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Spiritual But Not Religious? It Just Doesn't Work.

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 11.16.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

I don't think that you can be truly spiritual without being religious. It just doesn't work. A sociologist of religion named Nancy Ammerman has finished a new study of religion in everyday life. She concludes that the SBNR is a unicorn. By this she means that it is a species that does not exist in reality.

Why Churches Need To Take Care of Business

Will Willimon | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Will Willimon

Church is where we go to talk about sin and death and God, and dare consider the possibility that more is going on in us and the world than we can adequately comprehend with our socially acceptable, governmentally subsidized modes of explanation.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 8: Dr. Luke Powery on Continuing the Conversation in Churches

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Life has an inexhaustible curriculum, and the lessons are infinite just like God even when it comes to a conversation about faith and science, God and the cosmos, creation and evolution, quantum physics and eternity, imago dei and science, genetics and morality, and health and healing.

The Reunion

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

May the reunions we experience in life help us to look back in appreciation and help us to look forward in expectation for what God can reveal in our lives now and always.

Jerusalem's New Museum Reveals Untold History

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

On September 8, 2015, Shimon Perez, Israel's former president, prime minister and Noble Peace Prize winner delivered an address to leaders from within Israel, and dignitaries and guests from around the world attending the official opening of Jerusalem's newest museum, the Friends of Zion Heritage Center.

South Carolina Churches Are Doing More Than Praying For Flood Victims

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.08.2015 | Religion

Flooding in South Carolina has reached "historic proportions," according to Gov. Nikki Haley, with at least 17 dead and damage yet to be calculated. ...

Church With Openly Gay Pastor Vandalized With 'You'll Burn'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices

  You'll burn.  Those were the words spray-painted on the Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer in Augusta, Georgia, ...

Support Charleston: Forgive!

Colleen Turner | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Colleen Turner

Despite tragedy, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, is providing the world with an example of what the American faith community could be.

Why Do the Hateful Choose Our Houses of Worship?

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

There's a reason the hateful choose houses of worship. It's because that's where so many of us put our hope. You can commit a hateful act anywhere, but if you really want to hurt a community, you choose the place they worship.

Americans Are Less Confident In Organized Religion Than Ever Before

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Americans have less confidence in organized religion today than ever measured before — a sign that the church could be “losing its footing a...

There's Less To This Church Than Meets The Eye

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion

From far away, this church looks like any of the other Christian houses of worship that dot the Belgian region of Haspengouw. But step closer and the ...

The Churches in America Present a 'God' Who Is Un-Christlike

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Brad Jersak has an important book out--A More Christlike God--that challenges the received lazy "wisdom" of both conservatives and liberals, atheists and believers about Christ. Here's my interview with Brad on this important and beautifully written book.

Vietnam, Then and Now

Ann Medlock | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Ann Medlock

Looking into the young faces of Vietnam 2015, hearing their questions about the time when I lived in their country, before they were born, before their parents were born, I kept seeing faces from long ago, all but one of them dead now.

ISIS Declares War on Mohammad's Covenant

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Azeem Ibrahim

Back when ISIS was still expanding into the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse northern Iraq, not just Yazidis but also the country's 1 million Christians were some of their main targets. They were asked to either convert or leave, otherwise they would be killed.

Beacon Hill Is Bleeding

Rev. Peter E. Bauer | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter E. Bauer

As I mentioned in a previous blog posting ("What Do You Do When The Beacon Goes Out?"), the closing of Beacon Hill Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) was a difficult experience for all concerned.

Speaking Out for Communal Tolerance and Secularism

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Among a slew of critical issues in India, secularism is what must be preserved above all. It is at the very core of India's multi faith based society.

'Charlie Hebdo' and Our American Churches

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Let's not mix religion and politics. We need gifted leadership in both government and religion. I strongly recommend that the individual members of our Mainline Protestant churches dedicate themselves to becoming the talented and ethical political leaders our country and the world so badly need.

U.S. Churches and the Boycott of Israeli Settlements

Philip Farah | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Philip Farah

Christian advocates of boycotts and divestment see Israel's bellicose policies as destructive not only to Palestinians but also to Israeli Jews. The involvement of churches in this growing international movement indicates that concern for a just and lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis is finally making inroads into mainstream American society.

About Isolation, Race, Relationships and Friends

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

There are real people really hurting. Turn on our customized media and we see what might spin into a race war over men being killed and the accused walking away. No matter what sources of media you are using, we are seeing it.

What the Church Can Learn From Our Grocery Store

Rev. Peg Nowling Williams | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peg Nowling Williams

If congregations are serious about wanting to reach out to others, they might want to explore the power of the "reset." The methods of welcome in a congregation can be perfunctory, habitual, and lacking energy.

Want to End Campus Sexual Assault? Tackle the Primary Issue Being Ignored

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright | Posted 12.08.2014 | College
Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright

Until we're willing to deal with the fact that young people are sexual people who need more realistic, developmentally appropriate guidance when it comes to sexual expression and satisfaction, the situation is not going to change.

God's Guide to Conflict Resolution

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 11.16.2014 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

If an Environmental Studies teacher is afraid to talk about climate change because of potential conflict, our planet is in deeper trouble than we think. So to face my own fear, I decided to write about the religious response to climate change.

Family, Friends and Technology

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact
William B. Bradshaw

Are people less friendly than they used to be? As I looked beyond having just a "gut feeling" about attitudes and practices of people, I became aware of the "General Social Survey." I found a lot of information that relates to the friendliness of people.

Does a Corporation Have a Soul?

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

The U.S. Supreme Court has launched an entitlement program for corporations. They are now considered individuals, and individuals with faith. Makes me wonder, if corporations go bankrupt, will they dream?

These Are The Most Breathtaking Church Ceilings In The World

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion

Don't forget to look up. Sometimes you find the real treasures when looking at things from a different perspective. While plenty of churches have b...