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Lessons from Amazon: Being open to change can reduce congregational inequality

David Briggs | Posted 01.31.2017 | Religion
David Briggs

In the beginning, Sam Walton acquired a small store in Arkansas and named it Walton's 5 & 10. And Walton's 5 & 10 begat WalMart, which, in a way, bega...

President Barack Obama: The Privilege Of A Lifetime!

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Suzan Johnson Cook

I'm Dorothy's Daughter, from a small town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, and you blessed me with an amazing opportunity and gift, to be the US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

Saying 'I do' can reduce religious ties, but parenthood boosts rate of return for couples AND singles

David Briggs | Posted 09.20.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Religious communities seeking to win back millennials may have to wait a little longer. Even as young adults increasingly put off marriage, the tradi...

Worship: The weekend activity that can boost happiness, health throughout the week, studies find

David Briggs | Posted 08.31.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

The temptations to skip church on Sunday morning are many, from sleeping in to getting an early start on mowing the lawn. But new research on religi...

The Influence Of Wahhabism In Pakistan

Haroon Khalid | Posted 08.05.2016 | Religion
Haroon Khalid

"Nobody worships the cows," he made clear, with a tone that was almost apologetic, seemingly aware of the tradition's potential to cause controversy. "These cows keep on roaming around, but no one puts any money into their bags."

Father's Day Observation

Richard Brand | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Richard Brand

In my forty years of ministry, the day never became a day to recognize all those who were dads and to have them stand and be recognized. I have never heard any young man complain about being left out or ignored on Father's Day because they have not become a father.

Missing the Sacred: Why This Atheist Came Back to Faith

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 04.26.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I missed the experience of the sacred. I missed the sense of communicating with a higher power. I missed the experience of the divine, the thing larger and greater than we are.

The Power We So Blithely Invoke

Shayne Looper | Posted 04.25.2016 | Religion
Shayne Looper

If the "fear of the Lord" is the beginning of wisdom, ours must be a very foolish generation. And if the "fear of the Lord" is exhilarating, ours must be a very bored (and boring) generation.

The Fascinating Question: How Do You Pray?

Celeste Yacoboni | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Celeste Yacoboni

As a practitioner of healing arts and the creator of an anthology of spiritual writings, it's my joy to encourage people to contemplate and share their own journeys.

Hindu Temples Must Be Open to All

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

All Hindus who understand and are deeply troubled by the contradiction between teachings centered on God's presence in every human being and the exclusion of Dalit from places of Hindu worship must embrace this cause.

Understanding the Forms of Shiva

Sadhguru | Posted 03.16.2016 | Religion

In the Indian tradition, Shiva has many forms, each representing a powerful possibility for inner evolution. Sadhguru looks at a few forms, and explai...

Do We Worship the Same God?

Michael Jinkins | Posted 02.05.2017 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

"Through A Glass Darkly" Masham Parish Church, Yorkshire -Photo by Michael Jinkins When I meet God I am prepared to stand corrected. This is because,...

The '1 Percent' in Mainline Protestantism? Congregations Attracting Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 02.01.2017 | Religion
David Briggs

Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty in the rapidly changing, competitive marketplace of American religion. But the prospects for a turnaround in mainline Protestantism are growing fainter as the movement enters its second half-century of precipitous decline.

Does Worship Mean Going to Church?

Greg Cootsona | Posted 01.26.2017 | Religion
Greg Cootsona

I once heard a lecture on the fact that it wasn't until the Christian community became accepted by the Empire that they took on the basilica, which was essentially a place for transacting business. Churches began to look like what we think of -- namely a big building.

I Visited This Hipster Church -- And It Was Infuriating

Jack Levison | Posted 01.21.2017 | Religion
Jack Levison

I get up early on Sunday morning and drive to the manufacturing district, which is totally desolate. I'm self-conscious because I'm visiting a hipster church.

The Amazon Effect: Worshippers Flocking to Larger Churches

David Briggs | Posted 01.20.2017 | Religion
David Briggs

Just as one-stop shopping behemoths such as Walmart and Amazon are fulfilling the retail needs of America's consumers, larger churches are increasingly meeting the spiritual needs of America's faithful.

How Nitpicking Liturgy Turns the Church Against Itself

Veronica Wickline | Posted 01.05.2017 | Religion
Veronica Wickline

As you continue to interact with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, consider exercising caution when criticizing devotional practices that are foreign or seem insufficient to another manner of worship.

Muslims and Christians: On Worshipping the Same God

Kelly James Clark | Posted 12.28.2016 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

One should be grateful that one can worship God without getting one's description of God just right. After all, given the plethora of beliefs about God, what are the chances that any of one of us has gotten God just right?

Confessions of a Part-Time Pastor: The Words Must Be Right

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 11.10.2016 | Religion
Rev. Joanna Harader

After worship someone said to me, "I liked how the songs we sang were all around the same theme. You probably did that on purpose." Darn tootin' I did that on purpose.

This Is Why Muslims Hold Muhammad in Such High Regard

Atif Rashid | Posted 09.29.2016 | Religion
Atif Rashid

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through his majestic spiritual power, brought man from barbarity to humanity. From ordinary human beings, he made them into highly developed moral beings.

Why God Is Funny

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 09.24.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kara Post-Kennedy

Recently there have been a lot of people in the news blaming their bad behavior on God. A contemporary version of "the devil made me do it," it got m...

Commandments of Love

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.22.2016 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The Ten Commandments, given to Moses by God for the children of Israel to follow, are not primarily religious. Their concern is largely social, rooted in love, and all of them are relational in their thrust. Four Commandments address the human-divine relationship; six of them address human-to-human relationships.

Pope Francis and 6 Things You Need to Know About the Catholic Church in the U.S.

David Briggs | Posted 09.21.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

In a country where segregation is often said to be most evident on Sunday mornings, it is the Catholic Church that is not only one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups, but the changing face of America is also being reflected in its pews.

Lust for Celebrity Gossip: It Isn't "Worship"

Peggy Payne | Posted 07.23.2016 | Entertainment
Peggy Payne

Dare to show even the tiniest spark of interest in royal babies or movie star divorces or Olympic decathlete gender identity and you're likely to be scorned for engaging in "celebrity worship." This is wrong. It isn't worship. Got that, you high-minded righteous pious scoffers?

In Praise of Alternative Worship

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 06.12.2016 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

I come to praise alternative worship, not to bury it... No, I have not turned over my blog to a guest who is about to refute everything I've said advocating traditional worship-this is really me.