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How Pope Francis Gives Me Hope: A Philadelphia Story

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

Last week, one of my dear brothers was blessed to be seated at the Papal Mass in Philadelphia, and also present at the Pope's address to Congress in Washington. He was one who drank from the Pope's water glass, too. I pray that Pope Francis understands my brother's love for him.

Jesus, Ignored

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

I have long wondered how in the world there can be Jesus, with millions of people professing to believe in him, and there can yet be racism, sexism, homophobia, militarism, hatred and enmity.

Bluesin' the Gospel

Greg Carey | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Despite its essential role in opening the way to other musical forms, the blues remains a bit of a niche genre. I remember touring the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where the blues were presented, along with bluegrass and gospel, as a precursor to rock.

Knowing and Remembering Your True Identity can be Life-Changing

Dr. Nella Ann Roberts | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Dr. Nella Ann Roberts

Have you ever asked yourself, "Who Am I?" So many of us have. This is because we are not our names, nor are we our job titles. These are just labels that are used for convenience and ease of reference. Knowing and remembering who you really are can change your life!

The Scandal of the Gospel: Jesus Loves Outsiders

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

From his birth in a stable, to a criminal's execution, Jesus is all about shaking up our preconceived notions. The strong are weak, and the weak are strong. Outsiders are insiders, and insiders are outsiders.

The Beautiful Red Type That Captured My Heart

Catherine Nagle | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I am an avid reader of most everything spiritual in search for a clearer message for the broken-hearted, including my own. My intentions are dev...

Why Jesus Wants You to Give Up Judging Others -- and Embrace a Graceful Mindset

Mick Mooney | Posted 09.17.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

True freedom, the freedom promised by God and made available to all through Christ, is one that starts and ends in our minds. Avoid the poison of judging others, and you'll avoid poisoning your own mental, spiritual and emotional state.

How to Manage Mormon Missionaries

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I know all the clichés. We Mormons sometimes make fun of them ourselves. But as a mother whose daughter recently returned from the Houston, Texas mission, I've found that I have new insights about what is the best thing to do in various situations.

One Way to Achieve Abundance Might Just Be to Remind Yourself

Catherine Nagle | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

My dear friend asked me to write a post on achieving abundance since I haven't touched on this for some time and she needed something to lift her ...

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 | 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.