant | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A new survey shows in stark relief that what some are calling the Great Decline of religion in America continues: Since 2012, the U.S. has about...

Coming Home: Selma, Int'l Women's Day, LGBT Rights and Unitarian Universalism

Janet Mason | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion
Janet Mason

In reflecting on what Selma meant to me personally (as a white child, watching the Civil Rights movement from the safety of my living room -- as a child who would grow up to be a feminist and a lesbian), I realized that I grew up in an era that taught me that injustice is intolerable.

The Church as Opposition in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 03.06.2015 | World
John Feffer

I talked with Maciej Kozlowski, who served in the Polish embassy in the United States, became the ambassador to Israel, and was responsible for Middle Eastern affairs on his return to Poland, about his work on Christian-Jewish relations, the debate in Poland and Israel over the work of historian Jan Gross, and why a new liberal movement has yet to emerge in Poland today.

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 03.29.2015 | 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.