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The Movement for Black Lives is Full of Elders, But Maybe Not Old People

Derecka Purnell | Posted 08.27.2015 | Black Voices
Derecka Purnell

Elders ask questions and learn how to build intergenerational movements, even when they do not understand younger generations. Elders build. Old people? They die. They judge and die. I submit that they kill young people in the process.

There Is a Ferguson Near You

Leah Gunning Francis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Leah Gunning Francis

I interviewed more than two-dozen clergy and young activists that helped fuel the movement for racial justice in Ferguson, and listened to their stories about what and why they did what they did.

Seventh-Day Adventists Vote To Deny Women's Ordination

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Seventh-day Adventists voted Wednesday (July 8) not to allow their regional church bodies to ordain women pastors. The vote at their 60th ...

Ministry Is Not Safe

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Ministry often seems like a very placid vocation. We engage with congregants as they heal from their surgeries. We attend birthday parties and anniversary celebrations, officiate weddings, and baptize babies and adults.

12 Things Clergy Spouses Want You to Know

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Frederick W. Schmidt

I'm an Episcopal priest and my wife is a "parish" priest, which means that her "day job" -- if there were such a thing in a church (not) -- is shaped by the rhythm and demand of caring for the spiritual needs of a congregation.

The Problem With Becoming a 'Professional' Christian

Mick Mooney | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

When we look at church history, as well as the modern church, it seems to me that many of the problems have grown out of believers receiving a salary from other believers.

David Dagan

Black Churches Led The Civil Rights Movement. Can They Do It Again In Baltimore?

HuffingtonPost.com | David Dagan | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

The Rev. Jamal Bryant and others raise their fists during a protest march around the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center, Friday, May 1, 2015,...

Cleveland Clergy Demand Action After Brelo's Not Guilty Verdict

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion

Religious leaders in Cleveland are demanding action after a policeman charged with shooting two unarmed black citizens was acquitted Saturday. Lead...

Educating Rabbis for Jews Without Borders

Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.

We came to appreciate how much our respective faith communities could benefit from more curiosity and less judgment about the correct "formula" for clergy education, and more shared conversations with those from other faiths.

The Parable of Baltimore

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The parable of Baltimore is one that we need to learn from if our responses are ever to be as deep as the problems are. And admitting that the things we accept and don't accept do indeed have to do with race is a first honest step.

You May Have Missed This Powerful Display Of Interfaith Solidarity In Baltimore

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion

Violent images of Baltimore protesters looting stores and destroying property flooded television screens across the nation on Monday. They were reacti...

Carol Kuruvilla

North Charleston Minister: 'The Killing Of Walter Scott Was A Public Execution'

HuffingtonPost.com | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion

After Walter Scott's tragic death on Saturday, Easter Sunday brought the promise of new hope to some in North Charleston, South Carolina. Rev. Nel...

24 Hours at the Cross: A Holy Week Confrontation with Execution in Texas

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

During Holy Week, I knew I needed to carry my cross down and share the love of God. I cannot let hate and violence continue without question. For the follower of Jesus, the biggest questions are always in the form of a cross.

Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Al Sharpton

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life.

Black Clergy Call for Prayer for Black Lives

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

The deaths of unarmed black individuals at the hands of law enforcement and the shootings of members of law enforcement has forced America to take a deeper look at the legacy of our problematic racial history.

Boston's Interfaith Clergy Are Determined To Brighten Up Their Weatherworn City

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion

It’s been a tough winter for Boston. An incredible 101.8 inches of snow has fallen on the city so far this winter, CBS reports, shattering record...

Don't Let Marriage Be a Four-Letter-Word

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

As an ordained minister of a small Lutheran congregation, I am uniquely committed to the social and religious institution of marriage and the role it plays in raising children and in providing life-long companionship.

'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.

Carol Kuruvilla

The Stormy Debate Over White Clergy's Hashtag Activism

HuffingtonPost.com | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion

A group of clergy members wanted to change the conversation when they heard that a Florida police department was using mug shots of young black men as...

Opinions Versus Opinionated

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

I have opinions, and if you read my weekly blogs regularly you know that I do not hesitate to voice those opinions. But I am not opinionated. I like to think that I base my opinions on "evidence and good reason."

Will Police Unions Battle Houses of Worship or Seek Reconciliation?

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

In New York City, since protests began over the treatment of African-Americans caught up in the criminal justice system, the police union there has done everything possible to inflame tensions and undermine civil authority.

Bishop Heather Cook, Sobriety, and the Question of Who Should be Clergy

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I believe that the church is sick when it makes people who need treatment hide out of fear for their professional lives.

Rough, Intimate, Tragic, Redemptive: Calvary and the Call to Ministry

Wayne Meisel | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I knew why Bill wanted me to see this movie. He wanted me to see it because in the character he saw a figure living out the life that I have long sought to live. Now having seen the movie, I feel like I have a better chance of doing just that.

5 Ways Faith Contributes to Strong Marriages, New Studies Suggest

David Briggs | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Four studies published in the Journal of Family Psychology indicate that cultivating practices such as selfless prayer, spiritual intimacy and compassionate love can help keep couples happily together through the challenges of marriage.

Should Clergy Be Involved With Civil Marriage?

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Should clergy divorce themselves from civil marriage? Such a church-state split — already endorsed by some Catholic and evangelical leaders...