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Rev. Susan Russell

Combating the Collateral Damage of Homophobia

Rev. Susan Russell | April 25, 2015 | Gay Voices
I want to caution that for all the drama, excitement, enthusiasm and analysis sparked by the political dimension of the marriage equality debate, there is also a deeply personal dimension that is easy to overlook. It is the collateral damage of systemic homophobia that accelerates when marriage equality is in the news cycle.
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Christian Disdain of Women as Terror Weapon? No Way

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | April 24, 2015 | Religion
Men have run the world for a long time. We can easily see where this unbalanced and abusive gender dominance, including "manly Christianity," has gotten us. It is ugly and destructive. It is beyond time to bring women to the table at both local and high, global levels for peace and security.
V.R. Marianne Zahn

Why Worship Matters

V.R. Marianne Zahn | April 24, 2015 | Religion
It's not that the goal is for people to not "get anything" from worship; the problem is, "getting something" seems to have insidiously become our criteria for what entails good worship, and we've lost our ability to even ask ourselves what it is that we are giving in worship.
Damien Sneed

Young, Gifted and Black: Augusta's Adopted Rising Star Makes Conducting Debut at Carnegie Hall

Damien Sneed | April 24, 2015 | Black Voices
After moving to New York City in 2001, and after completing my undergraduate degree in Piano Performance at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, one of my favorite things to do was drive by Carnegie Hall and say to myself: "One day I'll perform there."
Chris Boeskool

Saving a Murderer's Life: Who Would Jesus Execute?

Chris Boeskool | April 24, 2015 | Religion
The question I'm asking is this: What possible good comes out of taking another life because of this tragedy? What sense does it make to kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong. The answer is this: It doesn't make any sense.
Rev. Ryan M. Eller

Would You Call Jesus 'illegal?'

Rev. Ryan M. Eller | April 24, 2015 | Religion
As Christians, we are called to love our neighbors. The Bible tells us to welcome strangers in our land and to love them as we love ourselves. That's why the media and all Americans should immediately stop referring to our undocumented brothers and sisters as "illegal."
Rev. Jeff Hood

The Root of Police Brutality is Fear

Rev. Jeff Hood | April 24, 2015 | Religion
The complexity of our problems should not mask the simplicity of the solution. We are a people who are desperately afraid of everything. The root cause of police brutality rests solely in our own fear.
Bronwyn Lea

When My Children Squabble, I See the Church

Bronwyn Lea | April 24, 2015 | Religion
When my children squabble, I see how very young they are, and how very little they understand. Their truths are true, but partial. When my children squabble, there is anger. There are tears. When my children squabble, I love them and am for them.
John O'Kane

The Glory Days: II

John O'Kane | April 24, 2015 | Religion
The confessional is the perfect refuge from the lights. I wait and listen. How long has it been? A few minutes, an hour? I wish it had a lock. A sanctuary within a sanctuary.
Graham E. Fuller

Why the Crisis in Yemen Could Tilt Mideast Power From Saudi Arabia Toward Iran, Turkey and Pakistan

Graham E. Fuller | April 23, 2015 | World
An informal bloc of Iran, Pakistan and Turkey would represent a significantly more progressive, moderate and forward-looking coalition than the present Saudi-driven "Sunni coalition" that is divisive, ideological, destructive and sectarian.
Michael Kaplan

Why Syria's Devout Oppose ISIS, as Told by a Cleric That Fled Their Rule

Michael Kaplan | April 23, 2015 | Religion
This February, we conducted a series of interviews in southern Turkey with those who have fled ISIS rule in Syria. In the city of Sanliurfa, we met rebel fighters, Islamic judges, and scholars, among them, Ahmed Saleh, a prominent imam from the Syrian city of Deir Ezzour.
Amanda Blaugher

By Breaking The Silence Around Sexual Assault You Could Be Helping Others Talk About Their Experiences

Amanda Blaugher | April 23, 2015 | College
Attending a Catholic College and admitting that you were assaulted can feel so shameful, however it is not shame that you should feel. Rather, by breaking the silence you are potentially helping others to not become victims at the hands of their offender.
Nicholas Snow

Brokenhearted Bahá'is: LGBTs Rejected by Their Faith

Nicholas Snow | April 23, 2015 | Gay Voices
Never before has an openly gay member of the Bahá'í faith granted such a high profile interview, an interview already getting great traction among worldwide members of the faith itself. Above, Sean Rayshel, who has granted Nicholas Snow this exclusive interview.
Jesse Bogner

Jewish American Exile

Jesse Bogner | April 23, 2015 | Religion
How can we ensure the survival of the American Jewish identity? And further, is it important? In my humble opinion, the survival of the Jewish people around the world is nothing short of a miracle.
Frank Schaeffer

The Churches in America Present a 'God' Who Is Un-Christlike

Frank Schaeffer | April 23, 2015 | Religion
Brad Jersak has an important book out--A More Christlike God--that challenges the received lazy "wisdom" of both conservatives and liberals, atheists and believers about Christ. Here's my interview with Brad on this important and beautifully written book.
Harrison Akins

To Combat the 'New Anti-Semitism,' Europe's Jews and Muslims Must Work Together

Harrison Akins | April 22, 2015 | World
Jews and Muslims should not be working against each other, but with each other to promote their common interests and rights as religious minorities in Europe, particularly with the rise of right-wing parties across the continent.
Matthieu Ricard

Caring Mindfulness

Matthieu Ricard | April 22, 2015 | Religion
The practice of mindfulness, based in particular on the method of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and has become immensely successful.
Stefanie Greenberg

Low Hanging Fruit for Volunteer Recruitment

Stefanie Greenberg | April 22, 2015 | Impact
The big suggestion is to call the local school, but guess what, everyone is calling them. Therefore it is a challenge to make your agency their priority. The solution; tap into people that already have an interest in the work your agency does.
Dr. Michael Laitman

Some Thoughts about Freedom and Happiness

Dr. Michael Laitman | April 24, 2015 | Religion
The Israeli Independence Day always gets me pensive. With its reliance on military and monetary aid from the US, and its extensive export to Asia, Europe, and North America, it's ironic, almost sardonic to think of the state of Israel as independent.
Mary Katherine Backstrom

How I Lost a Kidney and Gained My Faith

Mary Katherine Backstrom | April 22, 2015 | Women
"You are donating your right kidney, correct?" Sharpie Nurse asked without really needing an answer. "That's what my kidnappers said," I cracked, as she pulled aside my hospital gown. She scrawled a big YES on my right side and a NO on my left. I felt cold.
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