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Raising Children Un-Fundamentalist: Part 2

Cindy Brandt | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Once you begin a relationship with God based on fear, it takes years to unlearn the image of the punitive God. It was true for me. If we are really honest with ourselves, we plant fear into our children's hearts because we have not yet uprooted fear from our own.

Religious Liberty, Marriage Licenses and Losing a Job for the Gospel

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

If you really believe doing your job is against your faith, then quitting would be an act of faith. Defying the law so two people you will never see again can't get married? Not so much.

The Gospel and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

While the Pew study offered two primary factors behind the changing landscape of religious affiliation -- mainly "generational replacement" and older generations disavowing association with organized religion, they did not offer any reason as to why millennials and older generations leave the faith. While there are several reasons for leaving the faith, one reason could be how the media and society frame manifestations of the faith.

To My Fellow White Christians, Hear My Plea

Natalie Holm | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Natalie Holm

I am not an activist. I do not protest or boycott or wave signs in front of the courthouse. I have absolutely no desire to read political blogs or engage in debates with people who cling to labels and find their identity in promoting 'causes.'

Music's First Interracial Female Duo AsOne Inspires at a Very Timely Moment

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

An album that has been three years in the making finally found its jolt during a time when the national arguably needed it the most.

Musician Rhiannon Giddens Responds To Charleston Massacre With Devastatingly Beautiful Song

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts

"No matter what level privilege you have, when the system is broken everybody loses," Rhiannon Giddens explained in a statement on YouT...

Shaun Martin Takes the Reins With Debut Album Seven Summers

Ari Sadowitz | Posted 07.07.2015 | Entertainment
Ari Sadowitz

At 6:43 in Snarky Puppy's video for "Lingus," the closer on 2014's We Like It Here, Shaun Martin puts his head in hands. As Cory Henry climbs closer to the finale of a stratospheric keyboard solo, Martin's mock disgust -that "this dude" gesture- embodies what we're all feeling.

GOP Candidates Risk Turning the Gospel Into Bad News

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Is it too much to expect Republican presidential candidates to speak about their faith in the same optimistic way -- or at least temper their scare claims with some sense of proportion? No, it's not. After all, they tell us over and over how seriously they take their Christianity.

Recordings From Music Maker Relief Foundation (and a Free Album!)

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Public folklorists like me often advocate for traditional arts, and for individual traditional artists. We try to increase funding, support, and participation in the art forms we work with, and we recommend artists for gigs, awards, grants, and other recognition.

Brennan Williams

Mary Mary Singer Aims To Address Sexuality In Christianity

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices

Gospel singer Erica Campbell is aiming to contribute to the discussion of sexuality in Christianity through her new women’s empowerment movement, ...

On Caitlyn Jenner and Pastoring a Transgender Person

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

The person I met with asked me over and over again, "Am I a mistake? Does God make mistakes?" As someone who tries to be not only a straight ally, but a straight Christian ally, these questions felt important and agonizing.

Why I Gave Up Being a Salesman for God

Mick Mooney | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

From both my experience and my observation, there seems to two ways to have faith in God. One is a kind of faith in theory, and the other is a faith of life.

Ben Carson Loses Himself In Detroit, Announces Presidential Bid With Gospel Eminem

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

Ben Carson made an unusual musical choice as he officially announced his presidential bid Monday at the Detroit Music Hall. To set the scene, Cars...

Young, Gifted and Black: Augusta's Adopted Rising Star Makes Conducting Debut at Carnegie Hall

Damien Sneed | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Damien Sneed

After moving to New York City in 2001, and after completing my undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, one of my favorite things to do was drive by Carnegie Hall and say to myself: "One day I'll perform there."

Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad Followed "The Golden Rule"

Craig Considine | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Christianity and Islam are often painted as mortal enemies that will be forever fighting in a war for religious supremacy. Christians and Muslims would be wise to remember that Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad are kindred spirits.

What Really Hurts The Church's Witness

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

What really hurts the Church's witness is proclaiming that all are one in Christ Jesus our Lord while working hard to pass laws that exist for the sole purpose of discrimination.

Holy and Great Wednesday: In Remembrance of Her

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Eastern Orthodox Christians all over the world celebrate today as "Holy and Great Wednesday." One of the key aspects of their worship today remembers the woman who anointed Jesus with her tears.

Daily Meditation: Oh Happy Day

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

An Atheist's Perspective on the Rise of Christian Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Zoltan Istvan

Transhumanism is not a religion, nor is it in competition with religion. It is simply a mode of being that embraces evolving the human being with science, reason, and technology.

Why I'm Fasting This Month and Giving Up Half of My Stuff

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Yes, I know Jesus wasn't a juicing freak. He didn't have a dietician. And he sure as hell didn't eat kelp, quinoa, or some other hippie stuff I can't even pronounce. At least not that I know of. So what's the point?

Dear Christians: Take Off Your Halo and Reach Out Your Hand

Christine Carter | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Christine Carter

I don't understand how some of us think we have the right to separate ourselves from the world, but we do. I get that maybe you don't want the worldly things to infiltrate your existence, but the truth is -- they WILL.

Following Jesus Isn't Primarily About Beliefs or Actions

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm intrigued by the fact that, in spite of my explanation that this project is more about delving into who we are and what we do than about what we think or believe, many people are eager to distill the "Jesus journey" down to making a specific set of claims for beliefs, end of story.

The Powerful History Of The Grammy Performance Everyone's Talking About

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

Though Beyoncé’s powerful performance at Sunday’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles has gotten everybody talking, few have mentioned the origins of ...

WWCAD: What Would Christian Anarchists Do?

Christian Piatt | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

It's a rainy, graciously lazy Saturday in Portland -- a perfect time to dive into the Gospel of Mark and to cultivate my inner anarchist for the betterment of God's Kingdom.

Father Richard Rohr on Racism, Non-Dual Thinking, and Jesus Christ

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 04.06.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

As a proponent of the Perennial Tradition with a distinct Wisdom Lineage, Rohr is known for his ability to reach spiritual seekers across traditional religious boundaries. He is slated to appear on Oprah Winfrey's "Super Soul Sundays" show on February 8, 2015.