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Women Priests Are a No-Brainer: Banning Them is Just Dumb

Celia Wexler | Posted 11.07.2016 | Religion
Celia Wexler

I never thought that the fight for women priests in the Catholic Church was my fight. I never wanted to become a priest, so it seemed a bit remote to ...

How Do You Pray?

Celeste Yacoboni | Posted 04.22.2016 | Religion
Celeste Yacoboni

The best times for prayer are the twilight times, dawn and dusk, because we have the consciousness of day and night.

The Fascinating Question: How Do You Pray?

Celeste Yacoboni | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Celeste Yacoboni

As a practitioner of healing arts and the creator of an anthology of spiritual writings, it's my joy to encourage people to contemplate and share their own journeys.

'Catholics Aren't Christians' and 3 Other Uncool Things (Some) Evangelicals Say

Laura A Boggs | Posted 04.12.2016 | Religion
Laura A Boggs

I've never heard unpalatables from the pulpit. Mostly the heresies rear their heads behind closed Sunday school doors, in small groups, at Tuesday morning Bible studies. They're said with a wink and a nod, like we should all be on the same page. But we're not.

When My Children Squabble, I See the Church

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Bronwyn Lea

When my children squabble, I see how very young they are, and how very little they understand. Their truths are true, but partial. When my children squabble, there is anger. There are tears. When my children squabble, I love them and am for them.

The Pope's High-Five

James Robison | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
James Robison

In John 17, Jesus said, "I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in m...

My Easter

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.20.2014 | Religion
Paula Gordon

Easter was to my mother what Christmas was to me -- the best of the best. When I was old enough to articulate my preference for Christmas, I'd start with the unpleasantness of 'Good Friday.' How could torturing someone to death be the cause for celebration?

An Abrahamic Call for Sunnis and Shi'ites to Stand Together

Zalman Schachter-Shalomi | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

There is an issue of which all of us who would like to see peace in the Middle East are aware, but which is mostly going unmentioned today because of fear of reprisals. The issue is the state of war currently existing between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.

'Make a Mess!' Pope Francis at Six Months

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

If we look at what Pope Francis has accomplished these last six months, it has all been a practical living out of the advice he gave his enthusiastic, youthful audience.

Am I Really a Christian?

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

To be a Christian, I needed to get to know Jesus and learn how to treat others with love rather than lead a self-centered life. I didn't think this required belonging to an organization.

A Sign of Things to Come?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Last week, Pope Francis made a small, but significant, change in three of the Catholic eucharistic prayers, or what is generally known as the "Mass."

What Happens When An Evangelical Protestant Falls In Love With The Catholic Church?

Charles Redfern | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

It's time I come clean. I'm an evangelical with a secret. A covert "real me" peaks from the shadows and longs to leap into the sunlight. World events compel me to throw caution to the wind and blare my confession: I'm a wanna-be Catholic.

A One Man Army for Decency (Brian McLaren)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.12.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

There are so many reasons to be ashamed of the label "Christian" these days. One reason that my shame is not completely crippling is because of a one man army for decency, compassion and common sense-- author, raconteur and all around lovely person Brian McLaren.

In Assisi, Gathering For The Peace Of The Church

Scott MacDougall | Posted 06.30.2012 | Religion
Scott MacDougall

Only by reshaping our imagination of the church to focus on its peace and unity, can we truly and effectively stand in solidarity with the poor, vulnerable, outcast, marginalized, and oppressed.

Discerning The Future Of The National Council Of Churches Of Christ In The USA

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I believe that emerging church movements will only take root and have a meaningful impact on the world if helpful aspects of our historic church traditions and resources are leveraged in ways that inspire and support them.

Worship First, Debate Later

Michael O'Loughlin | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Michael O'Loughlin

The real differences among our various Christian tribes should not be casually dismissed. But imagine the possibilities if we were able to trust in God enough to set them aside for a greater purpose.

Black Baptists Decry 'Disrespect' Directed At Obama

Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A black denomination that began 50 years ago in support of the Rev. Martin Luther King J...

Beatification Of WWII Martyrs Divides Lutherans, Catholics

Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service LUEBECK, Germany (RNS) Residents of this north German city have long taken pride in four native sons -- three ...

National Council Of Churches To Mark 100th Anniversary Of Ecumenical Movement

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Bruce Nolan Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Leaders of the nation's largest coalition of Christian churches will gather here this week (No...

Memo to Rome: Some of Us Like the Reformation

Rev. Astrid Storm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rev. Astrid Storm

The Anglicans that the Vatican probably comes into the most (perhaps sole) contact with seem to wish they were Roman Catholic.