It's a sad indictment of our religion that we need to perpetuate the narrative of an ever-deteriorating Humanity to ratchet-up urgency and to galvanize the shrinking faithful into movement.
On June 5, 2016, a group of Mormons who are allies of their LGBT brothers and sisters will be launching an initiative to show their support and love by wearing rainbow ribbons to church (or wearing them on Sundays if they do not attend) and posting photos of themselves online.
Cultural taboos cannot trump the risks that come with leaving kids in the dark.
Sadly, there are many self-professed Christians who are convinced in their utmost being that the God does indeed give people cancer (while also intentionally inflicting every other imaginable form of evil on creation).
I want to apologize that too many Christians are choosing fear and hate over love and compassion.
We must understand that the majority of Middle East Muslims, Christians, Yazidis, Jews, and other religious groups have lived through far worse than any of us could imagine.
Church membership is not only relevant for our lives, it is a radical act of defiance to the self-service gods of our culture.
My relationship with the Dalai Lama is a deep friendship which has been built over a roughly twenty year period. But I don't regard anyone as holy.
Although I didn't know it at the time, my faith was all brain and no heart. Like learning algebraic formulas, I treated God as just an intellectual belief.
It is important to make a distinction between the original revelation, the Qur'an, and Shari`ah which comprises the various interpretations and applications of that revelation in terms of religious practice, personal morality, and societal law.
Since all the political news is terrible and only getting worse, I decided to reflect on something very personal this week -- about a great event that happened this weekend.
If you squint your eyes just right, the news can look like a procession of angry faces grimacing with furious indignation. This is the streaming video of our politics of resentment, the playing out of carefully cultivated and nurtured feelings of being wronged or treated unfairly.
Almost immediately upon entering Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky, Yousef was greeted by a shooting target that appeared to be a veiled Muslim woman.
When I was fifteen years old my paternal grandmother committed suicide. Over the next two decades I watched my beloved father come undone, and on October 17, 2006, my dad followed in his mother's footsteps and took his own life.
Dan responded to the suffering and ostracism of people with AIDS with loving kindness, compassion and friendship. A friendship in which there was no place for the pharisaical moral judgement of so many church leaders.
In the early months of the primary season, Donald Trump's personal reputation and his awkward attempts to bond with Christian conservatives persuaded political pundits that he'd be unlikely to attract the support of "values voters." The pundits were wrong.
Don't get me wrong. I am very fond of Pope Francis -- his warmth and sunniness, and his dedication to serving the poor. But it is becoming wearying when the Pope, after three years in office, edifies the faithful through off-the-cuff remarks that the media scramble to decipher.