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Alleluia, The Doctor Returns

Julie Clawson | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Julie Clawson

I'll admit it: I was more excited about the return of "Doctor Who" than about Easter. Some may say this makes me a poor Christian, but in the past few years it has been in this story of a self-proclaimed madman with a box that I have encountered the most meaningful depictions of the divine.

Easter: The Official 'Get Outta My Seat!' Day

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 06.01.2013 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

What an oxymoron it is, of all weekends, to push people away from Christ because we don't want to be inconvenienced with the crowds, new faces, and long wait times at our favorite Buckhead restaurant!

Progressive Love

Eliel Cruz | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Last week, a friend, ally and pastor, Ryan Bell, was let go from the Hollywood Adventist Church. One of the core reasons was because of his radical approach to LGBT members.

Church Where The Sidewalk Ends

Mark Sandlin | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

It's time for those of us in the Christian Church to exercise our imagination and boldly step off of the sidewalk to a place of imagination and limitless possibilities, a place outside the well defined boxes we expect to find -- beyond the solid footing of the known and into the sometimes shifting sands of the unknown.

O Jesus, Where Art Thou?

Bert Montgomery | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

It may just be the hope we need: that the Christ who lives is on the move; that the Christ who lives is alive in the world around us; that while we celebrate the resurrection inside our churches, the Body of Christ is alive and well and walking outside our walls.

If There Can Be a Church of the Jedi, Then I Belong to the Church of Rudy

Mandy Fox-Raynor | Posted 05.27.2013 | Fifty
Mandy Fox-Raynor

Do you remember that movie from the '90s about the short kid who wanted to play football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish? Well, if I were going to belong to any particular religion, it would be one lead by that guy.

Building A Seminary Student Movement: A Missing Voice In The Cause For Change

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

We need a seminary student movement that leads the church and the nation into deep engagement that combines service, advocacy and social justice. We seek to create a culture of service whereby everyone is challenged every day to engage in the world.

Can Pope Francis And Xi Jinping Normalize Vatican-China Relations?

David Gosset | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
David Gosset

By reopening the contacts between the Catholic Church and China, Francis and Xi Jinping would not only revive one of the most significant moments of the dialogue between civilizations but they would also contribute to the solidarity and unity of mankind.

When St. Francis Needed A Band-Aid And Became Enlightened

Lisa Hickman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

In my reading this week I came across a fascinating story about St. Francis that speaks deeply to that last commitment to work toward the repair of an ailing church. This story is a challenge for us all.

A New Pope for a New World

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 05.18.2013 | Business
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Teaming is not only an important skill for Christian leaders and workers; it is fast becoming the skill of the age.

Time For Vatican III?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion
Chris Weigant

Perhaps it is time for the Third Vatican Council. Because Vatican III is going to be the only way sweeping change will ever take place within the Catholic Church.

Pastor Who Seduced Teen Girl Claimed Jesus Wanted Them To Have Sex

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.15.2013 | Crime

A disgraced Indiana megachurch leader who seduced his teenage parishioner evidently told her Jesus wanted them to have sex. As part of the governm...

Led By Francis, A Traumatized Catholic Family Faces The Future

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 05.14.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Wounded by physical, psychological and spiritual assaults, they keep insisting that something is terribly wrong with an institution that pays millions in attorneys fee to keep secret its conspiracy to hide the facts and help clergy avoid prosecution.

How Important Is A Religious Leader's Education?

Win Bassett | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

When it comes to religious or spiritual guidance, followers may not put as much credence behind didactic degrees.

Houses of Worship in New York City

NYC-ARTS | Posted 05.12.2013 | New York
NYC-ARTS

Just as New York has an abundance of cultural events, it has an extraordinary range of spaces to accommodate them--many of which are houses of worship.

10 Things Church Can Learn From Geeks

Mark Sandlin | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I won't actually go as far as to say that there was a misquote in the Bible, and it should have read, "The geek shall inherit the Earth," but maybe it's something worth looking into?

Why An American Girl Doll Made My Daughter So Sad

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.10.2013 | Divorce
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

I was reading the bios out loud, enjoying a warm mother-daughter moment, when my daughter's face fell.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son: Which Character Are You?

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

Every person we see is a child of God and destined to be in communion with the Divine, embrace by God's arms which are truly ours. Embrace a Prodigal today!

A Witness To Testimony

Bethany St. James | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Bethany St. James

We need to stop pretending the past didn't happen and start sharing our stories, openly and honestly with each other. Honesty breeds trust and trust leads the brokenhearted to Christ.

Gangs Or The Gospel: Competing For The Lives Of Our Youth

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 04.29.2013 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

In order to connect with youth in our communities, we have to walk outside the church doors everyday and let the community know who we are and what we have to offer so they will choose us instead of a gang.

Raise the Minimum Wage

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

People who work deserve a living wage. We must reverse the growing chasm of inequality that exists between the rich and the poor in our state and our country.

Lights, Camera.. Church! Lifting Up The Prophetic Voice Of Film

Wayne Meisel | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

When a church provides the space for showing films discussing the issues, it becomes more relevant by becoming a catalyst for coalition-building.

Become A Martyr For The Sake Of Love During Lent

Julie Clawson | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Julie Clawson

Having Valentine's Day at the very start of Lent this year can be about more than just us feeling guilty about indulging during Lent, it can remind us that sacrificing ourselves for the sake of love is the greatest sacrifice of all.

A Church Of Different Speeds

The European Magazine | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
The European Magazine

The pope's resignation has broken with the traditions of Roman centralism. The Catholic Church is moving towards a more democratic era.

How Ravi Shankar Helped Cincinnati's Urban Revival

Steven Rosen | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
Steven Rosen

When Ravi Shankar died in December at age 92, Jim Tarbell's thoughts turned to when he brought the great Indian classical musician to Cincinnati's historic -- and endangered -- St. Paul Church in the urban, downtown-adjacent Pendleton District.