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What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

People often confuse spirituality with religion. People can be both religious and spiritual, but it is also possible to be religious without being spi...

Pastors Wield Lightsabers In Special 'Star Wars' Church Service

Associated Press | Lee Moran | Posted 12.20.2016 | Weird News

BERLIN (AP) — The force is strong in Berlin. A church in the German capital invited "Star Wars" fans to attend a special service Sunday themed on th...

You Can Worship 'Star Wars' At This Movie-Themed Church Service

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.20.2016 | Weird News

"Star Wars" inspires an almost religious devotion in many fans. And now they have somewhere to officially worship the space opera movie franchise. The...

Our Bad Theology Is Killing Faith in the God of Life

Scott MacDougall | Posted 12.10.2016 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

In the most recent episode of her excellent WNYC podcast, Death, Sex & Money, host Anna Sale has a conversation with Diane Gill Morris. Morris is the ...

Why Does My White Church Have to Talk About Race?

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 12.09.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

If there is no potential for non-white membership, do we still have to talk about race? I hate to say it but the answer is still yes. You do. And here are some reasons why.

Are We Finally Witnessing The Death Of Christianity In America?

Zack Hunt | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Several months ago, a Pew Research study sparked what almost seemed like shouts of glee from those eager to declare the impending death of Christian...

Are You 'Too Blessed to Be Stressed'?

Sidney Hankerson | Posted 12.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Sidney Hankerson

"I'm too blessed to be stressed" is repeated by people of faith like a badge of honor. The reality is that we are all stressed.

Pizza Delivery Man Overcome With Emotion After Receiving This Tip

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.03.2015 | Good News

A church congregation's giant tip meant so much more to this pizza delivery man than just some extra cash. Jeff Louis, a 22-year-old who works for Gi...

Top 5 Nonprofits to Bring to Your City for Every #GivingTuesday

Tali Aynalem | Posted 12.01.2016 | Impact
Tali Aynalem

Although it's a wonderful thing to give back during this time of the year, we should remember people are in need all the time and everywhere. These are 5 simple and awesome nonprofits you can bring to your communities anytime of the year.

Catholic Priest Stole $741K From Churchgoers Over 25 Years

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 12.01.2015 | Crime

TOULOUSE, France, Dec 1 (Reuters) - A Catholic priest will be sent to court after admitting he stole more than 700,000 euros ($741,000) collected from...

Astoria Characters: The Community-Minded Pastor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.30.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Plunk, plunk, plunk; plink-plink-plink-plink. Someone is playing, let's make that pounding, a toy piano. Thia Reggio, pastor of the Astoria First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) takes no note of it. She's had a lot of practice screening out its astringent strains.

The Black Church Is the Home of Black Activism

Amanda Borquaye | Posted 11.30.2016 | Black Voices
Amanda Borquaye

The black church is so much more than a place of worship. It is a weekly meeting where sorrows and joys are felt and shared. It is a sturdy foundation, bolstering those who choose to stand upon it.

Women in Ministry: When the Call Is Enough

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 11.24.2016 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

What is interesting about the biblical examples of women who were called into ministry is that though there is no defined call narrative, the women simply took the charge from God and did what God called them to do.

Christian Pastor Accused Of Repeatedly Raping Underage Sisters

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.21.2015 | Crime

A Christian pastor in Mexico has been arrested over allegations that he raped two underage sisters more than 100 times over a four-year period. Alfred...

Why the Mormon Church Leaders Still Don't Get It

John Halstead | Posted 11.17.2016 | Religion
John Halstead

The children of LGBT couples must wait to they are 18 to receive sacraments which are routinely extended to eight year old children in the Mormon church. The Mormon church leadership has an outdated conception of "family."

Can the World Wide Web Put Humpty Dumpty Denominations Back Together?

Rev. Keith Anderson | Posted 11.17.2016 | Religion
Rev. Keith Anderson

In this new digital context, denominations should be fostering unity without conformity, supporting theological identity, nurturing and facilitating networks without absorbing them, training whip smart and innovative leaders, providing inspiration, helping us serve our neighbors at scale.

The Black Church: Bold and Bad Enough To Accept and Affirm

Rev. Cedric A. Harmon | Posted 11.13.2016 | Black Voices
Rev. Cedric A. Harmon

The prevailing Black Church culture forces too many to face the untenable choice: hide behind a mask or be cast aside from an extended family they've known all their lives.

Christians Are Outraged That Christians Are Supposedly Outraged Over Starbucks Cups

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 11.11.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

If you look hard enough, or just spend enough time on the internet, you can find a group of people who are upset over just about anything.

In Their Innocence: A Response to the LDS Church's New Policy on Children of Same-sex Marriages

Mary Cate Hickman | Posted 11.11.2016 | Religion
Mary Cate Hickman

My testimony of my church was still there for me, but I remained silent anytime people talked about gay marriage. When my friends talked about gay marriage at work, I would just sit there and pretend like I couldn't hear them criticizing my beliefs.

Is the Church Dying?

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.11.2016 | Religion
Steve McSwain

First, If the Church wishes to have any kind of viable future, it must stop pretending the Bible is an infallible book written by God and dictated through Divinely-inspired and inerrant writers.

Confessions of a Part-Time Pastor: I Don't Care (Much)

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 11.03.2016 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

Sure, I complain about pompous pastors who call or email to tell me how wrong my theology is, but the truth is that those conversations are kind of fun. And they force me to think through my theological positions.

A Letter To Hipster Jesus

Sara Schaefer | Posted 11.03.2016 | Religion
Sara Schaefer

Hipster Jesus, you may have been a fantasy after all. Maybe if I truly want to live what I say I believe, it's time to stop defining you at all, even for myself. Life is short, and the only certainty is death. I don't want to spend my tiny moment here arguing over what is right for others.

The Church's Next Mission: Help Children in Foster Care

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 10.29.2016 | Religion
Dr. John DeGarmo

Today's churches have a tremendous mission opportunity before them; the mission to help children in foster care. Sadly, with roughly 500,000 children in foster care in the United States, the need is so very strong.

How This Introverted Priest Found Her Calling

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 10.27.2015 | Healthy Living

I grew up in a very Catholic family. We observed all the holy days and ate fish on Fridays, and I attended an all-girls’ Catholic high school. Being...

There Have Been At Least 100 Attacks On Black Churches Since 1956

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Black Voices

Within the past two weeks, six predominantly black churches in St. Louis, Missouri have been the target of arsonists. The doors of each church have be...