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Paris Attacks, COP21 and the WCC: Embracing the Other

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 11.26.2015 | Green
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

In the fear-filled atmosphere that has broken hearts and led spirits to despair, many people are nervous about attending COP21 and afraid of the future. Some politicians try to use this attack to close their countries' doors to refugees.

Why Churches Need To Take Care of Business

Will Willimon | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Will Willimon

Church is where we go to talk about sin and death and God, and dare consider the possibility that more is going on in us and the world than we can adequately comprehend with our socially acceptable, governmentally subsidized modes of explanation.

Holy Jealousy

Jim Burklo | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

Jealously is holy if it moves us to be better people. Jealousy is holy if it inspires one religious community to mimic the good things that other faith communities do.

An Open Letter to the Silent Yale

Nicole Angela Tinson | Posted 11.04.2015 | College
Nicole Angela Tinson

Dear Yale, I may be Black, but I'm not silent. I spent a year at Yale, and I am still taken aback by the lack of acknowledgment of the issues that take place on this campus day in and out. The racism, both explicit and implicit, bothers me, and I can no longer be (publicly) silent about it.

The Foolishness of So-Called Biblical Gender Roles

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

Taking an unjust system and making it nicer is foolishness. However, this is exactly what many evangelical groups are doing with patriarchy. Patriarchy, at its core, is a system of injustice, where women are not fully autonomous, but are under the authority of men.

Evangelical Support for Death Penalty Ending After Decades

Shane Claiborne | Posted 10.27.2015 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

The new statement is not a call to abolish the death penalty altogether but it flags both social and theological concerns and affirms the growing movement of evangelicals who are against the death penalty.

The Pope, the Church, Rabbis, and Women

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.19.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Should Rabbis speak out about the subordination of women in the Catholic Church and Catholic theology -- or is it entirely an internal Church question?

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

The Theology of Spirit Day: As LGBTQ People, We Are All Loved By God

Yagnaram Ramanuja Dasan | Posted 10.16.2015 | Religion
Yagnaram Ramanuja Dasan

I distinctly remember during class one day in my freshman year, someone asked my theology teacher about the Church's position on gay people. I sank into my seat and wanted desperately to disappear.

Black, White and Mormon

Mica McGriggs | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
Mica McGriggs

The words Black, White, and Mormon are all important parts of my identity, they were also the title of a conference recently held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The conference attempted to create a platform for a critical conversation; the intersection of race and the LDS church.

New Faces of Ministry Reclaim and Renew the Church

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

For 59 seminarians and recent grads who traveled both across the street and across the country, the end of the summer meant either a return to school to finish a master's degree, or the beginning of new expressions of ministry.

Jesus, Ignored

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

I have long wondered how in the world there can be Jesus, with millions of people professing to believe in him, and there can yet be racism, sexism, homophobia, militarism, hatred and enmity.

Bluesin' the Gospel

Greg Carey | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Despite its essential role in opening the way to other musical forms, the blues remains a bit of a niche genre. I remember touring the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where the blues were presented, along with bluegrass and gospel, as a precursor to rock.

Hope Dies Last: A Word on Kelly Gissendaner

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

As we remember brothers like Troy Davis, as we think about Kelly Gissendaner who would be executed by the State of Georgia on the 29th of this month, we remember what it means to die a good death, leaving a mark on a world that forces us to face our own idiosyncrasies and short comings.

The Joy and Pain of Uncertainty

Mario Livio | Posted 09.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mario Livio

In his famous "Apology," Plato cites Socrates as saying: "That which I may not have known-through-seeing in no way I imagine myself to have known-thro...

¡Bienvenido Pope Francisco to Améric@ Latin@!

Carmen Nanko-Fernández | Posted 09.22.2015 | Religion
Carmen Nanko-Fernández

Personally, as a Latin@ Catholic theologian who is una nieta de inmigrantes, I share your passion for justice for all migrants. I am particularly drawn to the attention you bring to cities in your theologizing, probably because I identify as hurban@́, Hispanic and urban, thanks in part to my New York roots and distinctive Bronx accent.

Wildfires, Angels and the Hand of God

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.

I may never be able to understand the "purpose" behind God "allowing" this tragedy. But of one thing I remain absolutely convinced: In the loving, compassionate, nonjudgmental and open-handed support of thousands of people, I see quietly revealed the hands and heart and spirit of the Being some of us call "God."

Why Does God Turn to Poetry? A Dialogue With Christian Wiman

J. Todd Billings | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
J. Todd Billings

In our books, we both turn to poetry in our season of suffering and theological reflection. Christian turned to George Herbert and a score of contemporary poets. I turned to the poetry of the Psalms and Job. Why did we turn to poetry?

A Protestant's Hope for the Roman Catholic Year of Mercy

Rob Lee | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Rob Lee

In this broken world we need mercy, we need redemption, and we most certainly need to be united. So as our Catholic brothers and sisters celebrate and mark their year of mercy, may we in the Protestant tradition be bold enough to share in that work of grace with them.

Real Spiritual: Decline

Brian Akers | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Brian Akers

While traditional church may be in decline mine is just starting to thrive. If I listen to this narrative that "churching" is going out of style I might hang up my hat and think, "I got to the party too late and now no one wants to dance anymore."

40 Essential Books For Any #BlackChurchSyllabus

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion

The black church has a long and important history in the United States, and it continues to serve as a driver of social justice work in many...

Kendrick Lamar's Theology of Alright

Stanley T. Talbert | Posted 08.13.2015 | Religion
Stanley T. Talbert

If you have seen Kendrick Lamar's latest music video, "Alright," then you know it is arguably one of the most epic music videos of all time. Lamar's "Alright" gives you a lift of hope in the midst of perpetual antipathy for black and brown human lives in our world today.

How #BlackLivesMatter Inspires People To Put Faith Into Action

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.09.2015 | Religion

(RNS) When news broke of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., a year ago (Aug. 9, 2014), St. Louis seminary professor Leah Gunning Fran...

My New Course on the Bible in Popular Music

Michael Gilmour | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Conversations about religion in art, and more precisely religious meanings in art are tricky. Lyricists obviously generate those conversations by their use of religious imagery but the relationship between music and (perceived) spiritual meaning has at least as much or more to do with audiences as artists.

I Am A White Christian And Black Lives Matter

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

While some claim that Dylann Roof is mentally ill, the truly frightening possibility is that he is sane and sober -- that he was raised under a white supremacist culture and is acting out his racism in the most violent of ways.