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Fighting Poverty, for a Stronger, More Equitable Nation

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 10.31.2016 | Impact
Kevin M. Ryan

Far too many children -- more than one in five -- live in poverty across America. It is an unacceptable reality that has loomed large over the past ye...

France's Hollande Meets Religious Leaders Amid Anger Over Security

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.27.2016 | Home

PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (Reuters) - President Francois Hollande demonstrated interfaith unity with France’s religious leaders on Wedn...

Why We Need To Have Righteous Anger

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.21.2016 | Religion

Anger is not an easy emotion to wrestle with. But in times of grave injustice, righteous anger is what we need. Righteous anger is a godly anger that...

12 Inspirational Quotes From Dalai Lama On How To Live A Good Life

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion

HHDL enjoying a piece of cake with local religious leaders during celebrations honoring his 81st birthday at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, ...

An Open Letter to the Paris UN Climate Convention from Religious Leaders in U.S. Higher Education

Alexander Levering Kern | Posted 12.09.2016 | Religion
Alexander Levering Kern

We call upon governmental leaders and political actors present at the UN Convention on Climate Change in Paris 2015, to forge and commit to strong, binding agreements to ameliorate the human impact on climate change while protecting the basic human needs of all people.

World Religious Leaders Address Refugee Crisis

Alon Goshen-Gottstein | Posted 09.15.2016 | Religion
Alon Goshen-Gottstein

A recent statement of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders on the refugee crisis gives voice to the perspectives of five major faith traditions, represented by high level religious leadership.

Seventh-Day Adventists Vote To Deny Women's Ordination

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.09.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Seventh-day Adventists voted Wednesday (July 8) not to allow their regional church bodies to ordain women pastors. The vote at their 60th Genera...

12 Top Religious Leaders On Why We Need An Open Internet

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.12.2015 | Religion

The Open Internet Order has gone into effect -- protecting what faith leaders are calling the “fundamental right” of Internet freedom. Along wi...

Religious Leaders See Delayed Execution As Act Of God

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion

Kelly Gissendaner was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Monday night, and would have become the first woman to receive the death penalty in Georgia in 70 yea...

Silence v. Justice: The Case of the Abused Muslim Women in Elgin

Azizah al-Hibri | Posted 04.25.2015 | Religion
Azizah al-Hibri

Social media is abuzz with the story of the well-respected scholar at the Islamic institute in Elgin, Illinois, who is accused of abusing his female students. When I read the story, I got flashbacks to that painful moment in my childhood when one of my religious teachers tried to violate his boundaries with me.

Towards a New Generation of American Hindu Leaders

Murali Balaji | Posted 04.07.2015 | Religion
Murali Balaji

If Oprah Winfrey can be seen as a faith leader, then it can be said that public figures who embrace their Hindu identity and lead in the civic realm can be looked at in the same light. In other words, to inspire others with your own faith doesn't necessarily require religious vocational training or connection to religious centers.

Kansas Pastor Claims She's Received Death Threats For Officiating Same-Sex Weddings

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion

A Kansas pastor is refusing to give in to hate. Rev. Jackie Carter, a pastor at First Metropolitan Community Church, claims she’s been getting de...

A Bullet Couldn't Stop Pastor Renita Lamkin's Fight For Equality In Ferguson

Religion News Service | Lilly Fowler | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (RNS) The first time the public heard the name Renita Lamkin was probably the day she was shot. In early August, four days after M...

A Challenge to the World's Religious Leaders

Neale Donald Walsch | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
Neale Donald Walsch

War and violence based on religious beliefs will not end until religions themselves agree and announce that God would never condone such behavior. Most of the world's religions can't do that, because most of the world's religions teach of a God who is angry, violent and retributive.

Christian Ritual May Be Putting Worshipers At Risk For Ebola

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion

Nigerian Christians are fearful that practicing one of their religion’s most sacred rites might lead to death by Ebola. In response to the sprea...

15% Of The World's Countries Have This Requirement For Heads Of State

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion

A Muslim person has no hope of winning the presidency in Lebanon due to a requirement that the executive leader be a member of the Maronite Christian ...

Why These Religious Leaders Are Suing North Carolina

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

The fight for marriage equality continues in North Carolina, but it's now being spearheaded by religious figures who say their First Amendment rights ...

Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday?

Muslim Leader Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Harris Zafar | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Harris Zafar

There is no wonder that people continue to lose faith in religion due to the actions of leaders across the religious spectrum. But does the misconduct of these disgraced individuals reflect poorly upon the religion they serve?

Not Perfect Leaders, Humble Leaders

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

Some have probably done hurtful things, especially as younger leaders in the difficult process of learning and developing. But there is a tangible sense of humility in light of all the imperfections of leading in the church.

The End of An Era: Can We Embark on a New One?

Satpal Singh | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion
Satpal Singh

For centuries, women have been looked down upon in almost all cultures, societies and countries. We forget, or ignore, that women are children of the same God as men.

How Important Is A Religious Leader's Education?

Win Bassett | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Win Bassett

When it comes to religious or spiritual guidance, followers may not put as much credence behind didactic degrees.

The Church Is Wrong! Fr. Flannery, Like MLK, Is Right To Follow His Conscience

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The Roman Church and its misguided leaders may seek to "kill" the reputation and ministry of Flannery. But, they will succeed only in giving birth to other Flannerys, to other Martin Luther Kings.

Love More! Do Justice! Tell the Truth!

Sheril Antonio | Posted 06.18.2012 | Home
Sheril Antonio

April 14 in Sag Harbor, New York I heard Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, read from his latest work, Gods, Gays, and Guns. His energy, sincerity and youthful articulate anger mixed with optimism filled the small space.

Where Are The Pro-LGBT Religious Voices In Mainstream Media?

Ross Murray | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
Ross Murray

With all this support among religious people, why don't Americans get to hear LGBT-affirming messages from some of them? They are crowded out by the same extreme voices over and over again.