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Healthy Living for the Closet LGBTQ of Faith: Sunshine and Dandelions

E.C. Iwata | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
E.C. Iwata

Turns out, we were designed to live in the light. In fact, a healthy dose of daylight empowers growth and strength in humans, not just dandelions.

A New Kind of Evangelical

Brandan Robertson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

It doesn't mean that I am a Republican. It doesn't mean that I am pro-life, anti-LGBTQ rights, or pro-guns. It also doesn't mean that I am a Democrat. It doesn't necessarily mean that I am pro-immigration reform or pro-socialized medicine. Evangelical has absolutely nothing to do with political affiliation or social agendas.

A Majority of Christians Are Now Pro-LGBTQ

Brandan Robertson | Posted 11.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandan Robertson

A growing number of Christians are realizing that queer love is real love, and that to deny the power of love is to deny something fundamental to our faith. When reality and theology clash, reality will always win out.

A Letter to the Christians in Houston Who Opposed HERO

Brandan Robertson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandan Robertson

I know that you believe that this ordinance was more about your religious freedoms than it was about human rights or equality. But I also want you to know that much of what you have been told is patently false.

Interfaith Work Needed in Spokane & Congress

Skyler Oberst | Posted 10.08.2015 | Religion
Skyler Oberst

We cannot limit compassion to only our own faith groups and people who share our worldviews. We must accept that what makes us American is not the color of our skin or creed we hold, but our commitment to each other.

Still Fighting Against Marriage Equality? "Dude, Get Over It."

Nathan Manske | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

When Paul Lalonde was in his early 20s, he would watch conservative televangelist Charles McVety on TV every Sunday evening. Needless to say, it rubbed him the wrong way.

Bethlehem Bible College Joins Ecumenical Gathering of Peace

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 09.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

The school has committed to both strengthening and reviving the Christian Church in the Holy Land. Historically, evangelicals in the region do not have the reputation of playing well with others. Thus, the ecumenical gathering on Saturday, September 19, was significant.

Gay Pentecostal Pastor Leads Largely LGBT Congregation In Brazil

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - With his booming voice and high-voltage charisma capable of working crowds of hundreds into a lather, Marcos Gladstone has all ...

Pope Visit Highlights U.S. Church's Struggle To Hold Onto Latinos

Associated Press | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion

GAINESVILLE, Georgia (AP) - The St. John Paul II Pastoral Center, a Roman Catholic mission, sits at the rough end of a former strip mall in the shado...

How Kim Davis's Imprisonment Is A Win for Religious Freedom

Brandan Robertson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

It is easy to spin Kim Davis's story as one of persecution. It's easy to get on FOX News and warn pastors that this is what's coming for them if they refuse to perform same-sex marriage. But to do so would be dishonest. Because the reality is that Kim Davis is not being persecuted for her faith, she is reaping the consequences of refusing to do her job as an agent of the state.

Top 10 Reasons Trump Is the Perfect American Evangelical

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Strongly believes a woman (Megyn Kelly) should not be permitted to teach a man (Trump) and must be quiet (shut up).

A New Evangelical Band Bangs the Drum on Climate Change

Charles Redfern | Posted 08.12.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Climate Caretakers -- whose founding members include Houghton College, the Lausanne Creation Care Network, Micah Challenge U.S.A., and Sojourners -- characterizes itself as a "campaign aimed at mobilizing Christians to prayer and action on climate change," according to Brian Webb.

Evangelicals, Muslims Denounce Franklin Graham's Anti-Islamic Views

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America, speaks at a joint evangelical Christian and Muslim event on Thursday (July 23, 2015) ...

The Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality

Adam Phillips | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

Billy Graham's son is terrified that President Obama and a whole host of us have chucked out our Bibles in order to support marriage equality. This is laughable if it weren't so powerfully sad. Here's the thing, Franklin: You need to read your Bible better.

This Is What An Evangelical Festival Looks Like

The New York Times | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion

The sky-blue walls of the former Vaudeville theater thundered with faith on Sunday morning in Corona, Queens. Some 600 worshipers rose to join the Lat...

Here's A PG-Rated Facebook Alternative For Evangelical Christians

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 07.08.2015 | Technology

Welcome to Facegloria, the squeaky-clean social network for Brazil's growing evangelical Christian community.

God Is on the Move: Evangelical Response to SCOTUS Ruling for Equality

Brandan Robertson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

Just a few hours ago, I was standing on the steps of the Supreme Court as the ruling on marriage equality was announced. The weight of the moment was almost too much to bear.

How Do We "Move on" After the Supreme Court Ruling?

John Backman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
John Backman

Not everyone can leave the door ajar. No victim of abuse, for example, should ever be criticized for closing the door on her abuser. Everyone needs a sphere of safety.

The Duggars Have a Lot to Teach the Church About Islam

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

If you're tired of defending Christianity every time another self-professed Christian makes the news for doing something evil, and yet you also find yourself denouncing Islam as an inherently evil religion based on what you see on TV and what little you've read of the Quran, I urge you to stop.

Evangelicals' Claims of Conservative Supremacy Are Overstated

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

"To (millennials), 'religion' means 'Republican,' 'intolerant,' and 'homophobic, since those traits do not represent their views, they do not see themselves -- or wish to be seen by their peers -- as religious."

Bread Not Bibles for Nepal

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Social media is abuzz too -- people posting prayers and calling for donations to one charity or another, or sharing human interest stories.

How Will Republicans React to Gay Marriage Decision?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court decision, when it happens later this year, is quite likely going to set off an argument within the Republican Party -- or, at the very least, that subset of the party who are running for president.

Could This Bible Story Allow Conservatives to Serve Same-Sex Couples?

John Backman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
John Backman

For years I'd written off my conservative sisters and brothers in Christ until I spent time with them and saw the humans behind the labels. It led me to empathize with them as people even if I didn't agree with them on issues.

Christian Women: Gifted to Lead

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 05.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Even among those who support women in ministry, there can be a blind spot when it comes to understanding the long history and entrenched views about women in positions of leadership and influence, particularly in the church.

Banned From Christian Publishing: How My Support for Marriage Equality Cost Me A Book Contract

Brandan Robertson | Posted 04.24.2015 | Religion
Brandan Robertson

Many have said it before, but it bears repeating here. There is a major problem within Evangelical Christianity. And that problem is that many leaders within Evangelicalism have decided that the Gospel is not truly good news for everyone.