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Paul Brandeis Raushenbush
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Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush. Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is the Senior Vice President for Public Engagement at Auburn Seminary. From 2009-2015 he was the Executive Editor of Global Spirituality and Religion at 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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I'm Done Accommodating Religious Hatred Toward Queer Lives

(585) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 1:13 PM

Over the last 48 hours I've come to know that I am fully and finally done accommodating religious hatred towards queer lives -- whether from foaming mouthed extremists from any religious tradition, or polite, "respectable" religious denominations with which I most closely identify.
I'm done. It's over.

How utterly...

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We Have A Love Crisis In Our Country

(31) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 11:40 AM

I remember dancing most nights when I was at seminary. It was at the downtown nightclubs where I experienced community, transcendence, joy as people of different races, genders and sexualities came together in a pulsing interconnected mass, lifting up our arms, creating sacred space with our feet, sweat, our lust...

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Becoming Wise: Krista Tippett's Artful Adventure

(5) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 2:08 PM

This interview first appeared on Voices at Auburn Seminary

The week after 9/11 Krista Tippett launched a new show on NPR with a desperately needed conversation about Islam. Fifteen years later, Krista Tippett's show "On Being" continues to invite audiences to delve into the most pressing,...

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Tamir Rice and America's Legal Crisis

(416) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 11:19 AM

Tamir Rice. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. These three names should be haunting the legal profession because to all too many in America, the names represent a violent rending of the fragile trust that the public has in law and justice in our country.

The recent non-indictment of the police officer...

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A Christmas Prayer for Our Son Walter

(107) Comments | Posted December 21, 2015 | 9:09 PM

Walter mastered the art of crawling just two weeks before the Christmas tree went up. New mobility has arrived simultaneously with a need to grab every cord, remove every item from surfaces in reach, and clear shelves of contents.

Yet, when Walter approaches the tree with its simple bands...

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All Together Podcast Final Episode: A Look Back

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 11:11 AM


To everything there is a season and this is the season when the All Together Podcast ends.  It has been an amazing run of moving conversations with people from all walks of life about religion, ethics and spirituality.  This final podcast looks back to conversations with 

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How Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving In A Time Of Terror?

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 10:38 AM

 Many Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving this year during uncertain and dangerous times.  The world seems out of control as terrorist attacks rock Paris, Lebanon, and Mali; hostilities rise in Israel and the Palestinian territories; violence continues against black lives; bitter debate rages over refugees and frightening rhetoric around Muslims...

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5 Vital Signs of Spiritual Life on a College Campus

(22) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 1:08 PM

The following piece is an edited version of a talk delivered on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Kay Spiritual Life Center at American University.

It is an honor to be part of this celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Kay Spiritual Life Center....

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Faith After Rape: The Toll Of Sexual Assault On The Body, Mind And Spirit (An All Together Podcast)

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 10:16 AM

This episode of All Together includes a first person account of sexual assault and may be difficult or inappropriate for some listeners.

The violent crime of rape not only harms the body and the mind, it can devastate the spirit. Questions such as how God could let such a horrible...

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The Spiritual Power Of Tattoos: An All Together Conversation

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 11:04 AM


It seems like everyone has a tattoo these days. Whether it is a small rose, a skull or a crucifix, people are marking their bodies in unprecedented numbers. While some may want to dismiss it as a merely a trend, tattoos tap into the human need...

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Are You More Than Your Genes? All Together With Dr. Robert Klitzman

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 12:55 PM

What if you could know the future of your health -- what diseases you might get and how you might die? Would you want to know even if you couldn't change it?  And if you could change it for your self, or your children, would you? Or would that be...

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Bringing Love Into The Business World: An All Together Conversation with Jo Confino

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 11:34 AM

Is it possible to mention 'love' and 'business' in the same sentence? If so, we sure don’t hear it often. Mostly people in the business world are ‘killing it’ or 'dominating' the competition.  But what would it look like to introduce an ethic of love into the business world? My...

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The Witches: What Really Happened In Salem In 1692 -- An All Together Conversation With Stacy Schiff

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 11:10 AM

Over nine months in the year 1692, 14 women and five men were executed in the colony of Massachusetts for the crime of witchcraft. The Salem Witch trials, as the event has become known, is an important part of the narrative of the founding of America and highlights the misguided...

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Women Powerfully, Silently Walk Together For Peace At Parliament Of World's Religions

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2015 | 5:26 PM

SALT LAKE CITY -- Voices fell quiet as hundreds of women of different faith traditions filed silently through the busy throngs at the Salt Palace Convention Center Friday on the opening day of the Parliament of the World’s Religions....

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Stopping Violence In God's Name: All Together Conversation With Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 11:21 AM

Violence in the name of God is not new. Religious conflicts have afflicted almost every part of the world and while often religion is not the root problem, it can add to the conflict by offering a divine mandate or scriptural rationale for hating "the other," whomever they might be....

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10 Times Politicians and Pundits Have Played the Nazi Card, and Why It Has to Stop

(32) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 12:41 PM

Ben Carson recently invoked the Holocaust in support of his position against gun control in America, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer: "I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed."

These comments and others he...

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How Joy Is Neccesary For The 'Good Life': An All Together Conversation With Miroslav Volf

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Each day, human beings around the world wake up, eat, work, attend to family, and go back to sleep.  And then get up and do it over, and over, and over again. 

However, in the back of our minds are always questions. What is life for? Is this what I am meant to...

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America's Crisis of Interfaith

(127) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Two weeks ago I was privileged to report on a multi-faith gathering that included 500 religious leaders who welcomed Pope Francis to the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The service was entitled "A Witness for Peace" and began with an embrace between an Imam and a Rabbi who offered an...

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The Deep Roots Of Mormon Feminism: An All Together Conversation With Joanna Brooks

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 1:54 PM

Mormons from around the world will tune in to the 185 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint happening on October 3rd and 4th, 2015.

Over the past year, three of the senior leadership of the LDS church died and at this meeting their replacements...

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Hearing Echoes Of The Past, Jews Are On The Front Line Of The European Refugee Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 1:24 PM

Heartbreaking images of men, women and children risking everything for a better life continue to dominate the news as well over 500,000 migrants and refugees have entered the European Union in the first eight months of this year alone.

In the face of such a serious humanitarian crisis, it...

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