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Intimate Silence: Spirituality of Desert Preservation

Jim Burklo | Posted 11.16.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

A young Muslim woman student at the University of Southern California once told me that the reason she fasts at Ramadan is to manifest an essential human quality. Human beings, she said, are the only creatures that are able to restrain themselves from doing what they want to do.

POLL: Religion Is The Answer To Today's Problems

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion

Poverty, disease and broken hearts -- can religion be the answer to these and other problems in today's world? According to a recent Gallup poll, 5...

Behaving Badly? Stop Using Religion as an Excuse!

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

It's not so much that religion makes people do evil, it's that it provides a convenient excuse for nearly anything, and that lowers the bar for committing bad behavior we might otherwise avoid. It's time for non-theist and faithful progressives to unite and stop giving the conservative religion a free pass for prejudice.

Attention Fellow Progressive Activists and Intellectuals -- It's OK to Be Hindu!

Murali Balaji | Posted 09.23.2013 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Among many intellectuals and activists, Hinduism is seen as a backwards and even reactionary religion, and not applicable to our experience as second- and third-generation Americans. I could not disagree more with that sentiment.

Why We Need to Change The Way We Think About Religion

Christine Organ | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

We must get past our outdated, limiting and formulaic associations with religion, spirituality and faith so that we can move forward with a renewed hope of spiritual and religious progress.

Religious Progressives Cannot Sit Out This Election

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Progressives are celebrating Romney's choice of Paul Ryan because it will likely lose Republicans some independent votes. But we should not engage in premature gloating or sit out this campaign.

Progressive Religion to the Rescue

Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary E. Hunt, Ph.D.

Could it be that federal support for same-sex marriage will get a running start in the military? Progressive chaplains are in the vanguard of those seeking equal rights for all. Stranger things have happened.

Mainline Christianity's PR Problem

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 12.08.2011 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

This is not just the result of well-funded and energetic outreach by newer, more fundamentalist, denominations. It is also the result of our own complacency and lukewarmness.

The Wild Goose 'Revival' For Doubters And Jesus Victims (Like Me)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Wild Goose Festival is going to grow into the largest, best run, most dynamic religious happening in the U.S. There are lots of smart spiritually hungry people with their eyes open.

The Real Apocalypse, And How To Avoid It

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

People of good faith can make common cause against apocalypse. Regardless of our view of ultimate reality, we can accept the world as science finds it and take responsibility for stewarding it.

Changing What the Word "Christian" Means Into Something Good

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.14.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

If you're not at the Wild Goose Festival this June you'll have missed the most important spiritual gathering in the US to take place in decades. Can a group of Christians save the reputation of Christianity from the "Christian" Right?

Religion's Power: Hunker Down or Dance Toward the Future?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Modern civilization is devouring itself, turning its towering control of the of the earth itself into self-destruction. The certainties of modern life are quaking, and many of our societies do not know what to do.

Don't Call Yourself Progressive If You Don't Support Sexual Justice

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Debra Haffner

You know when marriage equality comes to Iowa that lesbian and gay equality has become a mainstream American value. Yet the Iowa court decision recog...

Our Rights in Peril: The Future of the Courts

Rabbi David Saperstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi David Saperstein

The upcoming change in Administration makes us optimistic that the rightward shift of the courts will end -- but this optimism cannot be an excuse for complacency.