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Making a Change: Bishop T.D. Jakes' 10-year Initiative for Re-entry

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 07.27.2015 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

"They don't judge you. The program offers you a feeling of hope. The program taught me what it meant to forgive. If you want people to bless you and move forward despite your past, you have to learn to do that for others."

American Christianity Has Been Hijacked

Mikah Meyer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Religion
Mikah Meyer

Why has American Christianity become known for the pain it causes? Let American Christianity stop being known as a religion that hurts, as a faith focused on what we're against, and instead let them know we are Christians by our love.

I am a Christian. You Are Something Else.

Scott Terry | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Scott Terry

We both go to church. We both believe in Jesus. I am a Christian. You are something else. Such is the message I often hear from organized religion, and as a gay man and ex-fundamentalist, I find it divisive and presumptuous.

Believers, Rampages and the Church in Charleston

Jim Diamond | Posted 07.22.2015 | Crime
Jim Diamond

It happened in a church this time, a "House of God." It didn't happen in a school, or a workplace like the unbridled carnage of rampages...

U.S. Jewish Groups Join Recovery Efforts After Israeli Church Arson Attack

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.19.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) Two prominent American Jewish organizations are among those helping a torched Israeli church recover from an arson attack. The Anti-D...

A Letter To My Uncle Who Isn't Dealing Well With SCOTUS' Marriage Equality Decision

Colin Israel | Posted 07.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Colin Israel

To hear you say you love me and yet disagree with that is confusing. In fact, as frustrating as it may be to hear, to say as much is discriminatory. That's not an accusation, it's a clear-cut fact.

Golfing, Mystical and My Life Lesson

Sister Jenna | Posted 07.17.2015 | Sports
Sister Jenna

I have recently been enamored with the art of golfing. It all grew out of a friendship, the kind of connection that opens up something new in us.

'Hands Off My Church' Petition Plays On French Fears Over Islam

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion

PARIS (RNS) More than 40,000 French have signed a rousing “Hands off my church” petition in recent days denouncing a Muslim leader&r...

Still the Second Sex

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 07.15.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

While differences on all matter of doctrine abound among Christians, the exclusion of women from ordination isn't simply one more theological difference. Rather, it is a form of misogyny masquerading in the guise of Biblical and theological integrity.

I Am A White Christian And Black Lives Matter

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

While some claim that Dylann Roof is mentally ill, the truly frightening possibility is that he is sane and sober -- that he was raised under a white supremacist culture and is acting out his racism in the most violent of ways.

The Big 'C' Church and Millenials

Joli Angel Robinson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
Joli Angel Robinson

I think of the Big "C" Church as the institution with the rules, regulations, denominations, culture, and the overall organization that may turn people off from the idea of an organized religion such as Christianity.

A Pope for All People?

David Moore | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas know Junipero Serra's legacy, but Californians know it best, and many would like to know what the devil is going on. I truly want this Pope to have moral authority.

A Pope for All People?

David Moore | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
David Moore

I truly want this Pope to have moral authority. He called world leaders cowards for accommodating modern capitalism, referring to it as the "new colonialism." I pray the pope will be courageous in September.

Enter The Magical Tree Church Made From God's Green Earth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion

"Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth." (1 Chronicles 16:33) Nature can be a...

What Times Square Yoga Taught Me About Church

Cari Pattison | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion
Cari Pattison

Last June 21st, I reluctantly accompanied my friend Sarah to Times Square Summer Solstice for Yoga, appropriately titled: "Mind Over Madness." Every year, thousands of people descend upon two Broadway plazas throughout the day for their chance at a free yoga mat and one of a dozen outdoor classes.

Seventh-Day Adventists Set To Reopen Discussion About Ordaining Women

HuffPost Live | Jared Greenhouse | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion

At a conference in San Antonio on Friday, the Seventh-day Adventist church will address the issue of whether women should be ordained within the churc...

Burning Churches: African American Christian Leaders and Activists Declare WORR (Week of Righteous Resistance)

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Join in action against the trend of burning black churches. Even one intentional arson is one too many and is a threat to racial peace in America.

South Carolina Police Officer Uproots Racism in Iraq

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Danielle Wolffe

There is no magic formula to annihilate racism. Acknowledging we may have regurgitated hateful, flimsy terms that don't necessarily reflect what's in our true hearts is a start.

Cannabis Church Won't Have Marijuana At Its First Service

USA Today Network / Religion News Service | MARK ALESIA | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion

INDIANAPOLIS — The First Church of Cannabis won’t have cannabis for its inaugural service Wednesday, church founder Bill Levin said on his Faceboo...

You Have Permission to Walk Out

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Caroline Garnet McGraw

My guilt gauge is overly responsive. It goes off at the slightest 'infraction,' so I can't look to it for a true reading. Instead, I can acknowledge false guilt, then make a deliberate choice about what I want to do.

A Catholic Schoolgirl Tells Her Side About an Outdated and Intolerant System

Unwritten | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Unwritten

Coming from a mostly diverse kindergarten, you are accustomed to being around all different types of kids from all different walks of life, whether you realized it or not. "Your parents had you before they were married. They're going to hell." Welcome to the life of a Catholic schoolgirl.

Take Down the Flag: Peter Mulvey's Growing Song of Tribute a Call to Action

Tara Skurtu | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

In a matter of days, "Take Down Your Flag" has become a living song. Peter Mulvey has just uploaded a video containing the chords and framework in hopes that more people will continue to grow this song and commemorate those we've lost in South Carolina.

After Charleston: Stop the World and Let's Fix This Now

Holly Cara Price | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Holly Cara Price

There is a deep sadness that won't leave me. It dogs my steps. Similar to the days surrounding the Newtown massacre of first graders almost three years ago, I feel bereft of any joy when I live in a world where what happened in Charleston last Wednesday took place.

People All Over The U.S. Have Had Enough Of Confederate Tributes

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices

When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) on Monday called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Captiol grounds, Americans all over the coun...

94 Times Black Churches Have Been Violently Attacked

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices

UPDATE: This piece has been updated to reflect recent church burnings that have occurred in the week since the shooting in Charleston. When Dylann...