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Distorted Love: The Toll of Our Christian Theology on the LGBT Community

John Pavlovitz | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

We're making it virtually impossible for gay people to exist in our churches, and then feeling justified in damning them for walking away from God when they leave. The truth is that so often they aren't turning away from God; they're just removing themselves from harm's way.

'Seismic' Shift on Gay People From the Vatican, but Will There Be Aftershocks?

Cathy Renna | Posted 12.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Cathy Renna

I bet you all the money in the Vatican's coffers that Bill Donahue of the Catholic League is still screaming in his office -- or on Fox News -- as you read this. So I take all of this "news" with a grain of salt -- a huge grain of Mediterranean Sea salt.

DWI: My Parenting Philosophy

Darah Zeledon | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

As a veteran mom of five -- no, I'm not retiring yet! -- the moniker of my long-standing parenting philosophy is: DWI. No, it doesn't stand for driving while intoxicated. Rather, it stands for: DEAL WITH IT.

Faith's Paradox: Lose Your Soul to Find it

Richard Stearns | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Here's one of the great paradoxes of the human race: People who have almost no material possessions -- the world's extreme poor -- can be among the wealthiest in life.

Touching the Grief of God: On Prayer That Leads to Action

Adam Bucko | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion
Adam Bucko

It's too easy for those of us in the West who are accustomed to hearing about upheaval in the Middle East to dismiss it as business as usual. It is easy for those of us who are not in Ferguson to forget that what happened there is not extraordinary.

Future Pastors Will Get Science Training With This New $1.5 Million Grant

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Responding to a real or perceived gap between science and faith, 10 U.S. seminaries will receive a combined $1.5 million in grants to include sc...

Why Every Jesus Follower Must Show Up In Ferguson!

Pastor Michael McBride | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Pastor Michael McBride

There is a Ferguson in every community across the country. You may not be able or compelled to make the trip to Ferguson, Missouri, but you can walk across the street

Can Faith and Football Still Mix?

John Backman | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
John Backman

Football isn't the only culprit in this category. The same dynamic takes place in crime shows, action movies, and other media. Most of us have seen the statistics around this.

Nice Guys Can Finish First

Stacie Huckeba | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Stacie Huckeba

The best thing I can do for anyone else is to be the best version of my own self. Gifts and thoughtful gestures are great, but nothing beats just hanging out with a kick ass human.

Something is Missing Without You

Sue Shanahan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

I imagine humanity as being like an intricate, beautiful, stained glass window. Each piece of glass is lovingly chosen for its color, texture and amount of transparency.

Why Jesus Taught With Questions Instead of Answers

Mick Mooney | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Mick Mooney

Jesus talked a lot in parables, in little short stories. He also seemed to be more interested in questions then answers. When people asked Jesus a question, often he gave them a question back.

Who Knew I'd Write a Book on Atheism and Jesus That Would Help a Jew Connect More Deeply With His Jewish Spirituality?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Who knew I'd write a book that would help a Jew connect more deeply with his Jewish spirituality? "I heard my rabbi better this year as I fasted and ...

Marilynne Robinson On Writing Novels About Faith

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) What are you afraid of? That’s what Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson asks writers who shy away from writing about fai...

From Terrible Twos To Drug Withdrawals

Heather Lens | Posted 12.07.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

When I think of the term withdrawals, my mind immediately goes to drugs, alcohol or prescription medicine abuse. My mind does not think of a happy, innocent toddler.

Faith in Citizens

Joan Blades | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Joan Blades

I've come to believe that even if there was agreement in the U.S. that climate is a key concern, we would do a poor job of addressing the problem. Adversarial solutions will not suffice -- we must learn to hold the tensions of our differences and use this tension to inspire solutions that are better than we have yet imagined.

Transgender Faith Tour

Stephanie Mott | Posted 12.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

So, why did I feel the need to do a transgender faith tour? I ran out of fingers and toes (and hairs on my head) as I tried to keep a count of the number of times I have heard LGBT and Christian represented as an either/or proposition. You can be Christian or you can be LGBT, the story goes, but you can not be both.

Connecting the Dots...

Peter Adriance | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Peter Adriance

As the clock ticks, the reasons for acting on climate change are becoming more urgent and obvious, and the religious community is increasingly stepping up to the challenge.

A Story of Acceptance in an Unlikely Place: How Coming Out for the Second Time Renewed My Faith in People of Faith

Lauren-Joy Goss | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Lauren-Joy Goss

I connected immediately to the messages of strength, forgiveness, love and finding wisdom. I got involved in the vocal team and started singing during service on Sundays. It wasn't until a few months in that I realized I had never mentioned I was gay.

Islands of Safety: Religion and Ritual, Part 1

James M. Lynch | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
James M. Lynch

To many in my family I'm still an Irish Catholic in the same way that Marines consider themselves Marines, 'once a Marine, always a Marine', even though I've converted to Judaism twice (that's a story for later) and very happy with my choice.

Why Do You Think So Many Atheists Seem So Evangelistic?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Why do you think so many atheists seem so evangelistic? They even sometimes speak of their moment of "de-conversion" as a flip-side to the so-called born again experience. If life teaches us anything it's that certainty is overrated.

Thank God the Archbishop Has Doubts

Alan Jones | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Alan Jones

The archbishop of Canterbury recently admitted that he sometimes has doubts about God. Thank God! We could only wish that more religious leaders had some doubts and expressed them honestly.

Hyde Amendment: 38 Year Legacy of Interference With Religious Liberty and Values

Rev. Kelli Clement | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kelli Clement

I believe that a woman, no matter what her economic circumstances, should have access to safe and dignified reproductive health care. I believe that a woman facing an unintended pregnancy is best suited to make decisions for herself and her family.

Hold Out Your Hand

Julia Fehrenbacher | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Julia Fehrenbacher

Let's forget the world for a while fall back and back into the hush and holy of now are you listening? This breath invites you to write the first...

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

If I Have Gay Children: 4 Promises From a Christian Pastor/Parent

John Pavlovitz | Posted 11.27.2014 | Gay Voices
John Pavlovitz

I won't love them despite their sexuality, and I won't love them because of it. I will love them; simply because they're sweet, and funny, and caring, and smart, and kind, and stubborn, and flawed, and original, and beautiful... and mine.