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Christine Carter

For Those Who Don't Believe...

Christine Carter | March 29, 2015 | Religion
My daughter shared quite an extraordinary experience ... "Mommy! Guess what happened last night? I saw three ANGELS!!!" Angels. My baby saw angels.
Richard Brodsky

Indiana Takes on America: Discrimination Against Gays, Religious Freedom and Rewriting the Constitution

Richard Brodsky | March 29, 2015 | Politics
Americans now understand what the Indiana "Religious Freedom" law was intended to do: legalize discrimination. Anti-gay bias and intent to discriminate are itself reasons to oppose the new law. But there's much more at stake. The organized Right is re-writing the Constitution and the impact will not be limited to gay Americans.
Kittredge Cherry

Gay Passion of Christ Envisioned and Attacked

Kittredge Cherry | March 29, 2015 | Gay Voices
Jesus arrives as a gay man of today in a modern city with "The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision," a controversial series of paintings. The paintings and the new book that I wrote about them have been attacked as blasphemy by conservative Christians. But we refuse to concede Jesus to those who act like they own the copyright on Christ, then use him as a weapon to dominate others.
Patrick Vaughn

Caught By Surprise

Patrick Vaughn | March 27, 2015 | Religion
A recent conversation with a woman at Starbucks reminds me of the laughter, the joy and, indeed, the hope that can be experienced when we are caught by surprise.
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Easter Message 2015: 'The Only Place We Will Not Find Him Is in the Tomb'

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | March 27, 2015 | Religion
It's still dark when Mary ventures out to find the tomb. The graveyards around Jerusalem don't have much greenery today. The earth is mostly rock and stone, and it is far from easy to make a place to secure a body.
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

Black Clergy Call for Prayer for Black Lives

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | March 27, 2015 | Religion
The deaths of unarmed black individuals at the hands of law enforcement and the shootings of members of law enforcement has forced America to take a deeper look at the legacy of our problematic racial history.
Qasim Rashid

An Open Letter to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Public Dialogue and Debate

Qasim Rashid | March 27, 2015 | Religion
So yes, let us confront and debate the path to reformation. As the Qur'an teaches, "Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in a way that is best."
Michael D'Antonio

Looking Past Cardinal Dolan's Hearty Smile

Michael D'Antonio | March 27, 2015 | Religion
Although he has seemed a bit out of step since his sponsor, Benedict, was replaced by the more humble Francis I, Dolan has insisted that he has made no effort to change his style or practice.
Ellin Jimmerson

Reflecting on Becoming the First Southern Baptist Minister to Marry a Same-Sex Couple

Ellin Jimmerson | March 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
People ask me, "What was your thought process in deciding to officiate at the wedding of a same-sex couple?" My amused answer: "I didn't have a thought process. I just said 'yes' to the invitation."
Temima G. Shulman

Faith and Brooklyn Fire: Seven Sassoon Children Perish

Temima G. Shulman | March 27, 2015 | Religion
Experiencing grief-as many of us have from the Sassoon tragedy- means understanding that there is something larger than our rational minds, understanding that God's sheet music looks entirely different than ours and whose 'building code' will never make sense to us as long as we are corporeal beings; and it means that we can live more fully if we can accept this.
Travis Reed

Krista Tippett: Pain & Good News (Video)

Travis Reed | March 27, 2015 | Religion
Krista Tippett reflects on the role of pain in the human journey.
The GroundTruth Project

Backlash Against Chilean Bishop Threatens Francis' Reform Agenda

The GroundTruth Project | March 27, 2015 | World
Pope Francis' decision to send Juan Barros, a bishop for 11 years who served as a military chaplain, to the southern Chilean city of Osorno has ignited new media coverage on Rev. Fernando Karadima, 84, a notorious pedophile in Chile who was ousted by the Vatican four years ago, and who Barros used to share a close connection with.
David J. Dunn, PhD

An Opportunity for Christian Witness in Indiana's Anti-Gay Law

David J. Dunn, PhD | March 27, 2015 | Religion
The state of Indiana just signed into law a bill that permits business owners to refuse service to gay customers on religious grounds. This is a despicable law. But it is also an opportunity.
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Protecting a Life Is Always a Priority

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | March 27, 2015 | Religion
We have a sacred duty to protect life. By educating ourselves, and protecting our families and communities with diligence in these and other safety issues, we are fulfilling that mitzvah.
J. Randall O'Brien

How Might an Intelligent Person Believe?

J. Randall O'Brien | March 27, 2015 | Religion
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To believe in the existence of God is to believe in a higher power and an intelligence higher than one's own. To choose to disbelieve in the existence of God is to believe also; it is to believe there is no living higher power, nor living intelligence higher than that of the human.
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

At Passover and Easter, Remembering Climate Change Refugees

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | March 27, 2015 | Religion
The Pope has retold the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4) to illustrate the human propensity to shirk responsibility for other people. The question "Am I my brother's keeper?" must be asked about climate refugees as they try to find a place to lay their heads.
Rod Snyder

Religious Liberty vs. LGBT Rights: How the Church Is Missing the Point, Ignoring the Gospel, and Losing a Generation

Rod Snyder | March 27, 2015 | Religion
Earlier today a bill was signed into law in Indiana that will allow business owners to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. This comes on the heels of legislation enacted in Arkansas last month that prohibits local communities from implementing non-discrimination policies for LGBT people.
Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Making Meaning of the Ashes in Our Lives (Parshat Tzav, Leviticus 6:1-8:36)

Rabbi Asher Lopatin | March 26, 2015 | Religion
These ashes are much like the things in life that didn't work out the way we intended them, the fallout of the unsavory things we have done that we wish we would never do. Sometimes no one else sees these burnt pieces of our lives.
Mark Osler

Holy Week's Prosecutor

Mark Osler | March 27, 2015 | Religion
Lost in this procession is one of the events of Holy Week that is most relevant to our modern age: the trial of Jesus and the role of the zealous prosecutor, Caiaphas, who pushed for his death.
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

Upon the Adoption of "Marriage Between Two People"

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | March 26, 2015 | Religion
It has been a good while since the PCUSA has led our country by our witness to justice, love in action.
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