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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.
Michael Harris

There's Something Catholic About YouTube Confessions

Michael Harris | July 28, 2014 | Canada Living
Recently, I spent a glum and rainy afternoon scrolling through a couple dozen YouTube testimonials from bullied and traumatized youths. I found that the narrative tradition these videos most closely resemble is not a literary one at all -- it's the Catholic tradition of confession.
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz


It Is the Responsibility of Religion to Inspire Global Solidarity

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | July 28, 2014 | Religion
We must cultivate our souls and do the necessary spiritual work to sustain our holy efforts to transform the world. The task is so great. We are not only charged to create a more just world for ourselves but even for our enemies.
Verity A. Jones


Could 'Loaves and Fishes' Change the Immigration Dilemma? (Matthew 14:13-21)

Verity A. Jones | July 28, 2014 | Religion
I am grateful for the religious leaders around the nation who are calling elected officials from towns and cities to our nation's capital to put on a different set of glasses and see something in this terrible situation other than scarcity.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow


The Last Tisha B'Av: A Tale of Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | July 28, 2014 | Religion
In Jewish tradition, on this very day of disaster Mashiach (Messiah) was born, but hidden away till a generation would come that is ready to make peace and eco-social justice in the world.
Stephen Schwartz


Russian Oligarch's Balkan-Style Gambit in Ukraine

Stephen Schwartz | July 28, 2014 | Religion
When Serbia found that Milosevic was an impediment to its campaign to regain world respect, it sent the architect of genocidal crimes to The Hague. Russia's elite may decide the same about Putin -- especially after the ghastly circumstances surrounding the destruction of MH17 -- and dump him as a liability... if they can.
Pierre Whalon


40 Years Ago, Women!

Pierre Whalon | July 28, 2014 | Religion
On July 29, 1974, at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, three retired bishops ordained eleven women to the priesthood.
H. A. Goodman

Which View of Christianity Does the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Defend? What About Sharia Law?

H. A. Goodman | July 28, 2014 | Politics
Until God comes down from heaven to advise the Supreme Court on which religious interpretations are truly expressed correctly, it's best to keep "religious expression" away from laws affecting the lives of all Americans.
Sara Davidson


Reb Zalman's Unique Funeral

Sara Davidson | July 27, 2014 | Religion
His leaving was as unconventional as his teaching and his life. Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi wanted no casket, no plain pine box. For his funeral, held on the Fourth of July, he wanted to be clothed in his white kittel.
Imam Khalid Latif


A Final Ramadan Reflection

Imam Khalid Latif | July 28, 2014 | Religion
In these remaining few hours or Ramadan, do your best to spend a little bit of time with yourself and look inside your heart to see what are you carrying with you as you leave this month. Each of you has so much to share with this world.
Robyn Camparo Purchia

Would Jesus Accept Climate Science?

Robyn Camparo Purchia | July 26, 2014 | Religion
Climate change is one of the biggest and most divisive environmental issues we've faced. Not only is the science scary and the challenge daunting, but it calls into question the very way we live our lives. With all this rhetoric going back and forth, what's a Christian in the U.S. supposed to believe?
Umar Zulqarnain


What Is Strength?

Umar Zulqarnain | July 28, 2014 | Religion
We try to display ourselves as strong, independent beings, as confident and un-phased by the events around us. In reality, it is often a show, a facade, a cry for attention rather than an element of fortitude.
Mariam Khan


Ramadan: Religious Fervor Taken Over by Media Capitalists?

Mariam Khan | July 26, 2014 | Religion
For the first time in my life, I got an opportunity to spend Ramadan outside my home country, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The mantra of an "Islamic" state of Pakistan is continuously blared on every other media one comes across. But, is real Islam being practiced?
Sadiq Khan


British Muslims Have British Values

Sadiq Khan | July 25, 2014 | UK Politics
British Muslims are an extremely enterprising community. They contribute over £31billion to the UK economy every year. Over 100,000 British Muslims are civil servants, doctors, lawyers and accountants. In London alone, small businesses run by Muslims employ over 70,000 people... The majority of people view British Muslims as contributing well to our national way of life. Let us build on and strengthen that. While I'm fasting this weekend - when I'm hungry and thirsty - I will be thinking about what I can do to promote a more positive view of British Muslims - I think we should all do the same.
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