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Gingrich's Little-Known Role In The Faith-Based Charity Boom | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

As he stumps and debates on the campaign trail from Iowa to South Carolina, Newt Gingrich has hinted at how his White House would approach faith. In a...

The John Jay Institute: Cultivating Leadership Through Dialogue

Charles Howard | Posted 01.01.2012 | College
Charles Howard

I visited a diverse group of individuals who were participating in The John Jay Institute's 2011-2012 Fellows Program -- a faith-based gap-year program which seeks to cultivate leaders for careers of principled service.

Church Or Jail Is No Option

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

No American should have to choose between invalidating their personal beliefs and going to jail. This choice is inhumane and discriminatory in addition to being unconstitutional.

Being Practical in Creating Change

Diana Mao | Posted 10.03.2011 | Impact
Diana Mao

Two men, Jonathan Walton and Max Lyons are working to break the misconception that the homeless are lazy, crazy, and harmful drug addicts.

The Time Is Now To Stop Faith-Based Hiring Discrimination

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 08.23.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Mr. President, it is time to restore religious freedom protections in federal contracts. I urge you, please, honor this historic anniversary by restoring the civil rights protections that began 70 years ago this week.

Divinity of Doubt

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 06.12.2011 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

Divinity of Doubt will have no friends of the kind who want to be comfortable in a group, no ready-made groups looking to be further validated by the one-way bias that passes for communication these days.

Here's Another Nice Mess You've Gotten Yourselves Into...

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

It's near-impossible to imagine most Americans looking at the platform the Republican Party is pushing and thinking, "Yes! This is what I want my America to stand for. That's the party for me!"

Obama Approves Funding Discriminatory Faith-Based Initiatives

Alex Blaze | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alex Blaze

Federal money is being given to organizations that have "straight-only" and "pray like us only" hiring practices, but that's only a smaller skirmish in the larger war to take money out of the government's hands.

Obama Clarifies Religious Liberty Protections, Strengthens Foundation Of Faith-Based Policy

K. Hollyn Hollman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
K. Hollyn Hollman

It was not fast and it did not finish the job, but the Obama administration's executive order clarifying policies on government partnerships with faith-based organizations is important.

Enlisting Armies of Compassion to Close the College Gap

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
John Bridgeland

A college education is the key to unlocking more economic progress and help is on the way from a powerful sector in America -- faith-based institutions.

Religion Today: Bomb, Barrier or Bridge?

Eboo Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

If the idea of faith as a bridge of cooperation is to win out, interfaith work has to expand from a small niche of enthusiasts to a social norm that involves everyone.

Faith in the Future

June Sarpong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
June Sarpong

Last week I had the privilege of being asked to judge Tony Blair's Faith Foundation's Faith Shorts competition, which showcased films by young film makers on the theme of faith.

Remembering Rev. Bill Webber: Spiritual Father and Director of Sing Sing's Masters of Professional Studies in Ministry

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Anthony Papa

The New York Theological Seminary program graduated hundreds of prisoners, many of whom are now social workers, pastors, prison reform advocates and educators. Few have ever returned to prison.

It's Time for Obama to Fix the Faith-based Initiative

Rev. Barry Lynn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Barry Lynn

The Council report and the process for faith-based reform are now back in the President Obama's hands. There should be no more studying, and no more delays.

What Glenn Beck Doesn't Understand About Biblical Social Justice

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Jesus said that we should love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. I invited Beck to a civil and respectful conversation about the issues at stake here, but he has chosen a different path.

Rev. Otis Moss at Obama's Faith Council

Eboo Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

The President sounded the call of history. "I suspect that someday in the future, we'll look back at this Faith Council as a model of how things should be done."

How Do We Alleviate Poverty If We Can't Even Define It?

Peg Chemberlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Peg Chemberlin

As costs rise in nearly every aspect of life, low-income people are forced to bear an increasingly heavy yoke. And as long as our systems for determining who should receive aid are based on outdated models, these people have no hope for relief.

Huckabee Seduced By Cop Killer's Christianity?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

Since Clemmons was pardoned by Mike Huckabee, the presidential hopeful who has made fundamentalist religion the center of his politics, I couldn't help wondering if religion played a part.

Mind the Leadership Gap: Why it should have been called the White House Office of Goodwill Neighborhood Partnerships

Dr. Robert Aziz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Robert Aziz

Barack Obama is a man of faith, but not in a conventional sense of that notion. For Obama, spirituality has less to do with fixed belief than the good works that result from those beliefs.

Note to Newt: Back Off Harry Knox!

Candace Gingrich-Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Candace Gingrich-Jones

When my brother Newt Gingrich attacks Harry Knox, he's attacking me. And I don't take too kindly to bullies.

White House To Meet With Conservative Evangelical Groups

CBN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Brody File has learned that conservative Evangelical groups will meet with the head of the White House Faith-Based Office on Tuesday. Concerned W...

Will Faith-Based Programs Go Sour on Obama?

Tony Campolo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Campolo

It may be that many leaders of faith-based social programs have sold their birthright for a bowl of pottage called federal dollars.

Charity with a Catch: No Religion, No Food

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

There is a church in Indiana which requires people taking advantage of the food kitchen and homeless shelter to also participate in the life of the church. In short hand - no religion, no food.

Wall of Separation Becomes a Low Fence

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

With two presidents in a row institutionalizing federal funding of churches, Jefferson's "wall of separation of church and state" is crumbling.

Joshua DuBois: Director Of Office Of Faith-Based And Neighborhood Partnerships

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE (2/09): Joshua DuBois has officially been appointed to lead President Obama's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. From the pr...