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Bono Has A Message For Young Christian Artists

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.16.2017 | Religion

U2 musician Bono has spent years reading and learning from the poetry of the Psalms, a book of the Bible that contains ancient hymns. If there’s on...

The Moral Underpinnings Of A Two-State Solution

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.25.2017 | Religion
Alan Elsner

Seldom has an idea been pronounced dead recently more often than that of making peace between Israel and the Palestinians through a two-state solution...

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes -- A Sisterhood Jazz Quartet

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.18.2016 | Women
Randee Mia Berman

Fast forward about 3,000 years to Israel Horovitz' play Out of the Mouths of Babes. In this striking Cherry Lane Theatre production (, the Babes are adults. Out of their mouths comes wit..with claws. Picture four sassy, savvy, snarky babes -- all ex-wives and lovers of the same beloved Professor -- clumped together in one Paris apartment for his funeral.

Bono Wants Christian Music To Get More Honest

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion

When U2 musician Bono reads the Psalms, a book of the Bible filled with ancient hymns, he sees the full range of human emotions: anger, irritation, sa...

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn For They Shall Be Comforted

Tammy McLeod | Posted 03.02.2017 | Religion
Tammy McLeod

Blessing and mourning may sound like a strange combination, but I experienced the benefit of God's nearness as I mourned the ambiguous loss of our son...

#Flint: Letter to the Oppressors

Jonathan Walton | Posted 02.12.2017 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

What you have done is not hid from God. He sees clearly the deeds done in darkness and one day they will be brought to light.

Dear U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

David Harris | Posted 07.19.2016 | World
David Harris

In the end, if the current agreement goes forward and proves better than expected, Israeli leaders would, I hope, admit they erred and offer suitable apologies. But if it goes worse than advertised, then it will be Israel, plus its Arab neighbors, that will pay the heaviest price.

A Rabbi's Easter Musing

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Ted Falcon

The increased interest of many Christians to know about the Jewishness of Jesus, and the interest from those in the Jewish community to know about the teachings of that first-century Jew, reflect some of the best of the interfaith awakening of our time.

Why Doesn't God Always Heal? Prayer and Incurable Cancer

J. Todd Billings | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
J. Todd Billings

I don't know why God allows cancer. But I do know that we should pray in the face of illness and death. And while I've appreciated the many prayers for healing that I've received, I sense that often they could be enhanced by combining them with prayers of lament.

Closer Than Your Jugular Vein

Aamir Hussain | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

I find it interesting that the Quran mentioned critical veins of the head, rather than those of other organs that are just as important. Indeed, severing other large veins in the thigh, heart, or liver, for instance, would also cause death.

7 Common Misconceptions About the Hebrew Bible

Marc Brettler | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Marc Brettler

It is helpful to think about common misconceptions that people have about the Bible so that we can read it better.

A 2,000-Year-Old Thanksgiving Psalm

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

These lines are from ancient Jerusalem and form part of a psalm of thanksgiving that was penned in Hebrew over 2,000 years ago and preserved in the now-famous Dead Sea Scrolls. Though ancient, its themes resonate with modern religious traditions.

Daily Meditation: Night

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

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

The Scared Cop Inside of Me: Reflections on Ferguson

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

We all have a little bit of Officer Darren Wilson inside of us. We all own a piece of that scared cop every time we act on our assumptions and generalizations about the people we encounter in our lives. We all are in need of a cleaner heart.

Many Gifts, Same Spirit: Celebrating Pride in Our Diversity Together

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

LA Pride Eucharist, celebrated to kick off LA Pride this weekend, expresses faith in the right all LGBTQIIAA people have to worship as we feel led, without anyone deciding for us whether or not we can be included or what kind of spirituality we can embrace.

5 Flights of Fancy I'd Rather Not: On a Wing and a Prayer On the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 06.14.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There are flights, many hours long, that pass in a daze as you slip into and out of somnolence, or get engrossed in a film or book. Then there are tho...

The New Mongrels: A Resurrection of an Old Idea

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

The New Mongrels, a collective musical society, have a long history that goes back to the Civil War. As the story goes, a soldier named Henry Brooke who came back from the bloody war shell-shocked and deaf in one ear had an idea.

Who Reads the Bible -- and Why

David Briggs | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

About half of Americans read the Bible on their own, and four in five people who read it as part of their personal lives open it at least once a month.

S. O. S.

Ron Nikkel | Posted 03.22.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Ron Nikkel

Help, I need somebody Help, not just anybody Help, you know I need someone, help But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured Now I find I've ...

Happy Are Those Whose Help Is the God of Jesse (Psalm 146:5-10)

Lisa Hickman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

I'm writing Jesse's words into the margins of my Bible next to Psalm 146. His words are an invitation to live differently than the way our culture pushes us to exist. His words make sense when I read them alongside this ancient text of Psalm 146.

A Walkabout Psalm

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

What if I took a psalm a day, read it, took a walk, and returned to my desk with jot-able thoughts?

U2, UR Marriage and Yom Kippur. What Is Common?

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Amy Elias, MS

The threshold between love and marriage, The Ten Days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, creates a rich and relevant context to re-look into our lives.

What Do You Really Really Want This Rosh Hashanah?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

My son Jacob has been playing the Spice Girls 1996 hit "Wannabe" a lot lately. In a flash, the connection between the song and preparation for Rosh Hashanah came to me a few nights ago.

Jewish Self-Styled Prophet 'Pirate' and Pornographer Brought Ulysses to America

Dennis Miller | Posted 10.30.2013 | Home
Dennis Miller

The man who introduced to America two of the early 20th century's most sexually explicit, ground-breaking books was a Jewish poet, pirate and a pornographer.

Is It Okay to Pray for the Same Thing Over and Over Again?

Rick Hamlin | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

There are two parables in the gospel of Luke that seem to be about praying for the same thing, examples of people importuning God until he finally gives up and just does what they ask.