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Historic Black Church Receives $3 Million Gift To Pay Off Mortgage

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.22.2017 | Black Voices

A historic black church in Pennsylvania is counting its blessings after an anonymous donor reportedly gifted the establishment over $3 million to help...

This Alabama Church Wants Its Own Armed Police Force For Protection

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.21.2017 | Politics

An Alabama church is poised to create its very own police force thanks to a new bill that has already made headway in the state senate. Briarwood Pres...

Jesus And Trump Are Utterly Irreconcilable

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.16.2017 | Religion
Zack Hunt

He said his personal motto is "eye for an eye." He unrepentantly declared he doesn't ask for forgiveness. He said he wants to bomb half of the Midd...

How 'This Is How We Do It' Singer Montell Jordan Ended Up Becoming A Pastor

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.10.2017 | OWN

Montell Jordan, the singer behind the ‘90s hit “This Is How We Do it,” traded in his music career for the ministry seven years ago and hasn’t ...

On Growing the Mainline Church: Wisdom from Quarks and Einstein

Mark Barger Elliott | Posted 01.19.2017 | Religion
Mark Barger Elliott

In a time of grief and turmoil after the death of his sister, Maja, Albert Einstein wrote to his stepdaughter Margot, "Look deep, deep into nature, an...

Historic San Francisco Church Restored for Art and Innovation

Rachel Wolfson | Posted 12.06.2016 | San Francisco
Rachel Wolfson

If you live in the Bay Area then you probably understand that most people here tend to think they are "gods of innovation". That being said, it only m...

4 Choices Boomers Made That Are Killing Mainline Protestantism

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 11.03.2016 | Religion
Frederick W. Schmidt

Earlier this month the Public Religion Research Institute released new statistics that chronicle the demographic shifts in religious affiliation. The one group that has grown exponentially is the so-called "Nones," or religiously unaffiliated.

The Church's Sobering Silence on Alcohol

Corey MacPherson | Posted 11.01.2016 | Religion
Corey MacPherson

As a campus minister I am painfully aware of the statistics on binge drinking on college campuses. I also know that more than 90% of sexual assaults committed on or near campuses (it has become a horrific epidemic) involve alcohol.

Video: Building a Gothic Church with 13 Tourists

Rick Steves | Posted 10.21.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of my great joys as a tour guide is teaching art and architecture in a way that makes it both fun and meaningful. And a good way to do that is by ...

Historic Cathedral Comes To Life With Mesmerizing Virtual Reality Installation

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion

Dreamers and travelers wandering the streets of Paris for the annual Nuit Blanche art festival would be well-advised to make their way to the historic...

How Men Can Stop Facilitating Abuse Against Women

Kevin Wright | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Kevin Wright

Her call came at 4 pm on a Thursday. The woman’s voice quivered on the phone as she told me that her husband had threatened her life and that she wa...

When it comes to the environment, it is in giving that countries will receive

Tomás Insua | Posted 10.04.2016 | Religion
Tomás Insua

St. Francis depicted in Giotto's 13th-Century painting Predica agli uccelli. Credits: christusrex.org. Even the most optimistic among us would not di...

To My White Church Family: Do We Not Have Ears To Hear?

Abby Norman | Posted 09.23.2016 | Religion
Abby Norman

These are the questions I believe God is asking of the white church. Do we care more about our privilege than the lives of our brothers and sisters? Do we worry more about offending our congregations than moving into a just society? Do we not have ears to hear and eyes to see?

On Growing the Mainline Church: Wisdom from Darwin, Einstein and Picasso

Mark Barger Elliott | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Mark Barger Elliott

You might have heard of the comic book superheroes, The X-Men, but have you heard of the X Club? In the late 19th century the group met for dinner once a month in London. Members won the prestigious Copley and Royal medals for scientific achievement. Two were knighted. They were scientific superheroes.

What We Love About This Year’s Seminaries that Change the World

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.16.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

School has just started, but for those who will be graduating from College, the question of “what’s next” is already here. Because of what I do...

Progressive Evangelicals: Who We Are And What We Believe

Ryan Phipps | Posted 09.07.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

Were Jesus in some of our churches today, he'd likely be turning over communion tables, dashing offering plates into pieces, baptizing the marginalized, and performing ordination ceremonies for women.

Founded On Faith, Basketball Program Offers Peace, Hope

Louis Bolling | Posted 09.02.2016 | Religion
Louis Bolling

In 2012, 244 gang killings were recorded in a six month period in Chicago. During the same time period, 124 soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. These facts inspired Chicago's noted activist pastor, Father Michel Pfleger of St. Sabina, to act.

Brunch Is Better Than Church

Josh Cobia | Posted 09.01.2016 | Religion
Josh Cobia

Community is vital. We know this, because when we don't have it we don't feel fully alive. Its as if what we experience on our own is almost made real when we share it with others. Life just doesn't work when we feel alone.

The Pope, The Patriarch And The Christian World Pray For Climate Justice Today - G20 Leaders Should Take Note

Tomás Insua | Posted 09.01.2016 | Religion
Tomás Insua

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, in a prayer service on the Greek island of L...

Musicians And What They Carry By Cristi Catt

New England Conservatory | Posted 08.26.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

Tunes, traditions, styles, perspectives -- one might think of us as the carriers of a DNA that can both stubbornly endure and spontaneously mutate as we meet other musicians and enter new realms.

Part-Time Ministry and "The Myth of the Empty Church"

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 08.25.2016 | Religion
Frederick W. Schmidt

Denominational leaders need to ask themselves one set of questions, and clergy need to consider a second set. The answers they provide will be telling, for the churches, clergy and denominational leaders. For denominational leaders, the questions are these.

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...