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Arianna Huffington

My Conversation With the Dalai Lama: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, Part 2 (VIDEO)

Arianna Huffington | Posted May 20, 2012

London -- At a lunch in the crypt at St. Paul's Cathedral before the Dalai Lama received the Templeton Prize on Monday, I was seated next to Canon Mark Oakley. "We need to move beyond relevance to resonance," he said.

It was a call to move...

Byron Williams

President Obama and the Black Church

Byron Williams | Posted May 15, 2012

Will President Obama's support for same-gender marriage have repercussions within the African American community, specifically the historical black church?

Some African American pastors stated last week that their congregations would stay at home on Election Day.

Strange as it may seem, if this were true, it might be...

Rev. Malcolm Boyd

Who Is Cool, What Is Cool

Rev. Malcolm Boyd | Posted May 15, 2012

Writing in the New York Times, Maureen Dowd took note of Hillary Clinton's being photographed by Time magazine on a C-17 flight from Malta to Tripoli. "I don't think she was meaning to be cool, " the photographer said. "She just reached in her bag to get some glasses to...

Bethany Blankley

How Protestantism Redefined Marriage

Bethany Blankley | Posted May 15, 2012

It's important to trace the history of marriage within the Western Christian tradition to understand the ironic conundrum with which Americans find themselves today.

Early Christians in the first through third century understood marriage to be a union between one man and one woman created by God as a consummated...

Liaquat Ali Khan

Kansas Legislature Does Harm in Barring Islamic Law

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted May 15, 2012

The Kansas legislature is in the process of enacting Bill 2087 that prohibits courts, arbitrators, and agency officials from relying in their decisions and rulings on any foreign law, legal code, or system that does not protect "the same fundamental rights, liberties, rights, and privileges granted under the...

Craig S. Keener

Learning the Reality of Racism

Craig S. Keener | Posted May 15, 2012

Sometimes white people think that racism is a dead issue, because they do not experience it. Yet it is not wise to judge other people's experience based on our non-experience.

In 1991, I converted to the Black Church. Unlike my earlier conversion from atheism, it wasn't a religious conversion so...

Mark Hannah

An Open Letter to My Catholic Parish RE: Its Opposition to the Affordable Care Act

Mark Hannah | Posted May 15, 2012

Three weeks ago, while sitting in my church pew in Manhattan, and skimming through the weekly bulletin, I came across a short notice promoting a church-hosted workshop that would demonstrate the moral and Constitutional shortcomings of the Obama administration's health care reform legislation.

The notice was entitled, "A Threat...

Pravrajika Vrajaprana

Interfaith Incognito: What a Hindu Nun Learned From an Evangelical Christian

Pravrajika Vrajaprana | Posted May 24, 2012

While I have attended any number of interfaith events and have found them an interesting, even engrossing, experience, one could argue that these gatherings have limited value. I say this not from any lack of respect for interfaith dialogue. Indeed, the monastic order to which I belong, the Ramakrishna Order...

Dominic Sheahan-Stahl

Live Through Love: An Open Letter to Bishop Joseph R. Cistone

Dominic Sheahan-Stahl | Posted May 15, 2012

May 15, 2012
The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop
Catholic Diocese of Saginaw
5800 Weiss Street.
Saginaw, MI 48603

Your Excellency,

I'm writing to you as a faithful member of the Roman Catholic Church and as a third-generation alumnus of Sacred Heart Academy. At Sacred...

Yehuda Kurtzer

Leviticus 25:1-27:34: When Is Idealism Idolatry?

Yehuda Kurtzer | Posted May 15, 2012

Shortly after the surprising announcement of a new alliance in the Israeli Knesset -- the result of quick and clandestine negotiations that produced a mega-coalition between Israel's major political parties -- the murmurings of social protest began to emerge yet again. Stav...

Rabbi Ted Falcon

Yesod: The Center of the Separate Self

Rabbi Ted Falcon | Posted May 15, 2012

Yesod means foundation, and is placed on the central pillar of the Tree of Life, where we learn about the levels of identity. It is the self-awareness we call ego. It is the place of our nefesh, the level of the soul associated with the body, our separate vehicle for...

Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

The Bible and Marriage Equality

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted May 15, 2012

As a minister and Bible scholar, I'm proud that the president has publicly endorsed marriage equality.

Some sincere and thoughtful people of faith are not convinced by clinical research suggesting that "sexual orientation" is deeply imbedded in the human psyche and largely beyond conscious control.

Others accept the research...

Menachem Rosensaft

The Case for Same-Sex Marriage: Striving for the Moral Absolute of Equality

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted May 15, 2012

Let's assume for a moment that a presidential candidate of either party had come out against interracial marriage. How many of us would be inclined to vote for him or her?

Until 1967, when the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated the anti-miscegenation laws of 16 states including Virginia, Texas, Florida, North...