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Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is the Executive Religion Editor for the Huffington Post. From 2003-2011, Raushenbush was the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University. He was the President of the Association Of College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA) from 2009-20011. An ordained American Baptist minister, Rev. Raushenbush speaks and preaches at colleges, churches and institutes around the country including The Chautauqua Institute, the Center for American Progress, the New America Foundation and the Aspen Institute. Raushenbush is regularly invited to offer commentary on issues of religion and society on national television and radio. His current focus is on the interplay between religion and the internet. His first book, Teen Spirit: One World, Many Faiths (HCI) was released in the Fall of 2004. He is the editor of the 100th Anniversary edition of Walter Rauschenbusch's book, Christianity and the Social Crisis – In the 21st Century (HarperOne). He was the Co-Director of the Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations at The Liechtenstein Institute on Self Determination at Princeton University.

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Who Is Jesus For Us This Christmas?: All Together Podcast Featuring James Carroll, Rob Bell And Lisa Sharon Harper

(5) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 6:59 PM

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal lives, our communities and our world. All Together is hosted by Paul Raushenbush, the Executive Editor of HuffPost Religion and is available on iTunes and Stitcher.

Christmas is upon us, the trees are up, the lights are on, and stores are open. Yet even as the radio plays a rotation of Christmas favorites, the news tells the story of individuals suffering and communities and nations in conflict. As Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in his Christmas Sermon in 1967: "This Christmas season finds us a rather bewildered human race. We have neither peace within nor peace without."

Christmas is meant to be a joyful and hopeful time celebrating the birth of Jesus, but how does Jesus birth and life relate to the lack of peace and justice in the world? How do we find hope amidst the challenges people are experiencing in this moment.

In order to better understand Jesus, and what his birth means, Raushenbush invited James Carroll, author of Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age, Rob Bell, whose special on the Oprah Winfrey Network debuts on December 21st, and Lisa Sharon Harper who is the Director of Mobilization at Sojourners to explain who Jesus is to them, and why Christmas should be seen as a powerful opportunity for personal and societal transformation.

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Photos Of Prophetic Faith At Justice For All Rally In Washington, D.C.

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2014 | 9:10 AM

The prophetic power of faith was on display at the Justice For All rally and march held in Washington D.C. on Saturday. Thousands of people of all races and religions came together to protest police brutality, the lack of indictment of the police officers involved in the deaths...

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The Day My Faith in America Died

(309) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 5:40 PM

"Do you think the Surgeon General is behind it?" Sean joked with me this morning, "I mean there were cigarettes and cigarillos involved in both so maybe they just really don't want us to smoke."

Sean's attempt at humor masked the deep pain he is feeling as a black...

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Clergy, Interfaith Activists Aim To Prevent 'Religious War' Among Israelis And Palestinians

(96) Comments | Posted November 19, 2014 | 8:01 PM

In the area around Gush Etzion, a series of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Shaul David Judelman on Tuesday joined Palestinian friends to write a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, pleading for help. They asked Abbas to order clerics from Al-Aqsa, a Jerusalem mosque that’s the third-holiest...

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LISTEN: The Faith Factor In The 2014 Midterms (All Together Podcast)

(6) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal lives, our communities and our world. The show is hosted by Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, the Executive Editor of HuffPost Religion.

This weeks All Together investigates The Faith Factor In The 2014 Midterm Elections.

What a difference two years can make. In 2012, President Obama won every faith group in America aside from White Christians. The looks to be true for 2014, and yet White Evangelical voters appeared to have tipped the scale towards the GOP in important Senate and Governor races across the country.

What made the difference? Were voters convinced by the threat to religious freedom rhetoric? Did gay marriage factor in? What about the Jewish vote? And the growing nones? Or should politicians worry about the 'faith vote' at all?

To help me think through these questions I have assembled some veteran faith and politics academics, pollsters and political operators including Burns Strider, Hillary Clinton's Senior Advisor in 2008, Joshua Dubois, Head of President Obama's 2008 Campaign and the White House Faith and Community Partnerships, Mark Silk, Professor of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College, and Robert Jones, CEO of Public Religion Research Institute

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Billy Graham and the Catholics

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:45 AM

Is it conceivable that Pope Francis would send Billy Graham, who turns 96 on November 7, a birthday card? It is. But one also imagines that Billy's son, Franklin, who manages his father's affairs in these final days, would be unimpressed.

Over the last decade, Franklin has retrenched Billy's...

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Flannery O'Connor Inducted Into The American Poets Corner at Cathedral Of St. John The Divine

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:58 PM

The writer Flannery O'Connor was inducted into The American Poet's Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014.

