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Man Proposes To Boyfriend At Church, Church Responds Perfectly

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.27.2015 | Good News

Love is love, and this congregation embraced that.  Trevor Harper and Davis Covin, who have been dating for nine years, are active...

Hope for Mental Illness

Kay Warren | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Kay Warren

When my cancer-stricken, elderly father passed away at home with family by his side, I grieved and wept, but my grief was gentle because my dad had lived a very full and rich life. I can tell you the experience of losing my 27-year-old son on April 5, 2013 to suicide was not at all the same.

Katrina: Where Faith and Interfaith Groups Picked Up as Federal Government Failed

Abdul Malik Mujahid | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Abdul Malik Mujahid

The failure of the strongest government in the world was of historic proportions. But faith and interfaith communities made history. They were the first responders, if not the only help, for most people over the course of several weeks. After 10 years, their work with survivors continues.

Imperial St. Petersburg: A Perfect 3 Days

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 08.26.2015 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

You might prefer to just step off the ship and walk down the main shopping street of the Nevsky Prospect and window shop, as many have done before you at the turn of the century, as the Gilded or Imperial Age was falling apart around them.

Not Your Momma's Movement

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 08.25.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

This #blacklivesmatter movement may not be our parent's or grandparent's political modus operandi. It is not far from it. It has benefited from it. No, the #blacklivesmatter movement may not be our momma's or daddy's movement, but it is on the same civil rights movement continuum.

When Church Hurts

Shawna Wingert | Posted 08.18.2015 | Religion
Shawna Wingert

No one tells you that church and sensory issues are like oil and water. They don't mention it in occupational therapy, or when you get the diagnosis, or even in the books that talk about what to expect. Yet every mom I know that has a unique little one like mine, has experienced it.

It's Surprisingly Easy To Start Your Own Church

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion

The Internal Revenue Service makes rules about churches and religious organizations intentionally vague to respect the religious liberties outli...

John Oliver Exposes Televangelism, Then Forms His Own Tax-Exempt Church

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.17.2015 | Comedy

John Oliver delivered the sermon of a lifetime on Sunday night, turning his "Last Week Tonight" studio into his church and the audience into...

Nuns, Monks and Priest -- Modern Times Heroes

Nuri Kino | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Nuri Kino

I have often heard monks and nuns being made fun of. As a child, I myself might even have thought or did. Today I am ashamed. They are modern-day heroes. No. They have always been heroes. It's just that we, who are growing up in the Western world, do not see it, do not feel it.

Don't Be the Spleen

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Karen Ann Kennedy

Body parts like the spleen, the tonsils, and the appendix don't serve a critical function. One can live without tonsils, but try getting by without a heart! I thought about this concept of not being the spleen and wondered how I might apply it, not just to my church life, but to my whole life.

I Feel God When I Run

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Running is where I feel God because running is where I find myself. It is also where I break down and can't go any farther and need help most desperately. It's where I focus on my own body and the reality of mortality, that I'm going to live in this world for a little while, and if I want to really live, I'm going to take risks and sometimes fail.

Idle Invocation: God Has a Biker Church and You're Invited

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
Shane Paul Neil

I'm not what you'd consider a "motorcycle guy," but I've been known to ride a Vespa or two. But none of that really matters in the eyes of God.

When You Feel Frozen and Alone at Church

Caroline Garnet McGraw | Posted 08.09.2015 | Religion
Caroline Garnet McGraw

So many of us are walking around with a judge and jury in our heads. We don't believe that we're enough as we are. Instead, we're putting ourselves on trial, and the "verdicts" leave us feeling unworthy and isolated. But what happens when we embrace freedom, even though we're afraid? It's revolutionary.

How The Black Lives Matter Movement Changed The Church

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.09.2015 | Religion

  The Black Lives Matter movement was born out of the pain and injustice of Trayvon Martin's death in 2012 and gathered momentum in the wake of t...

The Church of Shit: All Welcome

Francis Levy | Posted 08.07.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Get in touch with your inner bowel movement! That's where truth resides. Don't be offended when someone tells you you're full of shit. Embrace it with the ecstasy accorded revelation.

Bishop TD Jakes, Evolved and Evolving on LGBT Issues

Adam Phillips | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

Bishop ,  we might totally disagree on this. I'm decisively pro-inclusion. That said, we are still brothers in Christ. And, I have to be honest, my white elders -- evangelical men and fellow travelers in your generation -- remain silent or straight up antagonistic about these matters.

Why I Haven't Left the Church, Even Though I Was Hurt

Rachel Toalson | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion
Rachel Toalson

From the day I changed my name, in the eyes of the Church, I have stood in my husband's shadow. That was the day I began to wonder if this was the kind of Church I could love, this one that could pass so easily over so magnificent a choir director just because she was a woman.

The Gospel and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

While the Pew study offered two primary factors behind the changing landscape of religious affiliation -- mainly "generational replacement" and older generations disavowing association with organized religion, they did not offer any reason as to why millennials and older generations leave the faith. While there are several reasons for leaving the faith, one reason could be how the media and society frame manifestations of the faith.

How Churches Can Protect Themselves From Violence

John A. Tures | Posted 08.03.2015 | Crime
John A. Tures

A young domestic terrorist opens fire at a prayer meeting at a Charleston bible study, killing nine in an attempt to ignite a race war. Now two churc...

These Abandoned Rural Churches Are Still Powerful Sacred Spaces

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion

Some people think dilapidated, abandoned buildings should be torn down, but photographer and historian Kelly Micheau Gomez sees these buildings a...

A Church on the Move: An Invitation to Let Go of our Baggage

Aaron Todd | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Aaron Todd

Over the course of a year, it is estimated that 19 million Americans will re-locate themselves to a new residence. For the second time in a year, my family has joined that club as we are in the midst of the ever-exhausting process of packing up our life that we have created and hauling it across town.

A Vocational Selfie: The Discernment Deck

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.29.2015 | College
Wayne Meisel

Vocational discernment is about doing your homework and figuring out what is out there and what is not. It's about listening to your heart instead of the voices of others when deciding what to do. It's about deciding to explore and try and not worry about saving face or what others might think.

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.