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

Rev. Joanna Harader | Posted 11.10.2015 | 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 09.29.2015 | 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 09.24.2015 | 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 09.23.2015 | 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 09.22.2015 | 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 07.23.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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.

Why Worship Matters

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

It's not that the goal is for people to not "get anything" from worship; the problem is, "getting something" seems to have insidiously become our criteria for what entails good worship, and we've lost our ability to even ask ourselves what it is that we are giving in worship.

Traditional Worship Is the Future

V.R. Marianne Zahn | Posted 06.18.2015 | Religion
V.R. Marianne Zahn

What Conservative Christians are really upset about, deep down, is not that one or a few or dozens or hundreds of their fold are being attracted by liturgical traditions and progressive theology. What they are really upset about is that their ways and their positions of privilege in the world are dying.

Game of Thrones, Common Worship, and Community: Singing Together Against the Dark

Greg Garrett | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Greg Garrett

By bringing together a group of people gathered not because of their age, race, occupation, or wealth but because of their commitment to shared values and experience, the liturgy breaks down the divisions between us.

What Does Worship Look Like From A Priest's Point Of View? (PHOTOS)

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Catania | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion

This article was originally published on HuffPost Italy and was translated into English. Have you ever wondered what the priest standing at the alt...

Faith Without Work: Religion Helps Unemployed, Underemployed Stay Healthy

David Briggs | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

There are powerful cultural factors equating self-worth and identity to job status and material wealth. But researchers note religious communities may provide several sources of support that buffer the effects of financial crises such as joblessness.

What Does it Really Mean When People Lift Up Their Hands at Church?

Brooke Metz | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Brooke Metz

The band's playing. Everyone's singing. Some people even have their hands lifted up in the air. If you've ever been to church, you probably know what I'm talking about. When I was younger, I thought the people waving their hands all over the place were kind of weird.

Are Black Americans the Most Religious -- and Virtuous -- of All?

David Briggs | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In a nation where rising numbers of people are dropping out of organized religion, one dynamic religious movement continues to display remarkable strength. The black church.

And a Little Cat Shall Lead Them

Stan Duncan | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Maybe this year, this new year, we should pray as we never have before, that the wisdom of the least, the last, and the cats might come into our lives and open our eyes, and guide us forever.

Is There Any Hope for Peace in the New Year?

Tim Suttle | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion
Tim Suttle

The kind of worship needed in 2015 cannot happen in a mega church, or any church that is obsessed with church growth. It is participation in the life of a local church that is so rooted in a neighborhood that they become hospitable to those they would otherwise leave out.

Thanks but No Thanks: Gratitude as Gimmick

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

I believe gratitude is a good, even necessary practice. But maybe some expressions of gratitude have a shadow side. Maybe gratitude isn't good when it's a gimmick. Maybe, before we fully embrace that "gratitude-attitude," we need to lament.

The No. 1 Reason Teens Keeps the Faith as Young Adults

David Briggs | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Mothers and fathers who practice what they preach and preach what they practice are far and away the major influence related to adolescents keeping the faith into their 20s, according to new findings from a landmark study of youth and religion.

What Are America's Religious Organizations Doing To Prepare For Ebola?

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion

Humans crowd closely together in houses of worship -- and it’s supposed to be that way. People greet each other with hugs and shaking hands; they p...

To Save the Church: Embrace Atheism as the True Religion and Religion as The True Atheism

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

What matters is not method or theology. What matters is honest relationships.

Attitudes of Gratitude: Religious Friends Cultivate Thankfulness

David Briggs | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Keep your friends close, and your religious friends closer.

Clicks for Bricks

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

In Berlin work has begun building a place of worship designed to serve all of the world's three monotheisms: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. When it's complete, it will have three separate wings.

Whatever Happened to Inclusive Language?

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

Inclusive and expansive language means I get to hear the poetry of today and yesterday and my capacity to imagine God at work in the world expands. I wish the new generations of clergy in The Episcopal Church would take a page from the mother church I witnessed this week.

Fence-Sitters and Boundary-Pushers: A Postmodern Reflection

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I'm no lover of fences, of the limitations, boundaries and delineations they represent. Yes, sometimes they're necessary. In some ways, such boundaries actually afford us the confidence and safety to stretch ourselves, to go farther than we would have without any sense of place, of where the unknown begins.

7 Ways Congregations Can Embrace People With Disabilities

David Briggs | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

The larger society may be moving forward in its understanding and inclusion of people with disabilities. But the above stories reported in a study of more than 400 parents of children with special needs illustrates how far behind many religious congregations are in this effort.