The induction ceremony included a traditional Choral Evensong featuring excerpts from O'Connor's writing and reflections on the religious implications...

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Hey, New York! People Are Still Recovering From Superstorm Sandy

(15) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 1:17 PM

On the afternoon of October 29th, 2012, Stephanie Beharovic and her husband had made the decision to ride out Hurricane Sandy in their house in the Ocean Breeze section of Staten Island. There had been warnings of hurricanes in years past, but not much had come of them. However, as...

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Mental Health And The Welcoming Church -- All Together Podcast

(20) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal lives, our communities and our world. The show is hosted by Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, the Executive Editor of HuffPost Religion.

This podcast is titled 'Mental Health and the Welcoming Church.'

One in five Americans suffer from some kind of diagnosable mental illness. Yet 66% of American protestants say they have never heard a sermon about mental health from the pulpit. This week on All Together, Raushenbush speaks with Kay and Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, whose son lived with mental illness until his tragic suicide; which prompted the Warrens to launch their global mental health awareness campaign. Raushenbush also speaks with Sarah Griffith Lund, a pastor and author of Blessed Are The Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Family and the Church who offers prayers for the church to welcome all suffering from mental illness.

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Debating My Gay Marriage? Don't Do Me Any Favors

(372) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 3:15 PM

It has been a pretty raucous couple of weeks at the Vatican with bishops meeting for the Synod on Family. Pope Francis promoted an open discussion that resulted in a surprising midway document that included such language as "welcoming the homosexual" and acknowledgment that gays have "gifts to...

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Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber Offers Powerful Video Of LGBT Christians called 'I Am The Church'

(17) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 3:17 PM

When Lutheran Pastor and author, Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber was invited to an evangelical online conference called The Nines, she noticed that one of the topics for discussion was the 'issue' of homosexuality.

The pastor decided that instead of talking about LGBT people, that people attending...

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Rapture Rhapsody: Is 'Left Behind' Really A Christian Movie? (PODCAST)

(125) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 6:48 PM

Welcome to the HuffPost Religion Podcast All Together hosted by Executive Religion Editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush. All Together offers a unique perspective into spiritual and religious individuals, communities and ideas that are shaping our world.

This week’s show is called Rapture Rhapsody and examines the 31 million dollar...

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HuffPost Religion Podcast 'All Together' - What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Meditation?

(52) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Welcome to the HuffPost Religion Podcast All Together hosted by Executive Religion Editor Rev. Paul Raushenbush. All Together offers a unique perspective into spiritual and religious individuals, communities and ideas that are shaping our world.

This week's segment is called "What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Meditation?"...

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Confronting My Temptation to Ban Books

(68) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 6:16 PM

We all know that banning books is wrong. So why is it so tempting?

This week, for the 32nd year, The American Library Association is observing Banned Books Week, a celebration of the "freedom to read" and a chance to bring "national attention to the harms of censorship."

In 2014...

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ISIS and the Crisis of Meaning

(161) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 2:13 PM

News of the horrific violence perpetrated by members of the group ISIS, or IS, on Muslims, Christians, and other minorities continues to shock the world. Within the past weeks, ISIS has beheaded the journalist James Foley, brutally attacked Christians and Yazidis in Northern Iraq using rape as a weapon of...

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How These Righteous Religious Leaders in Ferguson Are Giving Us Hope

(40) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 1:01 PM

On the day Michael Brown was shot, Rev. Willis Johnson heard people chanting outside his house and followed a group of upset community members to the Ferguson police station where people were beginning to gather.

"There was a group that wanted to go into the police station but I...

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On The Present Violence In Iraq: We Will Not Remain Silent

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 9:57 PM

The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility.

The targeting...

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On The Present Violence In Iraq: We Will Not Remain Silent

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 9:57 PM

The recent wave of violence against innocent families and children in Iraq has rendered the world shocked and horrified. We will not remain indifferent or silent before such irrational persecution, cultural intolerance and appalling loss of life, especially when it is caused by religious hatred and racial hostility.

The targeting...

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What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America

(1139) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 5:18 PM

'Can we switch for just one day?' my friend Sean jokingly asked me as we were working out at the gym. 'No, way' I said firmly. You see, Sean is black and I am white and Sean was suggesting that we swap races. In his plea, Sean was none-too-subtly commenting...

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What Can Christians Do About Iraq?

(65) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Outrage has been growing over the last few months as the Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS) has continued to expand its ruthless control over parts of Syria and Iraq. Christians worldwide have been particularly concerned about the effect of this expansion...

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