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What Faith Communities Should Do Post-Orlando Shooting

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

If a nightclub in Orlando is not a safe place for LGBT people to gather, how do we create safe places for us be different together? A hate crime against one person or group is a discriminatory assault against any one and every group. How do we support one another? What will we do and say and be this week and every week?

No Ordinary Time: A Call to Awareness and Action

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.17.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

On Sunday, many Christians celebrated Pentecost, the day in the Liturgical Calendar when the Holy Sprit descends to earth. It is often called the birthday of the church and is timed 50 days after Easter.

Norway's Leading Church Votes In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.11.2016 | Religion

Norway's Lutheran Church voted on Monday in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the latest of a small but growing number of churches worldwi...

Dehumanization Is Our Weapon of Mass Destruction

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.29.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that ...

Small Steps to Communion

Sandy Thomas | Posted 01.05.2016 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

Did I make it? Yes I did. Not even my husband Glenn realized what was going on, until we'd sat down in our car and I hiked my skirt up a couple of inches to show him what I'd been dealing with.

Instability and Assault on the Poor Require Us to Respond

Daniel Speckhard | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Daniel Speckhard

May we rise to this challenge and act boldly to protect not only millions of poor, but our future and the future of our children.

A Vocational Selfie: The Discernment Deck

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.29.2015 | College
Wayne Meisel

Vocational discernment is about doing your homework and figuring out what is out there and what is not. It's about listening to your heart instead of the voices of others when deciding what to do. It's about deciding to explore and try and not worry about saving face or what others might think.

Ancient Torah Speaks to the Climate Crisis: From Eden to Manna to Sabbatical Year to Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On the Shabbat of May 15-16, the Torah reading (Leviticus 25-27) sets forth the Torah's most explicit and most powerful regimen for healing the Earth from human over-use.

Coming in 2017: Rick Steves Public Television Special About Martin Luther and the Reformation

Rick Steves | Posted 06.03.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

In 1510, a young monk from Germany named Martin Luther walked 700 miles to Rome on a pilgrimage. He returned home disillusioned, and in 1517, he raised 95 difficult theological questions at the university where he taught -- and kicked off the Protestant Reformation.

Sewing For Good: Church Group Crafts Dresses For Girls In Namibia

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier / The Associated Press | HOLLY HUDSON | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — It's hard to imagine a handful of women with a pile of old pillowcases could be up to anything important. But a group of la...

Shobi's Table Is The Free, Food Truck Ministry That Every City Needs

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion

If Shobi's Table had a tagline, it might read: Not quite a food truck, not quite a church. It falls in between categories, much like the pastor who ru...

The Strange Story Of The American Pastor Who Ministered To Nazis

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 08.24.2014 | Religion

(RNS) He was a minister to monsters. That’s what Tim Townsend writes of Henry Gerecke, the unassuming Lutheran pastor from Missouri who shepherde...

Losing My Religion

Karl Wilder | Posted 10.18.2014 | New York
Karl Wilder

I don't remember the first time Bob hit me. My life was suffering. Our entire family suffered. When the abuse was not physical it was verbal, mental and all-consuming. I learned the commandments and the Lord's prayer, and always I prayed.

My Mother's Gift

Anne Addison | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Anne Addison

When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, the first thought is, "Am I going to die?" When a woman finds out she's pregnant, she doesn't think, "Am I going to die?" It is the furthest thing from her mind.

Of Course: Women Pastors and Bishops

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

Women kept responding to God's call, even when churches through the ages said, "Can't you wait a few more years, decades, centuries?"

Sweden Elects First Female Archbishop

Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion

Antje Jackelen, Bishop of Lund, won 55.9% of the vote from the ecclesiastical college of the Church of Sweden, which has 324 members. She will be the ...

Lutherans Adopt 'The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries'

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The statement affirms the fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal justice system, such as due process of law and the presumption of legal innocence, and it also recognizes serious deficiencies.

Today We Are Closer: Lutherans Elect First Female Bishop

Nadia Bolz-Weber | Posted 10.17.2013 | Religion
Nadia Bolz-Weber

As much as I long to never again be asked to speak about being a woman in ministry, and as much as I want the day to come when the gender of clergy is not in any way interesting, we are not there yet.

Lutherans Step Up; Illinois Strikes Out

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

May 31, 2013 will be remembered as the day the Southwest Lutheran Synod made history by electing the first openly gay bishop in the Lutheran Church an...

Remember Vatican II Because Who Becomes Pope Matters To The Rest Of Us

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The leadership of any faith body impacts the way all religions do or do not interact respectfully and productively for the common good of the world.

'Loyal And Obedient': Boy Scouts Must Evolve To Inspire New Generation

Kurt Neumann | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion
Kurt Neumann

Two years ago, my 11-year-old nephew asked me, "Uncle Kurt, where you ever in Scouts?" I replied, "I'm an Eagle Scout like your Dad." His eyes lit up and replied, "Really?" I replied, "Yes, and I'm proud of it." But as he becomes more involved, I can't be involved anymore. The singular reason: I am gay.

Faith And Service: Healing The Great Divorce

Wayne Meisel | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

As service became a defining aspect of growing up in America, the infrastructure moved from the church to the schools and became so secularized that conversations around faith were discouraged -- even taboo.

Worship For A Global Church

Rev. Mary M. Brown | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Rev. Mary M. Brown

"Singing the song of our neighbor is not a token kind of thing," says Lange. "It should be an exercise into getting to know who the neighbor is. Why do they sing this song? And how will it open up our vision of God's kingdom?"

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

What Making 100 Quilts in One Year For Lutheran World Relief Taught my Church Group

Joan Brunwasser | Posted 12.10.2011 | Women
Joan Brunwasser

I have been attending the evening quilting sessions at our church for almost two decades. In the early years, we might make 10 or 15 quilts a year. This year, our goal was to create 100 quilts.