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Who Am I to Judge. BTW, Your Love Is Bad

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

Our love is not bad. Our love is not destroying the world. The most significant threat to the family is failure to recognize all families. If the Pope truly wants to reach out to the marginalized, he should truly open his arms to everyone.

We Need to Stop Lying and Repent

Jonathan Walton | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Marching down the streets of NYC in remembrance of MLK, I thought not of the anger swarming around me, but of the King that Dr. King followed. There is no freedom apart from Jesus, no victory that does not include His name.

Conservatives Can't Stop Re-Framing: MLK... Civil Rights... Jesus?

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

Conservatives "out-frame" progressives: Estate taxes are" death" taxes. Given their success, conservatives are no longer limiting "framing" to policy issues. They're busy re-framing history.

'Jesus Bandit' Performs Miracle Escapes To Elude Cops

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 01.17.2015 | Weird News

Hawaii cops are on the hunt for a man known as the "Jesus Bandit." Kauai newspaper The Garden Island reports that Richard Isaac Leibman is wanted b...

I Apologize for Christian Hate

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

I don't want anyone to ever believe that just because a certain individual has access to a Twitter account it means that she is a spokesperson for the Christian faith. Mocking people of other faith traditions is not Christian. Neither is it Christian to worship the gun culture in America that has done so much damage to our society.

Parents: Next Year, Keep Christmas in Christmas Cards

Laura Stepp | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Laura Stepp

Like lots of us, my friend has watched Christmas become less a time to remember one particular child who, born into poverty in an arid land, grew up to become a significant prophet known worldwide, and more an opportunity to brag about the very small neighborhood of our gorgeous, accomplished children, grandchildren, and floppy-eared spaniels (or whatever).

The Queerness of Disability: The Julian Way

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Regardless of the normative circumstances of death and destruction going on all around her in the 14th Century, Julian of Norwich believed in the power of God to partner with us in liberating the self through love.

Why Is it Popular Theology to Believe Blackmail and Duress Are Central to the Gospel Message?

Mick Mooney | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Mick Mooney

A ticket to heaven, but if you refuse you'll be thrown in the eternal torture chamber, but it's your choice. Is such an offer free will? No. That's duress.

Are You Catholic Curious? If so, What One Question Would You Ask the Pope?

Kerrie Houston Reightley | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion
Kerrie Houston Reightley

I confess: I'm Catholic curious. Sort of. I've always been fascinated--and, admittedly, frightened--by this notion that Catholics can slip behind a closet door, confess any kind of sin, from the monumental to the mundane; and, theoretically, emerge with a clean slate.

Musical Artist Fernando Ortega On Doubt, Racism and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 01.08.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Fernando Ortega is a profoundly gifted musician, singer and songwriter, who grew up in New Mexico near the Rio Grande, and spent time in Ecuador and Barbados due to his father's work with the U.S. Department of State.

You Would Like Your Church to Be Trans-Welcoming: Now What?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

You have talked it out with church leaders and maybe even the congregation, and you have decided that you would like your church to be more welcoming to transgender people.

Possible Site Of Jesus' Trial Uncovered

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) The site where Jesus may have been tried, prior to his crucifixion, is now open to the public for the very first time. Located in t...

Fear and Ignorance Are the Locks

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is not possible for anyone other than me to know my gender. But I cannot hate the people whose actions and beliefs are at the very root of why a transgender teenager would find it necessary to end their own life.

Week to Week News Quiz for 1/2/15

John Zipperer | Posted 01.02.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Be informed in the new year by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz.

Orange Is the New Golgotha

Kerry Walters | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion
Kerry Walters

When torturers make a person scream in agony, Christ shrieks too. The Passion gets re-enacted. Christ suffers all over again, because torture is a hideous assault on both humans and God.

What I Learned Living Cross Culturally As a Christian

Cindy Brandt | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

We all wear a set of spectacles. Everyone does. Those lenses dictate the way we view life. If you are like me, you wear two spectacles, some people in the world wear three or more.

St. Joseph: An Adopted Kid's Perspective

Travis Knoll | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Travis Knoll

Joseph, the adoptive father, stood by Jesus in the early parts of his childhood transcending biological distinctions and taking on great social risk.

Dear White People

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 12.29.2014 | Black Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

Before you start shouting that "blacks are destroying everything that is white" or that "political correctness is destroying America," here is some historical fact that will prove otherwise.

Why Do Christmas Pageants Make Us Laugh?

Lillian Daniel | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

Maybe it's the earnest Mary played by a girl who is twice the height of Joseph her erstwhile husband. Maybe it's the wandering toddler shepherd who keeps walking off the stage in search of his mother in the pews.

Will the Real Messiah Please Stand Up?

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

What will flow is a greater love and a more profound kindness that finally realizes it is the very same love and kindness awakening within me as a Jew or a Christian, as a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist.

Will Your Foundation Pass Inspection?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

You--we--can make a real difference in 2015 if we truly dedicate ourselves to becoming a united force of change by loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves. What kind of foundation does your house of life have? Is it built on rock or sand? What kind of a world do you (we) want?

Jésus est né dans une cité de banlieue et sa mère portait le voile

Éric Azan | Posted 12.25.2014 | France C'est La Vie
Éric Azan

RELIGION - C'est aujourd'hui Noël et il est grand temps de mettre en lumière certains faits avérés, mais souvent oubliés de certains chrétiens vivant loin de nos cités de banlieue.

Christmas Reminds Us That We, Like God, Are Human, Too

Rev. Bonnie A. Perry | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Bonnie A. Perry

A hope born this night will show itself in that early sun that rises tomorrow. Calling us to be again, who we long to be, the humans who we are so that this our world will become a place, of wholeness and holiness.

Pulling the Princes From Their Thrones

Mike Lux | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

It is the time of year to think about the Christmas story, even if the main characters are a bit on the radical side. It is good to remember as we fight the battles of today that common-sense and basic justice have always sounded a little radical, especially to those in power.

Br. Alois of Taizé on Racial Unrest, Jesus Christ, and the Gospel

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

And this is the heart of the Gospel! God is love. This is the truth. Jesus was also speaking of the truth of God, but the truth is that God is love. In a way this message is very vulnerable, but it has to be vulnerable, because love is vulnerable.