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Nancy Kotting


Stripped: The Culling Aspect of a Catholic Conversion

Nancy Kotting | July 29, 2014 | Religion
Virtually all that I thought I held dear, as the cornerstones that defined my life, were stripped. I will not deny it: The relentless culling often left me physically riveted in fear, broaching terror, paralyzed in my own mind and cast deep into an internal silence.
Derek Penwell


Breaking: The War Over Same Sex Marriage Has Been Won!

Derek Penwell | July 29, 2014 | Religion
The war for same gender marriage has been won. I received the news today. I didn't read it in the newspaper, didn't see it on the news crawl at the bottom of the screen on CNN. I heard the announcement from a 17 year-old kid, out in the middle of the rural midwest.
Brandon G. Withrow


How Westminster Theological Seminary Came to Define Fundamentalism for Me

Brandon G. Withrow | July 29, 2014 | Religion
Would you be surprised to learn that a tenured professor of the Old Testament is the center of controversy at a Christian seminary? What if I said he's "retiring" by action of the school's board--another way of saying "terminated," according to a former department chair? No? I didn't think so.
Umar Zulqarnain


What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | July 29, 2014 | Religion
Strength is to let go, to let be, to simply exist. Strength is to know that we are nothing and that we have no strength. It is to know that strength is in God and is not acquired but provided.
Carole Ganim


Every Woman as Moribund

Carole Ganim | July 29, 2014 | Religion
When I was a new retiree, I wrote about creating a life in context. By this I meant that I had to consider my life in a new way, as a person retired, a person formerly someone.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach


The Rebbe's Prophecy About Israel

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | July 29, 2014 | Religion
No one knows how the current war will play out. Even if Israel clears out every last Hamas tunnel, how long will it be before it is forced to back in to dismantle Hamas' rebuilt terror infrastructure?
Qasim Rashid


Muslim Leadership Must Act for World Peace

Qasim Rashid | July 29, 2014 | Religion
Who can argue that greed and deceit has polluted the religions of the world? Islam is no exception. Because of their fear of losing power and control, Muslim leaders have shown shameful complacency and duplicity.
Elad Nehorai


What Anne Frank Taught Me About Israel's War With Gaza

Elad Nehorai | July 29, 2014 | Religion
Why has Israel built an unparalleled army? Because without such an army, it would have been wiped out. Why do AIPAC and such organizations have such influence? Because there is a much bigger lobby, the lobby of historic antisemitism, that has existed for ages.
Atalia Omer


Criticizing Israeli Policies Is No Longer Taboo: So What Now?

Atalia Omer | July 29, 2014 | World
The very act of open criticism is a major and necessary step in transforming the intractability of this conflict and the entrenchment of the Israeli occupation.
Victoria Namkung


Kimchi and Latkes: Growing Up Korean and Jewish

Victoria Namkung | July 29, 2014 | Religion
Generally speaking, Asians and Jews have a lot in common: a strong sense of family and culture, priorities on education and success and troubled wartime histories. And let's be honest, a Korean mother is basically a Jewish mother with a stronger accent.
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush


A Moment of Peace to Ease Our Hardened Hearts

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | July 29, 2014 | Religion
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?
Leona Foxx

ETI, Satan and Salvation: An Alien in My Church Pew

Leona Foxx | July 29, 2014 | Religion
I'd welcome an alien in my church pew any Sunday, as an astrobiologist who is also a pastor. However, none have shown up as yet.
Ward Draper


A Letter to the Church of Abbotsford and Beyond

Ward Draper | July 29, 2014 | Religion
In this broken city teeming with hurt and frustration a looming tragedy approaches. This tragedy is not new; we have seen it before and will most assuredly will again.
Martin Marty


GRACE Against Sex Abuse

Martin Marty | July 28, 2014 | Religion
This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School. GRACE acronates "Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment." Its story is well told in Kathryn Joyce's "By Grace Alone,"...
John Brothers


Cru, Formerly Campus Crusade for Christ, Loudly Trumpeting Troubling Anti-Gay Message Overseas

John Brothers | July 28, 2014 | Gay Voices
While the idea of "freeing" individuals from homosexuality is offensive to many, this work is happening overseas in the name of Cru.
Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld

I Guess I'm Not OK

Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld | July 28, 2014 | Parents
Last night I lost it. It's been a long time since I felt helpless, panicked, visceral fear. The war, in an instant of a second, became personal and tangible and even more horrifying and terrifying.
Rabbi Yael Ridberg


Searching for Equilibrium on the Protective Edge

Rabbi Yael Ridberg | July 28, 2014 | Religion
A few days ago I downloaded the "Code Red" app to my phone that Israelis use to follow the thousands of rockets being launched over the border from Gaza. Over the course of thirty minutes the phone sounded more than 10 times.
Avram Mlotek


Spiritual Empathy

Avram Mlotek | July 28, 2014 | Religion
My entering the room of a dying 30-, 60- or 80-year-old to offer prayer exists amid the backdrop of torrential violence and global conflict.
Jeff Danziger


Pope Francis

Jeff Danziger | July 28, 2014 | Religion
Pope Francis
Rabbi Menachem Creditor


Do We Stand With Israel?

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | July 28, 2014 | Religion
I've found, as a rabbi in a progressive American Jewish community, that our willingness to see the humanity in the face of "the other" far surpasses our historical willingness to see our own family's faces in the same way.
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