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Defending True Religious Liberty: Church Files Lawsuit in Support of Marriage Equality

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.28.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

This morning in Charlotte, NC, the United Church of Christ filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court. This suit argues that the current law in NC, as it pertains to marriage, violates religious freedom by prohibiting UCC ministers, and other clergy, from officiating at same-sex marriages.

#GetCovered: The Story of Erica Martinez

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.19.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

It is particularly important that young people get covered so that no accident or illness leaves them with medical bills and debt that rob them of the opportunity to further their education or one day own a home.

Time to Come Out as People of Faith for Marriage Equality

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Most Christians once opposed the fight for equality for gays and lesbians. Today many Christians and other people of faith are at the forefront of the fight to end discrimination against the gay and lesbian community -- even working to support marriage equality.

One Government Activity Continues: 1,100+ Deportations a Day

John McCullough | Posted 12.03.2013 | Religion
John McCullough

When Congress decides to end the shutdown -- which it must do at some point -- our national leaders will need to prove that they can still get things done. Immigration reform should be at the top of that list.

Why I Got Arrested Today With 20 Undocumented Women

Sandy Sorensen | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Sandy Sorensen

A few minutes ago, I got arrested on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. I joined more than one hundred other women -- including 20 undocumented women -- to bring attention to our nation's horrendously unjust immigration system.

Activist Profile: National Christian Denomination Stands Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 09.10.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

One of the best parts of my work is that I get to be inspired, every day, by the stories of people who are taking action - and taking leadership - to ...

Doma Down, Queers Up

Donna Schaper | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Donna Schaper

The Supreme Court has done us a big favor. In supporting gay marriage, it has encouraged the larger movement for human rights for gay people to deepen and to spread. We get a double gift from the Supreme Court decision: we get to talk about sex and about scripture.

Religious Crusade Against Boy Scouts?

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Robert V. Taylor

The decision of the Boy Scouts looks enlightened when compared to the religious and cultural war that some religious leaders and institutions are trying to wage on scouting and gay youth.

Five Tips For Ministry After A Natural Disaster

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

During Irene I learned so much about what was and was not helpful during a natural disaster. With the recent destruction in Oklahoma, I offer these five suggestions to people of faith who wish to respond.

What If It's Not the Prisoner Who Needs Forgiveness? (VIDEO)

Jesse Lava | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Jesse Lava

If a vindictive, biased justice system is irreconcilable with the Gospel, what is a Christian to do? The answer is first to get outraged -- a perfectly Christian emotion if it next leads to action that helps the powerless in their struggle for justice.

Channeling The Phoenix During Lent And Easter

Amy Shiner | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Amy Shiner

The real significance of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday is about rebirth.

What Does Albert Mohler Have In Common With Al Qaeda?

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

Mohler is no Osama bin Laden but clearly there is a place where Mohler's Christian fundamentalism and the Islamic fundamentalism of the late bin Laden find common ground.

Repairing The Breach In The Union

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

The faith community has an important role to play in advancing an agenda that addresses the important moral issues faced by our nation. We have a big job ahead of us but there is hope.

Jaweed Kaleem

Catholic And Protestant Churches Come To Major Agreement | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.29.2013 | Religion

In a monumental occasion for ecumenical relations, the U.S. Roman Catholic church and a group of Protestant denominations plan to sign a document on T...

The Bible And Our Moral Lives

Greg Carey | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Sometimes, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, biblical interpretation flows easily. But reading the Bible in the search for moral guidance is indeed hard work.

People Of Faith Should Back Strong Gun Violence Prevention Measures

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

In the end, I believe that the NRA will find out that the Rev. Canon Gary R. Hall, Dean of the National Cathedral, was correct when he said: "I believe the gun lobby is no match for the cross lobby."

Romney Puts Politics Before Country During Hurricane Sandy

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

As the nation deals with the impact of Hurricane Sandy, it ought to be a time to set aside partisan politics. But Mitt Romney has decided to continue campaigning in the battleground state of Ohio.

Scrooge vs. Santa Claus: Rescuing God From Shallow Theology

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 12.15.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

I'm tired of reading 12 to 20 pages of poorly written, theologically thin, unimaginative discourse, intended to represent a ministerial candidate's breadth of preparedness and depth of spiritual formation but more frequently sending me into despair over the future of Church leadership.

Will You Marry Me? The Bible And Marriage Equality

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 10.24.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

A small but growing number of clergy have decided in recent years not to sign marriage licenses because of the reality that in doing so we participate in a system that actively discriminates against gays and lesbians.

We The People, We The Institution

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 09.12.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

There is a tension in identity between every institution and its community: whether the institution sets itself up as the core of a collective identity, or whether the community shapes the institution's identity as a reflection of its diaspora.

Jaweed Kaleem

Presbyterians Gear Up For Gay Marriage, Divestment Debates | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion

When thousands of members of the Presbyterian Church (USA) convene in Pittsburgh this week for their denomination's biennial gathering, they will deba...

Equal Marriage and the Holiness of Loving Against the Odds

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.21.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Five months from today, I will say, "I do." Words forged in the soul despite the words of the world. I can't wait to say them. I can't wait to live a life of the everyday holy with the woman I love.

Creating A New Progressive Ecumenical Church Relationship

Rev. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Currie

I simply do not believe that at this point in time the distinctiveness of our different churches is more important than the values and common understandings of Scripture that unite us.

Between Sundays: Holy Week And The Importance Of Weekday Christians

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 06.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

To me, the most comforting part of Holy Week is not the waving of triumphal palms on one Sunday morning, or the flowers and joyous hymns on the next. It's what happens in between.

This Easter Season, Remember: Church Growth Is About More Than 'The Marrieds'

David Crumm | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
David Crumm

Single adults and single parents tell me that they immediately sense when all of the spiritually rewarding experiences in a congregation are aimed at nuclear families. That's not a welcoming place.