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Palm Sunday

Why So Many Christians Skip Holy Week

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.23.2017 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Growing up, I learned to deny and ignore the negative and broken, but each time I manage to walk through struggle or grief as opposed to trying to go around it, I feel this deep release, like the fullness of God's love in my exposed brokenness.

The Politics of Palm Sunday

Chris Gilmore | Posted 03.18.2017 | Religion
Chris Gilmore

On that Sunday the stories of a coming savior swept through the crowd. Could this finally be the promised one? Could he overthrow the bad guys? Could he restore our nation?

Christ Was Seen in Indiana This Week

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

They thought Jesus was seen in the pizza parlor in Indiana this week; martyred for religious freedom, as a store was "forced" to close after speaking words of hate in the guise of freedom.

Four Commonly Misunderstood Religious Celebrations

Dana Smith | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Dana Smith

As many celebrate Holy Week which culminates with Easter Sunday, spiritual sentiments abound. Whether you celebrate Christ or bunnies, this is prime time for Christian religious expression and celebration.

The Quest for the True Cross of Jesus

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 05.31.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The quest for the true cross of Jesus can never be limited to the touching of a piece of wood or an archaeological marker. Rather, it is a reality that can only be appropriated personally -- an invitation of faith rather than a fostering of proof.

Enter The 'Multi-Sensory' Yoga Stations Of The Cross

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.28.2015 | Religion

Anne Kelley, a Seattle-based attorney, was looking for a way to engage with the stations of the cross on a deeper level when she stumbled upon the ide...

Jesus: A Death Like Ours

Greg Carey | Posted 05.25.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Many Christians tend to glorify Jesus' death, as if somehow Jesus suffered in ways no one else does. Jesus' death does not distinguish him from the rest of humanity so much as it unites us with him. If we begin to argue that Jesus' death was somehow unique, we embarrass ourselves.

Resurrecting Jesus, The Revolutionary Mystic

Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion

Adapted from Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic by Adyashanti. Copyright © 2014 by Adyashanti. To be published by Sou...

LOOK: Holy Week Observed Around The World

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion

The Christian Holy Week begins every year on Palm Sunday and culminates with Easter the following Sunday. It is a time of worship and reflection on Je...

Staying Awake With Jesus (a Sermon on Matthew 26:36-46)

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

When the Judas' of your life betray you, showing up in the middle of the night with a "no knock" warrant, turning peace into chaos, know that Jesus is awake.

On Good Friday, If You Can't Say It in Front of the Rabbi, Don't Say It at All

Lillian Daniel | Posted 06.14.2014 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

On Good Friday, if you can't say it in front of the rabbi, don't say it at all. But don't assume you have to water it down either. Because if we can not respect each other's uniqueness and difference in public worship, how will we ever go deep enough to get to the really important questions that clergy desperately want to ask?

Pope Francis Is All About The #Selfie

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion

On Sunday, Pope Francis delighted the crowd at St. Peter's Square when he hopped off his popemobile to take a few selfies with those gathered followin...

Daily Meditation: Palm Sunday

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion

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

Palm Sunday Photos From Around The World

Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion

Christians around the world celebrate the beginning of Holy Week with Palm Sunday; a day that commemorates when Jesus entered Jerusalem and was greete...

Hosanna! Celebrating Palm Sunday

Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion

Palm Sunday is a Christian holy day that marks the beginning of Holy Week and commemorates Jesus' entry into the city of Jerusalem. In 2014, Palm Sund...

Jesus the Strategist: Part II

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

By the time Jesus got to the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Jewish leaders -- the priests, the Pharisees, the Sanhedrin -- were concerned about the large number of people who apparently had joined up with him. Was Jesus about to launch a campaign to anoint himself as the expected Messiah?

Palm Sunday Ponderings: Jesus and Those in Need

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 06.08.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Many Christians focus on Jesus as a triumphant figure. We crave a powerful Jesus who can come into our lives and make a triumphal mark.

Palm-powered Protest (Matthew 21:1-11)

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 06.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

On Sunday, shouts of "Hosanna" will ring in city parks and street corners, in church courtyards and city squares. Pastors will shout in the crisp morning air as they read from the day's gospel passage Matthew 21:1-11.

Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday?

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

Obama, Israel And Holy Week

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Obama is not a religious leader, and he did not enter Jerusalem as Jesus did. But he should have focused on brokering peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, which would ease hostilities throughout the Middle East.

Palms, Matzah, Our Planet And The White House: A Religious Act Of Civil Disobedience

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Yesterday, along with 14 other religious folk, clergy and committed "laity," I was arrested for standing at the White House with signs and songs, reciting the names of more than 100 people who had been killed by one result of the climate crisis: Superstorm Sandy.

Introducing Holy Week's Dangerous Jesus

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Charles Redfern

My childhood's tame, cultivated Jesus couldn't seize a temple or sweat blood in a garden or mount a cross -- and he'd shun the morning light even if he were raised from the dead. Such a Jesus may seem comforting, but He is not life-giving.

Passover/Holy Week: Challenging Climate Pharaohs, Climate Caesars

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

We invite you to draw on that "template" for an action, modifying it as best meets the needs and outlook of your community.

Between Sundays: Holy Week And The Importance Of Weekday Christians

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

To me, the most comforting part of Holy Week is not the waving of triumphal palms on one Sunday morning, or the flowers and joyous hymns on the next. It's what happens in between.