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'My Religious Identity Is as Important to Me as My Sexual Identity' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-05-22-20140521JohnRussellStangersmall.jpgAfter learning that his religion was anti-LGBTQ, John Russell Stanger, now the first openly gay Presbyterian minister ordained in Texas, stayed in the closet even while earning his B.A. in religion. It was in seminary that John figured out that Jesus would in fact be very accepting and loving toward LGBTQ people.

Why Reinhold Niebuhr Supported Israel

Gustav Niebuhr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Religion
Gustav Niebuhr

We believe that Niebuhr's early support for a future Jewish homeland in Palestine, and his practical concerns about the difficulties the project entailed, must be recalled now, when a document fiercely critical of Israel is making its way around the nation's largest Presbyterian denomination.

I'm Proud To Be A Religious Millennial

Garrett Degraffenreid | Posted 05.27.2014 | Teen
Garrett Degraffenreid

I believe that a religious revolution will occur soon, one that embraces the teaching of love that the Christian faith is built around, but does not always exhibit. This revolution will be lead by God-loving millennials like me.

Presbyterians Have It Back-to-Front on Zionism

Lyn Julius | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Lyn Julius

In the neighborhood of Kerem Hateymanim, the bougainvillea spill out over the terraces. The one-story homes, built higgledy-piggledy, jostle for space...

Presbyterian Zionism Study Guide Outrages Jews

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Major Jewish civil rights groups are denouncing a new publication distributed by the Presbyterian Church (USA) that rejects the existence of Isr...

Local & Global: Both/And

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

We were going to get up early, drive nine hours across the Midwest, through countless tollbooths, to stay at a Benedictine monastery, and to get a glimpse of the daily work of the prophetic Joan Chittister. I jumped at the chance.

Do You Really Need Church?

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

From community service projects to book clubs; from outreach to the poor to potlucks; from meditation groups to support groups, he described the many other places that provide much of what the Church used to (and occasionally still does) provide.

In Context: The Wrath of God, the Presbyterian Church, and a New Hymnal

Rev. Adam J. Copeland | Posted 10.12.2013 | Religion
Rev. Adam J. Copeland

The entire conversation about "In Christ Alone" may not have occurred had the Celebrating Grace Baptist hymnal (2010) not published the piece with a verse reading, in part: Till on that cross as Jesus died the love of God was magnified.

Do You Want LGBTQ Youth in the Church?

John Russell Stanger | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
John Russell Stanger

After making it through three liturgies, three sermons and three small group sessions where we clumsily danced around the fact that LGBTQ people exist and are in the room, the silence moved beyond awkwardness into marginalization.

The SCOTUS Decisions on Marriage: What to Do With This New Day

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

Perhaps showing compassion for those who disagree with us can help take us closer to that day when all of us will rejoice at these SCOTUS rulings and the confirmation of every American's inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness.

Stitching Together Our Quilt Called Community

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

If community is like a beautiful quilt that binds all of us together, then marriage is one very important set of stitches that connect the fabric of humanity.

5 Thoughts On Building A Faithful Church Of The 21st Century

Rev. Mieke Vandersall | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Rev. Mieke Vandersall

The act of standing with same-sex couples seeking God's and their communities' blessings, coupled with the greatly changing nature of what it means to be disciples of Christ in the 21st century, has helped me think long and hard about the future of our church.

Learning To Tell My Gay, Christian Story

Rev. Mieke Vandersall | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Mieke Vandersall

Somehow in telling my own story, and for me in being as out and proud of my Christian story as I am of my gay story, it allows others to find their stories too. In that finding, in that telling, I believe we find God, and Jesus at work.

Proclaiming The Gay Good News On Ash Wednesday

John Russell Stanger | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
John Russell Stanger

Many queer people walk away from the only kind of church they ever know, and they never look back. But Joey, with his boldness to integrate the faith of his childhood and the sexuality with which God has blessed him, has forever reframed Lent for me.

Teenager's Body Found in Alaskan Village Presbyterian Church

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.08.2013 | Crime
Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska State Troopers are working to figure out what killed 13-year-old Mackenzie H. Howard, a teenaged girl from the Southeast village of Kake. The t...

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.

Giving Thanks For Shared Meals

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Americans have a deep desire to gather around tables with loved ones, even if relationships are sometimes strained by the experience. Deep inside us, we sense the importance of shared meals.

How The Obama 'Ground Game' Was Church For Me

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

The days were long, but the dedication of these volunteers was inspiring. When I would look around the room, I knew I wasn't surrounded by my regular church family, but I was surprised that it still felt like church for me.

What Historically White Denominations Can Learn From The Republican Party

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

We must stop seeing demographic changes as problems that must be leveraged in order to avoid death and instead see these changes as transformational realities that must be embraced in order to experience new life.

Preserving Dignity: Food Sovereignty in Haiti

Jessica Maudlin | Posted 01.07.2013 | Impact
Jessica Maudlin

The preservation of the dignity of Haitian farmers wasn't merely a relief and recovery effort. It was a chance for Presbyterians to meet the responsibility God has given all of us to care for God's people in a way that is life affirming and empowering.

The Scandal Of Publix and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: A Christian Critique

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 11.24.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Like Rev. Thomas, I'm part of a growing movement of people who realize that there is a moral dimension to capitalism

Dan Cathy Of Chick-fil-A: How About Lunch?

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

I see only one possibility for our society to move past and heal from our increasingly dangerous impasse: to have real conversations with one another. And I don't mean scripted, talking-point-filled debates that turn into a wrestling match.

An Open Letter to Presbyterian Clergy

Rae Abileah | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Rae Abileah

At the General Assembly we watched Christian clergy and laypeople engaging in dialogue on a very difficult topic -- the Israeli occupation of the West Bank -- with respect, grace and open hearts. It is a true blessing to walk the path of peace with you in solidarity.

Why I Work With Christians To Divest From the Occupation

Rabbi Alissa Wise | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alissa Wise

At first glance, my work as a rabbi may look untraditional. Instead of serving a congregation, I do my rabbinic work by organizing for justice and equality for all the people of Israel and Palestine.

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.