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Think God Doesn't Love You? Please, Think Again.

Ethan Falleur | Posted 07.15.2016 | Religion
Ethan Falleur

In the student chaplaincy at Dartmouth College where I work, we say "All are welcome--no exceptions," and we do our very best to live that out. In my ...

Why I Can't Take Communion Anymore

Kelsey L. Munger | Posted 07.17.2016 | Religion
Kelsey L. Munger

Every so often I find myself in a loving little Lutheran church on Sunday mornings. A friendly usher stands next to our pew as I flash her my best “...

The Heart of Wonder: Thank You Stevie

Padma Gordon | Posted 06.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Padma Gordon

I am inspired to talk to you about Love. Love is the great healer. Love smoothes out life's wrinkles and fills in crevices. Love takes away the pain o...

The Economics of the Eucharist: What the Bible Really Says About Communing Unworthily

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Perhaps no other passage of Scripture has contributed more to pious anxiety than what Paul wrote about the Eucharist in his first letter to the Corinthians, "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment upon himself..." (1 Cor. 11.29).

Why Christians Should Celebrate Passover

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

For Jesus, a dedicated practicing Jew, Passover was a seminal event. Although the Gospels do not give us a fully developed biography of Jesus, they do make it clear that Passover looms large in his life.

Gourmet Activism and Not Living by Bread Alone

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

The first of Jesus's temptations in the wilderness is often seen as Jesus overcoming sins of the flesh. Jesus has mastery over his body, and we should all be strong like that and not give in to our fleshly desires, right?

Small Steps to Communion

Sandy Thomas | Posted 01.05.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Did I make it? Yes I did. Not even my husband Glenn realized what was going on, until we'd sat down in our car and I hiked my skirt up a couple of inches to show him what I'd been dealing with.

NJ Archbishop Takes Sharp Turn From Pope's Appeal For Inclusivity

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion

ROME (RNS) Even as Pope Francis and Catholic leaders from around the world debate ways to make the Catholic Church more inclusive, Newark Archbishop J...

Unity Consciousness

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 10.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Unity Consciousness mostly means thinking and ultimately acting in ways that unite us to ourselves, others, Nature or to the God of our understanding....

Diane Silver "Sacrament" at Coagula Curatorial, Abstracting Religion Down to the Bones

Lisa Derrick | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Using a limited palate with plaster, bone, wax, ink and hemp, Silver moves herself and the viewer through the Seven Sacraments in a meditative series of large scale canvases.

Donald Trump and The Right Wing's Rapid Descent Into Mindlessness

Marvin Meadors | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Marvin Meadors

Donald Trump, like no other candidate can, embodies the right wing's rapid descent into mindlessness and their embrace of know-nothingism. With Trump, there is nothing there besides the huge eponymous banner announcing "Trump" that appears on all his possessions, a bluster, and a golden combover seemingly forever frozen in place.

Pope Francis Wants To Change Treatment Of Divorced Catholics

Associated Press | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis declared on Wednesday that divorced Catholics who remarry and their children deserve better treatment form the chur...

How An Unexpected Encounter Turned Around My Lonely Mother's Day Weekend

Mary Novaria | Posted 05.13.2016 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

The mariachis played horns and guitars in the midst of a large configuration of tables with pink and white balloons floating above. I tried to discern the occasion. Wedding? Baby shower?

View From Latin America: Pope Francis Winning Over People in the Streets and in the Pews

David Briggs | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Scholars, religious leaders and journalists already see signs Pope Francis is making a difference.

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.

L'Chaim! In Celebration of Life

Donna Henes | Posted 03.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

All we have in this world is our life. We owe it to ourselves, the lucky ones, the privileged, the living, to be very, very thankful to be alive in this magnificent but dangerous world.

Chicago's Archbishop Cupich Says Will Not Deny Pro-Choice Politicians Communion

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

Less than two weeks into his new job as the leader of Chicago’s 2.2 million Catholics, Blase Cupich sat down with CBS News to share his opinions on ...

What Are America's Religious Organizations Doing To Prepare For Ebola?

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion

Humans crowd closely together in houses of worship -- and it’s supposed to be that way. People greet each other with hugs and shaking hands; they p...

Is the Catholic Church Softening Its Stance On Divorce?

Religion News Service | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA | Posted 09.18.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis made headlines this week when he officiated at the weddings of 20 couples, including some who had been living togethe...

Pope Francis Is the Answer to Church's Prayers

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Steve Siebold

In an ever-evolving and modernized world, the faster the church stops telling people they are hopeless sinners and starts building them up, the better chance this archaic institution has to survive. And that's exactly what the Pope is doing.

Killing Jesus and Claiming Justice: The Execution of Willie Trottie

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

The unfathomable love and grace of God is what binds Willie Trottie to the person of Jesus. The murders of Barbara and Titus Canada cannot keep Trottie from such grace and love. Why is this so difficult to believe?

Friday Talking Points -- Prelude To Silly Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Paul Ryan is attempting to address poverty, once again. What he's really doing is trolling the media to write "compassionate conservative" columns about him (which, so far, doesn't seem to be working very well), to bolster his chances to get the Republican presidential nomination.

I'll Take You to the Moon and Back

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Let's talk about another prominent American hero who had a love for God... Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. July 21, 2014 marked the 45th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon. Aldrin did something very special when he and Armstrong landed the lunar module on the moon.

Deeper Love

Jim Burklo | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

For deeper love we spread the bread I won't be full till all are fed Till every soul has home and bed The rest of us can't move ahead For d...

Vatican Spokesman Says Pope Francis' Phone Calls Not To Be Considered Source Of Church Teaching

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis's habit of picking up the phone and cold calling people who write to him is landing the Vatican in hot water and spokesman Federico Lomba...