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Church's Rainbow Doors Say It All

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion

Days before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage around the United States last week, Newman Congregational Church in Rumford, Rhode Island, ...

The Struggle For The Soul Of The Church

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.01.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The story of the church and LGBT rights is also my story. I first came back to church as a gay, recovering alcoholic. The church taught me that I was beautifully and wonderfully made; and that to love myself and care for myself was a form of gratitude to my Creator. Years later, after I had been with my partner for 11 years, I was married in the Episcopal church we now attend, and It was one of the most moving events of my life.

Jaweed Kaleem

Another Major Christian Denomination Divests

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion

The United Church of Christ on Tuesday voted to divest from companies that it says profit from the occupation of Palestinian lands. The move passed...

Travis Waldron

United Church Of Christ Condemns Washington NFL Team's 'Demeaning' Name

HuffingtonPost.com | Travis Waldron | Posted 06.29.2015 | Sports

Add the United Church of Christ to the list of organizations that want the District of Columbia's professional football team to drop its controversial...

An Open Letter to the United Church of Christ

Philip Farah | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Philip Farah

Many in your church are aware of the terrible conditions of the Palestinians. My message, as a Palestinian Christian, is a simple one: Please stand for justice and do not profit from those who cause severe harm to my people.

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: A Movement The United Church Of Christ Should Reject

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC), meeting later this month, will consider two resolutions calling for divestment from Israel and another labeling the Israeli treatment of Palestinians as akin to "Apartheid."

Ancient Torah Speaks to the Climate Crisis: From Eden to Manna to Sabbatical Year to Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

On the Shabbat of May 15-16, the Torah reading (Leviticus 25-27) sets forth the Torah's most explicit and most powerful regimen for healing the Earth from human over-use.

People of Faith to GOP Leaders: Support Negotiations With Iran

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Are those who signed this letter willing to send more young American men and women to die on yet another battlefield in the Middle East when there is an option for peace without military conflict? Apparently so.

Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I am not suggesting that we just suppose that everyone around us can be trusted and we need not worry about our personal safety or the security of personal belongings. But I do propose giving up the practice of focusing on the faults of other people and, instead, looking for their good qualities.

People of Faith Have Reason to Support President's State of the Union Proposals

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Tonight after watching President Obama's State of the Union Address and speaking today with White House officials about the proposals the president is making, I can report without hesitation that the president has put forward a domestic agenda people of faith concerned about families, poverty and education can support.

Daily Meditation: From War To Peace

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Faith and Marriage Equality: Welcome to the Party

Stephanie Mott | Posted 01.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

The recent appearance of pastors and churches declaring their willingness to perform marriages for same-sex couples has led to some of the most amazing imagery of the marriage equality struggle. Imagery the likes of which seemed all too impossible not long ago, especially in the deeply-red states of America.

Brittany Maynard Made A Moral Choice

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Oregon's death with dignity is not about the freedom to choose death; it is about recognizing the reality that death comes and that we can take medically appropriate steps to make that death as painless and dignified as possible.

As a Minister My Religious Freedom Changes with SCOTUS

Rev. Marie Siroky | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Marie Siroky

Media has been woefully silent on the countless large faith communities that affirm marriage between couples of same sex. Many for decades. Thus facts are a beautiful thing.

In Defense of 'Crazy'

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 12.03.2014 | Religion
Sarah Griffith Lund

Crazy is not a bad word. Crazy people are not bad. So I'm reclaiming crazy in public discourse as a way to de-stigmatize mental illness. I stand on the shoulders of many others who repurpose words to empower people whose power has been taken away.

The Inaccessible Pulpit: Rev. Justin Hancock and the Struggle for the Rights of People With Disabilities

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 11.30.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I began to realize just how much we demand that people with disabilities stay in the spaces that we allow for them. Most churches are not ready to include anyone with disabilities that cannot be easily accommodated and controlled.

These Are The Religious Denominations That Ordain Women

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion

The stained glass ceiling is proving hard to crack--but women are refusing to give up. Although studies have shown that women are more religious ...

Stumbling Toward a Just Peace

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 11.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Without question, the complexities we face now are even more difficult to navigate from what those seeking peace during the Cold War encountered. Can "Just Peace" be a model for addressing the messy conflict in Syria and Iraq, which involves the terrorist group ISIS?

7 Reasons Not to Freak Out About Protestant Mainline Decline

Derek Penwell | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Year-over-year, our loss of Total and Participating Membership sits close to 20 percent, but that our Average Worship Attendance is only a little over 4 percent. That is a shocking loss to absorb in a single year.

An Absurd Peace Plan That Might Work

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.24.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

A sense of hopelessness pervades the air as the civilian death count climbs. As usual, civilians bear the brunt of these conflicts. What constructive role can Americans play in bringing this conflict to an end?

Religious Freedom Is Under Attack -- But Not How You Think

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

With the Supreme Court's Holly Lobby decision, an ugly piece of history is being repeated. Religion is being used as a tool to take away freedom. Discrimination is not Christian. Discrimination is sin.

Christian Denomination Joins Sponsors Of 2014 Gay Games

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion

The United Church of Christ has announced its sponsorship of the 2014 Gay Games, to be held in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio from August 9-16. UCC anno...

Another Group Denounces NFL Team Name

AP | Posted 06.14.2014 | Sports

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — A major sector of the United Church of Christ is calling for a boycott of the Washington Redskins until the team changes its nam...

United Church of Christ Brings the Fight for Equality to North Carolina

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Anthony Hatcher

The latest party to file a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina is the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ, marking the first time an entire religious denomination has joined a legal battle to repeal a statewide gay marriage ban.

Marriage Equality Comes To Oregon; Be Joyful

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

I see marriage equality as a victory for religious freedom and a decision entirely consistent with Christian ethics.