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Who -- Or What -- Is Being Saved?

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

About a year ago, I began a new ministry in a nearby neighborhood. Not wanting to muscle in on anyone else's turf and hoping to perhaps network with others in the area, I researched what else was going on around me.

The '1 Percent' in Mainline Protestantism? Congregations Attracting Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty in the rapidly changing, competitive marketplace of American religion. But the prospects for a turnaround in mainline Protestantism are growing fainter as the movement enters its second half-century of precipitous decline.

Fractured Christian World(s)

Martin Marty | Posted 01.28.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

While we see visionary and consecrated people serving well through the inherited forms, we can also see their limits.

Gay Marriage and Anglican Anxiety: The Backstory

Catherine M Wallace | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Catherine M Wallace

In this situation as in so many others, gay people are serving as poster children -- if not scapegoats -- for other anxieties. In this case it's the status of biblical scholarship and cultural criticism.

The Real Consequences of the Anglican Primates' Censure of the Episcopal Church

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion
Marie Alford-Harkey

On January 14, a communiqué was released from the meeting of Anglican Primates that revealed a vote to sanction The Episcopal Church for its recent canonical changes to allow same sex marriage by limiting its participation in the Anglican Communion.

Episcopal Church Won't Back Down On Gay Rights Despite Censure

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.15.2016 | Religion

The Anglican Communion voted to censure its American branch, the Episcopal Church, during a meeting in Canterbury, England, called to reflect on...

'As the Anglican World Turns'

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

While its viewership won't come close to that other famous British drama Downton Abbey, we are about to begin a new season of the real life soap opera we've come to think of As the Anglican World Turns.

Welcome to Samaria

Louie Clay | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Louie Clay

There are people who are dying who may never know that God loves them unless they can see that God loves a tired old queen like me. And She does!

Another Day Lost at Trinity Wall Street

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

photo credit Leah Reddy This Christmas at Trinity Wall Street we have two tents in the churchyard. Within the tents are two delicate installation...

Millennials and Spirituality: The Religion Professor as Secret Agent, a.k.a. Danger Man

John Stroup | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
John Stroup

Welcome to Christianity in the Ivory Tower, or a guide to the inner knowledge and folk wisdom of The Village. For starters: the more Americans, espe...

Is the Refugee My Neighbor?

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

We are honored to be part of the new beginning of resettlement for this family -- these new neighbors -- here in Southern California. Living out God's values of love, justice and compassion is part of what it means to be a member of All Saints Church.

Why Catholic Women Priests?

Carole Ganim | Posted 11.10.2015 | Religion
Carole Ganim

When Anglican/Episcopalian women became priests in the 1970s amid much wailing and gnashing of teeth, I was happy for them and proud of them. They took on the system and they prevailed. It wasn't easy, but they knew they had a fighting chance.

Veterans Day 2015: A Meditation Upon the Uneasy Relationship

Bishop James Magness | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

On this Veterans Day 2015, unlike some of my friends in the faith community, I am not all that interested in what we can do for service members and veterans. I am, however, very interested in what these persons can do for the faith communities of America.

Atoning for Tony: In Praise of Mainline Clergy

Ken Wilson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Ken Wilson

To be an Evangelical is to have at least a dash of contempt for the Mainline traditions (Episcopal, PCUSA, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, and company). My Mainline friends tell me the reverse is also true.

New Presiding Episcopal Bishop Envisions A World Transformed By God's Love

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.30.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, the son of an Episcopal priest and grandson of a Baptist preacher, will be installed as presiding bishop of th...

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Part 4: Bishop Nicholas Knisely on Quantum Physics and Eternity

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.15.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Nicholas's sermon focuses on Job 38 and Mark 10:35-45, and reveals some fascinating, mind-stretching insights regarding the way the Scriptures use time and how it's different from the way we experience it.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series: Katharine Jefferts Schori on Creation and Evolution

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

"How can people of faith best approach scientific endeavors for the good of all?" That was my question to Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jeffe...

Two Crucial Quandaries for the Mainstream Churches

Mark Osler | Posted 09.29.2015 | Religion
Mark Osler

Traditional and Contemporary are not the only options. If Protestant Christianity is to thrive in mainline churches, we must create things that are new and worthwhile and fully worthy of the God we worship. The only guaranteed outcome is what results when we refuse to engage these questions.

Rethinking How We Teach About Slavery

Alan Singer | Posted 09.21.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In New York City, Trinity Church is organizing a theological conference scheduled for January 2016 that will examine "racial issues of our time, including structural racism, mass incarceration, and policy change." In preparation for the conference, Trinity is producing a video examining its relationship with slavery and the slave trade during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

What Real Estate Battles Say About Church

Richard Flory | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Richard Flory

In fighting for its building, St. James the Great has shown that a church is more than just a building. It is also its members, however and wherever they manage to gather to create community--even in a park.

Wake Up Calls

Rev. Bonnie A. Perry | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Rev. Bonnie A. Perry

60 million people displaced throughout the world. This is an overwhelmingly massive problem. The U.S. has sent more than 4 billion dollars in aid, the largest amount of any nation. Yet we have taken in very few refugees, mostly because we are terrified that in admitting one of these people we may bring in a terrorist.

Behind the Marriage Controversy, a Massive Confusion About Love

John Backman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
John Backman

I've noticed a deep and disturbing trend: a massive confusion in U.S. culture over the word love. The truth is, we toss the word around in many different ways. Most of them are unhelpful. Some are downright destructive.

Rhode Island's Episcopal Church Confronts Historical Ties To Slave Trade

The New York Times | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in...

A Vocational Selfie: The Discernment Deck

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.29.2015 | College
Wayne Meisel

Vocational discernment is about doing your homework and figuring out what is out there and what is not. It's about listening to your heart instead of the voices of others when deciding what to do. It's about deciding to explore and try and not worry about saving face or what others might think.

Atticus Finch Meets Black Lives Matter

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 07.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

It is my religious faith, and the practices of the traditions I inherit and claim as an Asian-American, Anglican Christian, by which I mean a faith rooted in historical realities, which compels me to confront my complacency.