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Atoning For Slavery: An Institution Grapples With Its Original Business Model

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.20.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Georgetown will issue a formal apology for its part in this ugly chapter in American history, erect a monument to its slaves, rename two buildings that honor Jesuit priests who facilitated the sale of the 272, and establish an institute for the study of slavery.

My Transgender Life: Grass Roots And Glass Houses

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 10.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

How do they learn that freedom is to accept not to reject others, and allow each person to be who they are, believe what they want as long as they do no harm?

Hush, Be Quiet Religious Politicos !

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Political religion has much to lament.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark; For The 35th Anniversary, the Hitherto Unknown But Absolutely Stupendous Black Back Story

Mario Valdes | Posted 10.18.2016 | Arts
Mario Valdes

Except for those who keep tabs on Hollywood scuttlebutt, it will undoubtedly come as a stunning surprise to most that both the movie and the video gam...

Why Faith Leaders Can't Ignore This Election

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 10.18.2016 | Religion
Marie Alford-Harkey

Sexuality has become a central issue in this election. As a pastor and faith leader, I believe that people of faith must work toward sexual health and justice in faith communities and in society. Silence in the face of injustice is simply not an option -- especially during an election.

Oregon Church Apologizes For Banning Overweight People From Its 'Worship Team'

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 10.17.2016 | Religion

Blessed are the skinny jeans. An Oregon church is apologizing for banning overweight and obese people from its worship team. Guidelines from the New ...

The Trump Bible

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 10.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Donald Trump daily consults holy writ. Perhaps you knew. But did you know that crafty theo-politicos stole Mr. Trump's Bible and discreetly replaced i...

Manners Matter: A Sermon On Gratitude In A Season Of Incivility

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 10.14.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

Manners do matter. Whether its children spending the night at a friend's house, or emerging adults being dropped off for college, or perhaps even young professionals in preparation for an important job interview, we tell those we care about to mind their manners.

"I'm a Good Person, So Why Was I Shot?"

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 10.14.2016 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

What does it mean to really survive? What was it like before mass shootings were routine? These questions from the morning newspaper resonated and triggered this commentary.

Stained Glass Millennials and the Future of the Church

Rob Lee | Posted 10.13.2016 | Religion
Rob Lee

The Church is not what it used to be. The old song from a by-gone era of Americana rings true, "The old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be." Attendance across the board is down, financial giving is down, and churches are closing their doors at never-before-seen levels.

Moroccan Islamic Broadcasting in Response to Religious Extremism

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.13.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

On Iraq's Al-'Ahd satellite channel, a Shi'ite cleric demonizes Sunnis, typifying a trans-sectarian trend in extremist broadcasting across the region...

Iran Will Never Abandon Assad's State, Worst Humanitarian Tragedy

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.12.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Syria is one of the worst catastrophic humanitarian tragedies of our generation. Iran's role in Syria has significantly impacted the direction, magnit...

A Jew and His Guru

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Dimitri Ehrlich

The word guru gets thrown around a lot these days. There are tech gurus and tax gurus and gurus for restoring old barns. In Sanskrit, the word guru me...

Kaleidoscope Of Meaning: Chance The Rapper's 'Coloring Book' And Making Religious Meaning In The Intersection

Sharde' Chapman | Posted 10.12.2016 | Entertainment
Sharde' Chapman

This album is the thing that religion nerd dreams are made of: A complex telling of how one navigates a black body and makes meaning. In this case the foundation is the black Christian church.

How Men Can Stop Facilitating Abuse Against Women

Kevin Wright | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Kevin Wright

Her call came at 4 pm on a Thursday. The woman’s voice quivered on the phone as she told me that her husband had threatened her life and that she wa...

Many Evangelical Leaders Would Stick With Trump Even If He Were A Cold-Blooded Killer

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

All of this means, at the very least, that Trump could have said that he brutally assaulted someone with a baseball bat and smashed the person's head in, enjoying every minute of it, laughing about it in the retelling, or even that he had killed the person, and it might well be excused by many evangelicals leaders.

Why I'm Atoning For Racism This Yom Kippur

Rachel Laser | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Rachel Laser

The following post is a shortened version of a Yom Kippur talk given at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood, OH. Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of ...

Black Masculinity and Black Faith: An Interview with J.Kwest

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 10.11.2016 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Racial justice is a constant headline in America. Whether it's Colin Kaepernick kneeling, the overlapping of gender and racial justice in the critical...

Deradicalizing Extremists

Darrell West | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
Darrell West

France recently announced that it is creating publicly-financed "deradicalization centers" to combat the rising tide of Islamic extremism. With over 2...

Evangelicalism & Trumpism

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Some Evangelicals I know are among the best people I know. And yet, Evangelicalism, the religion, demands critique. So let's review: Evangelicalism i...

Tikkun Olam and Race: Five New Year's Resolutions

David Eisner | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
David Eisner

In the weeks before Rosh Hashanah, I participated in several gatherings of people whose lives are devoted to service and social change, and, especially, to engaging more individuals and communities to care about these things.

Burqa, Miter, Cowl, Veil

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

"Apparel oft proclaims the man." --Polonius to Laertes, Hamlet It may be that both the burka and the bikini were devised by men as solutions to a m...

The Powerful Secret That No One Really Wants To Talk About

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Catherine Nagle

Our over-confidence disappears through sharing and confession and we are much happier when we recognize this. It also gives us a mutual understanding and the serenity that comes from trust.

Street Artist UnCasso on the Universal Language of Love

Irum Ibrahim | Posted 10.04.2016 | Arts
Irum Ibrahim

Street artists unmask the tape covering mouths of passersby, splashing their thoughts onto the bleak walls of city streets. Creating masterpieces thro...

When You Take A Leap Of Faith - You Can Accomplish Anything

Bernard Hiller | Posted 10.04.2016 | Religion
Bernard Hiller

(This was read at The Temple for the Arts in Beverly Hills, California) Many people believe that their goals or dreams are unrealistic or unattainabl...