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Greater Love: They Had to Join

Bishop James Magness | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

During my second trip to be with the Navajo veterans, they took me to one of their most esteemed locations: the veterans cemetery where the U.S. Marine Corps World War II veterans known as "Code Talkers" are buried.

Creating Sustainable Populations Humanely

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.14.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Here, on every surface of Earth, man has planted his foot, physical or otherwise. We have morphed from quest to conquest with frightening success, as our numbers increase exponentially, mindlessly spreading.

Time for Constructive Divestment

Gary Commins | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Gary Commins

The hardening of the occupation, the inexorable expansion of the settlements, and the deepening violence seen in the assaults on Gaza in 2014 lead us to call for the Episcopal Church to take this next step for justice and a lasting peace.

Journalism Tackles 'The Problem With Good Friday,' and an Episcopal Priest Responds

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

We know that journalism can impact attitudes and action. But it's rare to get concrete proof of that, as I did recently after publishing a blog post about the anti-Semitic content of traditional Good Friday performances of Passion plays and Passion musical compositions, many dating back to the Middle Ages.

Baptism, Baby Jack and the Bishop of Central Florida

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

If you missed the memo, there's a very sad situation down in the Diocese of Central Florida wherein Baby Jack was denied the sacrament of baptism because Baby Jack happened to have two dads.

UPDATE: Son Of Gay Dads Will Be Baptized At Episcopal Church After Initial Denial

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion

Baptism is usually a time to celebrate new life and spiritual community. But for Rich McCaffrey, a new father in central Florida, the ritual took on a...

Maryland Bishop Charged In DUI Death Defrocked By Episcopal Church

Religion News Service | Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) An Episcopal bishop in Maryland who’s facing manslaughter charges in the drunk-driving death of a bicyclist has been defrocked and ...

Ancient Torah Speaks to the Climate Crisis: From Eden to Manna to Sabbatical Year to Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On the Shabbat of May 15-16, the Torah reading (Leviticus 25-27) sets forth the Torah's most explicit and most powerful regimen for healing the Earth from human over-use.

On the Steps of SCOTUS: 'Bless All Those Who Seek Marriage Equality in Our Nation'

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Gary Hall, the dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., spoke this morning at the Unite for Marriage rally on the steps of the Supreme Cour...

Learning From Faith and Lagniappe

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Bil Hitchcock

Joan Driver was so special in one spectacular way. Have you ever known ANYONE who has never had an unkind thing to say about anyway....and not in a sanctimonious way at all...she was just that good.

Why Worship Matters

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

It's not that the goal is for people to not "get anything" from worship; the problem is, "getting something" seems to have insidiously become our criteria for what entails good worship, and we've lost our ability to even ask ourselves what it is that we are giving in worship.

Episcopal Bishops Join Catholics In Opposition To Death Penalty For Boston Bomber

Associated Press | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion

Massachusetts' Episcopal Church bishops, like their Roman Catholic counterparts, say they're opposed to the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber D...

Traditional Worship Is the Future

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 04.18.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

What Conservative Christians are really upset about, deep down, is not that one or a few or dozens or hundreds of their fold are being attracted by liturgical traditions and progressive theology. What they are really upset about is that their ways and their positions of privilege in the world are dying.

Searching for Sunday and Finding Home: An Interview With Rachel Held Evans

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Rachel Held Evans just released her latest book, Searching For Sunday, with Thomas Nelson. It's an excellent foray into the church's current cultural moment, seen through the lens of Rachel's own journey from evangelicalism.

A Subsistence Easter

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

Easter is enough to survive. And it comes at absolutely no charge. When we try to take more than we need, that's when things get messed up.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Easter Message 2015: 'The Only Place We Will Not Find Him Is in the Tomb'

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

It's still dark when Mary ventures out to find the tomb. The graveyards around Jerusalem don't have much greenery today. The earth is mostly rock and stone, and it is far from easy to make a place to secure a body.

Head Of The Episcopal Church Says It's 'Sinful' To Ignore Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church had strong words this week for people who deny climate change based on "political interests" or "willful ...

Rachel Held Evans Defends Leaving Evangelicals For Episcopalians

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Rachel Held Evans has grown into a powerful voice in American Christianity, first as the author of “Evolving in Monkey Town” and later with ...

If a Tree Falls in the Forest... Remembering Rev. Malcolm Boyd

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd died last week at the age of 91. Accolades began popping up, but many do not know how Boyd shaped a generation of seekers in the 1960s to understand that unless Christianity was about justice and inclusion, it was just blowing smoke.

Remembering Rev. Malcolm Boyd

Religion News Service | Jay Michaelson | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, who died on Friday (Feb. 27) at the age of 91, lived three lives — each extraordinary. More extraordinary still is how ...

Lent Is a Journey That Is About Enlightenment if We're Willing to Think About It That Way

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Lent is about to begin. That word in English comes from an Old English word that means "to lengthen," and it's a reminder of the days getting longer as we move toward summer out of the dark of winter.

Episcopal Church Takes A Hard Look At Alcohol After Bishop's Drunken Driving

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.15.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Hundreds of American bicyclists die in collisions with cars each year, but a fatal December crash in Baltimore has triggered some ser...

Happy Valentine's Day

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

I may be a bishop in The Episcopal Church, but I grew up as a Methodist. My Methodist background notwithstanding, it was only many years later that I became acquainted with Wesleyans.

As a Child of the South

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

I see my own freedom is very much at issue, too. These last months have reminded me of some things that there are some things a child of the South is in a particularly advantageous position to remind us all of.

On the Fifth Anniversary of the Earthquake in Haiti

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Resurrection and hope abound, and not in Haiti alone. That continued hope and movement toward the reign of God are the result of the co-creative partnership of people and nations.