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New GOP Platform Aims To Make The Christian Right Even More Powerful

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.15.2016 | Religion

Republicans met in Cleveland this week to finalize their platform in preparation for Donald Trump’s nomination for president. Among the new GOP plat...

Dear America - Check Your Christian Privilege

Craig Considine | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Craig Considine

A few months ago, when I was teaching Sociology of Religion at Rice University, the topic of Ted Cruz and Christian privilege came up in our classroom...

Like A Girl

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.06.2016 | Women
Zoha Qamar

The deep brown shade that glazed the wood was almost heavier than the door. It melted the light that snuck in via the stained glass of glittering gold and grassy green into hues and shadows that crashed by the waves of my shivering feet.

The Hidden Chapels of the Dolomites, a Photographer's Dream

How Far From Home | Posted 06.01.2016 | Travel
How Far From Home

The UNESCO World heritage site of the Dolomite mountain range in Northern Italy is known for its impressive peaks, probably because they are unlike any other peaks in the world.

Is BDS Simply a 'Campus Movement?' How Deceitful Can Thomas Friedman Actually Be?

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

On May 25 the New York Times published an op-ed by Thomas Friedman with the incendiary title, "Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel-Palestine," which attempts to show just how far the Israeli Prime Minister has gone to destroy any notion of a two-state solution.

Orvieto's Sistine-like Chapel of San Brizio

Rick Steves | Posted 05.03.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Orvieto Cathedral's Chapel of San Brizio is one of the most jaw-dropping pieces of art you'll see in Italy. Painted by Luca Signorelli (who inspired M...

Changemaking Churches and the Transformation of Neighborhoods

Jim Friedrich | Posted 04.27.2016 | Religion
Jim Friedrich

From "This is not a gentle poem" by Arne Pihl, part of "All Rise," a Seattle art happening about neighborhood change and social struggle, 2014-15 (Pho...

A 90-Year-Old Catholic Built This Cathedral With His Own Hands

Atlas Obscura | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Atlas Obscura

A 90-year-old man is working to finish his life's work: a grand cathedral. It is a cathedral with no trained architect, no government approval and no benediction from the Catholic Church. It is either the work of a madman or that of a prophet.

Rebooting Theological Education

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Theological education is in crisis. By itself, that's not new news. What's newsworthy is exciting new progress on the problems that's now coming up with solutions -- real, viable solutions. Tinkering with the old structures isn't enough anymore.

Christmas Story, Christian Story

Lee Palmer Wandel | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion
Lee Palmer Wandel

Christians share a story of a refugee family, but when they come to speak of the communities of faith in which they now live and practice their belief, they speak of Churches - of buildings, of stone and wood and glass, not refugees.

This Abandoned Spanish Church Was Transformed Into A Skaters' Haven

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.22.2015 | Religion

A church that used to be a spiritual center for the working class in northern Spain has been repurposed for a completely different kind of community. ...

Alzheimer's Caring: How Faith Communities Can Serve People with Dementia and Their Families

Jade C. Angelica | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Jade C. Angelica

People are afraid of Alzheimer's. According to surveys, Americans are more afraid of getting Alzheimer's than we are of dying. So we deny it and we avoid it for as long as possible. It's only when Alzheimer's knocks at our own door, it seems, that we seek information, support, and healing.

Take A Tour Of Christian Sacred Sites In The Holy Land

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion

With Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, the stage was set for Christianity. The faith has reached all corners of the globe, but its origin story traces back t...

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. C...

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

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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

Support Charleston: Forgive!

Colleen Turner | Posted 06.23.2016 | 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 06.18.2016 | 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.