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Neal Samudre

5 Practical Ways to Help Persecuted Christians

Neal Samudre | March 3, 2015 | Religion
You see, many people attempt to stop persecution because it's the right thing to do, but not many people understand the struggles persecuted Christians are facing. There is a large divide between the American church and the persecuted church.
Carole Ganim

Christian Pathos vs. ISIS Pathos

Carole Ganim | March 3, 2015 | Religion
I wonder if Christians and/or we good people have love and kindness, generosity and goodness equal in passion to hatred and anger. The terrorist or murderer believes that any deed is justified in the name of the cause or the god s/he worships. There is no ambiguity.
Asoka Bandarage

Proselytism or a Global Ethic?

Asoka Bandarage | March 3, 2015 | Religion
The freedom to maintain or adopt a religion is a fundamental human right. However, this freedom cannot be realized in the absence of other fundamental freedoms, such as the right to food, shelter, healthcare, education and a decent livelihood.
Eileen Flanagan

Small Quaker Group Takes Aim at Big Bank and Wins

Eileen Flanagan | March 3, 2015 | Green
As we fight to protect our communities and the climate, we all need to remember that, when we use unconventional tactics, ordinary people can win against giants.
Rabbi Evan Moffic

How My Daughter Taught Me the Meaning of Purim

Rabbi Evan Moffic | March 3, 2015 | Religion
For Hannah -- and for many young children -- the point of hide and seek is to be found. Over time, however, we start to get lost. We hide from ourselves. We hide from what we know is right. We start to hide from God.
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Science, Religion and the Moral Arc: An Interview With Michael Shermer

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | March 3, 2015 | Religion
Michael Shermer thinks so. Shermer is the editor of Skeptic magazine, and has long been a strong advocate for science and rational thinking, since they are the best ways we have for understanding the way the world works.
Rev. Jeff Hood

The Execution of a Graduate: Struggles From Candler School of Theology

Rev. Jeff Hood | March 3, 2015 | Religion
The Candler School of Theology taught me that I was learning in order to give life to others. Today, I am struggling with the value of such education when the state is preparing to kill one of the graduates. How could this happen? Where were we? Maybe we were in prison when she was there.
Herron Keyon Gaston

What Is Radical Education in the Context of Religion?

Herron Keyon Gaston | March 3, 2015 | Religion
When I think of radical education with respect to bringing about social change, especially in the context of religion, I would suggest that radical education empowers participants by allowing them to create meaningful solutions for themselves.
R. Andrew Chesnut

La Tuta's Knights Templar and the Rise of Narco-Religion in Mexico

R. Andrew Chesnut | March 3, 2015 | Religion
The recent capture of La Tuta (Servando Gomez), the head of the Knights Templar drug cartel, reminds us that the lethal mix of religion and terrorism isn't peculiar to the Middle East.
Paul N. Anderson

I Didn't Know Jesus Was Lost

Paul N. Anderson | March 3, 2015 | Religion
While the Shroud of Turin will be of little help in the finding of Jesus, personally or historically, the CNN documentary and the book behind it remind us of the problem of Jesus' being relatively lost to recent modern audiences.
Tom F. Driver

The Communion Table Is Open

Tom F. Driver | March 3, 2015 | Religion
The rear door of the chapel opened, and in came a man wearing a chef's hat and pushing a food cart loaded with hot dogs and beer. Coming down the center aisle, he called out in a loud voice: "Free food!" To me, that's what Communion is all about.
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

Getting Behind Pope Francis on Climate Change: Why People of Diverse Faiths Should Support the Eco-Encyclical

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | March 3, 2015 | Religion
This summer, Pope Francis will issue a papal encyclical on the environment. In a year of unparalleled importance for climate change because of key UN meetings in Paris this December, his timing couldn't be better.
Howard J. Curzer

The Golden Calf: Managing the Noncompliant Client

Howard J. Curzer | March 2, 2015 | Religion
The golden calf passage is usually and correctly taken to describe a gross failure on the part of the Israelites. However, a seldom noticed aspect of the passage is that Moses' first responses are also failures.
Martin Marty

Connected Criticism

Martin Marty | March 2, 2015 | Religion
Quoting Amos may seem arcane and irrelevant, but it is clear and relevant, as it throws light on a perennial controversy, now rendered acute, in American life.
Kimberly D. Russaw

The Sacrifice of Covenant Relationship (Exodus 20:1-17)

Kimberly D. Russaw | March 2, 2015 | Religion
On any given Saturday, people join Habitat for Humanity teams and commit to work to help eradicate poverty housing. The individual volunteers give of their time, energy and physical ability because they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
Greg Barrett

Two Works in Progress: The Tattoo and I

Greg Barrett | March 2, 2015 | Religion
Neither one of us are particularly religious, this tattoo and I. We are decided works in progress -- raw still, easily irritated, gloriously incomplete. Both of us. Lumped together like that, our flaws made us a perfect match for one another as well as for our makers.
Rev. Peter Morales

Selma: Commemoration and Commitment

Rev. Peter Morales | March 3, 2015 | Religion
I will be among the thousands of people traveling to Selma to commemorate the sacrifices of 50 years ago and to recommit to the struggle for equal rights today. For it would be a grave mistake to believe that the struggle is over.
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

Friends in High Places: The Jewish Story of Purim

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. | March 2, 2015 | Religion
The story as handed down appears in the biblical Book of Esther. The setting was ancient Persia, probably 2400 years ago. The Jewish minority was well assimilated, but viciously hated by some, including a powerful minister of state named Haman.
Dr. Amos C. Brown

Beyond Ceremony to Action

Dr. Amos C. Brown | March 2, 2015 | Religion
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, we must not forget that the fight for equal voting rights in the U.S. is far from over.
Gurjot Kaur

Abercrombie Religious Discrimination Case Less Than Cool For Supreme Court, Sikh Americans

Gurjot Kaur | March 2, 2015 | Religion
If the Supreme Court imposes stringent notice requirements on job applicants and employees, it will set the clock back on religious rights in the workplace by decades. Employers will be able to duck their heads into the sand any time a visibly religious Sikh, Muslim or Jew walks in.
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