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Day 1 Faith and Science Series Part 7: Numbering Our Days -- Dr. Tom Long on Life and Death

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

"Teach us to number our days," prays the psalmist in Psalm 90, "that we may gain a wise heart." But what does it mean "to number our days"? And how do we do that wisely in this age of medical science?

Atoning for Tony: In Praise of Mainline Clergy

Ken Wilson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Ken Wilson

To be an Evangelical is to have at least a dash of contempt for the Mainline traditions (Episcopal, PCUSA, United Church of Christ, United Methodist, and company). My Mainline friends tell me the reverse is also true.

Day 1 Faith & Science Series: Katharine Jefferts Schori on Creation and Evolution

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

"How can people of faith best approach scientific endeavors for the good of all?" That was my question to Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jeffe...

Day 1 Faith & Science Series: Ted Peters on God and Cosmos

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 10.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

In his 1979 book Disturbing the Universe, Freeman Dyson wrote, "As we look out into the universe and identify the many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together to our benefit, it almost seems as if the universe must in some sense have known we were coming."

Day 1 Faith & Science Series Begins: How Can Faith and Science Inform Each Other?

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Does the universe make any sense? Does the cosmos have purpose? And what about us human beings? Do we matter? Is there any way to know? Listen to so...

Engaging the Spiritually Disconnected: Inviting the Culture to Move to the Deeper End of Life's Pool

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Last Sunday at the church where I am assisting priest I spoke with an obviously frustrated woman just before Sunday school. I know her as a caring, active servant and wonderful counselor.

Maybe Churches Don't Need to be Conservative or Liberal

Dave Schmelzer | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Dave Schmelzer

Earlier today, as I write this, the Supreme Court delivered their gay marriage ruling. My Facebook feed has been surprisingly noncombative. I have lots of lefty friends, so there's no surprise there.

Which Religion Is Dying in America?

Charles Redfern | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Partisans in America's scuffle over religion are either celebrating or panicking, with the fans of Richard Dawkins blowing party horns while clergymen bite their nails. It seems our nation's faith is drowning in a sea of "nones." I admit it. The math initially looks grim.

Six Things Christians Should Worry About More Than the Decline of Christianity

Derek Penwell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Please don't misunderstand me. By speaking of a post-denominational world, I'm describing what I think lies over the horizon; I'm not advocating for or against it. I'm just telling you what I think is happening.

Theological Liberalization is Not to Blame for Decline in Mainline Protestantism

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

The way to prevent further disenchantment with organized religion among young people is for religious leaders and laypeople alike to sever the exclusive link between religion and conservative politics in the United States.

About All That Mainline Handwringing

Tony Jones | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Tony Jones

There's no doubt that religion in America is a fascinating topic of study, what with its cycles and its larger-than-life personalities. The time we're in right now is, as it has been, both the same and different.

Not just LGBT Issues: Why Hundreds of Congregations Made Final Break With Mainline Denominations

David Briggs | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In 2005, two congregations left the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In 2006, three churches departed. But the floodgates have lifted since then as decades-old tensions between liberals and conservatives have reached breaking points.

Does Declining Membership Mean God Thinks You Suck?

Derek Penwell | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The goal of following Jesus has never been the kind of growth that satisfies the ecclesiastical bean counters anyway; it's about doing what you believe -- were he to find himself in the same position -- Jesus might do.

What If the Church Took Millennials Seriously?

Derek Penwell | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

If mainline denominations have taken a nosedive in membership, money, and influence (which they have), and if you want a chance to figure out why (which I do), it seems like a good thing to start looking at the age demographic where the losses have been heaviest.

Scholars of Religion Gather for Annual Meeting

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Six years ago at the AAR/SBL it amazed me that no one was talking about declining participation in American Christianity. Now I feel like we are part of a larger conversation about how the church can reach a new generation.

Mainline Churches: Past, Present, Future

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

What is in store for the Mainline Protestant churches, as well as for the more evangelical, fundamentalist, and/or charismatic Protestant denominations and independent churches? Reason might suggest that both groups should move a little to the religious middle.

Mainline Protestantism: Numbers Count, But Prestige Matters More

Elesha Coffman | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Elesha Coffman

It's useful to recall this longstanding association between the Protestant mainline and the Christian intelligentsia as stories enumerating mainline decline pile up.

Humanism's Moment of Opportunity, Going to Waste

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

The evidence is in, and it is clear: New Atheists have been a media success and a societal failure.

An Invitation To Rob Bell

Greg Carey | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Bell doesn't have to call himself a liberal or anything else, short of lover of Jesus. But it might be wise to reach out in a new way to people who have been his partners even before he preached his first sermon.

Jesus: The Very Human, Very Single Savior

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

Christianity often forgets that our main man was a single, 30-something-year-old man. While his family was still a part of his life, his central support system was his friends and followers. So why is there such a large disconnect between single young adults and Mainline Protestantism?

'Nones' On The Rise: How Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Churches Are Creating Their Own Demise

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 12.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I've always felt we religiously unaffiliated "Nones" were a tiny minority. But here we are, surging in an America that's been steeped in religious dogma, where Republican politics has been overrun by zealots hellbent on controlling women's bodies and discriminating against gays.

Saving Christianity Through Love Of God And Neighbor

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

The trouble has nothing to do with lacking biblical grounding. It has nothing to do with lacking an identity. The trouble comes with putting these theological tenets into practice.

The Religious Right (Side Of History)

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

We talk a lot about the power of the religious right to negatively influence the fate of LGBT civil rights, but we are talking about the wrong religious right there. What LGBT people need now is not more of the religious right.

Diversity Rising: Mormons, Nondenominational Churches, Muslims Spreading Out Across U.S.

David Briggs | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

The U.S. religious landscape is shifting, and no one may be more thankful than GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney. The spread of Latter-day Saints across the nation has paved the way for a Romney run.

Creating A New Progressive Ecumenical Church Relationship

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

I simply do not believe that at this point in time the distinctiveness of our different churches is more important than the values and common understandings of Scripture that unite us.