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Watch A Priest, Rabbi And Atheist Smoke Weed And Talk Religion

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.20.2017 | Weird News

They seek the truth from on high. A rabbi, a priest and an atheist share bong hits and philosophy in a viral video posted Wednesday. This isn’t a ba...

Nearly 2,000 Religious Leaders Declare Support For Transgender Teen In Supreme Court Case

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics

More than 1,800 religious leaders threw their support behind a transgender student’s Supreme Court case on Thursday. They argue that equal treatment...

The Ironic End Of American Religious Liberty

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 02.07.2017 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

The great irony of our current religious moment is that the once marginal groups that flourished as a result of the original separation of church and ...

11 Profound Photos From Black Women At The Women's March

The Huffington Post | Zahara Hill | Posted 01.23.2017 | Black Voices

Black women showed out at women’s marches around the world on Saturday with some ridiculously profound signage. While some women of color expressed...

Not In Our House: Why The National Cathedral Should Refuse The Inaugural Prayer Service

Jim Friedrich | Posted 01.19.2017 | Religion
Jim Friedrich

The inaugural prayer service, a tradition since FDR's inauguration in 1933, will go on as usual despite fierce protests from the many Episcopalians who regard such normalization of the president-elect to be at best a foolish mistake and at worst a desecration of sacred space.

A Crack At A Time. A Ceiling At A Time.

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 07.29.2016 | Women
Rev. Susan Russell

Last night -- July 28 -- we watched history being made. Hillary Clinton's acceptance of the nomination of the Democratic Party for President of the Un...

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 ...

Bill Cunningham My Mother & Me

Alice Carey | Posted 07.05.2016 | Style
Alice Carey

That Bill Cunningham's funeral service was held at St. Thomas More's Church put a wistful smile on my face. For to my late mother at least, of the several classy East side Roman Catholic churches in New York City, Thomas More was the classiest.

Honoring Ruth Messinger and Interfaith Collaboration on LGBT Issues

Rob Radtke | Posted 06.24.2016 | Religion
Rob Radtke

One of the giants of faith-based relief and development, Ruth Messinger, is retiring at the end of June. As the President of American Jewish World Ser...

Weeping For Orlando: A Letter From Bishop Mariann

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde

In Orlando and throughout our land, we hear the prophet's voices of lamentation and bitter weeping as we absorb the horrific news of 50 lives lost and 53 more seriously wounded. Our hearts break for all the dead, wounded, and traumatized by this carnage, and pray for God's strength and consoling mercies.

Why Summer Camp Transforms: Stillness in the Midst of Movement

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I loved recess. When I was young, schools didn't have a name for Attention Deficit Disorder, much less tolerance for it. So running out to the playgro...

Of Polarization, Patriarchy and the United Methodist Church

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

In the end, what it takes are leaders willing to listen to the Holy Spirit calling us into all truth and not the Institute for Religion and Democracy calling us into the House of Fear. Fear of the other. Fear of loss of power. Fear of schism.

The Green Light Beckons

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Bil Hitchcock

All world religions have a certain amount of mystery about them that is hard to understand...someday, we will, but on earth that mystery sometimes reveals itself in small measure from time to time.

Religion for Breakfast: A Vlog Interview

Connor Wood | Posted 05.03.2016 | Religion
Connor Wood

I was recently interviewed by religious studies PhD student Andrew Henry for his unique vlog, "Religion for Breakfast." We talked about applying social simulation to the study of religion.

Stumbling Through Lent: I Don't Know How to Pray -- And Neither Does Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 02.28.2017 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Barbara Brown Taylor -- professor, author, theologian, Episcopal priest and a woman TIME magazine once designated one of the world's most influential people -- seems to be as flummoxed by the prayer question as I am.

Diamonds and Faith: Transitioning Between Denominations

Derrick De Lise | Posted 02.09.2017 | Religion
Derrick De Lise

When you try to picture the relationships various Christian denominations share with each other, it is helpful to think of them as you would a diamond...

Alleluia in Lent: The Reality-Shaping Power of Words

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 02.09.2017 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

As Christians worldwide embark upon the penitential season known as Lent, many will honor the time by giving up something of value like chocolate or a...

Feb. 8 Stumbling Through Lent: Dead Stuff, Which I Will Be Too One Day

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 02.09.2017 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

It was a few days before the beginning of Lent when I spotted the tree, a valley oak standing at the trailhead. I was on retreat at the Bishop's Ranch, a bucolic spot deep in California wine country and I had intended to take a brisk solo hike in the woods. But the old valley oak, its deadness, stopped me in my tracks.

Who -- Or What -- Is Being Saved?

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 02.05.2017 | 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 02.01.2017 | 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 01.28.2017 | 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 01.20.2017 | 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 01.17.2017 | 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 the f...

'As the Anglican World Turns'

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 01.09.2017 | 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.