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On Growing the Mainline Church: Wisdom from Darwin, Einstein and Picasso

Mark Barger Elliott | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Mark Barger Elliott

You might have heard of the comic book superheroes, The X-Men, but have you heard of the X Club? In the late 19th century the group met for dinner once a month in London. Members won the prestigious Copley and Royal medals for scientific achievement. Two were knighted. They were scientific superheroes.

Beyond Divestment: Global Warming, Trauma And The Call For Pastoral Care

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.21.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

For many who champion divestment, it is seen as something both symbolic and substantial. For those who argue against divesting, a key argument is that investing is a way to maintain a voice and influence discovery and innovation around cleaner forms of energy.

Why Summer Camp Transforms: Stillness in the Midst of Movement

Wayne Meisel | Posted 06.09.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

I loved recess. When I was young, schools didn't have a name for Attention Deficit Disorder, much less tolerance for it. So running out to the playgro...

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.

How Donald Trump Unites the Church

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Donald Trump is often accused of dividing Americans through his name-calling and tough talk about women, immigrants, and President Obama. But he is succeeding in uniting one group in a way that I never dreamed possible: Christians.

The Road to Pentecost: Lent is over, Easter has arrived. Now what?

Wayne Meisel | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Easter has arrived and the long journey of Lent is over. At church on Sunday, Pastor Dave proclaimed, "Christ has Risen." The congregations responded ...

Why Are Christians Supporting Trump the Heathen?

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 02.22.2016 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

What is, at first glance, most surprising to me is that Trump is winning among religious voters. Can anyone imagine Jesus Christ saying the things that Donald says or using the tone that Donald uses or grimacing with Donald's snide face?

Donald Trump Needs the Presbyterian Church

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Donald Trump went to a service at a Presbyterian Church in Iowa last Sunday and said that his faith meant "a lot" to him. I'm glad that he considers himself to be a Presbyterian -- not because he is a good one, but because he needs the perspective of the denomination.

The '1 Percent' in Mainline Protestantism? Congregations Attracting Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 02.01.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty in the rapidly changing, competitive marketplace of American religion. But the prospects for a turnaround in mainline Protestantism are growing fainter as the movement enters its second half-century of precipitous decline.

The Collapse of Liberal Protestant Churches

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 10.20.2016 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Conservative Catholics have a right to their opinions, but many of us in liberal Protestant churches would dispute their contention that we have abandoned key elements of Christian belief and practice.

My Letter to Gradye Parsons About His Letter to Donald Trump

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.04.2016 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

With the letter to Donald Trump that was sent out last week, the "Jesus was not political" faction of our dear Presbyterian Church (USA) must be flipping out!

Presbyterians Don't Have a Pope, But I'm a Fan of Francis

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 09.11.2016 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Pope Francis is coming to Washington this month, and his visits will range from the White House to a homeless shelter. Although I am a Presbyterian pastor and don't pledge obedience to the pope, I am a fan of Francis.

5 Signs of the Resurrection of the Mainline Church

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 08.31.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

What might this risen church look like? Here are some signs I see of this revival in the Presbyterian Church. I invite you to watch for them in all the mainline American churches. Do you see them too?

A Vocational Selfie: The Discernment Deck

Wayne Meisel | Posted 07.29.2016 | 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.

Who Is Your Family?

John Russell Stanger | Posted 05.05.2016 | Religion
John Russell Stanger

Who is my family? Indian orphans and saints. Survivors of violence--state and domestic. Queer people of all kinds. And we are all glorious branches on that great vine of Christ.

The Jointly Ordained Lesbian Couple Making History For Presbyterians

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion

The last time these two women walked down the aisle together, they said, “I do.” This past Sunday, the lives of the Rev. Kaci Clark-Porter and...

Most Mainline Protestants Embrace Gay Marriage

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion

(RNS) With the largest Presbyterian denomination’s official endorsement Tuesday (March 17), American mainline Protestants have solidified their supp...

Audacious Goals and Incremental Victories

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

As an American and as an Episcopalian, I was raised to pledge to and pray for two audacious goals: "liberty and justice for all" and "thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven," respectively. Yesterday's historic step by the Presbyterian Church USA brought us a little closer to both.

Is Mister Rogers in Heaven? Fred Rogers and the Faithfulness of God

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

In the deepest recesses of his heart, Fred Rogers was an unabashed universalist who believed that God never gives up on any of us exactly because we are all essentially good, valuable, and lovable: God is the Great Appreciator, and we are the greatly appreciated.

Presbyterian Church Redefines Marriage To Include Same-Sex Couples

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion

The tide has turned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to be married in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Following years of...

Raising Arms

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

The raising hands and the lifting of arms is an act of total surrender. It says, "I give up." It communicates, "I have nothing to hide." It means, "Take me as I am." Most often, it's an act of surrender to a power greater than oneself.

Reflections on the Presbyterian Church General Assembly and How Gracious Debate Can Lead to Action

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If one of America's historic mainline churches can respectfully and prayerfully debate important issues like marriage, justice or geopolitical conflicts -- and reach a conclusion graciously -- might this be a turning point in our national debates? I have hope that this is so.

What Schism? Gay, Lesbian Issues Rarely Cause Serious Conflict in Local Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

If there ever was a likelihood that issues of gay rights would provoke a major split in U.S. Christianity, it appears that time may have passed.

Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Nida Khan | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

Until the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is ended, Netanyahu cannot play the victim no matter how hard he may try to spin a situation -- even when he disgustingly uses the deaths of innocent teenagers to do so.

Howard H. Baker Jr.: Teaching Us to Listen

Rick Jacobs | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Rick Jacobs

Joe Biden, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, the governor of Tennessee and so many others of high office present listened, but did not speak. And after the twenty one-gun salute, after taps, after everyone left the graveside, there stood the simple casket of the simple man who changed the world.