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

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 04.29.2015 | 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.

United Methodist Church Raises Millions In Small Donations To Fight Malaria

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion

The United Methodist Church gave $9.6 million on Wednesday to the Global Fund, a health-focused nonprofit based in Geneva, to help the group fight mal...

Methodist Church In South Africa Leads Peace March After Outbreak Of Xenophobia

BBC | Karen Allen | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion

A march organized by the Methodist Church has been taking place in South Africa, in protest at violence against immigrants from other African nations....

5 Facts About Hillary Clinton's Faith

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) As she embarks, again, on a presidential campaign, one facet of Hillary Clinton, 67, is unchanged across her decades as a lawyer, fir...

How a Rabbi Found a Methodist Publisher

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Rabbi Evan Moffic

I began to receive invitations to speak at local churches about Passover. I realized a book was needed. What was written was either overly-simplistic, unnecessarily complex or just plain wrong.

Race and the Fabric of Faith: A Timely Letter From Universities and Seminaries

Jack Levison | Posted 03.31.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

Last week, the Presidents and Deans of America's 13 United Methodist Seminaries -- representing over 5,000 seminarians, including over 1,000 African-Americans -- wrote a thoughtful open letter outlining a vision from which all of us, whatever our faith tradition, can learn.

Most Mainline Protestants Embrace Gay Marriage

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 03.22.2015 | Religion

(RNS) With the largest Presbyterian denomination’s official endorsement Tuesday (March 17), American mainline Protestants have solidified their supp...

United Methodist Church Pushes New Focus On Community Health

The Commercial Dispatch / The Associated Press | JAN SWOOPE | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - It's not uncommon to hear about missionaries and medical volunteers in far-flung corners of the world who deal with health cris...

Christians: You Have 5 Months

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

I call on all Christians to lay down your scriptures, dogmas, doctrines and interpretations long enough to learn how to love your neighbor as your self.

United Methodist Church Makes Small Step Toward Accepting Same Sex Marriage

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion

The United Methodist Church is taking a small step towards becoming a more welcoming place for LGBT people. The Connectional Table, a global church...

The Other Rev. King: A Word from Mississippi

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

Make no mistake, there truly are ghosts in Mississippi. Most often, they inhabit long forgotten places and toil with hopes that their mortal lives have not been lived in vain. A few years ago, I first traveled to a forgotten place to meet a forgotten man.

Michelangelo Signorile

Pastor Who Will Keep Ordination After Performing Gay Marriage: 'I Will Never Be Silent Again'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.29.2014 | Gay Voices

The Rev. Frank Schaefer was jubilant yesterday, discussing what’s been dubbed his “refrocking" in the United Methodist Church (UMC), calling it a ...

The Pastor Stays

AP | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Methodist pastor who was disciplined after he officiated at the wedding of his gay son will be allowed to remain an ordain...

Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer Makes Final Appeal To Hold Onto Ordination

Reuters | BIANCA PHILLIPS | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - A U.S. pastor who was defrocked after officiating at his son's same-sex wedding ceremony, and later reinstated, made an appeal to hang ont...

Why Frank Schaefer in Memphis Matters in New York

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

Rev. Schaefer saw the connection between church and violence. His long journey toward acceptance and, now, activism began when he found out his son was gay and considering suicide, largely because of what he had been taught in church.

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 ...

At 9 Years Old, Grace Has Already Beaten Cancer. Now She's Taking On Child Homelessness

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion

Making a difference in a stranger’s life takes determination--and a certain amount of Grace. Grace Callwood is a 9-year-old cancer survivor who i...

In Praise of Public Servants and Taxi Drivers

Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe

I have found in taxi drivers, restaurant owners, municipal workers, police officers, firemen and women, "migrants" and immigrants from many states, a variety of countries, generous people who love the democratic principles and virtues of these United States.

'When You're A Pastor, People Have Lots Of Different Images Of Who You Are'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Melnick | Posted 08.29.2014 | Healthy Living

This is the story of the Rev. Emily Freeman Penfield, a senior pastor at a United Methodist church in Birmingham, Alabama. I began having anxiety a...

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.

How My Father's Gay Marriage Trial Re-Ignited My Calling to the Ministry

Tim Schaefer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Religion
Tim Schaefer

I sit at my desk again now to answer the question, "Why would I pursue ordination after all the pain my Church has put me and my family through?"

A Call for Compassion for Children Arriving From Central America

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

We all know that where a child is born shouldn't determine how long she lives, but it does. However, we must remember that under God, there is a universal citizenship -- a status that makes us all equal under His eyes and worthy of love, dignity and respect.

This Pastor Self-Immolated To Protest Social Injustice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

On June 23 of this year, Rev. Charles Moore stepped out of his car in a shopping mall parking lot in Grand Saline, Texas and set himself on fire. The ...

What Schism? Gay, Lesbian Issues Rarely Cause Serious Conflict in Local Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

If there ever was a likelihood that issues of gay rights would provoke a major split in U.S. Christianity, it appears that time may have passed.