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Why I'm Not Cool With My 96% White Church

Michelle DeRusha | Posted 01.29.2017 | Religion
Michelle DeRusha

Racism in America may be seen as a problem generally...but it's not seen as a problem for us -- for upper-middle class white people attending a white church and, for the most part, living in white suburbia.

American Christianity Has Been Hijacked

Mikah Meyer | Posted 07.21.2016 | Religion
Mikah Meyer

Why has American Christianity become known for the pain it causes? Let American Christianity stop being known as a religion that hurts, as a faith focused on what we're against, and instead let them know we are Christians by our love.

The Inspiring Faith Journey Of A Transgender Latina

Religion News Service | Becky Garrison | Posted 07.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Nicole Garcia looks more like a well-heeled church lady than a radical — but her faith journey over the past 55 years reflects a radical shift...

Faith's Two Prison Positions

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.21.2013 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Last week the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America witnessed many significant moments in its churchwide assembly held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The highlight of the assembly was our overwhelming endorsement of the social statement concerning criminal justice.

Reflections on Detroit: Call to Green Pastures

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

After spending some time here, I saw an alternative view of Detroit: a model for self-reliance and growth. They'd welcome help, but they're not counting on it.

Galatians 3:23-29: The Law Was Our Teacher

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 06.27.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The key to dealing with most criminal behavior may well be the application of basic Christian principles: repent, make restitution, restore relationships and change your ways.

Gay Clergy: God's Spirit at Work?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

It seems that once the issue of gay clergy has been resolved, usually after decades of wrangling, the denominations (or what's left of them, anyway) begin to experience a new freedom and energy to pursue their mission.

Tanzania Lutherans Reject Aid From 'Pro-Gay Marriage' Churches

Religion News Service | By Fredrick Nzwili and Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Fredrick Nzwili and Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service NAIROBI (RNS/ENI) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania says it will not accept mon...

The Lutheran Church Embraces the LGBTQ Community!

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dr. Cindi Love

After twenty-five years of deliberation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Church Council has abolished its anti-gay policies, effective immediately.

Sex and the Single Minister

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rev. Debra Haffner

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's emphasis on "committed, lifelong relationships" leaves out the single minister, the divorced minister, the widowed minister -- whether gay, straight, or bisexual -- who must still adhere to a standard of celibacy.