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Stumbling Into a Pluralistic Society

Bishop T.D. Jakes | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Bishop T.D. Jakes

The state of race, culture and religion in America is a key metric for how we are evolving as a society. The question for the church in 2025 is do we have enough elasticity and self-awareness to accommodate other customs, and views different from our own?

A Priesthood of the Imperfect (Parshat Emor, Leviticus 21:1-24:23)

Rabbi Arthur Green | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Green

What we need now is a priesthood of the imperfect -- in which all of us who are "disqualified" in one way or another (which is to say, I'd venture, all of us) accept and embrace our imperfections, learning from one another and teaching one another what we have learned in the course of our lives.

Freedom of Speech Is Everything

Gad Saad | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Gad Saad

In a pluralistic society, people have to accept that others do not hold their religious views with any reverence.

Misleading the People, Abuse of Power and the Bible

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Jason P. Stadtlander

Far too many self-proclaimed "Christians" take the Bible face value, with no room for interpretation with regards modern culture and society.

The Church Is Not Your Home

Scott Dannemiller | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Scott Dannemiller

An atheist walked into three churches last Sunday. I know. Sounds like the beginning of a great joke. In fact, you could probably come up with an awesome punch line.

The Pope, the Planet and Public Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As far as I can tell, there seem to be two basic religious attitudes toward the planet. One may be summed up along the lines of: It was made for us, a...

Janie Velencia

More Americans Are Comfortable With A Gay Presidential Candidate Than With An Evangelical One

HuffingtonPost.com | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

More Americans feel comfortable with a presidential candidate who identifies as gay or lesbian than with one who identifies as an evangelical Christia...

The American War on Christianity

Joseph Callahan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Joseph Callahan

In America today, you can proudly say, "I'm a Christian" and carry a Bible with you everywhere you go. You can go to any church you want to without being arrested. You can even proclaim that you worship the Giant Spaghetti Monster, and all the persecution you will receive is strange looks.

'Green News Report' - May 5, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The race for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination just doubled i...

Finding Common Ground in Portland

Kevin Palau | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Kevin Palau

If there's one thing we have learned in Portland, it's that great relationships are possible around common-ground issues, even with those with whom we might disagree. In fact, I would say these sorts of unlikely relationships should be eagerly pursued by every one of us.

"Are You Jewish?": Judaism and the Future of Faith

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

On my way to visit my student pulpit in Ohio several years ago, I helped a man dressed in traditional Hasidic garb with his luggage. After thanking me politely, he turned to me and asked, "Are you Jewish?"

Exercise in Spirituality

Rebecca Mckown | Posted 05.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rebecca Mckown

Is Spirituality a religion? I was asked recently what it means to be Spiritual. I stopped and thought. My answer was simple, it means to "feel." Sp...

My Cousin Is the Pope -- and It's Everything

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Lauren Cahn

My trip up my family tree taught me that none of us is separate from one another - neither as individuals nor as groups. As such, hate that is rooted in the illusion of that non-existent separation is nothing if not absurd.

Erdoğan, the Messiah or a Pontificator?

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Since the Gezi demonstrations took place in İstanbul in the summer of 2013, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been called an autocrat, a despot, a sultan, a tyrant, a fascist and a dictator by the opposition.

Orthodox Memories

Pamela Brill | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Pamela Brill

I was in love with Orthodoxy for a long time. It was a warm down comforter and a pair of the perfect yoga pants. Comfortable, sacred belonging. There are still parts that remain beautiful to me.

Border Crossing: Astounding Hope in Laredo (Acts 10:44-48)

Mary F. Foskett | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Mary F. Foskett

The Biblical story recounted in Acts 10:44-48 is also a story of transformation and relational border crossing between people who, though not at all strangers, were practiced at holding each other at a distance.

Transhumanist Party Scientists Frown on Talk of Genetic Engineering Moratorium

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A wave of ethical discussions and admonitions recently appeared after Chinese scientists reported successfully editing an embryo's DNA.

The Fallacy of State-Coerced Marriage Officiants: A Primer From the Military Chaplaincy

Ronit Y. Stahl | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Ronit Y. Stahl

Over and over again, anti-gay groups have trotted out clergy and chaplains as beleaguered minorities whose rights are being trampled. And over and over again, this line of reasoning intentionally misconstrues the relationship among religion, law and marriage.

The Kind of Demonstration I'd Like to See

Dr. David Anderson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Dr. David Anderson

We all know what it's like to be so frustrated that we are tempted to damage something or someone we hold dear. That could be punching a wall, throwing a dish or cell phone, or sadly enough, assaulting a loved one. None of these responses are justified or right. Hence, we need a remedy.

Religious Freedom Laws: Has "Religion" Lost Its Meaning?

Ayalon Eliach | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Ayalon Eliach

Recently, a number of states have passed "Religious Freedom" laws. Democrats across the country have been critical of these statutes, arguing that they effectively give state residents license to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

On Public Transport: Support Free Speech, Not Hate Speech

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 05.01.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

I am a strong supporter of the right to free speech guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a principle which is at the very heart...

Marriage Is an Evolving Institution

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

In the past, marriage was primarily about property and procreation whereas today the emphasis is on egalitarian partnership, companionship and love. In the past, the state and most religions did not recognize divorce, remarriage, interracial marriage or the equality of the marriage partners.

Walking Through Cloud (Parshat Acharei Mot/Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27)

Erica Brown | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Erica Brown

When Moses finished the work, the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the presence of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it and the presence of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.

Sharing Faith: How I Found Healing at a Funeral

Barb Abramson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Barb Abramson

Despite the celebration of life, there is still a family in mourning, missing a wonderful man, husband and father who impacted others in a positive way, as so many shared that day. I know their church community as well as friends and colleagues will rally around them.

When Church Is A Choice

Shelly Wood | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Shelly Wood

Whatever the reasons, when parents don't make their kids go to church, I am certain they are doing so out of protection. I have no doubt that the decision is well-meaning. It's not that they are saying that God isn't important. They are saying that religion isn't important to know God. But here's the problem.