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One Government Activity Continues: 1,100+ Deportations a Day

John McCullough | Posted 12.03.2013 | Religion
John McCullough

When Congress decides to end the shutdown -- which it must do at some point -- our national leaders will need to prove that they can still get things done. Immigration reform should be at the top of that list.

First South Asian Woman Bishop Silences Critics

Religion News Service | VISHAL ARORA | Posted 10.03.2013 | Religion

NEW DELHI (RNS) A Christian nun who became the first woman bishop of South Asia’s Anglican community said that so far her appointment has silenced c...

Seeing the Light: Why I Became a Christian

Emily Kelting | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Emily Kelting

My husband suggested we could make it a family event and all go to church one Sunday. I reluctantly agreed. This time I was going through the front door, which had a big gold cross over it. I felt like an alien.

Wanted: Unpaid Pastors

Religion News Service | Jeffrey Macdonald | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when Mark Marmon will be ordained their prie...

Catholic Church May Join Episcopalians

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Tim Townsend | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion

ST. LOUIS (RNS) A breakaway Catholic church that stood up to three Catholic bishops, weathered a decade-long legal fight and embraced doctrine far afi...

Clergy To Address 'Spiritual Cancer' (And By That They Mean Gay People)

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Concerned that the crisis in the worldwide Anglican Communion is deepening, conservative Anglican primates in Africa are organiz...

A Gay Episcopalian Goes on a Catholic Spiritual Retreat

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

I know I'm not going to go to a gay wedding in a Catholic church anytime soon, and I know I'm not always going to agree with what the leaders of the Catholic Church have to say, but my time at Loyola affirmed for me that people of faith have more things in common than differences.

Houston Episcopal Diocese Gallery Shows Acrylics by Malawian Artist Massa Lemu

Menachem Wecker | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Menachem Wecker

At first glance, Massa Lemu's Rapture (pictured below right), which is on view at the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (EDOT) Gallery in Houston through Aug. 10, appears to be a colorful abstract painting, which may depict cells magnified under a microscope or an underwater scene.

What a Difference a Decade Makes

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Lord knows there are miles to go before we rest. The election of one gay bishop does not the end of homophobia make. But yet, what a difference a decade makes.

Celebrating Equality in Song and Prayer: A Personal Reflection on the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard M. Weinberg

This was a day that I could never have imagined as an adolescent, when I struggled to reconcile my sexuality with religious teachings. This was a day to pause and appreciate how blessed I am now to be part of a church that affirms my full participation.

What Are We Going to Do About It?

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

The tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death has made plain to me what, in truth, was there to be seen for many years. What is needed is another moral movement in our society, and I believe it is a moral movement, though not the exclusive possession of the Church, that can only be effectively led by the Church.

Why Fireworks Make Me Cry

David W. Peters | Posted 09.06.2013 | Impact
David W. Peters

The noises sound hostile and angry to me. I see arms and legs shattering the bodies of people I know in every red, white, and blue explosion. I don't try to hide from them, I just start to weep.

Three Reasons for Celebrating Pride

John Beddingfield | Posted 08.08.2013 | Gay Voices
John Beddingfield

Though I cannot adequately apologize for the sloppy theology and biblical illiteracy inflicted on so many LGBT people, I can stand with others of faith and try to convey the experience and grace that God loves us more than we can possibly imagine.

FAQs About God, Jesus, the Bible and Gay People

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

Here's the 2013 version of my annual update to "Frequently Asked Questions About God, Jesus, the Bible and Gay People," offered in hopes that together we truly can be the change we want to see in the world, and in rebuttal to the rabid rhetoric of the anti-gay religious right.

On Top Of The Magic Flagpole Of Celebrity

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 07.28.2013 | Celebrity
Malcolm Boyd

"If I should make just one slip, I'd slide down the entire way. There was no escaping the feeling that some people far below apparently hated me. "

Giving Thanks For All Who Have Worn 'The Uniform'

Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

This Memorial Day, I give thanks to God for my father, and all those in this country who have worn a uniform and worn it well. "O God, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy."

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Royal Wedding Officiant Visits US

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion

In his 36 years as a priest in the Church of England, the Rev. John Hall never thought he would become best-known for being part of a wedding. But ...

Whom Do We Forgive -- And For What?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I've realized that I'm no saint when it comes to human relations. At times I've tried as hard as I could to be loving and open and understanding. When I failed, I have tried again. Maybe a substitute word for "forgive" is "understand."

Yanking Us Bald Headed Into Life

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

Eastern Orthodox icons of the resurrection do not show risen Jesus alone. Instead, they show Jesus reaching down to grasp Adam and Eve and pull them also from their tombs. Jesus is yanking them bald headed.

All Eyes On Texas, S.C. Church Property Fights

Religion News Service | G. Jeffrey MacDonald | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion

(RNS) When disgruntled congregations have left hierarchical denominations such as the Episcopal Church, they've often lost property battles as civil c...

Live For The Least Of These During Lent

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

As you engage this Lent, I would encourage you to pray, to fast, to act in solidarity with those who go without. Learn more, give alms, share what you have. Be conscious about what you eat.

Three Years After Earthquake, Haitians Are Eager to Move Beyond Tent Cities

Rev. Joseph Murrenz Constant | Posted 03.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Joseph Murrenz Constant

For Haiti, it will take years to recover from both the emotional and physical turmoil of the earthquake. But today, as we reflect on the last three years, we give God thanks for the endurance and resilience of the people of Haiti.

Why I'm So Excited About The Gay Weddings At The National Cathedral

Bernadette Coveney Smith | Posted 03.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Bernadette Coveney Smith

The National Cathedral is the second largest cathedral in the country, and it's been dubbed by Congress as the "National House of Prayer." It's a symbol of Christian faith in America. And now it lets the gays marry. If that's not a step toward equality, I don't know what is.

National Cathedral To Perform Gay Weddings

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

The Washington National Cathedral had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader...

Meet Boston's Transgender Priest Turned University Chaplain

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

“I seemed to need to pass through a certain kind of fear before I could embrace a fuller vocation to contribute to conversations on trans and wider ...