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Does the Bible Need to Be Set Free?

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.22.2014 | Home
Joe Boyd

When I was eight years old, my family started going to church. There I discovered something that changed my life. I was immediately smitten -- head over heels captivated. What I found there, I love now more than ever.

5 Reasons Churches Need to "Come Out" on LGBTQ Rights

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.17.2014 | Home
Christian Piatt

If we continue to advocate for some people being treated as "less than" others in any way, how can we claim the Gospel as our mandate with any credibility?

The Anatomy of a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Joe Boyd | Posted 08.17.2014 | Home
Joe Boyd

After a successful one-man show in Cincinnati in April we wanted to take that show on a national tour and put up four new shows over the next year. So we went for it. Here's why I think it has worked.

What Time Is It? Not CP Time

Gerard Kersey | Posted 08.16.2014 | Home
Gerard Kersey

The instructor stated how crucial being timely is in business and personal matters, and we can never be on CP time if we want to be successful. I don't know what surprised me more: the fact that she said this or that it was said and not much of an uproar followed.

Shaping the Church: Thinking, Reimagining and Envisioning

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.13.2014 | Home
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The church can be relevant, meaningful and important and we must be able to share this with the world. As I ponder such issues, I realize that I am a product of a "cloud of witnesses" who have gone before me to light the way for me to be in the church and be a leader within the theological academy.

Our Father and My Father

Catherine Nagle | Posted 08.10.2014 | Home
Catherine Nagle

Transformation takes place in God's Presence and inspires us to great things, just as the stained-glass artist and my father expressed their love of God in their artwork, which in turn lifts my soul and inspires me to glorify Him even more.

No More Analysis -- Millennials, the Church Needs You!

Samuel L. Adams | Posted 08.10.2014 | Home
Samuel L. Adams

Many churches are perpetually mired in process, worrying far more about protocol for committee meetings than how to become a welcoming body. With your wariness about the glacial pace at which institutions change, you can help the church become more dynamic.

How to Be a Pentecost Church: Five Pointers for Congregations

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.06.2014 | Home
Rev. Emily C. Heath

When the young families arrive with their kids, let them teach you about what will keep their kids engaged.

A Letter from the "Dying" Church

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.04.2014 | Home
Rev. Emily C. Heath

To my mourners: Sometimes the dying are the first to know. While others believe you are invincible, you quietly go around collecting pamphlets from h...

Meeting of the Minds: Addressing the Church's Future

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.02.2014 | Home
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is encouraging to see spaces created to have these unlikely conversations occur among diverse people who are passionate about the church and their calling. As an FTE Alumna and an FTE Advisory Board Member, I continue to watch FTE flourish, lead, and pave the way for future leaders to guide the church into its unknown future.

To LCWR: Be Out of Order

Carole Ganim | Posted 07.22.2014 | Home
Carole Ganim

If the good ol' boys want to keep their robes and mitres and rules and constrictions and money and their insistent antimony toward women, let them. Religious women can love God and others without the bureaucracy and the rules and the dictatorship.

Patriarchy and Religion: Built to Oppress Women

Dennis Trainor | Posted 07.20.2014 | Home
Dennis Trainor

From Texas to Alabama to Congressmen saying that women can't get pregnant when raped because their bodies have a way of shutting that down, men, usually white conservative men with ties to patriarchal religious institutions are working their balls off trying to control women; specifically a woman access to birth control and abortion.

The Prodigal Gay Uncle

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Domenick Scudera

Catholic doctrine states that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered." As I came to a more mature awareness of my homosexuality, there were always people claiming that they learned love from Christ, yet they built a wall between gays and Jesus.

Advocacy and Action on Climate Change: World Council of Churches

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.19.2014 | Home
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Failure to recognize the reality of climate change can be due to one's views on the Bible and faith. Others believe that it is not the role of the church to address climate change, feeling that it is not religion's job to engage political issues.

Getting Through It: A New Church Service for Recovery

Lindsay Henry | Posted 07.16.2014 | Home
Lindsay Henry

To get through, you decide -- maybe after you get past some stubbornness -- you want help. Maybe, despite your initial beliefs, you really can't do this alone. Coupled with courts and classes, and the therapies, maybe someone suggests you "go to church."

Are You Afraid to Be Still?

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Home
Maureen Anderson

What would you expect the author of What Color Is Your Parachute? to look like? Before I met him, I imagined Dick Bolles tall (he's 6 foot 5 inches), ...

Environmental Injustice and Economic Issues: WCC's Working Group on Climate Change

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 07.13.2014 | Home
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is becoming ever more important to recognize the urgency of climate change within our religious outlook on life. We cannot continue to ignore the topic of climate change while all of God's creation is suffering.

Joy Comes in the Morning?

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.13.2014 | Home
Courtney McKinney

Church leaders have a unique opportunity to help people heal and find comfort. I wish they would use that power to encourage people to seek help, rather than making them feel that mental illness is something that should be given time and prayer alone

Rescue Missions of the Future: Speaking to the Faith Community About Housing First

Mark Horvath | Posted 07.12.2014 | Home
Mark Horvath

I firmly believe the faith-based community is our best chance of ending homelessness. However, we must adapt to new models and new ways of thinking, and we must embrace disruptive change to help better serve our communities.

Between Childless and Child-free

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 07.10.2014 | Home
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Being a woman is more than a mother. It's being the person God calls us to be bringing love into the world. I have moments of mothering, and I thank Mother God that I can fill that space from time to time.

Anita Wilson Takes Gospel to More Relevant Heights With New Album "Vintage Worship"

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.12.2014 | Home
Ernest Owens

On June 24, 2014, music lovers around the world will hear a new sound of gospel that hasn't been experimented like this in years.

Breaking Up With Jesus

Brett Gallaher | Posted 07.08.2014 | Home
Brett Gallaher

I know that if God exists, God is good. If divine love is real, it's not static and lifeless. But honestly, I don't know if God exists. I only know that we exist.

Children in the Sanctuary

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 07.08.2014 | Home
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

My response to the reactions of children within holy space is simple and core to who we are called to be as faith communities: Our sanctuaries are not sanctuaries from children. They are sanctuaries for children.

A Church of the Commons

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 07.07.2014 | Home
Mark D. W. Edington

Faith communities are also religious organizations, and those organizations emerged over a period of many decades, and developed (not accidentally) in parallel with the rise of America's industrial economy.

Bardo Museum: A Tunisian Treasure

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.04.2014 | Home
Magda Abu-Fadil

I couldn't get enough of the fabulous mosaics dating from ancient Greek times to well after the Christian era at Tunisia's renovated National Bardo Mu...