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Alban Institute Closes After Forty Years

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

(RNS) As mainline Protestant denominations continue decades of decline, one of the main institutions helping educate its leaders announced Wednesday (...

Televising Religion in the Czech Republic

John Feffer | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

We talked about the challenges of being a pastor under Communism, his involvement in the revolutionary changes in 1989, his best and worst programming moments, and why he agrees with Soren Kierkegaard that when everything is Christian, nothing is Christian.

Advent, Easter and Ordinary Time: Knowing the Christian Calendar

John Shore | Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion
John Shore

Because the Christian year is rooted in the liturgical observances of ancient Judaism, it should not surprise us that over the centuries different strains of Christianity have developed different variations on the Christian year.

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.01.2014 | 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.

These Are The Most Protestant States In America

Posted 02.07.2014 | Religion

Protestants and other non-Catholic or Mormon Christians make up 51% of Americans, according to a 2013 Gallup survey, and the states that are most Prot...

Rain Dance

Ben Daniel | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Ben Daniel

You may have heard that California is experiencing a devastating drought. Sure, we're using social media to share photos of ourselves cavorting on the beach in Santa Cruz, wearing swimsuits on Martin Luther King Jr''s birthday so that loved ones in, say Ohio, will hate us, but things are getting really serious.

Why Protestant Pastors Should Follow Pope Francis' Lead

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I'm under no illusions that the pope isn't without his flaws, but when it comes to the Christian faith and in particular being Christ-like he just seems to get it, probably more than any other major Christian leader I know.

Pope Francis: I Love This Guy

Neal Wooten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Neal Wooten

As this guy continues to go off script and shoot from the hip, he might be giving nightmares to his advisors and the core Vatican hierarchy, but he's touching a whole segment of the population that other pontiffs have been unable to reach.

October's Lesser-Known Holiday (The Most Important of Them All)

D. Michael Lindsay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
D. Michael Lindsay

How should the Christian community as a whole proceed into the coming centuries, in light of where it's been? I would suggest, and I certainly dare to hope, that we are entering into an era of invigorated ecumenism.

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.

Wanted: Unpaid Pastors

Religion News Service | Jeffrey Macdonald | Posted 09.18.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when Mark Marmon will be ordained their prie...

The Altar, the Pulpit and the Clergy

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.14.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Since the founding of the Roman Catholic Church in the early days of Christendom, the altar has always been in the center of the chancel area, with the pulpit on one side of the of the chancel and the lectern (from where announcements and scripture are read) on the other side.

Warzone Collective: The Alternative Approach to Breaking Down Boundaries in Belfast

Gabrielle Canon | Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion
Gabrielle Canon

By focusing on political movements young people believe in, Warzone Collective unites young adults and supplies a space where patrons are not defined by a religious label. They also serve the community by providing job skills to unemployed young adults and a place for people to go.

Are Protestants More Creative Than Catholics, Jews?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 08.06.2013 | Science

Are Protestants more creative than Catholics and Jews? The internet has been abuzz with reports about a new study purporting to say just that, but the...

The Pope May Be Argentine But 'God Is Brazilian'

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

If the Vatican's New Evangelization campaign is to have any chance at revitalizing the faith in Brazil and Latin America it must harness the spirited dynamism of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Remember Vatican II Because Who Becomes Pope Matters To The Rest Of Us

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 05.04.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

The leadership of any faith body impacts the way all religions do or do not interact respectfully and productively for the common good of the world.

With Election Of New Pope, Is It Time For Protestants To Rejoin Rome?

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

Might this be a moment when all sides of the Christian church lay aside their differences? More specifically as Protestants, has the Reformation passed its day?

Why We Must Fight for Peace

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Imagine a world where all of humanity feared less. Where we found less of a reason to await potential tragedy of every shape and size.

Efforts to Silence an Appeal for Human Rights

James Zogby | Posted 12.20.2012 | World
James Zogby

Religious leaders representing Protestant denominations dared to challenge one of Washington's most powerful taboos. They wrote a letter urging Congress to investigate whether unconditional U.S. military assistance to Israel is contributing to violations of Palestinian human rights.

'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.

The Candle or the Mirror: Living Out Faith in an Era of Agnosticism

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 12.14.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Haven't we all met the Christian who's so compelling to us that his or her presence inspires our faith? And haven't we also met that sister or brother whose words, actions or attitudes cause us to literally doubt our faith?

Hate Crimes against Sikhs Should Be Documented

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 12.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

1 in 10 Sikhs in California have reported being targeted for a hate crime.

The Disenfranchised

Robert Slayton | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics
Robert Slayton

White Protestants are lashing out. At Barck Obama, above all, but also at the Republican Party for betraying them.

American Confidence In Organized Religion At All Time Low

Posted 07.13.2012 | Religion

According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who have faith in organized religion is at an all-time low. Only 44 percent of Americans...

How Protestantism Redefined Marriage

Bethany Blankley | Posted 07.15.2012 | Religion
Bethany Blankley

The sanctity of marriage would be best preserved if marriage were left to the authority of the church. Instead, most Bible-believing Christians find themselves defending a religious practice that was never designed to be governed by a secular institution.