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

(51) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 12:00 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

(67) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:16 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 | 1:13 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 | 12:01 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 | 8:57 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 | 8:57 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 | 4:18 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?

(64) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 1:41 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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A Moment of Peace to Ease Our Hardened Hearts

(18) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM

"The world is a mess," former Secretary of State Madeline Albright said last Sunday on Face the Nation. Her grave understatement about conflicts burning around the world could also be used to describe each of our spiritual and psychological states, which veer recklessly between outrage and despair.

We cannot let violence and cynicism win.

On Wednesday, July 30th at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, The Huffington Post is inviting you to a event we're calling A Moment of Peace.

The world is in a very bad state. We are roiling with violence, and each day appears to be worse than the next. Ukraine, Sudan, Iraq, Syria and especially Israel and Gaza are being devastated by wars to which there appears to be no solution, and with every drop of blood shed, our hearts harden until they turn into stones to be used as weapons.

And so we invite you to A Moment of Peace to ease the hardened heart. We will not be talking about blame or strategy or even negotiated cease-fires. Instead we will be inviting people to drop in on HuffPost Live from around the world to use this opportunity to engage in the moral and spiritual exercise of peace and dialogue. In the face of tragic news and creeping pessimism, we will observe A Moment of Peace.

Together, we will remember the humanity of those whom we have been calling enemies, invoke the power of compassion that the great traditions of the world teach us, and have a conversation about how we can have dialogue that is truthful while still remaining open to hearing another view. But, most importantly, we want to bring people of different perspectives, religious traditions, and "sides" together for simply A Moment of Peace.

It's true, A Moment of Peace online may not offer any tangible results. It is foolish in the face of real war and death to expect too much from any initiative, especially an online gathering. But can we suspend our cynicism for just a moment and be a part of something positive? If nothing else, we are inviting you to take your place among those who still believe peace is possible, among those who still have hope.

I was at Princeton University serving as Associate Dean of Religious Life in 2008 when another Gaza conflict was tearing the fabric of the university apart. A student came up with the idea that all sides of the community would just stand together for 10 minutes in silence -- not as a show of agreement but in a showing that underneath the deep distrust and animosity that there still existed a solidarity of hope. Standing there in silence -- knowing there were deep disagreements among us -- did not take away from the profoundly courageous act of showing up for hope.

Efforts for peace in the midst of conflict are too often cast as weak. But the opposite is true. It takes strength to counter violence with peace. It takes courage to respond to conflict with dialogue. It takes wisdom to sit together, online or in person, with people who walk a different life path. The great prophets of our time, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, insisted on peace as not only the goal, but also as the means, and they call us to do the same.

A Moment of Peace is about showing up for hope on the Internet. The Web, especially social media, is playing an important role in the conflicts around the world. We are very good about passing along information that inflames our passions of outrage. Can we be as good about passing along an invitation to share A Moment of Peace?

Follow this link to A Moment of Peace on HuffPost Live.



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'My Friend Of A Different Faith' Finalists Restore Hope In The Future

(8) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:11 AM

The Huffington Post is proud to support the Tony Blair Foundation's program Face to Faith by featuring the finalists of the 2014 'My Friend of a Different Faith' essay competition. It is our hope that by giving them a platform, these young people might help lead...

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How Do We Respond to This Really Horrible Day?

(173) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 6:21 PM

What a horrible day. Israel has begun a ground offensive in Gaza, the White House is on lockdown, and a plane has been shot down in Ukraine. Today's news piles on an already shaking landscape of ISIS in Iraq, immigrant children suffering on the U.S. border, and still missing Nigerian...

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The Life After Death of My Mother Marylu de Watteville Raushenbush

(18) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 10:41 AM

My mother died at 9:35 on July 4th, as I stroked her cheek with my arms around her, and repeated the litany of love that we had been reciting over the last 36 hours. "I love you, Mom" as her breathing came at longer and longer intervals. "Lorraine loves you,...

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25 coisas que, aos 25 anos, eu diria para mim mesmo no meu 50º aniversário

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 4:10 PM

Estou fazendo 50 anos, e de modo geral estou bastante feliz com isso. Estou saudável, sou casado com um cara incrível, sou próximo de minha família, tenho amigos interessantes e inspiradores e um trabalho que me realiza. Fazer 50 anos não parece tão ruim porque eu nunca estive tão feliz...

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25 cosas que mi yo de hace 25 años me diría en mi 50 cumpleaños

(6) Comments | Posted June 29, 2014 | 3:50 AM

Hoy cumplo 50 años y, en general, estoy bastante feliz por ello. Estoy sano, estoy casado con alguien genial, mantengo una buena relación con mi familia, tengo amigos interesantes e inspiradores y me siento realizado con el trabajo que desempeño. Cumplir 50 no me parece tan mal, pues nunca he...

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25 Things My 25-Year-Old Self Would Tell Me on My 50th Birthday

(20) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 8:51 AM

I turn 50 years old today and, on the whole, I'm pretty happy about it. I'm healthy, I'm married to an incredible guy, I'm close with my family, I have interesting and inspiring friends and I have work that is fulfilling. Turning 50 doesn't seem so bad because I have...

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The Stunning Resurgence of Progressive Christianity

(170) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 8:22 AM

Anyone born within the last 50 years would be justified in thinking that Jesus' teachings and Christian preachings were the exclusive domain of social and fiscal conservatives. The '70s, '80s, and '90s were dominated by Christians with names like Falwell, Robertson, and Dobson who leveraged television and radio to make...

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The Pope and Peace in the Middle East: We Are All Francis Now

(97) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 1:12 PM

There were many striking images during the extraordinary 72 hours that Pope Francis spent in the Middle East. The Pope at the River Jordan, visiting with Syrian refugees, celebrating mass in Bethlehem, praying at the separation wall, uniting with the Ecumenical Patriarch, visiting the Dome of the Rock, leaving a...

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African-American Vs. Gay Civil Rights Is A False Choice

(244) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 9:33 AM

A coalition of black pastors filed an amicus brief in Michigan's gay marriage trial last Wednesday.

The group of 110 religious leaders hope to defeat efforts to make same-sex marriage legal in Michigan and in the brief they particularly rejected comparisons between the gay civil...

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T.D. Jakes' 'Instinct' for Thriving in the 'Jungles of Life'

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 4:02 PM

Bishop T.D. Jakes is one of the most influential pastors in America. Along with his wife Serita, Jakes founded The Potter's House in 1996; and according to their website, the church and humanitarian organization attracts more than 30,000 members. Named by Time Magazine as America's Best Preacher, the...

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Behind Every Easter Is a Crucifixion

(180) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 7:08 PM

The trees on both sides of my street in New York City have bloomed with tiny white flowers that create a canopy under which I walked on this fine Easter weekend. The trees do this every year in spring, and I wait for it, knowing that the cold, grey branches...

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