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Thousands Of Religious Leaders Speak Out Against Trump's 'Extreme Vetting' Proposal

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.27.2017 | Religion

Thousands of religious leaders are speaking out against an executive order President Donald Trump signed on Friday, which he claimed would keep “rad...

Elephants, Grass, And Suffering: A Lutheran Homily For Election Season

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 10.25.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

"When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers". This proverb from Kenya is as true and relevant today as when the words were first spoken, perhaps thousands of years ago. When the most powerful among us conflict, the most vulnerable ultimately endure the most.

U.S. Lutherans Approve Historic Agreement With Catholic Church

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.18.2016 | Religion

Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door, the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. has approved a decl...

End Hunger? The Single Most Important Step

Ryan P. Cumming | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact
Ryan P. Cumming

A few years ago, I was at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, for the Borlaug Dialogues, an annual international conference on food security, agriculture, and food science.

Give the Department of Peace a Chance

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 05.05.2017 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

In February of 2009 the U.S. House of Representatives heard H.R. 808 (first introduced in July of 2001, just months before the Twin Towers fell in New...

Dehumanization Is Our Weapon of Mass Destruction

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.28.2017 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that ...

From Apartheid to Accompaniment States of America

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 01.18.2017 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

This reflection is written from South Africa, where the author is currently co-teaching "The Struggle to Be Well", a study-away course offered by Gust...

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

John Stroup | Posted 12.01.2016 | 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...

Why Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber Thinks Church Is For Losers

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.04.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Nadia Bolz-Weber is the kind of pastor who ends up doing funerals for an alcoholic stand-up comic and a transvestite. The founder of Denver’s ...

Bishop Comes Out As Gay After 'A Lifetime Of Denying' The Truth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion

A bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America came out as gay during the denomination's recent youth conference in Detroit. Bishop Kevin Kano...

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...

Another Stained Glass Ceiling Shattered

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Wednesday (Aug. 14) elected the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton as the denomination’s first female presidin...

They Disagree, Divide And Double

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.13.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Lutherans and other denominational bodies have a history of splitting off, coming together and starting new groups, or synods. As of last year, they had more than 50 denominations and planned to start even more.

75 Lutheran Women Scholars Praise and Reaffirm Sr. Margaret Farley

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 08.25.2012 | College
Norma Cook Everist

In these discouraging days, we write to praise and reaffirm the theological discernment and moral creativity of all your work.