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Kelley Harrell

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Pagan Is as Pagan Does

Kelley Harrell | Posted August 6, 2012

Regardless of how they're ushered into my work, it is within local circles that I encounter the most powerful misconceptions about shamanism. In talking with clients about how they find me, startling ideas emerged.
Zinnia Jones

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Gov. Bryant, There Is No 'Non-Denominational' School Prayer

Zinnia Jones | Posted August 6, 2012

When the civil government decides that a certain faith should be honored in schools and other public institutions, it positions itself as the arbiter of which religious beliefs are true or false.
Rev. Jim Ball

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The Avengers: Missing Their Chance to Be Heroes On Climate Change

Rev. Jim Ball | Posted August 6, 2012

Not only is Tony Stark, aka Ironman, a big-time investor in clean energy, but more importantly for the plot, something called "the Tesseract" holds the possibility of providing an unlimited supply of clean power.
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

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Witness for the Execution

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted August 6, 2012

It's not an easy route because not everyone can stand the sight of blood. But if we do enter God's house by this grisly path, this choice makes an enormous difference.
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

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Did Virginia Law Prevent Thomas Jefferson From Freeing His Slaves?

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted August 6, 2012

Nearly two centuries after his death, Thomas Jefferson continues to be the subject of competing claims about his public policy and his private beliefs. Public discussion has heightened lately due to the publication of evangelical writer David Barton's new book.
Mark Osler

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When the Atheists Are Right

Mark Osler | Posted August 6, 2012

If religion, my religion, can twist the truth, the Gospel of love, to the point where a man expresses such hate to his own dying child, I despair of that religion.
Jeremy Courtney

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Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven. Nobody Wants to Die

Jeremy Courtney | Posted August 6, 2012

Why do so few Christians sign up for this Christ-like preemptive love in protracted foreign affairs? When the war drums start banging, why do so many fall in line?
Rev. Malcolm Boyd

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My Mother, Beatrice, Fell and Broke Her Hip

Rev. Malcolm Boyd | Posted August 6, 2012

I was grateful for her courage and strong desire to be of service in her life. But bad things can happen to good people. Little did I know that, years after Beatrice's fall in her backyard, I'd take a scary fall of my own.
Alexander Goerlach

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No Peter's Pence for the Vatican

Alexander Goerlach | Posted August 6, 2012

This year, it's time to cut off the money supply to the corrupt institutions of the Vatican -- and the German Catholic Church has to rally in support of the pope's attempts to quell corruption.
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

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Being a Mom, Being the Church

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted August 6, 2012

When I am asked why I go to church, I pause. I go to church for many reasons. Church reminds me of God's on-going activity, God's word to us in countless forms. Church helps me reorder things, reprioritize.
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

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Wedding Theology for the Spiritual but Not Religious

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted August 6, 2012

As a liberal, progressive minister in Brooklyn, I receive frequent requests to officiate weddings of couples who want to be married by a religious leader, but who don't want to have a particular tradition's stamp pressed too deeply upon their hour of celebration.
Michael D'Antonio

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Priests as Pintos: Fraud and the Next Catholic Crisis

Michael D'Antonio | Posted August 6, 2012

Amid all the more notable intrigue and scandal, a jury in the little city of Appleton, Wis., recently demolished a defense that has shielded the church from hundreds, if not thousands, of claims related to sexual crimes committed by priests against minors.
Matthew Hutson

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Are Conservatives More Religious and Liberals More Spiritual?

Matthew Hutson | Posted August 6, 2012

In the United States, religion and politics have always been (fitful) bed buddies. But whether faith drives people left or right (or neither) is not obvious.
Angela Bonavoglia

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Nuns' Response to Takeover: Hierarchy Must Tackle Elephants in the Room

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted August 6, 2012

You could almost feel the hierarchs gritting their teeth as they pondered the sisters' message, which has the Second Vatican Council written all over it.
Amy B. Dean

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Why Interfaith Organizing Matters: Social Change Starts With Values

Amy B. Dean | Posted August 6, 2012

Every major faith has a set of values grounded in the pursuit of justice and equity. This universalism is important. It creates the potential for far-reaching, welcoming movements that cut across boundaries of race, class, sect and nationality.
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

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Charles Darwin, Hugh Hefner and High Quality Science Education

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted August 6, 2012

Never once in my years of writing did I imagine being able to write about Charles Darwin and Hugh Hefner in the same essay. But perhaps the link between the two isn't all the difficult to envision.
Rev. Susan Russell

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Top Ten Questions about God, Jesus, the Bible and Gay Pride

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted August 6, 2012

Sins are acts that separate us from God and keep us from loving our neighbors as ourselves. Being gay is not a sin. Bullying is a sin. Being hateful to other people is a sin.
Matthew L. Skinner

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Mark 3:20-35: What Makes a Family?

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted August 6, 2012

Can only certain kinds of families reflect or promote God's will, as Jesus articulated it in terms of mercy, love, justice, protection, holiness and well-being? Can only certain families express the belonging and solidarity that God desires to share with humanity?
Gene Marks

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Five Ways to Profit From the Pope

Gene Marks | Posted August 6, 2012

The papal visit will bring plenty of opportunities to profit. And why not? People surely love the Pope. But they also love a good week down the Jersey Shore and a new car. Smart business people are already thinking of ways to bring these loves together in 2015.
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

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The Bible is a Book of Inclusion and Love

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted August 6, 2012

The Bible that you hear preached by some is a bible of rules, a bible of rigidity; occasionally, a bible of fear. This is not what draws me to the Bible, and it is important that somebody publicly present a different take.
Lorna Byrne

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We Are All Accountable

Lorna Byrne | Posted August 6, 2012

God and the angels have shown me different futures for humanity. What happens will depend on how we play our part and the decisions that we all make.
Maria Mayo

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Forgive Us Our Student Loan Debts?

Maria Mayo | Posted August 6, 2012

As the holder of a six-figure student-loan debt, I more than anyone would like to see debt forgiveness carry a moral force all its own. Perhaps if Jesus were still teaching with parables...
Rachel G. Hackenberg

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Letting You Leave Church

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted August 6, 2012

It's dicey to say, hard to hear and runs the risk of sounding flippant, yet I see it as a necessary act of truth-telling for the sake of the Church: If you're not being spiritually fed within this church's walls, please, be blessed as you seek another faith community to encourage you.
Phil Haslanger

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The Struggle for Justice Goes On in Wisconsin

Phil Haslanger | Posted August 6, 2012

As the tears and the cheers from Wisconsin's vote on Tuesday to keep Scott Walker as governor fade into history, a small group of us gather in a sanctuary near Madison thinking about the words of Micah, that Hebrew prophet who challenged the marketplace and the rulers of his time.
Debbie Robins

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Can Spirituality and Big Business Tango?

Debbie Robins | Posted August 6, 2012

Our modern-day plague is not a physical disease, it's an emotional one -- unhappiness. The greatest source of the problem is the lack of humanism in how business is conducted globally.