Coming from a WASPy, mixed-faith, yet significantly agnostic and atheist, intellectual (and admittedly pseudo-intellectual) family these days living i...
As millennials and the Church move forward, it would seem the best both can hope for is a healthy exchange of ideas and wisdom; where both are encouraged to learn what works best from the other while allowing each the respect (and distance?) they deserve.
The problem with this oppositional framing is that it isn't true. In reality, marriage equality and religious liberty can support and strengthen each other. And this is true even when people are conflicted about same-sex marriage.
The increasing number of Americans raised in nonreligious homes presents a significant challenge to churches. Instead of luring back those who were once part of a religious community, they now face the prospect of trying to attract those with no formative religious experiences to draw on.
I'm a new fan of Uncle Kracker -- ever since my little cousin, Iman, stars in his latest video, "Blue Skies". I can't separate little Iman from his roots as his father, Faryab Lohrasbi, arrived in America in 1980, as a refugee, when he was just a couple years older than his son is now.
If we give up our rights to peaceably gather, protest and to question the motives of our elected officials under the cowardly fear of being labeled unpatriotic, then clearly, in the words of Benjamin Franklin, we deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Coincidently, in the 60's, we were told of a new brewing trouble and the freedom bell was rung again. A new enemy had arisen, this time, the political philosophy of communism. The word "enemy," interestingly, comes from Latin and means "not friend."
First, be aware of our own hearts. We mainly can do this by taking time regularly to sit down, shut up, and pay attention. There are numerous variations on this, find the one that works for you.
The Pope shared that "'doing good' is a principle that unites all humanity, beyond the diversity of ideologies and religions, and creates the 'culture of encounter' that is the foundation of peace."
In our culture and too often in the Church today we are quick to make Jesus after our own image. There are several "preferred Jesus" models we tend to invent.
I felt underqualified to consider myself a straight ally. I felt like it was presumptions of me to think that the LBGT community could need me as an advocate for the cause.
We can only bring each other closer with love, wisdom, and compassion. There is no room to alienate others based upon their theological understandings, communal commitments, or ritual practices. In the new paradigm, we evolve beyond mere tolerance into deeper respect, learning, and collaboration.
Our religious and political institutions have been polluted by words without action, which have resulted in liturgies and platforms that are hollow and meaningless. Young people are tired of words.
The worst representatives of Christianity should not be taken as representative of Christianity. It's just plain not fair. And people should understand Jesus and his teachings, not some extreme and self-righteous caricature of Christianity.
There's nothing wrong with being a Christian and growing a beard. We must continue to work on transcending stereotypes by learning more about our own traditions.
The benefits of comprehending what an unconditional love means and implementing it in our everyday life seems to be significant, not only to us but also to whomever and whatever we interact with. So let's start the process and see it for yourself.